What Excites You About New TVs?

Q. I know you have been writing about new TV stuff for a long time. Is there anything in particular that excites you now? Something to look forward to? — Daniel, San Diego. Daniel, you are right. I have covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades and it’s easy to get jaded

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Will the Dodgers TV Channel Go Bankrupt?

Q. I’ve read your articles on the Sports TV Bubble and find them very interesting. I live in LA. Do you think that SportsNet LA will eventually go bankrupt because it can’t get DIRECTV to carry it? — Sid, Santa Monica, California. Sid, thank you for the kind words. Yes, I believe we are approaching

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Why Doesn’t DIRECTV Add More HD Channels?

Q. All I hear from DIRECTV is 4K, 4K, 4K, but what about HD? I, like most DIRECTV customers, have a High-Definition TV and we want more HD, not 4K! Why isn’t DIRECTV adding more channels in HD? — Neil, Orlando, Florida. Neil, to be fair to DIRECTV, the satcaster now offers around 200 HD

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What’s Up With Comcast’s Stream TV?

Q. I was interested in getting the streaming service from Comcast that offers my local channels. But Comcast says it’s not available yet. What’s the deal? — Van, Miami. Comcast announced last July that it would introduce a new $15-a-month streaming service that would include all four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) as well as

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cut the Cord

Q. I’ve been thinking of dropping my cable service and going for it with just online services. I guess it’s called cutting the cord. But before I do it, is there anything I should know about cord-cutting? — David, Baltimore, Maryland. Many publications feature articles detailing how you can ‘cut the cord’ — drop your

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Why Do Pay TV Services Require 2-Year Contracts?

Q. I am interested in DIRECTV’s new offer for new customers. It’s $50 a month for two years. Guaranteed! But I read that the deal requires me to sign a two-year contract and if I leave before the two years are up, I have to pay big. Why do TV services require these contracts? Seems

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Who’s That Woman In the AT&T Commercials?

Q. I am totally in love with the woman who’s in those AT&T ‘family plan’ commercials. But she looks familiar. Has she been on a TV show? Movie? Who is she?! — Tony, Las Vegas. Tony, I can’t tell you how many people have e-mailed me to ask this very question. The AT&T commercials, which

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Can a Child Get Addicted to An iPad?

Q. I have a three-year-old son and I’ve been thinking about getting him an iPad to help him get used to technology and be more interactive. But a friend told me that some experts say a child can get addicted to an iPad. Is that true or is it safe?– Diane, Los Angeles, California. This

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DIRECTV: How Do I Suspend My Account For a Vacation?

Q. My family plans to spend the month of June at a vacation home about 50 miles away from our house, which means we won’t be there to watch DIRECTV. Is there a way to suspend our account for the month of June so we don’t have to pay? — Kelly, Santa Monica, California. Kelly,

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