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Cable television, as popular as it is, hasn't changed all that much in the last twenty years. New technology has come and gone, but the basic structure of a cable box attached to a TV has remained the same.
Fortunately, the Internet offers a way out: Streaming services, led by companies like Netflix, have disrupted the notion that television as a linear thing fed to viewers by networks in specified order. Instead, the power is shifting in favor of users, who is now able to dictate when and where they want to watch content.
This, too: Cable television is expensive, and offers a majority of the time stuff that viewers rarely watch our outright don't want. The solution, then, is clear: leave the cable box behind. These devices can make it happen.
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Microsoft has been making a big push as of late to make the Xbox far more than just a game console, and video, predictably, is a big part of that.In addition to Microsoft's Zune market, the Xbox 360 offers support for Crackle, Epix, Hulu Plus, SyFy, and, of course, Netflix. Verizon Fios subscribers can also link up their accounts to the console, allowing them to view select channels like CBS, TNT, and HBO.
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