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The stranglehold cable providers have long had over sports fans — is it about to end?

Columnist Dwight Silverman discusses recent techology news, including a new contract that will bring some live sports to the streaming service Max.


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A new streaming contract could mean more live sports for cable cutters via the streaming service Max.


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A new streaming contract means some live baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer broadcasts will soon end up on Max (formerly HBO Max).

So, what does this mean for the future of live sports, and what does it mean for cord cutters? Does this mark the beginning of the end of the stranglehold cable providers have long had over sports fans?

In the audio above, Houston Chronicle columnist Dwight Silverman talks it over with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty in our monthly conversation about consumer technology.

Silverman also (with a huge groan) talks about the news that Amazon will soon be adding ads to Prime Video. Plus, he offers his first impressions of the new iPhone 15 Pro Max he just got over the weekend (spoiler alert: the camera is really good).

And he discusses the news that Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 in 2025. However, with so many people using the operating system, will the software giant be forced to stretch that deadline?

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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