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New ways to cut the cord: The good, the bad and the ugly

New ways to cut the cord: The good, the bad and the ugly
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This has been a busy week for online streaming video. It seems like every company out there is releasing new hardware, software and content at the same time.

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In case you missed it: Amazon came out with FireTV to compete with Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast - click here to see how they compare. Plus it released plans for several new exclusive pilots and shows.

Google announced a new streamlined Android TV software in an attempt to salvage its failed Google TV initiative from a few years ago.

Next thing you know, Microsoft announced two exclusive new shows for its Xbox TV channel and is planning as many as 18 more.

Then Yahoo got into the act, announcing an order of four Web series.

On the other hand, HBO fumbled the much-anticipated "Game of Thrones" season premiere when its streaming service HBO Go had serious hiccups for online users.

The bottom line is that it's never been a better time for TV and movie consumers, but it isn't anywhere near as good as it could be. Here are three good things, two bad things - and one ugly thing - you need to know before jumping into the world of streaming online video.

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