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« Phone DRM isn't DRM
This is a sub-selection from HBO

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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reply to Bender_2k

Re: HBO

said by Bender_2k:

I think once cord cutting reaches critical mass and they see more consumers are opting to not pay $120/mo for 500 junk channels+hbo then they'll really considering appealing to us cord cutters. Unfortunately that hasn't happened yet, it's coming, slowly but surely.

Convinced my family to ditch our pricey satellite bundle (and HBO) in favour of a Netflix/Hulu/OTA HD antenna and never been happier.

*waits for everyone else to get on the bandwagon*

Cord-cutting isn't going to "reach critical mass".
It isn't coming, slowly or surely.


vonage

join:2003-11-29
Parlin, NJ
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Architects & Engineers - Solving the Mystery of WTC 7 - AE911Tru

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZEvA8BCoBw


I hope we are adults enough to not start character assassinations like MSM. This documentary has the support of some 9/11 Family members & is not meant as a disrespect to the loved ones that died that day. Full documentary is on online as well.

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"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies." Thomas Jefferson

CXM_Splicer
Looking at the bigger picture
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join:2011-08-11
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reply to elray

Re: HBO

If the price and quality remained the same I would agree... problem is, price is going up while quality (of the programming) is coming down. As more and more shows become available online, more and more people WILL cancel their bloated, expensive cable packages in favor of Internet only connections to watch only what they want to watch.

Sure there are always going to be people that are willing to pay $250/mo for 600+ channels because there are actually people who think the most important thing in life is how many channels you have. Cable companies, being publicly owned in today's ickonomy, will suffer greatly as continuous growth slows... stops... then reverses itself. It doesn't take everyone cutting the cord to reach critical mass... just enough that the number exceeds the number of new subscribers every month. Shareholders will not stand for it.

If the people's only other option was an OTA antenna then I would say it isn't going to happen... but with the growth of streaming, cable companies are in imminent danger. Unless, of course, they jump on the bandwagon... make deals with the content provides who they already have relationships with, and offer ala-carte channel streaming packages; and I don't see that happening anytime soon. IOW, sell your stocks NOW.


DataRiker
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reply to elray
said by elray:

Cord-cutting isn't going to "reach critical mass".
It isn't coming, slowly or surely.

I don't know about that. Seems my generation is catching on. A lot of people simply can't afford it anymore.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
I could be wrong - one would have never believed that a generation would trade car ownership for massive smartphone payments, a bus pass, a bicycle and car-sharing, but Detroit is very worried based on the sales data showing a massive decline in "Generation Walk"'s new-car purchasing.

But absent an alternative service with the same content, I don't see today's singles going cord-cut when they "settle down", couple-up, reproduce, buy a house and fight over the remote. And while we stupidly promote single-parentism, we haven't yet eliminated the couch-potato gene.

I would agree that economically-challenged folks are wise to choose to cord-cut, but for nearly 90% of households, those are still choices made with discretionary income - people choose what they can "afford".

Young/singles make these decisions more often because they're often the sole bill-payer, and there is no one to compromise with. But multiperson households do not cord-cut so easily.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
reply to CXM_Splicer
said by CXM_Splicer:

If the price and quality remained the same I would agree... problem is, price is going up while quality (of the programming) is coming down. As more and more shows become available online, more and more people WILL cancel their bloated, expensive cable packages in favor of Internet only connections to watch only what they want to watch.
...
If the people's only other option was an OTA antenna then I would say it isn't going to happen... but with the growth of streaming, cable companies are in imminent danger. Unless, of course, they jump on the bandwagon... make deals with the content provides who they already have relationships with, and offer ala-carte channel streaming packages; and I don't see that happening anytime soon. IOW, sell your stocks NOW.

You can bash the industry all you like. I'm not a fan either.

But they own the content that people want to watch, regardless of how one critiques the "quality". And they're not going to change the delivery model only to make less money - they already learned that with Netflix. While it has few technical obstacles, streaming ala-carte is dead-on-arrival without content.

Cable will remain very relevant.
« Phone DRM isn't DRM
This is a sub-selection from HBO