Category Archives: Cord-cutting

Michael Powell on CNBC’s Squawk Box

This morning, NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell was on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the fiscal cliff, investments by the communications industry and the regulatory environment after the election.

Wednesday General Session Kicks off Last Day of the Cable Show

The final day of the 2012 Cable Show kicked off this morning with the last general session. To get the session started, Piers Morgan sat down for a one on one interview with Conan O’Brien to discuss his move away from traditional television to an online media empire.

Noting that Conan’s online following dwarfs that of Tonight Show host Jay Leno, Morgan asked what strategy drives Team Coco. O’Brien, crediting his savvy web team, said the show gets most of the focus, but you have to put a great deal of effort into promotion efforts on social media.

The full interview is fascinating and available for viewing at

Following the O’Brien interview, a sports panel convened to discuss sports programming. Noting that 99.4% of ESPN programming is watched live, the panel discussion explored innovation in sports coverage. That discussion included the possibilities around sports programming for social viewing/media, 3D sports, and creating markets for new sports.

Tuesday General Session at Cable Show 2012

The second day of the 2012 Cable Show gets underway with the second general session. The session got off to a start with Verizon announcing a new content discovery service as part of a discussion of content delivery and consumption.

Actor/director Ed Burns joined Rio Caraeff (VEVO), Dan Mead (Verizon Wireless), and Neil Smit (Comcast Cable) to discuss consumer consumption patterns, and new delivery methods to reach an audience.

Careff made the observation that we are in the midst of a change in consumer attitudes that may be generational – with the prior generation valuing content ownership and the newer generation valuing access. All the panelists agree that consumers are demanding more content on more platforms, and providers are innovating to address and shape that demand.

The Big Debate: Will Millennials Keep Subscribing to Cable?

The topic of “cord-cutting” has been a high-profile media topic in recent years, focusing on whether multichannel video subscribers are dropping their service in order to view content over the web, go back to rabbit ears, or just stop watching altogether.  The evidence so far shows that cord cutting is more talk than reality but […]

Boxee to Consumers: More Service Calls for You

Boxee should be applauded for their creativity.  For years, they have proudly touted their service as the ultimate answer for consumers who want to “cut the cord” and cancel their cable or satellite service.  We disagree with their premise, but it’s a free country. But in recent weeks, Boxee seems to have changed its tune.  […]

Cable Is Alive and Well, Thank You

Maybe because it was drawing towards the close of August when the news seems to move more slowly, but last week was quite busy for stories questioning the very existence of the cable’s video service.  This is always a ripe topic for conversation but it’s worth taking a deeper look at some of last week’s […]

Why Subscribe to Cable?

I’ve written a number of times about so-called “cord-cutting” services in part to counter the charge that such offerings are necessarily “cable killers.” But I also keep looking into this issue because I’m genuinely interested in how the home video business is continuing to develop. I don’t want to come across like I don’t think […]

“I’m a substitute for another guy…”

There’s a really interesting discussion to be had about the future of delivering video to the home. Which technology makes the most sense? How will content companies make money in the future? How do we best address digital rights issues? Instead, I usually read some “kill your cable” rhetoric. So, that’s why I return to […]

Cutting Yourself Off From Cable

One of the big stories in tech reporting over the past year or so has been the move by some consumers to “cut the cord” from their subscription TV service and begin relying on the Internet for the delivery of video content.  I catch up on a lot of shows myself by watching them online […]

Another Look at Cord-Cutting: How Big Is It?

Earlier this week, I examined the recent coverage of the “cord-cutting” phenomenon. What I wanted to do was look at two questions: Can you really replace your cable service with just online video? At the present time, is this really a widespread phenomenon? On Tuesday, when I addressed that first question, I came to the […]