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Cable Lowers the Cost of Quality Time


July 12, 2013

We all know you can’t buy much for a quarter these days. One song on iTunes costs a dollar. So does an average movie rental at Redbox. Reading the newspaper can cost you anywhere from $0.75 – $3.00! Take a look below at the price of a few other popular entertainment outings compared to cable…

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Michael Powell on C-SPAN's The Communicators


December 10, 2012

On Saturday, NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell was on C-SPAN’s  The Communicators discussing sports broadcasting, political ads, and how social media might impact the future of TV.

The Continuing Power of the Bundle

June 3, 2011

We haven’t heard about a la carte cable in quite a while, but this week we saw several items on the topic that we thought were of interest. Alyssa Rosenberg, the new culture critic at ThinkProgress, wrote a piece earlier this week questioning the value of a cable subscription and calling for some kind of…

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A Lively Debate About Online Video

March 25, 2009

I hope you are following the very vibrant debate that’s been taking place over the last week, involving  Boxee CEO Avner Ronen, Chairman of HDNet Mark Cuban and a host of other people about the relationship between free online video and the programming available from multichannel video distributers, such as cable, satellite and phone companies….

Should All Content Be Online for Free?

March 9, 2009

Stories come and go in both the general media landscape and the blogosphere, but often the same issues remain on the radar, but driven by different players and events. For example, recently we’ve seen coverage of the Hulu-Boxee affair, the possible launch of online video platforms by cable operators such as Comcast & Time Warner…

More Cord-cutting Coverage

November 17, 2008

For some time, I’ve been noting on my Twitter account the rising tide of people who have decided to cut the cord that ties them to servicing their television needs through cable, satellite or other wired means, instead turning to the Internet to be informed and entertained.  The topic is blowing up now, with Washington…

Why You Should Pay For More Than You Watch

November 13, 2008

There was a column in the L.A. Times yesterday from David Lazarus entitled: “Let’s pay only for the TV we watch.” So, once again, back we go to the topic of “a la carte” cable service. I get it. It feels like much of the content world is going to a pay-only-for-what-you-want model. Certainly, it…