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The Big Debate: Will Millennials Keep Subscribing to Cable?

May 18, 2012

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…

Cable Is Alive and Well, Thank You

August 31, 2010

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?

August 12, 2010

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…

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"I'm a substitute for another guy..."

July 29, 2010

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…

Cord-cutting: Why All the Hype?

May 28, 2010

We are now in the midst of a shift of how we consume video. When I was a kid, it was three broadcast networks and a handful of local independents. You had to watch TV shows at the time of their original broadcast. Today, I watch Hulu and I stream Netflix, but I mostly watch…

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The Battle For Your TV

March 16, 2010

One of the highlights of the SXSWi conference in Austin was the session “Pay TV vs. Internet – The Battle For Your TV,” featuring a no-holds-barred debate between Mark Cuban, Chairman and President of the programming service HDNet, and Avner Ronen, CEO & co-founder of Boxee. The two have sparred before on the topic whether…

The Big Shift, Maybe Not So Big

February 5, 2010

Regular readers will note that I keep returning back to the issue of cord-cutting, mostly because I keep reading articles and blog posts about how it’s the big new trend. It’s not a question of whether more television content will move to the Internet or whether IP transport will be used more in the future…