Do we still need cable?

Posted By on January 7, 2012

I’ll be joining the “cut the cord” crowd when fiber makes it to my house and an Internet only package is fairly priced. For many would be “cable cutters,” cable is their only access to high speed Internet and the marketing of package prices make it questionable for customers to decouple. For me, I’m still tied to Time Warner for broadband, a phone (my dedicated home fax number) and TV content. Perhaps I could pull local HDTV and the networks over the air, but the loss of ESPN and national cable news would be missed … for a while. Still, I see the day is coming and I wouldn’t mind a smaller monthly bill.

Dear Cable:

Before I say anything else: It’s not you. It’s me.

I’ve changed over the years. I’m hardly at home. And when I am, it’s not live television I’m watching. It’s stuff that’s been queued up on my DVR for weeks. But mostly, when I’m on my couch with a remote in my hand, I’ve been…streaming. I know how wrong that must sound. But everyone’s getting their shows and movies through the Internet these days. I’m sorry. It’s just the reality of things.


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  • Haven’t had cable since 2002 when I moved to Ohio.  Had broadband that whole time though.  I did miss me some Discovery, TLC and History channels for quite some time but not enough to fork out that cable bill to get them.  I found the library for offline resources enough to meet my needs as there wasn’t much online at the time.  Now though, there are a lot of things available streaming that I’d much rather utilize vs cable.  Perhaps if cable went to an ala cart method and you received discounts for purchasing more channels.  I think a system like that would definitely weed out the chaff but it’d likely work towards reduced choices as well as channels die to lack of support and the popular shows on those channels move to more successful ones.

    • A good friend went a few years uncabled but is back with it again; I’m impress with your discipline Jacob. We could do  it if “cable” news would stream their broadcast over the Internet AND I had an option for broadband besides Time Warner. I would be a perfect candidate for a la carte cable.

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.