Originally Posted by UltimateFlank
I hate cable. Really I do. ...
So do I. So much I ditched cable and
broadcast TV a long, long time ago. In addition to cable's utter disregard for their customers, network TV's content degenerated into 99% garbage years ago while advertisements simultaneously grew more numerous, obnoxious, and distasteful. The junk that networks pass as "news" has become packaged entertainment for illiterate morons. So what good is TV any more?
For a small fraction of cable's cost, I can pick and choose quality entertainment from Netflix or any number of similar services.
My big deal is getting EVERY show I want, when I want it, and not a week or a month late. ... Call me picky, but as much as I don't like cable, I can't justify giving it up yet..
Try it. You may find it's the best thing you ever did. I'll only pay to have my trash removed
from my home. I won't pay a red cent to have it delivered.
Cable companies have a complete monopoly, and they don't give a shit about their consumers. Much like the banking industry became - come to think of it, look for Comcast et al to come running hat in hand to Congress for a bailout
Apple's focus has been delivering what you want, when you want it, and this philosophy continues to become more prevalent. It goes back to the original iTunes Music Store - pay for what you want, not what you don't. Contrast that with the traditional broadcast TV or cable, in such context the present delivery system seems quaintly dysfunctional - kind of like buying a CD at the Tower Records Store
Originally Posted by msuberly
Goodbye monthly cable bill. You have just been replaced by an equally expensive monthly Internet bill.
If you don't already have broadband internet, yes, but may people are paying for that in addition to a cable subscription. Given the amount and variety of content now available online, this makes no sense to me. With the demise of a traditional cable subscription service, it's possible the cable companies will seek to recover such lost revenue in increased Internet-only service charges, but will it approach the present combined cost of TV plus Internet? I doubt it.
It may seem premature for me to write cable TV's obituary, but I believe it's certain, and just a matter of time. Like twisting the channel knob on your TV and readjusting the rabbit ears... it's going away
. More often than not, such technological shifts happen faster than anyone expects. Before you know it the cable set-top converter is in your garage under the bag of cat litter.
Originally Posted by Cinemagic
Steve Jobs still doesn't get it. ... This is one area where Microsoft is far superior. ... the Apply TV isn't and the upcoming iTV doesn't sound like it's in the league of Microsoft's Media Center.
I've used it, I'm underwhelmed by MMC. MMC doesn't do anything you can't do with even a cheap Blu-Ray player, which isn't bogged down by Windows and the typically crap hardware that runs it. Besides, MMC's UI is simply awful - typical Windows backassward design. Let's hope Apple doesn't follow that shining example.
...and I'm curious, just what else doesn't Steve Jobs "get"