People! Let’s be realistic about this cord-cutting stuff
This is Brian Roberts, CEO and Chairman of Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company. And he is smiling because the efforts to topple his industry, so far, are not progressing very well.
(Well, actually, he’s probably smiling because photographer Tim Shaffer told him to. But for argument’s sake…)
Today’s latest-reported efforts toward “cord cutting”?
- A $50 “live TV stick” that you plug into the Boxee Box, which lets you watch free, over-the-air broadcast TV from CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox.
- Sony is “considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service”, according to the Wall Street Journal.
First, I think Boxee is a cool startup and I applaud their efforts — I was one of the first to ever write about them, way back in 2008.
But I don’t know anyone who is going to cancel cable or satellite service because they can suddenly watch four broadcast channels on a set-top box they probably haven’t purchased. (The Boxee box is currently the no. 12 best-selling “digital media device” on Amazon, behind Apple TV, four Roku boxes, two Western Digital things, a Slingbox, Logitech’s Google TV box, a TiVo, and a “Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR” video recorder.)
It might be a nice add-on for the existing Boxee Box fan base, but this is not going to cause any widespread grief to the cable companies
Scoff all you like sir. It's coming. oh yeah it's coming. Can you tell I watched Kurt Angle on an old Raw is War internet feed and its corrupted my sentence structuring. That's what IPTV provides access to mind altering content, even if it is twelve year old WWF broadcasts.