Disconnecting Cable

By Deane Barker on January 4, 2011

Web and other options are shaking up how we watch TV: I know a dozen people that have done this, and I’m contemplating it myself.  When this behavior leaks out to the USA Today, you know it’s about to go mainstream,

What media moguls fear: 2011 could become the year when increasing numbers of people watch Web TV content from sources including Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu Plus and Crackle — and trim or even cancel their monthly subscriptions for cable, satellite or phone company TV service.

[…] most everyone agrees that the proliferation of broadband-enabled devices could lead to the biggest revolution in viewing habits since the advent of cable TV in the 1970s.

[…] If he’s right, Web TV could upend the pay TV industry that generates about $140 billion a year from ad sales and consumer subscription fees, says analyst Laura Martin of financial services firm Needham and Co.

Back in 1997 or so, I knew this was going to happen.  TV and the Net have always been on a collision course.  Pity be on the cable CEO who doesn’t see this coming and steer his ship around it.



  1. We’re about to break the cable ties that bind. With an AppleTV, NetFlix subscription and a digital broadcast antenna we will have more than enough viewing choices and will save almost $100/month in cable fees! If I include the cost of our internet connection we’re still save $80/month. This is going to be a HUGE challenge for maintaining net neutrality.

  2. two points

    1. Haven’t had cable for approx 6-7. Been watching tech tv Linux Action Show, Cnet, HAK5, on site shows (hereos and such) and yes stuff on youtube. cyclocross for example. Can’t get coverage in the US but Youtube has plenty of superprestige, et al coverage.

    2. With all the mergers and such the era of pay for sites may be on the horizon. want Netflix, your cable bill jumps by 10 a month in addition to the actual netflix cost. So don’t start shedding any tears for them just yet. Really hope I’m wrong but it doesn’t look good.

  3. Netflix wins! We’ve been without satellite / cable for a few years now. It wasn’t all that great, but tolerable especially when we started borrowing all the DVDs we could from friends and family. Then my wife found Netflix and got us subscribed. We get Instant Netflix on the Wii and it works very smoothly.

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