Our friend the television: Is cable an outdated dinosaur?

March 9 |
TV HEAD
Photo by Daniel Toror, used under Creative Commons license.
Last week I read this article on Mashable about cutting the cable cord. In it, they cover the results of a study in which five families replaced their cable with a "connected device" (vocab word, yo!) for a week. We're talking Boxee, Roku, Apple TV and Google TV, and an Xbox 360.

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a man pretty high up in the pecking order of a midwestern cable company. He was very interested in learning about how us kids watch TV. I explained that we'd only recently gotten cable again — because there was a deal when we moved.

"And how did you watch TV before that?" he asked.

We watched a lot of Hulu and Netflix.

"When the deal's over, will you continue cable?"

I dunno. Probably not.

"What would make your cable subscription more useful to you?"

If I could just effing watch it on my computer. Seriously. Not even our local news stations stream their shows online. AND, my cable plan includes On Demand Streaming, but I can access content days faster online.

I'm sure a number of you don't watch TV at all — but that will never be me. I love my teevee. When we don't have cable, we watch Netflix and Hulu, and I even have a set-up that allows me to stream Japanese daytime television (Amazing. Their version of Fred Willard is a trio of very young women.) So, I'm kind of curious — does cable feel like a dying dinosaur to you? Do you already own — or are you researching — a connective device? Do you even need one? Is Netflix enough for your household? Let's prognosticate a bit on the future of mass media.

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