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more like harmful to their wallets that isnt getting as fat as they want to
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I haven't watched any TV series since season four of The Walking Dead. TV is dead to me and I'm better for it.
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as customers drop their pay-TV subscriptions

I’m surprised there are still customers. On demand online media, duh. Convenience, duh. Market, duh.

Actually… anyone remember that big American thing about something called “free market” and how “the market decides” and “vote with your wallet” stuff? I could’ve sworn I heard something yesterday. No matter, it’s probably just paranoid me overthinking some rustling leaves.
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Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post

As hard as they try, old media cannot stop technological progress. Eventually, the original content made/ bought by Hulu and Netflix will simply be loads better than what Time Warner makes.

I work at a major telco in their TV group.
I agree with this entirely.

The future is going to be highly improved streaming of "low fidelity" content via unicast and "high fidelity" multicast.
Low fidelity is a RELATIVE term. In 5 years it'll be 1080p. In 10 years probably 4k + 60Hz + 3D or virtual a la oculus or similar.

My opinions are not my employer's.

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I’m surprised there are still customers. On demand online media, duh. Convenience, duh. Market, duh.

Actually… anyone remember that big American thing about something called “free market” and how “the market decides” and “vote with your wallet” stuff? I could’ve sworn I heard something yesterday. No matter, it’s probably just paranoid me overthinking some rustling leaves.
Older customers are happy with the traditional linear TV service they grew up with. They're hooked.
People of my generation are more price conscious.

In 20 years the point will be moot because the cost of distribution will drop precipitously.
I suspect that telcos will go to metered pricing in order to force their competitors (Netflix, Hulu) to pay their "fair share" indirectly.
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post #15 of 21
Another win for the consumer!

Just think, now Hollywood won't go bankrupt like we've feared; they'll make more money on subscriptions based services. Thanks to copyright law, they should be able to at least keep their heads above water by maintaining these dangerously low 6 billion dollar profit margins each quarter.

For a while there I was scared the actors would stop acting and the writers would stop writing.

Thank you, thank you, thank you copyright law. I just hope they can find a way to keep the ship afloat; we need to support those blue collar Hollywood jobs! There's just not enough money in it all to keep them hired on if piracy doesn't stop!
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When I recently got Internet for my apartment, I was hounded for a TV sub.

That was until I asked them if they were going to be broadcasting "Superman Returns" for my fiance, and based on their answer was my answer to getting a TV Sub.
    
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People will just got back to pirating. It's a matter of convenience. The choices now are: Hulu for ~$10/ month, TWC with DVR for a considerable amount more, or pirate for free with a little more effort. When you cut out the most reasonable choice (staying legal with high convenience and low cost), it's not hard to see where a lot of people are going to go next.

People aren't jumping from traditional cable simply because of Hulu, there is a little guy called Netflix, and plenty of other services on consoles, Roku, AppleTV, etc. Sling is also interesting, I personally don't have it because of the reviews, but it's an awesome product model, someone will figure out how to make a service identical to it that runs great, with on demand programming, then it's all over for traditional TV services.
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Time Warner is being bought by Charter soon anyway, so the purchase of Hulu shares may not even go through, or if it does Charter may have a different position.


hold the phone is that true? charter is going to buy time warner? god i hope so time warner bought out my old ISP and the service quality dropped and prices more than doubled!
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hold the phone is that true? charter is going to buy time warner? god i hope so time warner bought out my old ISP and the service quality dropped and prices more than doubled!
They're buying out Time Warner Cable, not all of Time Warner, but yes. The deal hasn't gotten regulatory/DoJ approval yet, and probably won't given what happened with the attempted Comcast deal last year.
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Frankly the only reason I watch TV is for Live Sports and Live News.

Watching shows with commercials is annoying to say the least... anyone growing up watching Star Trek TNG knows how annoying this.

Then you have to ask why commercials exist. Because of the technology 60 YEARS AGO, it was the only way to make money off TV. With current technology from at least 10 YEARS AGO we have the technology to give more options to consumers like keep commercial breaks, or pay for uninterrupted viewing.

I'm still amazed how slow Cable Companies were in adopting IPTV streaming. They had VoD early, but with the huge bandwidth they have with coax, their line-up was a joke. Shockingly, they only offer $6 a pop rental. When they could have offered value and choice and have been the Netflix and Hulu while being the iTunes, etc. YEARS AGO. But no, they used their technology monopoly to rip off customers.

Why do they even have traditional QAM channels for cable? Why don't they move everything over IP? Let customers BUY a cheap, Roku-like box and decrypt the content on that. They could multicast it over their network, as pointed out, or unicast premium content/ features.
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