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The next generation won’t be interested in paying for cable.

"Over the top" appears to be taking over.   A recent survey released by Credit Suisse indicates that over-the-top TV and content delivery options like Netflix, along with Hulu and the Microsoft Xbox 360 are becoming strong contenders in the television viewership market.   

After surveying an estimated 250 Netflix subscribers, Credit Suisse found that nearly 40 percent of Netflix subscribers between the ages of 25 and 34, and almost 30 percent of subscribers between 18 and 24 used Netflix streaming services instead of cable or satellite television.   

At a media conference this week, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg predicted that cable is headed in the same direction as the wire line telephone business, according to
 All Things Digital

"Young people are pretty smart. They’re not going to pay for something they don’t need to,” he said. Seidenburg added that “Over the top" is going to be a big issue in the future for the cable industry. I think cable has some life left in its model… but that it is going to get disintermediated over the next several years."

Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis obviously disagrees.
"When people say there's cord cutting, we really just don't see it," said Angelakis. "And when we think about cord cutting or the flavor of the day, we look at that as primarily competition to our VOD business, not to our core business."

In addition to the rise of over the top play options like Netflix and Hulu, Google TV and Apple's revamped TV service are expected later this year. It is rumored that Amazon may also have plans for a similar product coming soon.



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Don't forget...
By Marlin1975 on 9/24/2010 8:26:22 AM , Rating: 5
Over the Air Digital also is not helping cable as well. I got rid of cable a long time ago and thought I would miss it, but don't. Over the air digital picture is much better and I don't pay for it like cable.

OAD plus online = no reason for cable.




RE: Don't forget...
By FITCamaro on 9/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: Don't forget...
By vapore0n on 9/24/2010 8:35:33 AM , Rating: 3
One time I needed to watch a RedSox game. Went to ESPN online and watched it live.


RE: Don't forget...
By invidious on 9/24/2010 9:40:49 AM , Rating: 1
If you only need to watch sports "one time" then your opinion does not interest me.


RE: Don't forget...
By mcnabney on 9/24/2010 9:45:38 AM , Rating: 2
I use ESPN online all the time. Most of the sports content I watch though is either in person or is broadcast by the local networks that I receive for free OTA.


RE: Don't forget...
By 1reader on 9/24/2010 9:48:03 AM , Rating: 5
If your comments consist of snide dismissals, then your disinterest does not interest me.


RE: Don't forget...
By MozeeToby on 9/24/2010 11:04:32 AM , Rating: 5
And if your comments consist of snide dismissals--- oh blimey I've gone cross eyed.


RE: Don't forget...
By conejo99 on 9/24/2010 10:12:21 AM , Rating: 3
I remove sports channels and shopping channels just so that I don't have to see them as I flip through looking for something to watch. I can live with our mutual disinterest in each others choices.


RE: Don't forget...
By kfonda on 9/24/2010 11:38:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a Mets fan, the less I see the better. :-(

"Just wait 'til next year"...(damn, I've been saying that for a really long time)


RE: Don't forget...
By seamonkey79 on 9/24/2010 2:30:47 PM , Rating: 4
Not as long as us Cubs fans...


RE: Don't forget...
By Stoanhart on 9/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: Don't forget...
By Motoman on 9/24/2010 5:40:34 PM , Rating: 4
No one "needs" to watch TV, or movies...ever.

Therefore, your opinion does not interest me.


RE: Don't forget...
By marvdmartian on 9/24/2010 8:47:39 AM , Rating: 4
Honestly, I can't remember the last time I turned on ESPN. Too much life to live, to spend all my day in front of the boob tube, watching others live theirs.

In fact, I closed on my house about 6 months ago, and have yet to bother hooking up my TV's to receive any incoming signal. Honestly, I don't miss it, and can catch any TV programming I want online.


RE: Don't forget...
By gfredsen on 9/24/2010 9:56:32 AM , Rating: 3
My feelings, too. I began to feel one basketball game became like another.
I grew tired of discourteous political discourse that settled nothing and actually didn't even illuminate the issue.
If it isn't on the net or off the air, then I don't listen.


RE: Don't forget...
By frobizzle on 9/24/2010 10:35:21 AM , Rating: 2
Same here. The last time I turned my TV on was for the election...in 2008. Haven't even powered it up since then and I don't miss it!


RE: Don't forget...
By kake on 9/25/2010 8:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
How do you what Jeopardy!?


RE: Don't forget...
By iceonfire1 on 9/25/2010 2:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm... I'm pretty sure I've never actually watched a full sports game on tv. I dislike televised sports and don't own a tv; I can watch almost anything I want to, if I want to, on a laptop.


RE: Don't forget...
By Taft12 on 9/24/2010 9:23:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a huge sports fan, but they almost never carry games my home teams are playing in and virtually ignore my favourite team sport (NHL), so even sports fans don't need it any more.


RE: Don't forget...
By VahnTitrio on 9/24/2010 10:20:11 AM , Rating: 2
I wish our household could just pay for about 5 channels. I will always have the game on if there is one, even if I'm not watching it at all times. As much as I'd like to think I can keep myself busy every hour I'm not working or sleeping, that just isn't the case, so it's nice to have some sports to watch to fill the time (and with friends like mine it's almost a necessity if you want to host any event that overlaps with game time).


RE: Don't forget...
By Modeverything on 9/24/2010 9:24:50 AM , Rating: 2
I use Playon and can watch ESPN. I bought it for $10 a while back, so I was able to get the lifetime service for an additional $30 I think it was.

http://www.playon.tv/playon

And for what Playon doesn't offer by default, there is usually a plugin for it.

http://www.playon.tv/playon/plugins


RE: Don't forget...
By Spuke on 9/24/2010 9:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I use Playon and can watch ESPN. I bought it for $10 a while back, so I was able to get the lifetime service for an additional $30 I think it was.
That's sweet!!! How's the HD quality?


RE: Don't forget...
By Modeverything on 9/24/2010 10:10:25 AM , Rating: 2
It's not really HD, but I do watch it on a 1080p HDTV, and IMO, most of the time it looks as good as cable. The picture scales to the full size if the TV with no black bars, and it doesn't look stretched, distorted or anything like that. The sound is only 2 channel stereo, but again, it's not really designed to replace your DVD and Blu-ray collection, just as an alternative to cable, which I think it does a great job. The only show I miss from cable is The Big Bang Theory.

Like I say, it's quality is about as good as cable, but it's a whole lot cheaper.


RE: Don't forget...
By Modeverything on 9/24/2010 10:11:31 AM , Rating: 2
Forgot to add...

I use Playon combined with a $9 a month Netflix subscription, and I'm set. :)


RE: Don't forget...
By mcnabney on 9/24/2010 9:42:17 AM , Rating: 3
Playon is a clever idea, but it is just a media service that pulls streams off of the internet and pumps them across the home network to a media device or DLNA-TV. I am going to guess the resolution isn't that great, especially if it is running over a wireless network. The same content has to go to a PC and out to the device - effectively doubling the network requirement. Just pick up a cheap nettop and bring full functionality to your entertainment center.


RE: Don't forget...
By Modeverything on 9/24/2010 10:23:25 AM , Rating: 2
I think the only issue with a nettop is they probably don't support all of the extra plugins, and Playon also allows you to share files from your PC to stream as well, which I'm not sure if a nettop box could do that. Of course since Playon uses VLC media player, it's still scaled down to 2 channel sound.

I do plan on getting the Boxee when it comes out. I think it will be pretty cool.


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