The world of cable TV is in flux right now.
Consumers may actually come out the winners this time.
Did you hear that Comcast complained to the BBB et al about Rob Lowe’s Direct TV commercials? Waaaaaah, they’re funny and people like them. Maybe if Comcast had better customer service than say, the Ferguson police department, they wouldn’t be so worried about a few ads.
HBONow showed up on my Apple TV earlier this week. That’s their stand-alone service so you can get HBO without having to pay for cable.
Turns out, most of your bill for cable programming stems from deals made to give you professional and college level sports. I could give a fuck about sports. I don’t even watch the Olympics anymore. So why am I paying that much for stuff I don’t watch–let alone all the other channels that used to be worth paying for and are now basically shit. I’m looking at YOU: History Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, Mtv, SyFy, Food Network, 20+ hours a day of Comedy Central.
I’ve been trying to determine what channels I would actually need in order to feel like I wasn’t missing anything important. Remember, I’m a pro reviewer and a major fan of television.
I would want:
Network (abc, nbc, cbs, FOX)
Showtime (but only for 1 or 2 shows)
There are probably a few other things I’m forgetting, but really, about 15 channels or so would have me covered. I’d just want a blazing fast internet connection. But it does seem like $200+ a month is an awful lot–which is about what we’re paying with Uverse now that our fancy deal has ended. Plus, our internet is topping out around 5mbps, when it should be at least 4x that. This is preventing the watching of my iTunes from the Apple TV. True, a first world problem–but one that $200 a month should probably take care of for us.
How long will it be before a la carte channels are all available? I guess that depends. Comcast is being, by far, I think, the biggest crying diaper babies about all this. No telling what kind of petulant shenanigans they’ll get up to as their position to gouge consumers becomes less and less stable.