Want To Cancel Your Cable In Favor Of The Web? How Cable Companies Aim To Stop You

    February 17, 2012
    Abby Johnson
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The FCC has a fight on its hands between cable companies and Internet streaming set-top box companies such as Boxee. The cable companies are pushing the FCC to make a change to current regulation in order to allow them to encrypt basic cable programming.

Do you want to cancel your cable and get all of your viewing entertainment online? Let us know in the comments.

Their argument is that they would be able to answer service calls remotely instead of sending out technical support, which would mean a reduction in cable costs. They also say this move could reduce piracy.

On the other hand, Boxee and companies similar to it believe the policy change could be harmful to both consumers and competition.

“We looked hard to see what consumer benefits could come out of that ruling, and we couldn’t find any,” said Boxee CEO Avner Ronen in a recent interview.

Should the FCC allow cable operators to encrypt basic cable? What do you think?

Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee Ronen believes the cable companies are hoping to gain revenue and block cable alternatives. As he explained to us, if the FCC changes the regulation, consumers would need to get a set-top box from their cable provider. This, in turn, would mean consumers would pay an additional monthly fee to their cable companies for renting the boxes.

“This is a great way for them to just increase the revenue they get per user, on one hand, and try and slow down the trend,” he said.

The “trend” he is speaking of is what has commonly been referred to as “cord cutting.” It’s gaining a lot of ground in the U.S. as consumers find that they can watch all their favorite shows online at a much lower price or for nothing at all.

In fact, a study out earlier this year from business advisory firm Deloitte found that as many as one-fifth of cable subscribers could drop their services this year. In addition, 9 percent of consumers have already made the move to abandon cable.

According to Ronen, the cable companies’ quarterly reports showcase the trend and this move is their reaction to it. He does, however, credit the recent rise in lobbying efforts to Boxee’s launch of its Live TV dongle. He said the cable companies saw the press about it and that users were excited.

“They don’t like the idea of competition. Those are organizations that have been a monopoly for many years,” he pointed out. “They didn’t like the idea of competition from satellite providers, they didn’t like IPTV competition, and now they don’t like competition from the Internet.”

“Whatever they can do to block it or delay it, they’ll do.”

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) recently filed a response to Boxee’s filing with the FCC saying that Boxee was “simply wrong” in its assumptions. One particular point it brought up was that Boxee subscribers could still access basic cable if the company included a CableCard slot in its device. In the filing, Neal M. Goldberg, the Vice President and General Counsel for NCTA, wrote:

“Contrary to Boxee’s claims, the proposed rule change will result in substantial consumer benefits for tens of millions of cable customers… Boxee’s proposal is that the Commission delay or deny these consumer benefits to protect Boxee’s particular design for its product, which Boxee has deliberately chosen to build without a CableCARD slot (and without standard interfaces for connecting to a set-top box)… As Boxee well knows, its customers would be able to access encrypted cable channels if it included a CableCARD slot in its device. The whole point behind CableCARD is that consumer electronics manufacturers can build to a common technology that is supported across cable systems. Requiring operators to support one-off fixes for individual manufacturers like Boxee is completely contrary to the Commission’s basic objective in this area.”

When asked about this, Ronen told us that a CableCard was a “bad idea” for consumers for a few reasons. First of all, Boxee Live TV would cost 2-3 times more than what it does now. Secondly, users would need to order one from their cable company, which would be another monthly rental charge they would have to pay. Thirdly, Ronen said the NCTA’s defense “doesn’t make any sense” since cable companies have stated that they are heading toward IP solutions and that the idea of a CableCard is not a long-term option.

Ronen also found fault in another benefit that the NCTA wrote in its filing. As he explained, the NCTA asked the FCC to make the change since it would be good for the environment. The claim was that it would eliminate service calls. Ronen, however, pointed out that users would still need to get the set-top boxes. In other words, either the cable company would be delivering them or users would be picking them up, which would be no lesser impact on the environment.

Ronen told us a better alternative for cable companies would be to support broadcast channels over pure IP. He said this would “address their issues and enable much more competition than there is today.”

Many consumer electronics companies are in favor of a proposed FCC standard called AllVid that would allow users to access cable and satellite programming through an IP-based system. Although Boxee is not part of the AllVid alliance at this point, Ronen thinks it, or something similar, would be an effective option for the future.

Regardless of what happens with the cable encryption proposal, Ronen is confident that the trend to view content online will only increase with time.

“The transition toward more video over the top that’s coming over the Internet such as Netflix and Hulu and iTunes is inevitable,” he said. “If they’ll be successful in getting the FCC to adopt this rulemaking, it’s probably going to slow down the transition, but it’s not going to prevent it – it’s inevitable.”

How will this fight play out? Will cable companies win, or will companies like Boxee get their message across? What will the impact of either outcome be on the future of pay TV? We’d love to your input in the comments.

  • Rod

    We cut the cable in 01/11 and couldn’t be happier. With a networked HTPC, Xbox 360 & Boxee Box we have it covered for all the commercial free viewing one could ask for. F the cable companies.

  • TF

    Cable is too expensive. Bring on the Internet.

  • James

    Did it. Sorry I did not do it sooner. First off, you stop watching garbage. Secondly, it’s ALL (and even more is) available online, commercial-free and easier than one may think. Lastly, the savings are immense.

  • James

    One more observation: Reporter Abby Johnson is easy on the eyes………

    • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

      Unfortunately, Abby has not journalistic training and is a terrible journalist.

      • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

        Actually, I am a trained journalist, but please share what would qualify me as one in your opinion?

  • http://www.cabinchaletdecor.com Rita

    When the government forced tv stations to go all digital, even though they provided ‘converter’ boxes, they forgot that some of us live far enough out in the country that there is NO DIGITAL signal to pick up, even with a converter box – haven’t had television since. With the internet, we are able to watch the news and the shows online. To get ‘cable’ is more than the internet. However, now even the major broadcasting companies are limiting the number of programs they will stream or make available online (shows that were available are now only available in clips, unless there is a ‘cable service account’ to login to. TNT for example makes all their programs unavailable unless you have a cable account to login – if a perosn has cable, why would they watch it online? Sure seems like a conspiracy on part of the broadcasting and cable companies to MAKE you get cable. Well, even cable is NOT available in all areas. With a phone service, DSL is. They COULD offer the shows a week later, but to take them away all together….

  • CAC

    We currently have cable through Suddenlink Communications and are very disgusted with the high cost and the increasing number of commercials on the basic channels not to mention their derogatory, degrading and slanted advertising campaigns. We are currently looking into other avenues of entertainment including dropping outside media and talking with each other again.

  • Wade Blair

    Absolutely. Paying way too much for cable!!

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

      What?? People talking with one another? Now wouldn’t that be an interesting change… 😉

  • http://www.mightycovers.com Larry

    I think anything that can reduce the cost of watching tv is welcome and needed, whether it is cable or dish. The cost of watching tv has gotten out of hand and ridiculous. Maybe some competition from the internet is what we need.

  • bobby

    I got rid of cable a long time ago. Unless you subcribe to a movie channel all the movies and shows are full of commercials. Also on cable you have to pay to watch a movie, without commercials, if you don’t have a movie channel.(movies on demand) I pay $7.99 a month for netflix and watch all the movies and sitcoms I want without all the commercials. I highly recommend netflix for anyone who still has cable. Give it a try, you’ll be glad you did.

  • David H

    What is ridiculous in the first place is IP protocols to stream videos!

    Give me a break! IP protocols take existing data streams and “artificially” chop up that data, creating more complexity as it has to be routed through a complex interface of NON VIDEO oriented packetizing to get through to its eventual destination, your television or video device.

    The internet was NOT BUILT for delivery of video! Cable was.

    But what we are getting with the shift to internet based “streaming video” is simply crappier and crappier video quality just at a time that video is heading into even higher recording and delivery standards for ULTRA high definition.

    What this means is that nothing consumes bandwidth and requires higher data transfer rates than VIDEO sandwiched with the multiple Audio channels required for the various stereo and multiple audio channels with their own high definition audio standards.

    CABLE itself has trouble keeping up with this huge amount of digital bits necessary to fill a huge monitor for one second of action.

    So what is our solution? Algorithms and schemes to essentially CHEAT the viewer out of the full video and audio experience inherently residing in the high definition formats. These schemes compress the purity of those signals unmercifully so that few people actually see the true quality that various high definition formats would normally allow.

    We have this absurd situation where on the one hand new video standards are being developed and arriving on the market over the next few years that are going to be compressed and distorted like crazy so that they can be passed along in an series of internet protocols that were never intended for the intense data rates of video, let alone high definition standards.

    Here’s another one absurdity for you. When people buy so-called “high definition” movies and entertainment they are not seeing the highest quality possible. This is because even on the disc formats the video has to be COMPRESSED (information removed and other “false” information “guessed at”) just to get it onto a disc that will fit into a DVD player whether Blu-ray or AOD.

    Most home entertainment has to be degraded into a number of different delivery formats simply to write it on to a disc. So, the player has to have a decoder that “supports” or recognizes how the video has been mashed up and then partially “restores” it during the play mode.

    The truth is that moving all video delivery to the internet is STUPID. What CABLE should do is to upgrade its own delivery system, stop compressing the heck out of several hundred channels, focus on a relative handful of high quality channels, and become the alternative for people who want something distinctly better than the crappy quality offered on the internet.

    The other thing no one talks about is that all it takes is your local hosting provider having a little down time or doing “maintenance” or a script kiddie having fun with Denial of service attacks or hacking the local hosting providers routers to shut down your streaming video entertainment.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

      These are interesting points, David, but do you think that cable companies will actually do this? And if they did, wouldn’t it just increase costs for subscribers even more?

      • Steve

        Purists worried about similar things when audio was ‘dumbed-down’ from Analog to MP3 etc – but in reality, nobody really cares about that now (witness itunes). Very few people care about 720p versus 1080p and even fewer will care about 3D television. People just want to watch television without being taken for all their cash. Kodak refused to embrace digital photography, record companies pushed back against digital downloads, etc., etc.
        Truth is, everybody hates cable and now there is an alternative. As internet TVs gain popularity people will adopt and technology will take care of the rest.

    • Brian.

      You mean to tell me you think that video should not be broadcast over the internet due to transmition limitations. Are you ignorant or stupid. The size of a high ref movie file is what ??? 8gb wothbof data at the most for 1080. The problem with that data transmition isn’t the lines they are carried on it is the servers they are being sent from. Thousands or tens of thousands of people are trying to access the data stored on a drive or several drives. That data is being sent out on a line in packet form to all those people on lines capable of transmitting say 50 mb/s for cable lines… The only limiting factor in internet tv broadcast is the crappy boxes abc and nbc and cbs put their content on. You pay your internet providor for 25 mh/s download and 5 mh/s upload but never get more than maybe 2-3mb/s actual download right. That’s because the source of the data can’t handle the data transmissions to x number of sources. Don’t say the internet wasn’t designed for video without knowing the limitations. We didn’t even get into fiber discussion.

  • http://www.creativesgi.com Shad Johnsen

    Our family is cancelling in April when our contract is up!!

  • http://www.hostmy1stweb.com Rob Davie

    Sorry, I was around when cable TV was promised to be FREE, ha, what a laugh that was! So we have been a subscriber for over 20 years, but when Satellite came into its own we moved, hearing the promise again of “no or little commercials”. Just another laugh as it only took about 3 years to have 5-7 minutes of programming then 4-5 minutes of commercials, so in the end you get 40 minutes of show and 20 minutes of commercials for the privilege of paying $49.95 a month + a $5.00 equipment fee, $5.00 in taxes, and more! Who needs it? We don’t, so last week we cut the cord and are using all INTERNET access to watch all our shows that now save us over $60.00 a month and less aggravation because of less commercials.

    SAY NO TO ANY INTERNET TAXES, CABLE ENCRYPTION, once they get that tell be more charges to come!

    Besides, “HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH PROFIT ANYWAY” it seems to NEVER be enough!

    Speak out and do something, don’t just sit and complain. It doesn’t work!


  • http://www.cheapmensjackets.org John Weiss

    Everytime I hear cable companies say that are making a move that will lower cable bills I shutter as the results are always higher cable bills.

  • http://www.rwrinnovations.com Ron Nixon

    As the owner of a small bookstore that has been destroyed by Amazon and those who have turned books into a loss leader; I hope Amazon starts competing with cable companies. I bet Amazon would come up with a way for customers to subscribe only to the few channels they want to see instead of all the channels that they are forced to pay for.

    Cable companies say they can’t do it, but, I bet Amazon could figure it out and make billions of dollars in the process.

    Cable companies need competition and politicians need to stop forcing them to carry channels that no one or very few people want to watch.

    Ron Nixon
    RWR Innovations LLC

    • Justin

      This is a great point. For example, I would cut out E channel, Oxygen, Hallmark, etc that I never watch, which is about half or more, and add all of the ESPN’s and sports channels and maybe some movie channels too for roughly the same price, plus maybe a tad bit more.

      Why aren’t cable companies doing this? They could make so much more money from happier consumers because one thing people love is customization just for them. It makes them feel important and special, not just another number, and the side benefit, ironically, is that they get to enjoy that customization.

  • http://webmarketingtips4u.com Javeton

    Hello Abby,

    Excellent article on a great topic that hits home for a lot of cable subscribers! I get TV service as well as high-speed internet from my cable company and if I could find an Internet-based provider that offers reasonably good quality TV And high-speed Internet service, I’ll jump on it in the blink of an eye.

    But I am concerned about giving up a service that works reasonably well, notwithstanding the cost, and getting something that makes my life miserable as well as causes interruptions to the business I’m doing online. That would be unacceptable!

    However, cable companies need to stop lobbying the government and the government needs to stay out of this business. Thanks for sharing this excellent article on a touchy subject.


    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

      Hi Tony,

      Glad you enjoyed the piece. It is definitely a challenging area with a lot of variables, as we have seen just in the comments. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for this, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.


  • http://cost-plus.com Brad Mole

    Yes, I can’t wait to send my cable provider packing!

  • Chad R

    I have been off the coax enslavement for over a year now and will never go back!

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  • Justin

    Don’t people know by now that it’s NEVER about protecting people as the government says with things like the NDAA or SOPA or cable companies saying they’d charge less and be able to answer service calls better? It’s about maximizing profits, lessening the competition, and/or finding a way to do what they want within the guise of helping you, the people, out.

    Ronen was right when he said it was about maximizing revenues and lessening, or outright preventing the competition. Wouldn’t you want to do that if you were a business or were a dying breed and wanted to lessen your competition? What will most likely happen is that cable companies will fight and claw and scratch until they realize that most people would rather just stream online and pay less or nothing and will then realize, while what they initially thought was a losing battle, that the money now can be made on cable internet and just charge more for that. Companies as a whole are not stupid and will capitalize on something that doesn’t seem obvious at first, but will keep them in business.

  • http://k0bg.com Alan Applegate

    Seemingly, every entity one can name is after the consumer’s entertainment dollar. However, it is going to be those folks with the technological edge who will win.

    Unless you live under a rock, or are technically illiterate, the bandwidth of cable is highly limited compared to other broadband systems like satellite, DSL, and 4g type networks. The cable companies can pull all the strings they want to gain an edge, fleeting as it may be, but in the long run, they’re toast!

  • Tom

    I recently build an HD over-the-air antennae and cancelled dish.

    The only prisoners of cable companies are those who can’t live without 200 crappy channels for every 1 decent one. We rarely watch tv. So IF the time comes – we can’t get internet tv – we will make do and get along fine.

    We do own a roku – I love it – but am a fan of old movies. But if it went away – it would not kill me.

    The only captive audience cable companies have are the ones that can’t get by without watching Toddlers and Tiaras, or some such other garbage.

  • http://www.computerpresense.com Scott Phillips

    I’m on both sides of the fence. Do I think that cable companies should encrypt their programming – yes -BUT only if it is THEIR OWN CONTENT.

    They buy 98% content from other sources; that would be up to the content owner to encrypt or not. Level the playing field. Let the consumers decide if the want to buy services from the cable or sat. companies or buy alacart services direct from the providers over the internet.. The cable/sat/phone companies are still going to get their chunk from the interent subscription as with them none of this is possible anyway.

    We used to be Comcast customers (still are for internet) and switched to DirecTV for tv as it was FAR less expensive but with Hulu+ and Netflix (Thanks to our Blu-Ray player) and our kids learning how to search for programming they want to watch cutting the cord is getting closer and closer.

    These companies should all be put on notice time is running out and SERVICE IS KING, and that if they continue to rake consumers over and over this topic will be the least of their worries.

    And whoever thought channel bundling was good for consumers – you were wrong.

  • http://roezer.com Roezer

    What annoys me most is why do they have to shut down analog tv in so many countries it can be still transmitted through fiber optic cable cable companies should work with I.S.P’s not fight them. I have not turned on my TV in weeks did watch a few movies on netflicks though.

  • http://makeqrcodesonline.com Terry

    This is just another way for cable companies to get into the consumers pockets. If they would have been early adopters of net services, they would not be fighting this.

    They are old school and now must play catch up by finding other ways to make even more profit. It is shame and if enough people contact their local Government reps, the FCC will bow to the consumers NOT cable companies.

  • Jill

    The only time i’ve paid for TV was when a roommate ‘required’ cable. It was the biggest money sink i’ve ever paid into, especially as we had high speed internet as well.

    Currently, i don’t even have regular TV and can’t say i miss it. Any shows i want to watch can be downloaded 30-60 min after they air – with no commercials!!

    The ‘fun’ part was convincing my ISP that i really, truly don’t want cable… They still don’t seem to get that…

  • Carol

    I am presently on cable and I also have the box.My costs per month are what I consider too high! That does not include any pay per view, and I would never consider using that service under any circumstances. I am following this process re online versus cable very closely, and I want to move away from cable, so I would not support anything that might prevent me from my ultimate choice.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Captain Cyberzone

    Whichever entity has the deepest pockets and donates to (bribes) the most influential politicians will win and to be sure the loser will be, as always, the subscriber.

  • http://Spreety.com Spreety TV Online


    Great article. Thank you for sharing.

    As the owner of Spreety TV Online, an online TV guide, and having personally rid myself of TV 4 years ago, I’m never looking back.

    There are millions of choices online vs. a few hundred at anytime on cable.

    Cable has a very limited supply of content. It’s time to move to online TV.

    Ron from Spreety

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

      You’re right, Ron. Naturally consumers are aggregating toward the format that gives them more options, which is not sitting well with cable providers.

  • http://www.mexico-myspace.com George Puckett

    I sending this article out to all of my Circles on G+, Facebook & 10,000 Twitter Followers.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

      Thanks, George!

  • Jules

    It doesn’t matter what I or any one thinks, they’ll do what they want. I think every cable provider should be limited to what they can charge. Charge EVERYONE the same monthly fee ALWAYS. Why should a new customer receive discounted fees for 12 or 24 months, why shouldn’t an existing customer be offered the same?
    It’s all a rip off but one we continue to pay for because our hands are tied.

  • Rosevelle Magsalin

    I’d rather watch tv online, saving me time and of course electricity in the long run.

  • http://youtube.com/BlakeLinton Blake Linton

    The exodus to viewers to Internet alternatives has already claimed a casualty: The series Stargate Universe. With its focus on epic military space adventure in a steampunk setting, SGU has extraordinary appeal to the millions of early product adopters who have cut the cable. I made the move to Internet-based viewing years ago, and although I’ve saved thousands of dollars in cable fees, I deeply regret my role in SGU’s cancellation. I’m fighting to get it revived–on Netflix, where it belongs.

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    What has been happening over the last several years is that all forms of media have become more decentralized due to the internet. The internet is simply a more efficient delivery system for content. The cable companies can’t change this and they will therefore eventually die out. All they do is deliver content, nothing else. There is no added value to what they do so they are not necessary if the content can be delivered in a more efficient, less expensive way. It’s simple economics.

  • http://www.laverneglendagrant.com LaVerne Grant

    You forgot to mention Dish Network & Direct TV. I have AT&T internet and would love to blow all of those cable co’s and Dish out of the water.

  • Bill

    There is not enough competition for the cable companies. they all have their little niche markets around the country where they operate virtually as a monopoly. I have WOW in one state, and Comcast in another. Both are really difficult to deal with, once they have secured a contract with you. And the price for the services they provide simply goes up, and up, and up, while the services are reduced.

    When digital transmission was introduced, we were told, as long as we had cable we’d be fine. Not so. They both have now required us to secure boxes for our services, in order to receive digital. Comcast will only give you 3 boxes. If you have more than that, you have to pay more. So, essentially they are telling us, how to watch TV. WOW is no better. Since they switched to digital service, requiring that we get a special box for each TV, our reception is worse, the remote that came with the system have stopped functioning completely and trying to use other equipment like an old VCR or anything, is just a hassle. Again, they’re dictating how we watch TV – their way.

    Remember when cable first came on the scene? They offered monthly service for a fee, and that fee off set advertisements. TV with no ads – what a cool concept! Now the number, frequency and length of ads is mind numbing.

    The FCC needs to let the free market figure this out. Right now the monopolies around the country are raking in the bucks, for service we know doesn’t cost that much. Either break up the monopolies and allow free competition, or allow IP based programing – or both!

    I’m done with cable, myself. I haven’t switched yet, but am planning on it. Be tween the 2 services, that would save me about $250 per month for basic cable, internet access and phone service. $250! That’s a car payment!

  • Ryan

    Cable companies have been gouging consumers long enough with their exorbitant fees. I’m glad there are now competitors with much better offerings.

  • http://www.goldcurrent.net Gold Current

    Cable companies are dinosaurs. They know it and they’re freaking out. They’ve been gouging consumers long enough and people demand more value for less $ now that there are superior offerings available.

  • http://www.successfultransitionplanning.com Paul Cronin

    I would still need cable for ESPN and Comcast sports networks, so I am not sure of the benefit. But I like the idea of cheap broadcast via IP for those who want/need cable-internet but not cable programming; adding broadcast for low $$ makes sense.

  • Wikego

    Maybe if cable offered something worth watching people like me would stay.Basic cable packages are from the stone age and should start at $10 not $80.It’s 2012, give people a decent basic cable package with twice as many channels for less and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.Cable companies are greedy monopoly bidders with no competition.You want to survive in this world you need to stay ahead of the competition by offering more for less, not by trying to destroy them.

  • http://www.biselliano.info Biselliano

    If it were up to me, I’d get rid of cable all together and just use the internet. I can’t, however, because the apartments I live in automatically charge me for cable and will not allow me to opt out. It sounds that the cable companies are a little too pushy and need to be put in check just like the FCC itself and its regulation on the internet. The government is getting out of hand by trying to control every aspect of everybody’s lives. I’m about ready to say F’ all and live off the grid!

  • VDOVault

    My family is like Rita’s above…we live rural enough that the local cable company (which is the local telephone company) hasn’t brought the lines out this far yet (and likely never will). The prices currently are nothing special, slightly higher than the satellite companies most people ‘out here’ use.

    We’ve been customers of both DISH TV and now DirectTV and when the current DirectTV contract (which is a come-on, our rates didn’t only double in this 2nd year as per the contract & advertising but instead doubled & went up 4% because the channels supposedly raised their carriage fees, hitting us up for another $5 a month or so over what we signed up for) expires, we’re going with an IPTV solution.

    This won’t be easy as one of my family members has mild Alzheimer’s disease and will have to cope with a new gadget for him to learn (he’s no longer able to surf the web), but it’s time.

    If I could get a la carte channels or even a la carte programs via satellite on a pay per watching service I would do so as that would be easier for my memory impaired relative. But since I can’t, I’m done with satellite (and cable) come 2013. I have one cable channel I’m loyal to (Turner Classic Movies) and two cable shows I watch regularly (Mad Men & The Walking Dead) but the rest of my viewing is public TV and a little bit of international programming via MHz Networks. The rest of the family likes access to The Weather Channel and the local broadcast channels for news but I think a weather radio or an online forecast is better and frankly ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox etc have total garbage on including their so called ‘news’ coverage.

    So I’m stockpiling DVDs (with Blu-Ray, iTunes & streaming being pushed to the public, DVDs are going the way of the dinosaur right now and the price drops are terrific on classic movies & TV shows I love) and biding my time to get a Boxee Box.

    If Boxee can get some sort of Live TV Dongle so much the better for the rest of my family but the satellite & cable companies are going to lose me either way (and no I’m not going to rent or buy some card to use with a Boxee Box or any other IPTV set-up).

    Any games the media conglomerates choose to play at the FCC with blocking the IPTV industry will have me putting in my public comments to the agency about how they are egregious monopolies that need to be broken up already and getting ready to get disconnected from at least the tyranny of the dish or the cable. It may mean going a bit primitive but I’m very ready to stop paying DirectTV or DISH or any other cable/satellite outfit for their inferior content & service.

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  • http://www.domainsinternational.net Carlos Martins

    As a cable consumer i must say that cable company is exactly the same that provide us the connection with Internet. How to change for a service in Internet if i lose all the services that my company (that i really don´t like and is a monopoly in Portugal, they make all they want) is serving the consumers? If i quit i lose every services like phone, faz, television and internet.

    Please let me know your solution.

    Carlos Martins
    Lisbon, Portugal

  • http://www.redkitecreative.com Debbie

    We got rid of our $90/mo cable service 6 months ago. With an HD antenna, a Roku box and Netflix, we don’t miss it at all.

    • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

      Pick up a simple broadband internet account, and get a voip phone.
      (magicjack is great, if you have it available – very cheap!) You can fax over a voip line too. Doing this will save you hugely each month, you can join Hulu and Netflix and for about 30-40 US per month have everything you have now, only better with less commercials.

      – good luck!

  • http://www.24thtruckmasters.ne Rafael Morales

    It is a great idea. I had the opportunity to see a basketball game in ESPN3 and the quality of transmission was excellent. We could have worldwide television and not be subject to arbitrary choices by the cable companies.

  • TheUser

    Who cares… as far as I am concerned cable companies can go and F*** themselves! I cancelled my cable over 10 years ago and couldn’t be happier and now that there is Netflix and Hulu my wife and I are happy and content. Oh an even if online streaming services disappear tomorrow I am still saying NO to cable – I am just not interested in their commercial laden pile of shite that they offer. Until cable companies start to sell individual channels only at a reasonable price they can just go and F*** themselves with their useless bundles of joys…

    just my 2c

  • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

    I cut the cable cord two years ago and have never looked back. While there are a few channels I miss (notably, CurrentTV which doesn’t stream full episodes online) I find I can watch any show I want for a paltry 7.99 per month on Hulu. The are even beginning to produce and offer their own high-quality programming. The cable companies and networks are still trying to cut short and control their content on Hulu, but frankly, it’s a losing battle, because if they restrict access, Hulu folk will just ‘shrug’ and watch something else.

    When the major studios and networks decided that they didn’t need to pay good writers what they are worth anymore, and switched to 90% ‘reality’ show programming, they didn’t realize they were cutting their own throats.
    There are many alternatives. Screw the Cable companies. They’ve been bleeding us dry for too long. 300 channels and nothing on. Give me Hulu. I only have to watch a couple of 30 second commercials per show, and and can watch any show I want at any time of the day or night. It’s great!

    – Sharon

  • Kano’s Bionic Eye

    I’ve had a Boxee Box since it’s product launch 2 years ago and use it almost daily. I’ll be there on day 1 for the Boxee dongle and it’s no surprise Big Cable wants to see that shut down to line their pockets.

    I’ve been a cord-cutter for 7 years and couldn’t be happier. Is it really a surprise these vampires want to take even further advantage of their subscriber base? Keep limiting options, keep jacking up those prices.

    See how fast people go for their scissors.

  • parkblu

    Comcast’s profits last quarter are up 26%. Twentysix. Hard to fathom in this economy.
    We recently cancelled cable completely because we despise the line-up and have better use for the money. Now we use netflix and hulu, and sweep approx. 20 channels – digital and 16:9 – OTA, with rabbit ears on a shelf (!) . With a custom antenna in the attic it should be 30 or more. For free.
    And the cable industry’s only reaction to cord-cutters is same like in the music industry? It will be a RUDE awakening for cable providers, and fun for consumers to watch, or so I hope.

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  • Smith, John

    Ha, Ha, cable companies make me laugh. The cable industry did everything they could to prevent the cable card and now their telling Boxee they have to adopt it or should. What a slap in the face to the consumer and competition.

    Does anyone remember Multi-port? That was the cable card of the eighties or the cable consumer protection act of 1996? Both were suppose to break the cable companies noose allowing consumers to own and utilize superior and alternative devices.

    In all cases you will see a very clear pattern. The cable industry will go through the motion of developing devices that are suppose to make their service compatible with competing devices. This lets the cable companies constantly stall as there is always something better right around the corner. It gives their paid for politicians and fcc excuses as to why we need not put real and truly effective pressure on the cable companies and deffer the issue.

    Personally because of the public outcry I’m not sure if the cable industry can get away with encrypting the basic channels but I would not bet my life on it.
    If I were Boxee I would follow Multi-port and every ensuing device or I should say device of deceit right up to today. Their is no denying the pattern. Although it will take far more than little Boxee to deal with the cable giants.

    We all known whats really going on here. Its not about the truth. It’s not about proving the deceitful tactics of the cable industry. What good is truth, logic and history when the cable companies government whores are deaf, dumb and paid for.

    I think this whole issue is a great opportunity for journalists (I’m talking about real journalists, not faux, cnn, msnbc) to show just how inept the government is. All these laws, time and money spent to allow open hardware competition which never happened and now the cable industry has the audacity to request basic channels be encrypted.

    I’m not sure if I want to laugh or cry

  • http://www.infobymlm.com Mark

    One of the ways that cable companies try to hinder or block streaming is by creating caps on the amount of data that you can stream in a month. I have four TV’s that were connected to cable. When I first left cable and went to streaming I bought a Roku for each TV. However, my internet provider had a cap on the maximum amount of data I could use per month. With 4 TV’s I found that I had to aggressively monitor the amount of streaming we did since the provider’s policy was, go over the limit once and you get a warning. Go over it twice and you loose service for a year.

    Fortunately U-verse came to my neighborhood since U-verse internet does not have any data caps.

    Have Fun!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/nativesonky NativeSonKY

    In my small town we HAVE to have the cable service in order to get the internet service! They say there is no way to get around it, but I work in IT, so I KNOW that there are 2 different coaxes which are just split at the DMark outside, and one runs to the cable box and the other to the cable modem. They are LYING but I don’t know of anything I can do to stop it, and I don’t have any other choice around here. This should be outlawed!

  • tess elliott

    Hate the cable companies. Get really bad service, and they charge a fortune because they are practically a monopoly. They deserve more competition.

  • http://www.onlinetv.us Randy Penn

    Onlinetv was doing this since 1996! By 2000 they had 3 24 hour a day video broadcasts and over 3000 archives for viewers. It was mostly a paid membership for good quality video and small postage sized for free. They closed after 9/11 having lost their financal company in the attacks. The owner had seen this coming and still is working to make it happen. Check out Online TV Networks and read the history section. Watch TV online for free forever!

  • code

    the price of cable is a scandal to begin with! if i could get all of the programs that i watch online for the cost of the ISP monthly i would shut my cable off immediately!

  • http://shop.lacompanyonline.com Rob

    I think cable is pretty expensive, but it’s a personal choice whether you choose to watch on TV or online. I stream all the time, and barely watch tv.