Is Cable TV heading out the door?

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  1. Mykolant

    Mykolant PhilMUG Addict Member

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    We ditched our cable TV service back in the early '00s, and subsequently gave our TV away to my in-laws. That was when the kids were still way too young to be exposed to local network programming and the alluring, hypnotic rays of the idiot box.

    We didn't miss it when it was gone. We had more time for other stuff.

    Only got a TV in 2009 when I won it in a raffle. But I just got a media player and watched movies/tv shows that were either downloaded or copied from friends.

    We still didn't miss regular cable programming as it only renders us incapable of doing other things. We didn't have any househelp who would need to watch local programs on terrestrial TV. Sometimes, our TV doesn't get used for days on end.

    But I agree that once internet speeds go up and costs go down, only the will most people forego a cable TV connection....
     
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    I have ditched cable and just subscribed to the fastest internet in my area, 105 mbps which is $89.99/month. Don't need cable since I have 2 Fire TVs with Kodi 14.1 and 2 Apple TVs, I can watch all the movies and TV shows I want with these two devices.
     
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    Yes. In our household, the TV is only for display :) We do have sky cable but nobody watches TV anymore.

    We have a 27" iMac that we watch Netflix on.

    Fortunately, my 3mbps Internet connection can still play Netflix.
     
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    Ten years ago, I counted the number of hours I watched TV in one year: 15, all live sports events. Now, even less, thanks to on-demand video streaming subscriptions online.

    Shall we all sing "We are the world" now?

    Not yet. You see, pay TV (cable and satellite) subscription in the US is expected to drop from 100 million subscribers to about 90 million by 2020. Less, but hardly gone.

    In Asia, pay TV subscriber base is expected to grow from 500 million to 700 million by 2018, thanks in large part to affordability and ease of provisioning Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite services, and the largely untapped markets of India, Indonesia, etc.

    I know these numbers because, with some luck, I will launch my own pay TV channel next year, starting in Southeast Asia (MEASAT 3).

    Bottom line: You and me are not the world. :)
     
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    Just today, Sky Cable removed Fox Movies Premium and replaced it with Fox Movies with freaking ads! This is the exact reason why I don't watch Star Movies. What's next, HBO with ads?
     
  8. Adarna

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    Only the parents watch it out of habit.

    Us the children dont bother with cable or antenna TV since DSL became available in 2000.

    Production value, story and social values present in local TV and movies is not something I would want to expose myself or my children to.

    I know a lot of muggers work in the entertainment industry and I hope their industry employs more people with better compensation.

    Bought a OLED TV last year for Netflix 4K, Amazon Prime 4K, YouTube 4K and Bittorrent 4K.
     
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    Mm..4K streaming entertainment is fine. But what about current events? Like you know....news. News out of social media does not count. It is stupid. Moronic. Dumb. I still rely on CNN, BBC, local news channels, ANC, Bloomberg, CNBC, sometimes Fox to keep me up to date in addition to print media. So, for me, HD cable is still indispensable.
     
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    ^Good point, @raypin! But major news networks realise that the younger generation are stuck on social media, which is why these (legit) news organizations have also been aggressive posting newsbits on social media. They use it as another "channel" to reach the digital audience...
     
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    Mm..that is a pity. I grew up watching, with the family, the news as delivered by Harry Gasser of RPN 9. I carried the habit to this day. My nephews and nieces belong to social media generation. I am sorry to say that I cannot carry an intelligent conversation with them when it comes to current events. Napaka ignorant which is ironic since they have a far greater access to a wealth of information than my generation.
     
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    I believe the CNN app is available on Apple TV.
    The Youtube app as far as I know is still not 4K capable. You have to use the TV's built in browser to view 4K videos in Youtube.
     
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    the kids are much into netflix and we watch news on local channels once in a while

    and yes, we will have to downgrade because we don't use TV at the living room anymore.
     
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    I remember almost 10 years ago when Leo Laporte saw the trend that Cable providers will be turning into a pipe while HBO , Fox will produce content independent of the delivery system. It seems the grand old man of Tech was on the button.
     
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    I still have cable because I need the mindless background noise. Sometimes there's something good so I sit down and pay attention. Most of the time I'm busy with something and just let the TV play in the background. The randomness of it appeals to me. No commitments, though. Maybe I'll watch for 5 minutes then change the channel. Maybe I'll finish the show.

    For Netflix, I need to make plans and it requires commitment that I can't provide during weekdays. I feel guilty if I play a movie that I can't finish. Netflix sessions are events that needed to be scheduled.

    So I have both cable and Netflix. Ads on cable movie channels are so irritating, though.
     
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    I have cable for all the news channels. I just want to be abreast of events happening around the world.
     
  17. Adarna

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    News outlets do stream their news online. You can catch the replay on Youtube.

    Need more new? Get multiple sources on http://news.google.com/

    Depending Facebook for news is a fool's errand. You really see the "Christian values" of people on your newsfeed. They go to their place of worship weekly too!

    Traditional TV depends on a schedule. When people work at different shifts then video on demand makes more sense.

    There is a YouTube app for 4K devices like TVs, dongles and set top box. If the original source was 4K and you have sufficient bandwidth (25Mbps for Netflix 4K) then it'll play.

    If not then 1080p or 720p will be shown.

    I am part of the first year millennials and we consume TV differently.

    http://nypost.com/2015/02/16/millenials-ditching-their-tv-sets-at-a-record-rate/

    http://www.adweek.com/tv-video/how-millennials-consume-tv-depends-which-stage-life-theyre-170393/

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhu...l-trends-that-are-killing-cable/#4effbe7a2293

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/dansch...s-about-the-millennial-consumer/#39ff7bbf6c8f

    And TV in general has a collectively negative impact on one's mental and physical health. Don't believe me? Check the size of your gut. If it's more than 30-inch then that's TV for you.

    We cut our newspaper subscription in 2014 because no one reads their news there anymore.
     
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    Check out the Reuters Apple TV app. It is my substitute to local and int'l cable TV news. I like that it is more international vs US-centric. Also, the app is pretty cool: just pick the timespan that you want to watch the news (15 mins, 30 mins) and it will show you the important stuff that can be captured within that time slot.

    I don't watch a lot of local news anymore. I just read internet portals like Rappler and Manila Bulletin. If I'm really looking for some specific local report (e.g., a reporter gone viral cos of something off he said), YouTube usually has it.

    For "background noise" purposes, there's Rheo TV, YouTube, Vevo and Red Bull TV.

    Been cable-less for over 3 years now. Our household has 3 children, a wife and myself. ;)
     
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    We ditched cable TV long time ago...we even ditched our TV in favor of handheld devices...

    Fiber internet is fast in our QC area so streaming channels are a blast...

    Last year I won a big-ass 55" Sony Android LED TV which sits on a table corner that we use when we cast movies content to it...news, movies, music, porn (well, only when it's quiet at home hehe)

    So yeah who needs cable now?
     

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