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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Most Cable-Cutters Aren't Going Online for TV, They're Just Not Watching

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://gigaom.com/broadband/cord-cu...eplacing-cable/

"New research suggests that people who have cut the cord aren't doing so because they think Netflix provides a good alternative to their local cable TV company. In fact, those that go broadband-only are only slightly more likely to watch online video than those with pay-TV subscriptions, according to the latest data from Leichtman Research Group."

Well here's a splash of cold reality: many tech blogs, including this one, thought that the people who were at the vanguard of the "cable cutting" movement were still watching TV, they were just shifting where they did it. It turns out, that's not the case: only a small minority of people who cancelled their cable have switched to online viewing. Most people have simply stopped watching TV altogether. That sounds like a more "normal" response to cancelling cable than jumping through the fairly painful hoops (for "regular" people at least) required to watch TV online. I have some fantasies about cutting cable myself, but haven't quite gotten around to figuring out if there are enough online sources for me to do so.

I watch The Daily Show with John Stewart every weekday morning for instance; if I leave iTunes running, does it automatically download the new episode? Or will I have to manually start the download? I get terrible iTunes download performance (well, terrible for a 100mbps Internet connection) so the thought of having to start the download then wait 30 minutes before watching it is frustrating.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hulu Plus Drops to $7.99/Month, Coming to Roku

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/hulu-plus...u#axzz15ZJXlrbn

"Hulu Plus edges forward with a little bit more news everyday it seems. Recent announcements include the service's availability on the PS3 gaming system and Sony BRAVIA HD television sets. Today's news is that Hulu's subscription television service has lowered its price from $9.99 to $7.99 a month, that it will be available on Roku set-top boxes, and offering a 1-week free trial."

It's interesting to see the Hulu Plus versus Netflix battle shaping up - at the new price of $7.99/month, Hulu Plus is the same price as the Netflix streaming-only package that I have in Canada. I strongly suspect that Netflix is going to offer the exact same plan in the US in early 2011. So the question becomes, for $8/month which service would suit you best? Hulu Plus, along with Netflix, are coming to the Boxee Box, so Roku will have some competition. Are Hulu and Netflix, Roku and Boxee, each going to be the two respective leaders in each space?


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