2013 was a big year for for cord cutters and cord cutting. And just in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights:
Q3 2013 shows record loss for Pay TV
Aereo Survives, prepares for Supreme Court
To date none of the major broadcasters have been able to halt Aereo’s slow progression across the US. The broadcasters claim that Aereo is stealing their signal.
Cord Cutter Movement Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary
Or thereabouts. Actually I’ve been looking and have yet to determine the exact origin of the term “cord cutter” or “cord cutting” as it pertains to Pay TV. But it seems to have entered the lexicon circa 2008, commensurate with Netflix launching streaming video and the noticeable slowdown in new Cable TV subscribers.
Netflix Wins an Emmy
Houes of Cards wins three Emmy’s actually, and the show is not even available on a broadcast or Cable network. This puts Netflix in a somewhat of a new category as an “internet broadcaster”. Google and Amazon have projects of their own, further adding to the disruption of traditional Cable.
Beginning of the End for the Blackout Rule ?
As we all know by now, sports is the Achilles heel of cord cutting. Getting rid of the blackout rule won’t solve all of the problems, but would remove one major irritant: not being able to watch home games that don’t sell out. One of our readers, Teresa, alerted us to the news as it broke on December 18th with an email link to: FCC considers scrapping ‘blackout rule’
Google releases “Chromecast”
Google jumped in to the streaming set top business with a $35 device that can stream almost anything, including YouTube from your PC or mobile device to your big screen. They sold out almost immediately and if you missed the boat you waited 6 weeks to get one. It was a huge hit in combination with NFL Sunday Ticket Mobile.
Charter to buy Time Warner Cable
TWC as it turns out has been in the get acquired mode for some time, but rumors broke this year of an imminent purchase by Comcast (#1), or even Cox (#3). That Charter is now the likely suitor is somewhat of a surprise, see TWC, Comcast and Charter: Merger Mania Nightmare.
Anti-Cord Cutting Campaign #Fail
It’s hard to believe that the Cable industry itself could come up with such a silly campaign as bad as the Hole Saga campaign, or post such an obviously propagandized piece as this story on Yahoo debating the “The pros and cons of a la carte streaming.” Better luck next year.