The End of TV?

OK so this title is a little dramatic but today’s post comes courtesy of Jack Kelle over at Affordable Online Colleges. I’m not big on info-graphics, but apparently Jack has quite the knack for it. Click on the image to see it full scale.





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6 Responses to The End of TV?

  1. Len Mullen says:

    Seems Jack Kelle is better with graphics than data. I’m always suspicious of the cable cutting/ratings numbers. Where does the data come from? How many people are flipping providers?

    Feel the same way about ‘we’re watching less tv’ metrics. If you are watching it on a phone or a laptop is that really different than watching it on a television? What is the point of comparing TV viewers to google and facebook? That 294,000,000 is just about everyone — everyone watches tv, almost everyone uses google, and a lot of people have mutiple facebook accounts.

    How much has Netflix increased since I used to get discs and streaming for $8 per month? 100%? And it’s going up again.

    There’s no such thing as a digital antenna and it takes money, smarts, and proximity to get striking clarity. I wonder when Roku passed the 300 channel mark. I think they claim 1500 these days.

    Pop Analysts do a great disservice to the cord cutting community. There’s little truth to what they publish and people figure that out once they invest. That’s where the refurbs come from. Need sports? No problem! MLB.TV and NHL Gamecenter have your back…unless you want to watch the local teams. Need movies? HBO Go is here for you — just borrow someone’s credentials! local news and weather? Just put up an antenna or get Aereo!

    No one has a calculator keeping tabs on what everything costs. ISP capable of streaming reliably: $50 per month; Netflix: $8 per month; Hulu Plus: $8 per month; Aereo for two sets: $12 per month; Rokus: $50 per TV; tablo DVR with lifetime service: $370 (before you buy the required disk and tablet)…pretty soon cable is not a bad deal.

    And when stuff does not work? You aren’t going to get any help from Roku or MeTV. The Roku has a 90 day warranty! I buy cold-cuts with better vendor support.

    Obviously, I’m not a Comcast fanboy — we cut our cable five years ago. You can save some money by cutting cable. But you cannot get cable for free. Right now, cable cutting is mostly for hobbyists. A cool poster isn’t going to change that.

    • Greg says:

      Mostly for hobbyists? For the cord cutters that invest in multiple appliances I agree.

      There is a 2nd type” the econo-cord cutter. I have some friends with money that are just cheap. They put up an antenna get Netflix and they’re done. They have no interest in solving the rest with technology.

      • Len Mullen says:

        In the simple dvr forums, we are talking about which dvr is worse — simple or tablo. I couldn’t leave either at my mother’s house — use chrome to do the installation, keep trying disks until one works, make sure the disk is spun up before you power on the DVR. It’s not plug and play — remember the flashing clock on your first DVR? Not much has changed.

        Those value (cheap is … I prefer frugal or responsible) is an entirely different animal — I run with that herd. Many do not even have netflix. I don’t think those people show up in anyone’s metrics.

        As I drive around, I notice antennas on roofs. I can tell the relics from their modern counterparts. A lot of people are giving OTA a go. There is NO BETTER VALUE than an antenna, a distribution amp, and a couple set top DVRs. For anyone looking for a great experience on the cheap, you cannot beat a CM DVR+. You get a terrific PSIP guide, virtually infinite storage via hot swappable usb disks, and fantastic fast forward, pause, rewind with no internet required.

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