More on Apple's (AAPL) set-top box: though Apple is in talks with cable providers, no deals have...


More on Apple's (AAPL) set-top box: though Apple is in talks with cable providers, no deals have been reached. One issue: cable operators have been obsessed with controlling set-top interfaces. Moreover, unlike music studios, they haven't suffered enough from online distribution to upend their business models. Sources claim Apple's tech could eventually go into in a TV set, and prototype sets have been developed - past rumors have suggested pay-TV providers are testing them. But squabbles over control and content deals could get in the way here as well.

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  • user77a
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    There's no reason I shouldn't be able to watch whatever channels I want live on my iPad just like I do on my Tivo. Hope that's where this is going....
    16 Aug 2012, 11:19 AM Reply Like
  • RycheMykol
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    Subscriptions for Comcast, Times Warner, DirecTV, etc keep going down and they keep raising their rates. People are getting fed up and "cutting the cable".

     

    The writing is on the wall, the question is when. Hopefully the companies that own the TV stations start realizing this and start offering ala-carte choices to buy stations.

     

    Comcast charged me $18 a month for HBO. It was a no brainer to cancel that and purchase Netflix for $7.99 a month.
    16 Aug 2012, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • dab3z
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    I agree with everything except that last line. I'd rather pay over $200 a year for quality programming than less than $100 for a bunch of junk. It's sad to see how quickly the quality of Netflix's content has declined.
    16 Aug 2012, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • RycheMykol
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    HBO is junk though................... of Thrones is the only good show, Netflix has more up to date movies than them also.
    16 Aug 2012, 02:05 PM Reply Like
  • wweirich
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    Whenever I flip on my DirectTV nightly, I always think - what a waste of time to have to scan channels for watchable content, when they want me to see it - if I have failed to TiVO/DRV it in advance AND have all that extra programming that we are paying for - that is crap and expensive crap at that.... The rates just go up up up. The whole business model of being force fed is going to be upended. Only a matter of time now. The IP rush is on. The cable operators know this, or their execs are in the denial phase. Things change. This is one of those things.
    16 Aug 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • Rbongni
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    Unfortunately, the cable companies have quite a tight control on the content market too. TWC owns HBO, Comcast owns NBC etc... They are going to be very reluctant to stream their shows without the user having a cable subscription, because it will hurt the telco's main business of offering cable TV. The only real way that this industry is going to change is if people start cutting the cord and pirate TV online instead. Kick the telco's where it hurts and hopefully they will revaluate their business model. Not holding my breath though...this will take a LONG time for them to willingly canabalize their existing businesses. The music industry has just finally started to get its act together...but it's been decades since Napster first surfaced.

     

    On a side note, I also feel it's a complete waste of time having to painstakingly scroll through the channel guide on my set-top box. To add insult to injury, TWC puts ads in the TV guide, and forces you to scroll through them to get to the next page. I am canceling my TV subscription next month, and will only be paying for internet access from here on out.
    18 Aug 2012, 05:41 AM Reply Like
  • RycheMykol
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    Rbogni -
    I "cut the cable" a week ago. Best feeling in the world. I got a boxee box with the TV dongle and Netflix. Its not the best device, but the picture quality blows away my comcast (my comcast wasn't HD).

     

    I get all the normal UHF and VHF stations (along with TONS of other ones, I have like 4 NBC stations as compared to 1 with comcast), Netflix for movies, and then I have my home PC setup as a media server. So I can stream all my movies, no more fumbling with DVD's.
    20 Aug 2012, 10:00 AM Reply Like
  • djevans83
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    WHen will APPL announce that they are buying TIVO? Chump change for the cash horde APPL is sitting on!
    16 Aug 2012, 01:39 PM Reply Like
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