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Viewers are canceling or forgoing cable and satellite TV subscriptions in record numbers,...

Viewers are canceling or forgoing cable and satellite TV subscriptions in record numbers, according to an analysis of quarterly earnings reports, but it's not clear how much of the decline is caused by people adjusting to tough economic times or if they're watching cheap internet video. Analysts place the number cutting the cable cord during Q2 at 380K-450K.
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  • linenoise
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    There's no reason to pay for content anymore. The internet is fast, there are no ads, free pvr functionality and 3D is a joke. The interface you steal is nicer than the interface you pay for. Risk is almost zero and any legislation the cable companies have lobbied for has been riddled with technical holes large enough to drive a truck full of content through. Bittorrent, tor routing, VPN's, news groups and simple sneaker net file sharing trumps tiered and preferential network policy and copyright enforcement.

     

    Netflix had the right idea, but they were forced to price themselves out of the game.

     

    Cable and the MPAA missed the boat just like the RIAA did. They have opened themselves up to meeting the same fate.
    10 Aug 2011, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • Positive Equity
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    Stealing content is a crime! There are no technical holes that make it legal. The penalties are severe and not worth the risk.

     

    If you can afford internet service then you can afford Netflix.
    10 Aug 2011, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • linenoise
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    People behave illegally when there is no risk of being caught (as in this case). It is certainly worth the 'risk' because courts have ruled that IP addresses do not identify people. In a world of open access points, trojan horses, malware and hackers, proving that someone downloaded a movie is extremely difficult and extremely costly.
    10 Aug 2011, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • Josh ODonnell
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    I cant afford internet or cable. Im on unemployment...but I still got it! You have to have internet in this day... Without internet, you mind as well fall off the face of the planet..
    I pay for it. many people can steal internet from other wireless signals, but thats just cheap..
    Get connected folks...
    Imagine what would happen to the global economy if the internet just disappeared. immediate depression..50% unemployment
    10 Aug 2011, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • Khyber Pass
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    Josh makes excellent point. With no major newspapers to pick up at a newsstand (what's that, you say, showing how young you are!), no teevee at my house out in the boonies, no comprehensive at&t phone book for locating people and companies, addresses not disclosed by post office when one is needed, so many companies doing it all by internet, then internet is definitely a necessity. Yet, still, falling off the face of the planet might not be such a bad idea at this time in our history. Are we not already in a depression? Sure feels like it.
    11 Aug 2011, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • wdbjr
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    It's about tiime. I subsribe to two cable systems three thousand miles apart. 1) I can't be in two places at once 2) I can't watch all stations at once. What I used to regard as cheap entertainment now seems an endless fee delivering little content I watch. CNBC/TWC occasional local news and some sports (most have gone to additional suscription charges anyway eg. MSG/Versus/Golf Channel). I have debated pulling the plug at least once a month. A La Carte would help...I hate paying for something I don't watch.
    15 Sep 2011, 03:27 PM Reply Like
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