Originally published: July 24, 2008
Last updated: July 24, 2008 - 6:59pm
As cable and satellite television bills creep higher, some consumers are asking why they should pay for it. There's other options offered now from the likes of TiVo, Sony, Amazon, Netflix, Roku and Microsoft. The latest push into the living room aims to solve what has stymied earlier products, including the complexity of hooking up these devices, lack of content and relatively high prices, with some devices costing well past $500. But even the experts don't think cable will be replaced anytime soon and point to a string of high profile failures. Lack of content, a general aversion to yet another gadget in the living room and the high prices are reasons why the idea has failed to catch on. Premium channels such as Time Warner Inc's HBO are also unavailable on the Internet to non-subscribers, except through iTunes, where some programs are sold. But that has not stopped the tech industry from buzzing again after a number of new products that address some of these issues were unveiled in quick succession.
- Top 10 Companies That Pose the Biggest Threat to Pay TV
- Netflix, Amazon and Hulu No Longer Find Themselves Upstarts in Online Streaming
- TiVo: Most OTA Cord-Cutters Come From Satellite
- The danger the FCC can’t see in its new video proposal
- Cable’s Walls Are Coming Down
- Despite Growth of Streaming Content, Traditional TV Viewing Still Rules
- Can Netflix kill cable TV if it's part of it?
- The great unbundling: cable TV as we know it is dying
- Tech Giants Are Making A Huge Play For Online TV
- What's Going to Kill the TV Business?
- DirecTV Asks FCC To Clarify What An 'MVPD' Is
- Execs from Discovery, Roku and others warn the skinny bundle will hamper content creation
- Streaming Services Should Be a Part of Pay TV
- Antenna Direct, TiVo Push OTA-OTT Solution
- TiVo bets against cable cutting, expects Internet and cable to join