With a myriad of content providers, the Cable TV industry is about to put themselves in the driver’s seat one more time.
They give up the TV side, and the competition with these content providers, and technologies but, they all still have one thing in common. The internet.
Cable gives you the access, and you stream as you please. Cable (usually a monopoly) is the most efficient possibility for streaming.
As I understand it, the Federal Communications Commission wants to step in, and regulate the internet. They call it ‘Net Neutrality’ legislation.
The following is conjecture on my part based on what I’ve heard, and read, so far. It is an end result that I see emanating from this regulation, if enacted.
Bottom line: It will be easier for Cable providers to establish internet tiers. You will pay for different tiers of the internet. Guess where streaming TV & Movie content will be priced? Like HBO direct from your Cable provider if, you’re lucky. It will be blocked unless, you pay for premium internet.
Yes, there will now be parts of the internet you will be unable to reach without the appropriate subscription.
So sure, it is true that Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and ROKU have been in a healthy, fair competition with Cable TV. They were, and are a natural evolution of new technology.
It sounds like the Federal Communications Commission is going to ‘neutralize’ the Cable TV income deficit being pushed to the wall by the normal evolution of technology.
In other words, they will not fall to new technology. Instead they’ll recover fees lost on the television side with new fees for internet access. Brilliant!
If this ridiculous regulation goes through, Netflix, Hulu, ROKU, Google and Amazon may lose a large part of their customer base.
Why bother? The price for them will become exorbitant as they may be placed on the highest premium tier of the internet. The toll to reach them will be a fortune to some.
So, the Cable industry is fighting back, and your U.S. A. government is hard at work trying to figure out how they’re going to sell this atrocity to you.
I can only imagine. The lowest priced tier will be extremely inexpensive but, not even web based email may be on that tier.
What’s going to happen when someone, somewhere invents an efficient, reasonably priced device for home use that is able to receive the internet without a provider? Then what?
Technology will flourish, and Cable will fade to nothing.
Those living in the past, and didn’t plan for the future will do their best to suppress the natural evolution of things to come. It’s scary for them, and their entire focus is on their imminent demise. They know it’s coming.
Cable could evolve by, simply switching their focus to their survival. Embrace the coming technology because, it is here. Cable’s focus should be on how they will join this next level of technology.
Cable is breathing heavily, waiting to die.
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