Internet Television Test, Week 27: Six Months Without Cable and I’ve Missed Nothing
Last night when I told my wife it has been six months since we dropped cable, she couldn’t believe it. She was taken aback. The got weirded out about it again this morning as she was pulling up her daily episode of Hart to Hart.
Six months? Really? It doesn’t feel that long. I guess because it’s gotten so easy.
Like having a child, she is so happy with the result that she doesn’t even remember the labor pains. The only real difference in our TV viewing habit is the loss of the remote control (which I hope to remedy, soon).
Has it really gotten that easy, or are we just used to it?
This thought has been on my mind since New Year’s Eve. My family came to visit and my brother, who can’t send an e-mail and defers his web browsing to his fiancee, leapt toward the computer when I pulled up the Three Stooges page on Hulu. He spent the rest of the morning in Saturday Morning Cartoon Mode. He clicked until he found the episode he’d been looking for for years.
Back to the conversation with my wife.
Easy? That’s because everything is set up and bookmarked! I make this LOOK easy!
When she stopped laughing, she kissed me and went to make toast.
I kept wondering if it’s easy for us because it’s all bookmarked and we’ve found all our current shows, or if it’s really gotten that easy for everyone.
The networks have been doing an excellent job of pimping their websites, so I decided to start there.
I went to all the broadcast and cable network sites I could think of. I’ll be posting a write-up soon. (UPDATE: Link). Some (Like ABC and ABC News) were greatly improved, while others (The Discovery Channel) seem to not get the concept.
Then there’s the subject of the shows we DON’T stream.
I’ve come to the conclusion that in January 2009 streaming TV is easier than it used to be, but still not there yet, and bittorrent/RSS is still too difficult for the masses.
More and more people are cutting the cable to go all-internet, but we still don’t have a killer set top box. You can’t expect people to choose between watching on a computer and hooking a computer up to a TV.
AppleTV needs streaming, The Roku box needs downloads, TiVo needs to cut the cable, and a game console is a poor substitute for a dedicated internet television device.
Whoever gets the streaming/download balance correct can rule the Widescreen.
I’m looking at you, Boxee.
This year promises to be interesting.