April 14, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
About a year ago we asked if you were planning on canceling your cable or satellite TV service. A lot’s happened in the world of streaming video, and in light of a new report that estimates a pretty large amount of people had cut the cable/satellite/fiber cord over the last couple of years, we wanted to pose the question again.
Research firm Convergence Consulting Group in a recent report estimates that 800,000 U.S. households had cut such services by the end of 2009, with the number expected to double by the end of 2011, notes Tech Crunch.
Yes, that’s still less than 1 percent of the satellite and cable subscribers, but nearly a million households is significant enough to represent the growing trend among viewership, especially as more products and software emerge that can facilitate alternatives (of course, you’ll still need some sort of broadband).
We’ve seen hardware such as Iogear’s wireless A/V kit, connected Blu-ray players like LG’s BD-390, a slew of networked products and televisions at this year’s CES, popular software aggregators such as PlayOn and Boxee, and more that let you enjoy Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, YouTube and other web videos.
There’s even more hope for live sports streaming’s greater web video presence with expanded programming of ESPN 360 and more.
Plus, if you’re tech savvy with your computer and TV/projection set up, you may have a desktop, laptop or netbook near your display to hardwire and send web video that way to a bigger screen. Dedicated home theater PCs, Mac Minis and more are easy to come by and may end up costing less as your yearly cable expenses, and last you much longer than that year’s time.
So have you, or do you plan to, cut the cord? If so, let us know your reasons why (or why not) in comments below.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.