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Why I Can’t Cut the Cable Cord
For my HDTV needs, cable just makes the most sense. So, I can't cut the cord. Even though I'm the guy whose supposed to.
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March 16, 2009 by Jason Unger

I know I’m supposed to be a new media-kinda guy. You know, the one who watches all his TV shows on Hulu and streams his iTunes movies to his Apple TV.

But I can’t. And, at least for the foreseeable future, I probably won’t.

We young techie people are supposed to be the ones that are the downfall of the big telcos. Our content has to be free! On-demand! And portable!

Even though, like everyone else in this economy, I’m watching my spending, one service we won’t be getting rid of anytime soon is our cable TV.

Right now, there’s no better place to get access to a better selection of shows in—here’s the kicker—the high-definition quality I want it in.

Why Hulu Doesn’t Do the Job
I like Hulu a lot. It’s got a great selection of content, and even though it’s not on Boxee anymore, it’s still the most user-friendly online TV service available.

But I don’t want to watch TV on my computer. I sit here all day and work. Why would I want to relax here too?

Sure, I’ll watch an episode of Family Guy once-in-a-while on Hulu, since it’s easily digestible and in standard definition.

I bought a Pioneer plasma so I could watch great-looking TV on it. So that’s where I want to be—sitting on my sofa, feet on the coffee table, remote in hand.

Why iTunes Doesn’t Do the Job
Buying TV shows from iTunes just doesn’t make sense to me.

If it’s a show that’s on TV now, I’ll DVR it instead. If it’s an old show, it’s often cheaper to get the DVD or Blu-ray version. And unless I stream it to an Apple TV, I have to watch it on my computer. Or my iPhone—and even my eyes can’t handle that.

The best selection for shows I want to watch is still on cable. Sure, it’s not perfect, and I wish I wasn’t lining Comcast’s pockets every month.

Over-the-air is an option, but then my wife can’t watch Giada and Entourage and Big Love on HBO are out of the question.

For my HDTV needs, cable just makes the most sense. So, I can’t cut the cord. Even though I’m the guy whose supposed to.

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