Mon 7 Apr 2014
Cable TV is undergoing some strange turns lately but it is a good indication that cable TV has become relatively worthless. I keep seeing commercials from Comcast and AT&T which highlight the benefits of their service.
For Comcast, it seems to be how many shows you can record at once which seems to now be four. Really? You have enough free time to watch four shows? Presumably, if each show is an hour that’s four hours of TV to put on your “to watch” list and that’s just one day. If there are seven days in the week and you’re recording 4 shows at once per day then that’s 28 hours of TV shows in one week. Are Comcast customers clamoring for this nonsense service? How much TV do these people watch?
For AT&T, it seems watching TV everywhere anywhere with either that wireless receiver so you can take your $3000 65″ LED TV outside in the patio to watch your favorite show or Mark Cuban walking around with his ipad watching TV every step of the way like a stoned idiot.
Let me give both Comcast and AT&T customers a hint, you can watch most of the shows from around the world on a little box called a ROKU with subscription to HuluPlus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. These three services will cost you less than $25 per month (assuming you already have internet) and there is no need for a “magic box” that you can take outside to your patio or one that can record 5x shows at once. And while I haven’t tried Chromecast, the new FireTV from Amazon or some other new products, I’m sure they offer way more than either Comcast or AT&T.