Who Killed the Great American Cable-TV Bundle?

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  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

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    From Bloomberg posted August, 2018:

    Who Killed the Great American Cable-TV Bundle?
    Insiders know the cable bundle, after generating more than $1.8 trillion, has been murdered. They don’t agree on the prime suspects.
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    Too many channels with not enough content filling the air time with rerun after rerun.
     
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The culprit here is the content companies that want to cut out the middle man.

    It absolutely didn't help that Disney, Discovery, Viacom and others created their unwieldy bundles.
     
  4. lparsons21

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    I agree. Padding their channel count in their bundles with channels that were little more than yet another place to watch a rerun just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore.
     
  5. Rich

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    Isn't that what Roku does? 3,000 channels, they say.

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  6. lparsons21

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    Pretty much, tons of it are free with ads though. And that isn’t’ just limited to Roku. Pluto, XUMO, Tubi and others do the same thing. The difference with all of them compared to the cable/sat channels is that you aren’t paying any money for the streaming ones, but are with cable/sat.
     
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  7. Eddie501

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    I think it committed suicide. Cable/satellite had become such an awful experience that is just doesn't make sense anymore. Endless commercials, bottom feeder programming, screen clutter in all corners, and long term commitments make it very unattractive compared to Netflix/Hulu/Apple/Disney etc. And not only is the content quality better & cheaper, but so is the presentation. For a fraction of the cost I can watch these great shows in 4K/HDR/Dolby Atmos instead of cable's 1080i or even 720p.
     
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  8. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Roku is a little different as there are a fairly significant number of Roku-only channels. The Roku Channel itself is available on some other devices (the FireTV directly and the ATV through AirPlay).
     
  9. Mark Holtz

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    The signal-to-noise ratio is terrible. Signal being good content, and noise being infomercials, home shopping zones, and What Were They Thinking programming?
     
  10. billsharpe

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    I find Roku TV convenient for streaming Netflix, Prime Video, Acorn, CBS All Access, Disney+. Yes, they have multiple channels available but you don't have to sign up for those you're not interested in.
     

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