Cutting the Cable: The State of Internet TV [infographic]

March 4, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet
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I’m going to start today’s post off with a Netflix ad. No, I didn’t get paid to say this, I really mean it: Netflix is the best thing ever. I just got finished watching the first 8 episodes of Trailer Park Boys… with no commercials! I thought I was a smart ass in the 90′s when I would tape a show and fast forward my VCR to cut through commercials. Now I get to watch High Definition TV within a 5 second buffer period.

The best way to sum up how Netflix works would be magic. Somehow I get a new DVD the day after the old is shipped away from my house. When my internet is too slow and I can’t stream Netflix, netflix will e-mail me and refund those minutes I couldn’t watch TV. What a thoughtful gesture. A company being ‘thoughtful’? Has the world gone insane. I used to see Netflix commercials and think that it would be something cool to have, but it wasn’t something I needed. Well, I really should of been thinking that my regular cable television wasn’t a necessity. If I loose 7 minutes of show time to commercials every half hour, I watch a whole half hour of commercials in 2 hours. Waste of my time!

I guess I am a bit of a hypocrite. For hating commercials so much this post is pretty pro-Netflix. Maybe I can make up this kiss-ass post by offering a cash prize to any graphic designers out there? Okay, I can’t, but the water crisis news network, Circle of Blue, can! They partnered with Visualizing.org to throw an Infographic design contest. If you’re super savvy with Photoshop and could use an extra 5000 bones in pocket this could be for you. The deadline is March 15th so you better get on it, more contest details may be found here.

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  • Arakiel

    Cut the cable about a year ago and haven’t looked back. One of the best decisions I have ever made. I got very small table top PC’s ( an ASRock and this tiny little Acer for the bedroom ) and installed Win7 + WMC. Hulu Desktop is really bad so I stick with movies we have stored on our file server and Netflix integration with WMC. For TV shows I grab them via torrent and watch them that way, then delete. It’s been great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279722191 Phil Shamrock

    you forgot playon.tv

  • http://twitter.com/nirvan5a nirvan5a

    It sucks to have capped internet. So got no choice.

  • http://twitter.com/mfocazio Martin Focazio

    Average cable bill in the USA is $75 a month
    Unbundled broadband is more like $60 a month.
    Netflix Accounts with a decent selection are $8.99
    You’re mixing 1 time costs (antenna) and unneeded costs (digital converter box for older TV’s)

    Corrected math:
    Cable Bill 1 Year, no Pay Per View, @ $75 a month = $900
    vs.

    Unbundled Internet @ 60/month = $720
    Netflix with good selection @8.99 = 107.88
    Hulu Plus Account @7,99 = 95.88
    TOTAL = $923.76

    I still prefer being a “cord cutter” because I vastly prefer the deeper, wider and better selection of on demand content that comes through my Roku box and a laptop. I don’t care for/watch sports,so I don’t need/want that from a cable company..

    • BeachGeek

      Cable gets you nothing else. TV is just one part of what I get from the internet.
      My Netflix is $7.99.

    • Anonymous

      Except that most (all?) of us are buying that broadband connection anyway, so the additional cost is $200 vs. $900/year.

  • Robert Twigg

    Western Digital TV box $99 and plays AVI files where Apple TV will not. Excellent product.

  • joe_l

    The truly crippling fact is that until idiotic geographic restrictions remain, TV over IP won´t reach its true potential. To this day, the major US-based video streaming services are disabled when crossing borders. What´s keeping us from having truly Global video services? The idiocy of media lawyers, of course.

  • Les1941

    I live in a small town in the evenings my high speed internet is slowed to a crawl.
    because of the overload caused by people watching movies being streamed over the
    internet. the cable company said it would be a long time before they could update their
    lines to accommodate this load.
    now what help is cutting cable if it only slows me down.

    • http://twitter.com/TreborG2 TreborG2

      so magically then if only 30% of the internet public are watching full episodes full movies, etc.. it must be that everyone in *your* area is one of those 30%?

      No … rather I think you’re being sold the lie that the cable company propegates about how the internet is being used. Kids with their cavalier attitude for online activities will account for a great deal of the “slowness” next come the pleasure surfers … they could be anything from the porn swilling idiot next door, to the mom that gets on line to watch things the kids put up, or that were sent via email etc.. next comes the rest of the internet users.. much of which aren’t just watching TV shows & movies.. they are taking active rolls in what they do on line … videomail, news, chats, etc etc etc .. The internet as a whole gets busy in the residential areas after people get home, not just because they are cutting the cable to go online for things.. its just more of them, more people with computers, etc.

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  • Guest

    I canceled my $85/mo cable and bought a Roku for $79.99.  I joined netflix and now will pay $9.99/mo.  I am saving about $900/yr (I already have DSL so I didn’t factor this into my savings).  While I miss my morning news, that’s about all.  I absolutely LOVE how I don’t have to watch annoying commercials anymore.  So far, I’m very pleased with my decision – I though I would have a much worse withdrawal than this.  Ps.  I have an old analog TV which the Roku is compatible with…so eventually I may decide to get a digital converter box for my local channels…who knows.

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