To see how slanted the comment-o-sphere is toward cord cutting, check out the number, and temperature, of comments dropped under this “article” titled “Cable Subscribers Flee…” (P.S. Remember what I said about linkbaiting headlines yesterday?)
Last night the volume of comments had reached nearly 5000. FIVE THOUSAND !!! Almost all of them were anti-cable. A majority were cord cutters, detailing their lives out from under the Cable Cabal. Here’s a sample:
“Ditched the cable/dish services nearly two years ago and am totally satisfied with Netflix and the Roku service that allows me access to so much more. Netflix is now expanding with services from Hulu/Amazon, etc.. I pay around $100 a year, have access to tons of movies, tv shows of all sorts, news, concerts, etc. with no commercials.”
Read it a couple more times. This is very important. These commenters always leave two things out, and overstate most everything else.
“Totally satisfied with Netflix and the Roku service...” >>> Neither one allows you to watch live broadcast TV. Yet here is what Roku says on its site: “Watch current seasons of House…whenever you want.” That’s a lie. If I want to watch it the minute it airs, I can’t.
“I pay around $100 a year.” >>> You pay a lot more than that. The cheapest Netflix subscription is $9 a month, so already you’re trapped in a lie. But you also have to pay Roku for its little streaming box. That could be $100 alone, if you want it in HD.
And those people who boast about live sports over the Web? Ask them how much they pay ESPN and MLB.com for the privilege. It never seems to make the comments section.
And then overstatements like “access to tons of movies, etc.” Cable and satellite provide that too. Check out the On Demand section of any of their sites.
“…with no commercials.” What? You mentioned Hulu.
This stuff is pandemic. Just yesterday, Steve Rubel – another one of these “names” everyone is supposed to plotz every time he Twitters or blogs but we have no idea why – ruined a decent Ad Age article about future Internet broadband capacity issues by including garbage like this:
“Xbox, Netlfix [sic] and Hulu supplant the TV nets as the new kings of prime time.” Nope. See above.
“…we may opt for ad-free on-demand rentals or all-you-can eat subscriptions.” Meaning you will swap one subscription for another.
As you read the tons (!) of cord-cutting articles, and comments, over the next few months, keep these two points in mind:
- There is no “prime time” on the Internet.
- Streaming long-form video to your TV is not free.
Nothing good ever is.