Originally Posted by VideoJames
But less and less over the air content is worth watching lately. I hear people mention this "cord cutting" stuff, but more than half of the series I have set to record seem to be on cable channels. Looking through the series I have set, they are mostly on SHO, FX, HBO, AMC, a couple on TNT, SMITH and BBCA and a few Yankee games each week on YES. Of the OTA channels, pretty much only FOX and ABC. If I cut the cord, I would cut off about 75% of what I watch, plus lose the movies on STZ, EPIX and TCM as well as on HBO and SHO.
Has anyone started an "antenna cutting" movement?
Imo "cutting cable" affects more sports fans than any other group. And I think we're slowly going in the direction of streaming, making this "issue" (if it would actually come to pass) not that big a deal. Cable cos are not going to do this overnight.
A LOT of HBO programming is already available on Amazon, and since they just started I expect them to eventually get more recent shows.
A lot of Disny programming is available on Netflix, and they just signed a deal to stream FIRST RUN features something like 8 months after they play in theaters (starting in 2016 I think).
Eventually, Showtime et al will probably follow. There is also Usenet for those so inclined.
My own opinion is if something like this was introduced, the cable cos are behind it somehow. They probably already have a plan on what they want to replace it with. Tivo isn't going anywhere. It would mostly affect WMC, and the writing is already on the wall about it's end of life.
It's funny, when cable cards first appeared, people were slow to adopt them. Actually, they never really caught on with the masses (aside from Tivo). Not sure how many people are worried about this.