Originally Posted by BiggAW
For most people, it doesn't work out that way, and you can't get the same live sports and other content a la carte that you can with cable TV.
I don't know why people can't get kids content for free, but you're right about sports content. But you know what? If everyone keeps paying the cable/satellite companies, it'll never change. We cut the cord and made sure sports programmers knew it, and we encourage everyone else to do the same.
The infrastructure is now in place. Aside from existing antiquated contracts, there's no reason there couldn't be a Big 12 channel on the AppleTV that I could subscribe to. Or an ESPN channel that offered all their networks. With the money we save every month on the cable bill, we have around $2000/year of extra income that we are willing to spend on the packages we want. We're just tired of paying for the garbage we didn't want.
We've bought season tickets to our local teams, and for now we just go out to eat at a sports bar if there's a game on that we have to watch. But we're trying to start a movement for these sports content providers to stop letting the cable and satellite companies hold their programming hostage.
Think about it. I'd pay $300/year each to the Big 12, the Big 10, the NFL, the NBA, and MLB. That's $1500 directly to the content producer - they don't have to let cable/satellite scrape their half off the top. And I still have $500 left over out of my annual savings.
Starting to make sense, isn't it?
Send them a message. Tell them you want their program content, and tell them HOW YOU WANT TO RECEIVE IT, and HOW MUCH YOU'D PAY FOR IT.