Cord cutting is for real. So how long has regular TV got? We debate the answer, on this week's Frame Rate with
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- Whoa! I step away for a day and the discussion asplodes in here. Great stuff y'all. Makes me glad we're doing this show. And makes me wonder, given the nature of the convo here, would you want to see some basic cord-cutting hopw-to in Frame Rate? Some example setups, service reviews, etc?Apr 9, 2012
- Mr. McCrorey's comment earlier in this thread is correct; as long as there are data/bandwidth caps, cord cutters won't be able to just turn on their TV and watch for hours the way folks do now, because they'll be worried about getting cut off or throttled by their ISP.Apr 9, 2012
- Tom, some basic how-to would be good, if there are good existing videos present, presenting maybe good. It also could be cross promote with Iyaz's yet to be named How-To show!Apr 9, 2012
- My unscientific take on all of this is that bandwidth caps have to go away and the way content is dished out has to change. Right now, the industries that provide bandwidth and content are fighting any change as hard as they can. To a huge extent it is a matter of survival to them. It might just be similar to the way a drowning person will eventually panic and do things that make the situation much worse--like grabbing the person trying to help them. I don't know if that is exactly the situation, but it looks a lot like it. In my limited experience with water rescue I do know that the greatest danger to a rescuer is the victim. You can't reason with a drowning man. In fact, you can't do anything with them...if it's bad enough, you just get away and let them flail until they can't grab you--then you just might be able to haul them ashore and revive them. You might not, too, but the alternative is two people drowning.
So if the cable cutting situation is anywhere near where I think it is, we are really looking for the best short term actions to take while we wait for the bandwidth and content providers to exhaust themselves. Some are doing better than others at stopping short of panic, but I think it's going to be awhile before we can choose a simple solution.
THAT is what I'd like some straightforward how-to information about. We can't make the cable companies and cell companies see the light or die or whatever they are going to do. It's pretty clear that they won't listen to their customers at least until they've tried everything else. For the time being, we're on our own and I think we could use a guide. Frame Rate may be the right place for it now. There might be a great enough need to justify a separate program. I'd love to see what a chat room community would do with something like that.
What I'm doing, which is basically reducing the traditional content I consume and making up for it by writing long rambling posts online, is good enough for me...but it isn't doing much good for anyone else.
C'mon, Tom. Get a great idea and change the world...wouldn't that be cool?Apr 9, 2012
- +Tom Merritt i want +Ron Richards on frame rate to say why he loves google tv so much as a cord cutter. I just got a google tv recently and it seems so crippled by websites treating it differently than any other computer and blocking content just because...well i dont even know why. I cannot come up with one possible explanation that makes any sense at all.Apr 10, 2012
- I use my 27 inch iMac as my TV. Mostly Netflix and Hulu. My one question is what is the best way to have a remote if I want to browse from my couch? or Pause or rewind? Is there an App to make an iPhone a remote?Apr 24, 2012