Will Online Cable TV Become a Reality in 2014?

Jacqui Kenyon

streaming tvWe hear it from our readers all the time: More and more people are cutting the cable cord to pare down their monthly expenses.

The availability of inexpensive subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon—which allow you to stream unlimited content for a couple of bucks a month—make it seem like you’re not missing out on much by ditching traditional TV.

Finally, cable companies are getting wise to the fact that they need to jump on the streaming bandwagon—or be left in the dust.

MSN Money reports that Viacom C.E.O. Philippe Dauman hinted there’s a strong chance that streaming cable via the internet—a.k.a. over-the-top service–could premiere in the next year or so. Market watchers also speculate that Verizon, which has the mobile rights to primetime NFL games, would be first in line to offer such services.

Verizon already provides about 25 channels of on-the-go online streaming (on tablets and smartphones outside the home) to its subscribers, although they don’t include broadcast networks or many of the most popular cable channels.

A source close to the industry discussion told The New York Post that once the first cable streaming service is introduced, the rest of the cable giants will likely follow suit. The ensuing competition could drive down the price of cable content—good news for the consumers who haven’t yet given cable the ax.

  • Edmund Singleton

    The only channels that is holding back from cutting the cord is HBO and Turner Classic Movies…

  • Jessica

    Cut the cord. It’s worth it. We’re saving $1200 a year and I still can watch all my favorite shows on Netflix, Hulu, a good old fashioned digital antenna or via iTunes. We spend a total of $17 per month on the services and about $30-40 per cable-only series we buy (when you stop to think about it, there are far less series you watch than you think that aren’t already on Hulu or Netflix…) Big savings for us.

  • NavarroMartin

    I cut the cord over two years ago and love my extra $100+ a month that isn’t paying the obnoxious salaries these celebutards demand! I don’t care what format they deliver commercial-laden TV in, but I’ll never pay for it again. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Youtube…there are so many options now. Sure many of these streaming services are loaded with older content, but so is TV. You get a few new shows per week on channels like Discovery and then they just fill the remaining 95% with repeats and infomercials. No…just no. I can wait for a season of any show to come out on DVD and watch the whole thing over a few days.

    You won’t believe how quickly you stop missing the bulk of TV and can fill your time with other things.

    It’s tougher for sports fans, but I’m not a fan, so nothing there to miss at all.

  • Sadashiv Potadar

    People at large will have a chance to opt for better entertainment ata throwaway price. Tey will become choosy. Thanks.