Streaming video subscriber numbers approach those of premium TV networks

By Shawn Knight · 4 replies
Jan 21, 2014
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  1. There’s little doubt that the future of home entertainment lies with streaming outfits like Netflix and Hulu but some might be surprised to learn that it’s happening at the expense of some of the most popular premium television networks.

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I have TimeWarner cable with Turbo internet/all digital HD channels, my lady and I use Netflix/Hulu and other forms of online streaming WAY more then we watch cable TV. It seems like your watching more commercials then you are your shows, and it drives me insane.
    I understand advertising and its presence, but Adblock on chrome and things like Netflix are just too good (DVR's are cool too). You spend more of your time watching what you want, not commercials from some classless ad agency doing everything to get your attention. .
    wastedkill likes this.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    'But what exactly is drawing so many customers to streaming services?'

    The greater illusion of freedom in our entertainment choices.
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Sorry HBO, but I just don't have the time to sit on the couch for hours and hours waiting for a show I like to come on when I can just hit play and stream it now on Amazuluflix. TV on demand on my schedule, now that makes a lot of sense.
    Timonius likes this.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    There are other services like Crackle that have their own content too. I have no ties to Crackle at all, but I'd be pissed if I worked for them and was working my *** off to produce original content and trying to sign some former big actors (Kevin Bacon) and yet never get mentioned when Netflix gets all kinds of credit.

    Anyway, the complete lack of value offered by cable tv companies is why this is happening. If I want HBO, I have to max out the cable offerings of my ISP/Cable TV provider (same company, smallish local one) and then ON TOP OF THAT I have to add in a premium movie subscription. I'm looking at ~$140 a month. I can have 8Mbps down for $45 a month and pirate everything (commercial free even). The only thing that isn't 'better' by NOT SUBSCRIBING to cable TV is sports.
    9Nails likes this.

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