I’ve been considering whether or not I should switch to Time Warner Cable after reading http://www.cable-tv.com/time-warner-cable/. Don’t get me wrong; I really do not support their idea of what the Internet should be but at the same time my current cable company has awful pricing. Time Warner isn’t much better but when you don’t have options available you have to take what you can get, even if it is the lesser of two evils. I’m not trying to speak poorly of the company here but I’m hoping that maybe after this Net Neutrality business begins to settle down, they’ll start listening to their customers.
The only reason I still even need a cable package is because of the premium content form the likes of Showtime, HBO and others who are producing amazing shows. When those shows do inevitably end up becoming streaming services in their own right (HBO is already beginning to hesitantly creep into the market), cable companies are going to have to take a long and hard look at the services they provide and how their business model is currently matching up with the competition. I believe the meat of the debate over Net Neutrality is over this threat.
It’s become clear that the Internet is going to be able to offer the content that the people want and the traditional model of television is going to go away. Instead of stifling this, cable companies need to embrace and adapt the model. If they can’t they’re going to fall behind the rest and collapse under the weight of their own archaic business models which will no longer be sustainable in a modern, digital world. It will certainly cost them money to do this but it really is the only way for them to find any measure of success.