Cable Catch 22, Watch shows via the Net, but cable required

Cable’s Catch 22: Watch our shows via the Net, but cable is required - TechBlog: "As someone who’s opted to live without cable TV and access television content a la carte, these would seem like welcome additions. But for cord cutters, they are hollow victories in the unbundled television revolution. There’s a Catch 22 here. The Disney and ESPN apps, and others like them, allow you to watch content from these providers independent of cable or satellite TV connections. But in order to access them you still need a cable or satellite TV account. It’s a false convenience – why would you watch the Disney Channel or ESPN on Apple TV if you can watch it through your normal cable service? I’m picking on Apple TV because it’s the most recent service to get these apps. But what I’m describing is the case on all so-called streaming platforms – Roku, Xbox 360, Google TV, built-in smart-TV apps and others." (read more at link above)

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