Cleveland - As our cable TV bills keep rising, my AT&T U-verse has gone up by about $20 over the last year, the incentive to cut the cord grows stronger. And every day technology is making it that much easier to say goodbye to your cable provider.
We're moving to closer and closer to the tipping point and a new way of watching TV where we only pay for what we want to watch. It's being called a la carte TV and last week the Washington Post wrote about it, Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies of cable-TV customers fed up with bundling.
Cancel your cable TV and you will be missing out on some things. Sports and most anything live doesn't have that big a presence on the internet yet. Though CBS is showing all of the NCAA basketball playoffs on their site.
There may be something gained by this a la carte future though, a closer community. Ok, so imagine no one has bundled cable TV anymore. You decide to subscribe to the Mad Men season series and a friend or neighbor is going to be subscribing to Dexter. Each of you are interested in both series but why pay for them both. You invite them over for Mad Men viewings and they do likewise when it's time for Dexter.
Suddenly you've got neighbors gathering in each others homes in numbers that haven't been seen since Eisenhower was in office. TV which has always been thought to alienate could now become a beacon for our gathering tribe.
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