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What Does The Future Of Cable TV Look Like?

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One of the things that unites our great country is our shared loathing of the cable companies — and now we may finally be liberated from them.

Thanks to the ability to stream programs directly over the Internet, a lot of people are choosing to give up cable altogether. Many more people might hop on that bandwagon due to recent decisions by HBO and CBS to sell their programs online.

It's tempting to think that this could spell the end of cable providers selling you bundles of networks and programs you never watch. The TV business will never be the same and our emancipation from cable is finally upon us, right? Maybe not. Or maybe not so fast.


Hiawatha Bray, technology writer for the business section of The Boston Globe. He’s also author of the new book, “You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.” He tweets @GlobeTechLab.


The Boston Globe: Despite Cord Cutting, Cable TV’s Future Looks Very Familiar

  • "Now that premium cable television channel HBO and broadcaster CBS have decided to sell their programs via the Internet, the TV business will never be the same. And yet, it probably won’t be all that different."

This segment aired on October 31, 2014.


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