Google reportedly trying to bring TV to the Internet
2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 8978; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
This is a novel idea, but Michael let's be real here you can not replace the traditional box top tv. No matter what the current trend is with people wanting to do more streaming with services like Netflix and others, the tv will still be going strong.
I think you're again exaggerating somewhat here by implying that current cable companies business practices and ideas are archaic and unchanging.
4. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
It's about the worry of relinquishing control. If they move over to the internet, which is Google's playground, they're in a more vulnerable and non-negotiable position.
5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 8978; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Google's playground is only because of their monopolistic like stance. There services are to the Internet what Microsoft is to computers.
8. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
When it comes to technology, everything evolves and changes. Box top television is no different. In 1996, did anyone think cell phones would be what they are today?
Whether its from Google, or the cable providers directly, one day cable boxes will be no more.
10. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 879; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Hopefully sooner than later. Cable companies are worst companies to deal with. I know many people (and I am on the Verge of doing the same) that are so tired of dealing with them that have canceled their tv plans and opted for Netflix and Hulu running on a Roku, Google tv or Apple tv box. The only thing that keeps me vested is football and soccer games but I'm willing to take the treck to a sports bar just so I don't have to deal with them.
11. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 879; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
He's not exaggerating at all. Do you find it normal that cable provider lobbyists fought hard for TVs not to come with compatible card readers just so you are forced to rent the boxes and remotes from them. It's completely archaic and stupid. Cable companies and their practices are horrible and many of us can't wait to get rid of them for a better way of doing things.
3. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
What is the difference between this and being able to access tv through your cable companies apps? Comcast, Direct TV, Dish...they all have them. It seems like a pointless combo to me. Besides, you cant replace the experience of a 70 inch tv at home vs a tablet. Who cares if the content comes over the internet, through a dish, or through cable. People want the content, and dont care that much about delivery in that method because it is not as convenient.
6. kozza3 (Posts: 696; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
this is the future! why would we continue to have dedicated infrastructure specifically for television? also i wonder what kind of money a company like Directv would save if they didn't have to supply, install, and maintain all of that hardware.
9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1378; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Well for one American living in Europe, since the early 80's... I love getting TV channels here on the internet. I currently use USTVnow. com... It's my home away from home. Only difference is we're 6 hours ahead of the U.S., so Jay Leno and the Tonight Show comes on at 05:35 in the morning.
13. V3TTOO (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
I'm surprised that Aereo wasn't mentioned on this article. The service is using traditional antennas to give over-the-air tv to clients, and the media/cable companies are very upset, even though they are making the same money from the same adds. The only difference is that they are not getting the extra money from renting the antennas. You all should read up on it, if it interests you. Ultimatly the big media companies aren't old or unchanging, they are greedy. They want to be the only ones making any money from the content, and allowing it to be broadcasted online will take control, and profit, from their hands.