Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Death of Cable TV

I hate my cable company. They provide mediocre service and arbitrarily raise their rates without warning. I sometimes lose reception for absolutely no reason whatsoever, and they have an uncanny knack for dropping my favorite channels, sometimes without offering any replacement. Quite honestly, it’s a terrible company.

I’ve considered dropping them for some time now, but have hesitated, primarily because I like my morning SportsCenter, and hate waiting to watch shows when they finally show up online (okay, it’s not a long wait, but what do you expect? I’m from the “me” generation. I demand instant gratification). But while in the course of my daily Web surfing, I came across this article on CNN.

The gist of the article is how an ever-increasing number of people are saying “sayonara” to traditional cable and relying solely on the World Wide Web for their media and entertainment.

Here’s a how-to article on the same topic.

FEARLESS PREDICTION: In 20 years  the traditional cable company will no longer exist. All television (except live events, obviously) will be on-demand. We’ll no longer be chained to our televisions, DVRs or Tivos. Instead of worrying that we forgot to tape The Office on Thursday night, we’ll simply plop down on Tuesday afternoon and watch the latest episode whenever it suits us.

These are truly interesting times we live in, as we inch ever closer to total integration between our electronic devices. Already we can link our iPods to our Playstations, which we play while connected to the Internet on our Hi-Def televisions. It’s truly remarkable that all of these devices can interact with one another, and it’s only going to become even more widespread.

And when the death knell of the cable companies finally sounds, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves. Of course by that time, they’ll probably be providing us with crappy internet service (if they’re not already).

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What Really Motivates People

This is a really interesting animation accompanying a talk from Dan Pink on motivating people and what really works. I think you may be surprised by the conclusions it draws.