This week, Wall Street punished cable companies in trading as news came out that so called cable cutting or cord cutting, is accelerating faster than anyone expected. On top of that, investors and Cable companies are learning that the next generation of viewers aren't watching TV at all. They're watching YouTube. And that's got cable companies and TV broadcasters mighty nervous. But ISPs are jacking up the price of internet to the point where cord cutters aren't saving anything to cut the cable, especially when you add additional services like Netflix, HBO Now and others.
Daniel is wondering if a Google Chromecast would be a good way to get more content without buying more Dish channels. He also was wondering if he could get local channels. Leo says he wouldn't get local channels with a Chromecast. The Supreme Court's decision against Aereo, a service that would stream local channels for a small fee, it will be unlikely for awhile to get local channels online.
Debbie is looking to cut the cord and cancel her satellite service. Leo says that the good news is most of the programming on TV, except live TV, is available over the Internet through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, etc. With all that, who needs satellite or cable? Debbie wants to know how she can get that content from the internet on her TV.
Robin is looking to cut the cable and wants to use an over-the-air antenna to get live TV. Leo says that if she can get reception, then an antenna can take over for the satellite and she'll end up with a very nice, and more uncompressed HD broadcast. Leo advises going to AntennaWeb.org and see what she can get in her area based on her address. It'll also recommend the best antenna for her area.
Raymond cut the cable a year ago and is relying on an antenna for local broadcast channels. But his reception isn't that great in the basement. It's much better on the third floor. Leo says that a smaller antenna in the basement isn't going to give him as good of reception than a higher antenna that's on the roof. It's better to have that and wire it through the house. Leo advises going to AntennaWeb.org and see what the best options are for his area. Another option is TVFool.com.
Mike wants to "cut the cord" because he just found out that Aereo is available to him. Leo says that's all he needs, as Aereo offers high quality HD broadcast quality thanks to millions of tiny antennas. It offers DVR capability as well.
Nick has AT&T U-Verse and a Panasonic Viera TV. He wants to completely cut the cable cord and watch all of his favorite sports online. Leo says it depends on the sport because some professional sporting leagues have a more open approach to the internet than others. Nick likes football, and Leo says that the NFL is gradually moving toward streaming. The SuperBowl was streamed live this year and last year.
Jim recently cut his cable subscription, and now is kind of regretting it because he can't watch the World Series. MLB Live was supposed to carry all of the post season, but they have stopped after the NLCS. It's due to the cable and satellite companies that are preventing access from the Internet. Live events are the weakness of cord cutting in that users can't watch live TV. The time is coming, but the carriers aren't going into that willingly. Meanwhile, we're out of luck.
Scott joins us to talk about cables. This week's - Scott's guest is Noel Lee, the founder of Monster Cable. Scott wants to talk about what factors that contribute to better performance for cables, and what the price to performance ratio is for cables in the digital age.
Justin is thinking of getting a set-top box like GoogleTV or Boxee Box but wants to know how the browsers are. Leo says both GoogleTV and Boxee Box have good browsers, but the Boxee Box has stopped desktop development. GoogleTV is likely going to be the best in the long run. GoogleTV also has a pass through capability so that he could add a satellite, antenna, cable, or even another box and enjoy the internet while watching live TV.