The public internet as we know it has been around for more than 20 years, going first from dial up modems to high speed fibre optic connections. Some folks I know have 300-mbps internet access. That’s pretty good for an internet that often chugs along at barely 10-mbps (your mileage may vary).
For at least a decade we’ve been treated to a string of cable TV killers and and to cries of ‘cut the cord.’ Yet, cable TV is still here. Even Apple TV, long heralded as the future of television has become a cumbersome mess of applications that just don’t work well enough to cut the cord.
Yet, despite the advancements and expansion in internet bandwidth, the dominance of Netflix, and devices we can carry anywhere to watch anything at any time, no cable killer exists. Or, does it? Brad Tuttle, writing in Time, examined YouTube’s upcoming cable killer– that’s in the title of his article– and from what I can see, YouTube TV will be a cable TV killer. But it’s killing the cable TV we all had in 1987.
Details to date are sketchy– that’s Google’s mantra; shoot first, then aim– but it’s likely YouTube TV will have a few dozen channels for a few dozen dollars. You know. Just like SlingTV or AT&T’s DirecTV Now and a few others.
Sorry. YouTube TV is not a cable TV killer any more than Sling and others. Unless you agree with me that they’re killing cable TV from 1987; back in the day when all we had were a few dozen channels of local TV, network TV, cable TV channels, and we paid a few dozen dollars a month.
For all the complaints we have about local cable TV service, and we have plenty, cable TV as we know it in 2017 is different than 1987. Back then, we could have a few dozen channels but nothing was on that was worth watching. Today it’s the same, except we have hundreds of channels. Today we have a few dozen sports channels, 24-hour cable TV news, networks which only run reruns from other networks, movie channels, reality TV channels, and some TV shows which scare me so much I can’t stop watching (guess my choice by choosing from Discovery Channel, Fox News, or GMA).
Let’s face it, there is no cable TV killer. Yet.
Most of the so-called killer services seem to have forgotten that some of us want to watch local TV channels for local news. Sling TV has a broad array that almost matches TV back in 1987, but misses the basic sports channels we know and love, and can’t even come up with all the basic network channels. But even Sling TV doesn’t give you more than one stream at a time for the basic monthly package.
As always, you have to pay more to get more.
I really want Apple TV to work for me but unless Apple does something wonderful to the remote and the interface it will remain tethered to input #2 on our television as something to check out but not something always on.