I was surprised to find http://www.cable-tv.com/tv-packages/ when I went searching the other day. Surprised but pleasantly so. I learned that there was an option beyond Comcast available to me now so can you imagine what I did? That’s right. I called them, cancelled my Comcast service and instead ordered from Cox. It’s been a long time coming because let’s be frank, Comcast has to be one of the worst companies in the United States right now. They’re a lumbering prehistoric business model that has somehow limped its way into the modern world and stands as an ugly reminder of everything the new consumer loathes.
Their business practices are condemnable to say the least. They have done so very little to improve the quality of our lives when they could have done so much with their chance. As the FCC approaches their vote to re-schedule the Internet not as an information service but instead a telecommunications ervice we are going to see more competition reach into the markets. This is going to cause the cable companies who are also ISP services to lose their minds. They are going to lose their near monopoly like grip that they’ve enjoyed all these years.
Google is going to change it all. Hopefully the cable companies can re-model themselves into something more favorable. It would not be that far of a stretch to imagine a cable service which looks like YouTube and allows a user to subscribe to the content that they want and pay for it like that. Tailoring our content to our wants is going to be a fundamental aspect of businesses in the future no matter how much Time Warner or Comcast fight against it. You cannot fight the march of progress and if you do, you end up like Blockbuster did.