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Cable TV Still Outpacing Internet Viewing in Ease, Cost

By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:03 PM

Cable television still trumps the Internet for television viewing, but The Wall Street Journal is predicting that this is the year that the Internet finally catches up.

"2015 is the year the Internet becomes a serious alternative to cable," writes the Journal's tech columnist, Geoffrey A. Fowler, an admittedly frequent TV viewer but one who understands the consumerist lament of rising cable bills.

For now, says Fowler, big corporations like Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T, among others, offer bundling of Internet and cable services with fast speeds that people need and demand. Streaming programming, while growing, offers fewer selections than cable. The gadget-juggling dance also remains a real struggle for those who are trying mightily to move over to Internet TV viewing, he added.

"No combination of devices is as easy as just changing the channel, or choosing shows saved on the DVR," Fowler writes.

He adds that the swap may ultimately not save you money. "Comcast is offering new customers Internet and 140-channel cable TV — including HBO — for $80 a month, with prices rising after a year," Fowler noted of new deals amid cable's concerns that they may lose customers to Internet viewing.

On Monday, Sony got into the streaming game, offering channels from CBS, Viacom, 21st Century Fox, Comcast and NBCUniversal from its PlayStation Vue, the Motley Fool reported of the service that is now limited to Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City viewers who own PS3 and PS4 models.

Last week, The New York Times reported Apple's likely plans to add an Internet-based television service for owners of the iPad, iPhone and the Apple TV set-box, a new service expected to debut later this year.

According to the Times' sources, Apple's new service "would offer a bundle of channels that is smaller and cheaper than the bloated catalog of offerings in a typical cable subscription."

Sources added that it was likely to offer programming from TV groups like Discovery, Fox, CBS and Disney along with network programming from Fox, CBS, ABC as well as ESPN.

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Cable television still trumps the Internet for television viewing, but The Wall Street Journal is predicting that this is the year that the Internet finally catches up.
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