pdieten: Carth: Why would anyone in a major pay for the broadcast networks? You can get them free in HD with a small antenna.Because if you want any cable channels, having one set of programming come in via the cable box and the other via antenna will obligate you to switch the video source on your TV. There are a lot of people in this world who are not smart enough to figure out how to do that.Besides, the cable company provides a nice program guide for the broadcast stations, and you won't get anything that nice over the air. And how would you record those channels if you wanted to?
Lawnchair: Is local news a requirement? Several world TV broadcasters in English out there on streaming and/or free-to-air satellite dish. Al Jazeera English, Jewish News One, China Central TV, NHK World, France 24, Russia Today, etc. (I may have some weird world views after all that).
gfid: The thing is, if cable companies and dish companies keep pulling this kind of thing they're going to just speed up their demise and force Showtime and AMC and whoever happens to be next to start offering online subscriptions without going through a TV provider.And that will be a win/win/lose (win for consumers, win for the networks, lose for TWC, Dish, et al.)
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