Is There a Decline in Cable TV?

Vendela D.

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I rarely watch Cable TV, although I do own seven cable boxes in my house.  Most of the TV shows that I am interested in are on Netflix.  Recently, one of my favorite TV series was scheduled to be canceled due to the loss of viewers.  About two weeks ago I saw a commercial for the show but it wasn’t an ABC original series anymore, it is now featured on Hulu.  Before learning about this issue, the change that this TV series made left me puzzled.  Now being informed about Cable TV collapsing, I am starting to realize that I am a contributor to the decline. TV’s are not portable and being that I am never home it is important to me that I can watch my current series without going through withdrawals.  Also, I hate commercials.  When I am watching a show on regular cable and a commercial appears and catches my attention I sometimes forget what I was even watching.  With Netflix or other online TV sites there are no commercials; which means no distractions.  Lastly, I can binge watch.  I am the type of person who will read a book in one night just to get to the ending.  So, when watching a TV series I want to get to the end as soon as possible.  With programs that release a season of a show one at a time I am able to watch the show for 7 hours and complete it in one sitting.

I feel that the television industry will not survive.  As technology advances we will be introduced to different viewing options.  If fewer households have televisions in 2015 what will happen in the next couple of years? For example, landlines have been replaced by cellphones.  As stated in an article “Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications, told Wall Street analysts he was “surprised” that 1.3 million of his 5.5 million customers don’t watch TV — just broadband internet. “Our broadband-only growth has been greater than I thought it would be,” he said.”  Scientifically speaking, technology is evolving every day.  We are in the process of switching from regular television and Cable to watching series and movies online, which in the end will hurt the profit and Cable TV providers leaving them with no funding to produce series.

Networks such as CBS will remain viable in 20 years. Networks in the lines of CBS know how to stay current. For example CBS has an app where you can view the latest news story videos on your phone.  Also, CNN is accessible through “Snapchat” which is a very popular app.  If programs such as these stay current they will remain viable. If these networks don’t, they will end up like the newspaper which is currently sitting at the bottom of my driveway since last Sunday.

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Is There a Decline in Cable TV?