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  • Oct 1st, 2014 @ 8:07pm

    Streaming is great, but live TV is key

    It's no surprise that cable companies are becoming broadband companies. They have the infrastructure, and it's a heck of a lot more profitable than delivering TV.The business of TV delivery in the U.S. is broken. It's not the fault of any one entity (broadcasters, content owners, service providers), they are all tied to their archaic business models. But the consumer has become lost in the middle while these entities fail to work together to solve a problem. Ergo - cord cutting. Streaming on-demand content is fantastic. But what we can't give up is live broadcast TV. The technology of delivering live broadcast TV to the masses does not lend itself well to IP protocol. The UK proposed it a couple of years ago and abandoned the idea. If a sovereign state smaller than the state of Texas could not make it work, how do we think that would happen for the U.S.? Live broadcast TV is essential to American society. It brings us together. The existence of free over-the-air broadcast, obtainable with a simple TV antenna, is a treasure we should fight for.