Only Occasionally Killing Your Television
With an increasing selection of high-quality TV fare coming online, more people are experimenting with ditching their TVs (or more accurately, their cable and satellite TV subscriptions) for online options such as Hulu, Netflix, broadcaster Websites, or Apple’s iTunes. The numbers are still small, but an estimated 800,000 U.S. households cut the cable cord altogether in the past two years, according to a new report by the Convergence Consulting Group. By the end of next year, that number is forecast to double to 1.6 million. [Corrected: The 800,000 number is cumulative for the past two years, with 600,000 people cutting the cord in 2009]
Yes, this number is currently a drop in the bucket as compared to the hundreds of millions who subscribe to cable or satellite…but there are growing numbers of people who are seeing fewer reasons to pay out the nose for extra channels.
As it turns out, my pal Edie, who I mention in my krewe bio as being the recipient of my cooking skills for the rest of the Treme season in exchange for the monopolization of her cable TV once a week, doesn’t have HBO, just basic cable. Thank goodness for Mark Folse’s opening up his home this past Sunday and sharing his sister Pam’s gumbo with some of us, else I’d have had to head out to one of the few bars with it on the teevee, to the Charbonnet Funeral Home, or I’d be screaming something like, “My queendom for HBO!!!” through the streets. If this thing gets going like True Blood did, it could well be in most area bars’ best interests to get a Treme viewing thing going on Sunday nights (big hint to my local bar).
Soooo….how’d you watch Treme? Or have you even seen it yet? Waiting for it to come out on DVD? Are you saying “Whatever” and waiting for the hype to die down? Spill it, y’all.
Just call it my informal survey….the Liprap census.