Devin Faraci: My On Demand Future

Devin Faraci: My On Demand Future

Devin at CHUD makes the announcement that he’s “all done with cable TV.” This is not an everywhere trend yet, but more folks (especially in New York City) are cutting the cable cord. I haven’t yet, particularly because I still love HBO or catching some news on CNN or other live events. Plus, there are some networks that don’t have their TV shows online for very long, and with the frequency I travel, a piled-up DVR comes in handy if I wanna stay current on shows like How I Met Your Mother. Devin, however, is more selective and patient than I am:

See, now that I’m no longer tied to watching shows in real time (and as more and more people follow suit, meaning I’m not as left out of the discussion), I begin to wonder why I’m even tied to watching shows on cable. Most of the major networks offer their shows on the internet for free in the days after they air; I’ve watched the last three weeks worth of 30 Rock and Survivorthis way, and I’ve found minimal problems with it. Hell, cable TV run through my early generation TiVo actually looks worse than stuff I’ve streamed from Hulu and CBS.com. And this is just the stuff I can watch online legally.

And the finishing move: next month I’m moving, and I’ve decided to leave the roommate schtick behind (this is now my second roommate who failed in Los Angeles and flaked out on me at the last minute, not giving me much warning) and get a studio. The cost of a studio, especially where I want to live, stretches my budget, so stuff has to get cut. And after looking at my many stupid expenses one that jumped out at me was cable TV. We’ve grown so far apart and now it seems that the time has come to say goodbye.

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