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Old 05-23-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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No, but I did cancel my cable because of Netflix and the ability to download shows as they come out.

Why should I pay for cable when I only watch a few shows anyway?
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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Yes. Although once they want you to pay I'll drop watching Youtube.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Yes. Although once they want you to pay I'll drop watching Youtube.

Do you ever think that YouTube will ever want you to pay?

They probably already make a handsome sum from advertising.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I think we're in a huge sea change, traditional tv vs online.

-Traditional tv I think is gone. It jumped the shark, in maybe 2005. Between the increase in commercials, reality tv, watering down of networks (TLC, A&E used to be Arts and Entertainment!). I was looking at a graph of tv rating the other week, they are down dramatically in the last 5-7 years. CBS has stayed neutral. The whole thing is a dinosaur. Nielsen ratings? That's like the horse and buggy.

Youtube (whether it goes to pay tv or not) has opened pandoras box. I can remember before that, videos were kind of rare on the internet. Plus not everyone had high speed internet to watch them. Now, the floodgates are open.

-I think in 5-10-15 years, people are still going to be figuring out pricing models for the internet, how to monetize, how to sell. The internet has changed the world the same way aviation did, the same way cars did. People didn't suddenly figure out how to make money in those in the first 10-15 years. It's going to be evolving. I think there are so many ramifications, implications of online video (and online in general)...its going to be years and years and years before people wrap their head around pricing models.

Some parts of youtube are like PBS multipled. I love old videos. Like Karajan conducting Beethoven's 5th. Piano videos. Documentaries.

Eventually I'd like to see videos categorized....silly, serious, documentaries, etc.

I read, Behind the Candelabra (Michael Douglas Liberace movie) had 2.4 million viewers on sunday. Very small vs so many online videos.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:06 AM
 
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One way to keep mostly YouTube free is by supporting its competitors--DailyMotion, Metacafe, ViMeo, etc.

Monopolies are usually bad. Indeed, if YouTube knows that its consumers have viable alternatives, then they're less likely to start charging and more likely to appreciate its consumers.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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I love YouTube!!!!
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There are literally millions, if not billions, of videos. Thus far, I've watched documentaries, interviews, movies, debates, video reviews, etc. You name it, and I've probably seen it. I have learned a lot from such videos, and they've broadened my horizons in unimaginable ways.


I now find that I'm watching a lot less television, and I'm considering eliminating cable--and only using antennae tv, which offers the basics.


What about you? Do you find that the Internet, namely YouTube, has made you watch less television?
You may want to go ahead and try that OTA antennae before cutting the cable. And try it more than once. Everyone's experience is going to vary, but would be nice to know what to expect before screwing over ones self.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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You may want to go ahead and try that OTA antennae before cutting the cable. And try it more than once. Everyone's experience is going to vary, but would be nice to know what to expect before screwing over ones self.
Good advice.

Any antennae recommendations?
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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You may want to go ahead and try that OTA antennae before cutting the cable. And try it more than once. Everyone's experience is going to vary, but would be nice to know what to expect before screwing over ones self.
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Good advice.

Any antennae recommendations?
AntennaWeb - Home
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:40 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania, USA
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Yes. I'm watching less conventional TV. Via YouTube I've discovered, and become hooked on, TV programming from other countries (sitcoms, miniseries). I began watching programming from Great Britain, then I expanded to programming from Spain in order to improve my listening skills and expand my vocabulary.

Yes, I have basic cable. No, it doesn't include Univision or similar channels.
No thoughts yet of ending the cable service.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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My cable costs over $60 a month.
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