How the hell did we all end up paying for two year contracts for cable in the first place? My roommate John asked me the other day. To be honest, I had no idea. After we cancelled our XFINITY subscription, we decided to look into the stats behind the tv cable business. We broke down the info we found:
- Satellite TV provides for 35M Households
- Cable TV provides for 48M Households
- Phone Companies (U-verse, CenturyLink, FiOS) provide for 7M Households
- Millennial Cable Cutters ( YAY! ) 21M Households
- Netflix provides for 40M US ONLY Based Consumers (Holly crap, I bet this wasn’t at this rate two years ago.)
After seeing the facts, I started thinking about the specs of a cable package that encompasses all of the needs of its users. The majority of services that we have access to right now are kind of sketchy, or expensive. How is it that for an individual channel on http://www.cbs.com/live-tv/ we are being asked to pay $6? That is a meal out of the month spent on maybe the option to see the new Late Show with Steve Colbert?
The best of streaming services- like Roku, Amazon Prime, and HBOGO- can only stream so many shows at a good quality- and live. Let’s not forget that hour wait after you know all of your friends have seen the new Game Of Thrones episode (no one wants to be that pal that’s ‘so last hour.’) We have grown so sick of the extra monthly fees for set top boxes or DVR, terrible customer service, and overpriced deals and contracts.
With more and more people entering the services we want on demand- just gotta have it, we would need a plan that accommodates to the following:
-No contract, no credit check.
-170 (at least) channels for like $30. Locals included. With our favorite morning weather reports from: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS.
-A system that supports 5, or more, simultaneous streams per account (compared to the lame Dish Sling that can only stream on 1)
-SPORTS CHANNELS (for suuure)
WE WANT THESE CHANNELS FOR OURSELVES AND OUR CRAZY FRIENDS
Basic at $30 (175 Channels)
Discovery en Español
Galavision Cable Service
Game Show Network
American Heroes Channel
Discovery Family Channel
Great American Country
Discovery Fit & Health
Música y Más
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Nat Geo Wild
Big Ten Network
History en Español
NBC Sports Network
The Longhorn Network
CBS Sports Network
Trinity Broadcast Network
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
PAC 12 Network
Fox Business Channel
Crime & investigation
VH1 Classic Rock
Fox News Channel
We also want to be able to stream on all of our devices with no restrictions. Those being:
Streaming media players (roku, chromecast, apple tv)
Our beloved Laptops and desktops (It would be nice to have on Apple Watch as well.)
The Party starters. (Video game consoles. Everything from ps4 to the xbox one, but not disregarding the Wii U, nor the PSPs/Nintendo 3DS)
Our mobile devices, and tablets (Kindle Fire, Ipads, Elipsis 8, etc…)
We need to be saved from calling mom and dad for the HBOGO passwords. Need to be saved from the hours of waiting to get the satellite stream back up while the storm moves along. We need to be able to stream what we want, wherever we want it, at a reasonable cost- without worrying about spam, commercials we do not want to see, nor viruses attacking our devices while we are just trying to watch Gilmore Girls for the Nth time.
So where is this pseudo-youtube-like wonder that we would love to have?
Nowhere to be found.
UPDATE: We creeped hard on the internet to find it, and we found the people developing this very same plan!!! But because it has not been released yet, we are trying to send out more info directly to the people. Want to see what it is all about? Fill out below!