Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Cord-cutting may not be all it’s cracked up to be
Cutting the cord on expensive cable TV service is a rosy proposition for many, and since the FCC just voted to uphold Net Neutrality, why not? Still, it may not ultimately end up being much of a bargain, according to this in-depth piece by Ben Thompson at Stratechery.
Thompson explores the structure of the TV business in the U.S., from content creation to delivery to the way affiliate fees have been handled, and argues that while the industry has been through technological shakeups before, they’ve largely resulted in money moving around between its major players without resulting in significantly reduced costs to the consumer. Cord-cutting via a service like the new Apple Web TV, (with a reported $30-40 per month subscription fee) will likely be no different. Especially not if you want your HBO and Amazon Prime along with it.
And maybe that isn’t a bad thing …