Cable's demise predicted... again

Google and the national broadband plan will combine to finally put an end to cable television according to an article in The Atlantic, which crowns Internet TV as the entertainment medium of the future.

The cable model, the article suggests, is a double dip: consumers pay for access to content then pay by watching ads on that content. "The Internet allows you to connect directly... without the cable company go-between," it continues.

There are, of course, other sides of that coin. An post on Crunchgear.com tells of a Charter Cable subscriber who wanted to cancel his cable TV connection and maintain the Internet to watch TV. "Charter has told him that he has to pay a $10 no-cable fee and that soon Charter and the rest of the cable companies will control all streaming, thereby rendering all streaming made unusable by May 1," the blog item notes.

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