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Killing the Cable Box

November 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

A year ago I wrote about how silly the concept of a TV schedule was, and how video content is best served by the web. One of the steps necessary will be to kill off DVRs and Cable Boxes. For a brief window of time I hoped that Apple TV would do the job by selling a set top box that ran on iOS. Although Apple disappointed by releasing a weak version of the Roku, and Google’s effort seems DOA, Microsoft seems to be on to something.

I have always felt like the game console is the right way to kill the cable box. It’s a powerful device that folks pay hundreds of dollars for and is connect to their TVs. Xbox Live, with its 25 million users, seems like the best bet to kill off the cable box once and for all!

Tags: musings

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beto Juarez // Nov 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

    First you reject the macbook and now love for the XBox? Microsoft must being paying you a cut:)

    You raise a great point, but too much of the world never touches video games. That’s why Google and Apple still chase the market. Thoughts?

  • 2 Aziz Gilani // Dec 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Microsoft is paying me a cut? You must have missed my last blog entry (Microsoft Fails at the Cloud).

    The real challenge the stand-alone cable box replacements face is the subsidies given to DVRs by the cable providers. INMHO nobody is going to pay $400 for a streaming box when cable companies push their boxes for $49. Thats why I think the XBox is interesting; people will pay hundreds for an XBox because it also plays games. That is also why I was so disappointed that Apple crippled Apple TV by not putting iOS on it.

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