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1/28/2016 | 1:56:36 PM
Really? Especially from Time Warner
Sure its a dynamic open marketplace.  You've got your Tivo's and ... oh, there isn't anything else.  All the cable card TVs died a long time ago, and Microsoft isn't selling Media Center anymore so...  Oh, and of course TW uses SDV, which is fine, except of course for the required external adapter in addition to the cable card, and how buggy those things are and how they often crash or fail to tune anything.  So yeah, great.  Thanks.

If these guys were at all rational they would embrace this change.  A dynamic market for open STBs from lots of players (Apple, TiVo, Roku, et al) each experimenting with the best way to present things could be amazing.  Is the guide really the only metaphore we're ever going to try in this evolving marketplace?  People are barely aware of channels anymore.  Binge-watching is all the rage.  Yet the VOD platforms surfaced by TW and Comcast are completely and totally awful.  These should and must be updated if these guys have any hope of surviving into the next century.

Look the best bet would be that these guys are going to slowly die as they continue to crank prices up and fewer and fewer people pay their bills.  Newer approaches will almost certainly kill these guys.  But without embracing innovation these guys are almost certainly sealing their doom.

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