Entertainment Without Cable TV

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Entertainment Without Cable TV

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Cable TV

Have you noticed recently that vendors other than your local cable companies are beginning to offer their own ‘TV’ series? Jon Jefferson over at Misadventures in Strange Places was discussing the ‘Big War’ that is happening across multiple platforms. ‘Old School’ is fighting the fight of its life trying to hold on against those vendors who are trying to give the paying public what they actually want – programming ‘a la carte’. We don’t want all that rubbish with their bundled packages just so we can have those few channels we actually care to watch.

Book Publishers

Traditional book publishers are now competing with self-publishers for your reading dollars. Amazon has done many authors a huge favor by offering its self-publishing services. Think about how many best selling authors there are who we would never have heard of much less read if it were not for Amazon. I have read horror stories about authors who went the traditional publisher route and ended up doing all their own marketing anyway. If you have to do all the work yourself, it only makes sense to self-publish. Yes. There are exceptions, but even those have alternative routes. Crowd Funding is just one of those alternate routes.

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Music Industry

Think about the music industry. Now that we can listen to a sample online before we buy, we can explore music we might never have otherwise. What are your friends listening to? What are their friends listening to? You have to put forth some effort not to find what your friends are listening to. So many ways to find music now than ever before. Yes. There are many apps for that. Once we find what we like, we just download it and listen right then and there. I should qualify that by saying you can listen to it, but you don’t have to download it. You can keep it in the cloud and listen to it.

So where does this leave all the ‘traditional’ vendors?

They either change with the times or they get left behind.

What industries can you think of that we stand to lose if they do not change with their customers changing needs?

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  1. findingourwaynow says:

    Things they are a changing. Like it is with all things, adapt or die. Right now for me, I love being outside in my garden so that would mean the gardening stores are enjoying my presence, that will never change… LOL.

    • Geek Girl says:

      Yeah, I like those shops too. 🙂

  2. JeriWB says:

    There are plenty of pros and cons when it comes to traditional publishing, and I'm still on the fence.

    • Geek Girl says:

      I hear you. No matter how we feel about it they will still need to change with the times.

  3. Dan Meyers says:

    I spent the last two years of my consulting days working with large cable companies to improve their retail stores. It's a very interesting world indeed because they're trying to transform but they've had such a strong monopoly for so many years that they're not used to staying competitive. They'll have to change though because companies like Apple, Google, Red Box, etc won't let them get away with it any longer. In the end, it should be good for all of us!!

  4. polfeck says:

    Where I live cable does not exist and competition in rural land also does not exist (too few houses) so I am stuck with one provider namely sky! Costs are €64month plus a government license to have a TV of €160 per year per TV. Oh, there was talk of extending this license to internet TV, who says the IMF are out to help people!