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the tv tipping point: where do we go from here?

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the tv tipping point: where do we go from here?

it’s time for a change.

we’ve reached a tipping point: it’s now more common than not to subscribe to one or more streaming tv services.

that’s where this digital life column comes in, which is being overhauled for the time being to zero in on the over-the-top (ott), as in over-the-internet, industry. once a week, i’ll pick a product or service and review it. or i’ll dedicate a column to answering particularly complex or common questions submitted by readers.

why?

because while the bulk of american households still have a cable or ellite tv package, the percentage is shrinking with each p ing year. and those who aren’t ready to cut the cord completely are ready to cut back: twice as many pay tv subscribers downgraded (12 percent) their pay-tv service than upgraded (6 percent) it in 2016, according to parks ociates.

meanwhile, emarketer expects 1.7 million adults in the u.s. to sever ties completely this year.

in fact, my own cord-cutting tale, the one where i dumped cable a year-and-a-half ago and turned to the internet instead, is just so laughably common that my facebook friends feel compelled to remind me of that whenever i solicit feedback for stories.

“cutting the cord? lol... i can count the people i know on one hand that still have cable or ellite tv. everyone uses streaming products,” one friend commented on facebook recently, after i queried my social network to find folks who were thinking about cutting the cord this year.

exaggerate much? yep. but this “friend” is more right than he is wrong. 

with that in mind, i’m going to completely immerse myself in the streaming entertainment world, not just to document the radical change — oh hello there, live tv — but to help readers curious about their options.

by the way, that now includes more than 130 streaming services, a smattering of sticks and boxes for viewing on your television set, and cloud dvrs. and i bet you have questions.

does directv now work as promised? how can i watch mlb games? should i upgrade my roku box? why can’t i get cbs through sling tv? where do i start?

i’ll do my best to help you answer those questions and more. so, for instance, whereas i’ve previously glossed over the complexities of the streaming licensing deals that let you watch one station in one market but not another, this column will include all of those nitty-gritty details. because, really, you deserve to know what you can watch, how you can watch it and how much it’s going to cost you. and, if i don’t know the answer, i’ll make sure to find it.

this new column is for current and would-be cord-cutters, cord-shavers, cord-nevers and everyone else, and i’d really like your participation. please email me your questions ([email protected]). or tweet me if you’d prefer (@jbruin). even if you just want to vent or you think your query is silly. i want to hear from you.

the reality is tv as we know has been forever altered, so let’s talk about it.

trump names fcc commissioner ajit pai
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pai, 44, wants to "fire up the weed w er" and remove new regulations adopted by democrats in recent years.

trump names fcc commissioner ajit pai
captiontrump names fcc commissioner ajit pai

pai, 44, wants to "fire up the weed w er" and remove new regulations adopted by democrats in recent years.

pai, 44, wants to "fire up the weed w er" and remove new regulations adopted by democrats in recent years.

aetna slashes obamacare participation
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a source familiar with the deal told billboard that sprint paid $200 million for its 33% stake in tidal. (jan. 23, 2017)

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the mansion has a four-lane bowling alley, a candy room filled with towering cylinders of sweets and two wine cellars stocked with hundreds of bottles of champagne and wine. (jan. 19, 2017)

the mansion has a four-lane bowling alley, a candy room filled with towering cylinders of sweets and two wine cellars stocked with hundreds of bottles of champagne and wine. (jan. 19, 2017)

government sues america's largest student loan servicer
captiongovernment sues america's largest student loan servicer

the consumer financial protection bureau accused navient corp. of cheating borrowers.

the consumer financial protection bureau accused navient corp. of cheating borrowers.

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