Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Broadband-only plans become popular, may deliver enough streaming video to replace cable in many areas

Various media sources are reporting that telecommunications providers are selling broadband-only packages more often in some areas (especially California) and encounter younger customers who prefer that. A typical story on FierceCable (related to Fierce Markets?) is here
A basic package a just 1 mbps typically costs around $20.  But meaningful video experience (movies and major TV episodes) probably needs 30-50 mbps, which could run up to $75 or so for the best service.  Still, it is cheaper than full cable and smartphone and everything now. 

Data-only plans seem to offer higher profit margins.  Is the old cable TV model (known since the 1970s) in trouble.  

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