Welp, if you’re in Denver right now, a) why in the world are you reading this? and b) happy Aereo day!
That’s right. Our favorite weirdly named Internet television sensation is rolling out today in the mile-high city, joining Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Houston, Salt Lake City, New York and Dallas as the Very Important cities that offer Aereo. D.C. and Baltimore are on their way, of course, but for whatever reason, Salt Lake City seems to be far more valuable than the Most Powerful City In The World and the Most Wire-Centric City In The World.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
“Aereo has leased space at an undisclosed data center where it has placed an array of its dime-size antennas on the roof,” the Denver Post‘s Aldo Svaldi wrote last week. “It won’t hire any local employees or take office space.”
It’s been months since cable companies have tried to sue the company away, and much to the chagrin of them all, this thing just keeps on kicking. The further it spreads, though, the harder it will be to eventually take down, one may presume. Scoff all you want at Barry Diller, but it’s not unreasonable to label Aereo a success so far. This can mean only good things in the Land Of TV Without A TV. Welcome aboard, Denver.
CUTTING THE CORD THAT’S ALREADY CUT
Well, isn’t this interesting. Forget the cute stuff and let’s get to it. From Jim Edwards at Business Insider …
“Time Warner lost internet subscribers, too — 24,000 of them,” he wrote after referencing the company’s dreadful third quarter earnings and recent loss of TV subscribers. “Analysts were expecting a net addition of internet subs, 46,100 of them. That’s a rare phenom: We’re used to seeing cord-cutters give up or never subscribe to expensive TV packages. What we’re not used to seeing is cord-cutters who don’t want to pay for web-only access either.”
His reasoning for this? You ready?
As it goes, there is such a deluge of free Internet access floating in the ether, some people are ditching their Web packages altogether in favor of heading to a Starbucks or a McDonald’s two or three times a week. The most interesting stat? A report has the number of cities that offer free wifi in this country at 57. To which I say …
There are 57 cities in this country? Really?
Anyway, the piece is well worth your time, if you have an extra five minutes. It’s such an interesting concept, no? Divorcing yourself from a cable television package these days seems sort of fashionable, sure, but just imagine if the notion of switching off the Internet button continues to grow, too. People would actually have to rely on institutional knowledge and memory to have something called conversations with other people while looking at their faces.
Oh, the horror!