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Trial and Error

Contemplating a Life Without Cable

October 14, 2008 10:50 AM

Online television technology provider Move Networks said it will deliver more than 400 live Internet television events this month. Wouldn’t it be great if that included live streams of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “iCarly,” “The Office,” “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” “The Daily Show,” “Entourage” and “Californication”?

Wait, sorry, that was the lack of cable talking.

As many of you know, the polls are showing that readers who favor me ditching cable, satellite and over-the-air programming for one month in favor of broadband-only delivery of TV are way ahead. So I’m mentally prepping to live a cable programming-free life.

In the meantime, though, Move Networks said it delivered more than 105 live events to Internet TV viewers for the weekend of Oct. 3, comprising 3 million hours with an average of 81 minutes per viewer. That’s an all-time high for Move Networks. I guess that should be a small comfort to cord-cutters like me, knowing we can get more programming on the Web.

Many of those events include live college and professional sporting events, which should make “Diggnation” star and sports viewer Kevin Rose happy since he ditched cable yesterday.


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