Disrupting The Cable TV Model

Disrupting The Cable TV Model

For decades, cable providers have relied on a "bundled" subscription model: to receive premium stations like ESPN or HBO, consumers had to purchase a package of less-popular stations. But that model is beginning to show signs of cracking.

For decades, cable providers have relied on a "bundled" subscription model: to receive premium stations like ESPN or HBO, consumers had to purchase a package of less-popular stations. But many believe that model is showing signs of cracking. Many younger viewers are watching online via Netflix or Hulu. And the Canadian government recently made news by moving toward an "a la carte" model, which would allow customers to receive just the stations they want. We explore the future of TV, and the whether new technology is disrupting the cable model.

Guests

Cecilia Kang

Washington Post Technology Reporter

Brad Adgate

Director of Research, Horizon Media

Matt Wood

Policy Director, Free Press

Adam Thierer

Senior Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

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