Prediction TV Prediction: No More Cable TV Set-Tops By
Note: Every weekday, Swanni, president of TVPredictions.com,
will post a new prediction on a TV related matter on the Home
Page of this web site. Today, Swanni gazes into his crystal ball
and offers a forecast on the future of the cable set-top box.
Americans have had set-top fatigue for some time. Nothing
clutters a living room more than multiple TV boxes stacked atop
each other, from cable/satellite boxes to game consoles to DVD/Blu-ray
players. Even when you try to hide the boxes in a stylish media
cabinet, you know they're there and they still stick out like
However, I predict that the cable TV set-top will be phased out
by the year 2015.
Anxious to reduce the cost paid to box manufacturers, cable TV
services will replace the traditional cable set-top either with
a USB dongle or CableCard-like product that will connect to a TV
and be able to receive the signals from the operator's facility.
Consumers will like its convenience and simplicity while the
cable operators will appreciate the savings. It will be a good
deal for everyone.
Notice that I keep saying, 'Cable TV," and not satellite TV. I'm
not sure that the satellite TV services will be ready by 2015,
but it's just a matter of time before they get onboard as well.
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