There’s never been a better time to cut the cord.
After years of tying its best content to cable, HBO recently announced that it will offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. CBS followed up with its own standalone streaming announcement, and Showtime is looking into the concept as well. ESPN and the NBA have a deal to offer a streaming service for basketball games, and the Dish Network is trying to put together a cheap bundle of Internet-only channels aimed at cord cutters.
What you’re witnessing is the first few cracks in the mighty cable paywall—a handful of bricks knocked loose by Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and other disruptive forces. The wall isn’t crashing down anytime soon, but each fragmented piece makes it just a little easier to watch TV on your own terms.
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