People fed up with big cable television bills suddenly have more choices than ever before. With Dish Network’s (DISH) new $20-per-month Sling TV service, cord-cutters will even be able to watch live professional football and basketball games.
It’s just the latest surprising development in the accelerating implosion of the television landscape, which hadn’t changed much since the 1990s when cable started to splinter audiences among hundreds of channels. But rising prices, not to mention a rising generation of Internet-savvy viewers, have convinced more consumers to seek cheaper, online offerings. And that’s creating a market too big for the major entertainment companies to ignore.
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