Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wired experiment in giving up cable television for Internet content

I saw this in Wired: Goodbye TV, Hello Broadband and thought, “Hmmm, this is something I would do.” Like when I tried giving up analog money, or when we cut our land line, or when I gave up searching Google first and moved to Wikipedia. I like real life experiments. So I read this with great interest.

It was the ultimate challenge for any lifelong TV watcher. Wired News asked me to cut the coax cable snaking into my HD-ready television, and for 30 days rely solely on legally available internet content to satisfy the video entertainment needs of my family of five.

We posed the question: Is the internet finally ready to kill old-school I television?

The rules were simple: Anything I could download was fair game, but there‘d be no TV signal via cable, satellite or the airwaves. We decided that watching television that had been cached on the family‘s TiVo box was also cheating, so that went into the closet. At my editor‘s insistence, I physically severed the cable between the wall and my television with wire clippers. And on a blustery November day, my cable company came and took my set-top box away.

The article goes on to describe an unexpected change in family dynamics, no more gathering around the television set. And that‘s as far as I got. I clicked on their “print” button so I could see the rest of the article without having to click through their pagination scheme and got this:

An error occurred while processing your request.

Reference #97.45d76f40.1166531637.1c3cf082

Can someone please tell me how the experiment ended? I have to know, but I‘m not clicking on “next”. And Wired, if you kept it simple you wouldn‘t be coughing up those sorts of reader friendly error messages. There‘s a lesson…

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