Why is O'Toole willing to pay to see TV he can get free over the air?
O'Toole, who has lived in Nashua for 15 years, is still a Comcast customer, however. Like many people, his home broadband connection comes through his cable modem, part of the Xfinity service; he just doesn't get any programming Beats Wireless 2
It is possible to watch some broadcast television through apps on smart devices using other services, including one launched Monday by ABC, the network for WCVB TV, but they require contracts with cable companies a deal breaker for O'Toole.
"I cancelled my Comcast subscription because I was only watching 3 or 4 channels at best," said O'Toole, a 40 year old web developer.
O'Toole said he is now a "streaming only" customer, watching TV Ghd Platinum Styler Amazon
O'Toole said he isn't a typical TV viewer "I don't watch 'American Idol' or most of what's on TV" but one of the issues facing broadcasters is that the days of a typical TV viewer are disappearing.
Network TV audiences are shrinking, the number of cable channels is growing, and non traditional sources like Netflix and Amazon are starting to create new programs. This increasing competition has undercut the business models of traditional broadcasters and cable firms, just as the Internet's changes have undercut the business models of news organizations, including The Telegraph, and of the music and publishing industries.
Aereo is a New York startup moving in the Boston region, including southern New Hampshire, this week. It snags over the air broadcasts on tiny antennas and streams them online as digital files, making them available for live or delayed viewing on smartphones, tablets, web browsers, or Internet devices that can be attached to TVs.
It is the target of lawsuits from broadcasters who say it is stealing their signals, some of whom have gone so far as to say that if Aereo succeeds they will abandon free on air broadcasts and move to cable.
Aereo launched in Feb. 2012 in New York City. by the end of the year. Its technology uses huge banks of tiny TV antennas, each the size of a quarter, that can be individually controlled by customers.
He pointed to the day of the Boston Marathon bombing as an example of how difficult this currently is.
you want to."
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Trying to keep up with breaking news, he said, "I fired up my phone, and was trying to stream WCVB over the phone. It kind of worked; as live TV on my phone it was semi successful. I wouldn't have had nearly the same troubles if I was to able to fire up an app and watch via Aereo," he said.
via Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. Aereo will give him similar access to local channels; at home, he'll probably watch them via his Roku, which connects the Internet to TV sets.
On Wednesday, May 15, it will offer service to people in the region who signed up in advance. On May 30, it will offer service to anybody. The basic cost is $8 per month, which includes 20 hours of digital video recorder storage.
"I haven't heard from them since I signed up, actually," the Nashua software engineer said Monday. "I assume it's set."
The whole concept of a network is largely irrelevant to him, he says; he picks shows, not networks: "If there's a good show on, you're going to hear about it from the watercooler, Facebook."
Nashuan will be among first area customers for Aereo
"This is not really saving me money," he said. "I cut it . almost as a political statement: I want a la carte. I don't want to pay $100 a month for the very little that I view."
NASHUA Babyliss Straightener Curling Iron On Wednesday, Thomas O'Toole will be part of the newest change coming to the staid activity of TV watching, as he joins the first wave of New Hampshire customers for a controversial streaming broadcast service called Aereo.
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