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ESPN may unbundle from Cable packages and switch to an online model


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    It's no secret that Cable subscriptions are dropping as more and more Americans switch to services like Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV. ESPN, the most popular channel in standard cable packages is considering switching to an online streaming model much like the one used by HBO Now.

    I personally love this idea. As someone who doesn't have any cable package at all and gets his news from online anyway, I would certainly be onboard. The don't plan on switching anytime soon, but it's good to know that they are considering ways to change with technology.

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    I don't know if I like this idea that much. I almost exclusively watch all of my television on Netflix and HBO Now, but those are pre-recorded shows and I can go back to the exact spot I was at if there is a hiccup in my internet connection.

    I can envision watching a major basketball game that is down to the final minute or my beloved Bears on MNF and then all of a sudden the internet freezes. It's not like that happens on a daily basis, but if that happened even one time would be enough to drive me up a wall!

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    I like this idea, but I agree there are issues. For starters, the article states that to be a viable business option for Disney, the standalone app would have to cost about $36 a month. At that price, it just really wanted be worth it.

    Also streaming over cable like stated above could cause buffering issues. Even one buffering issue during one NFL game would have me very annoyed, especially if it was costing me almost $40 a month!

    I think they should do both, at least until TV cable goes away completely. Continue to offer cable bundling, but also have a standalone for cable cutters, like myself. And figure out over the next 5 years how to drop the price. $15/month is far more manageable and realistic; that's what HBO charges.