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Self-service debate: Just two weeks left to watch ABC online content for free

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I rarely take the time to watch television during normal live programmed hours. I never was much a television or as some would say dummy box watcher. However, in recent times; I have come to enjoy the freedom of watching television shows like Scandal, Revenge and Betrayal via using free on the go Internet access for television content posted online especially content via ABC online. It was very disappointing to notice a header alert on today that stated, “As of January 6, 2014, viewers will no longer be able to watch ABC online without signing into a paid television content network.” Yep, ABC has joined the likes of big TV companies offering channels for sale to cable and satellite distributors.

I must admit the television content that I enjoy on ABC is very thought provoking and entertaining. So, the questions remain. Could it be the times they are changing? Could it be the cost of producing good quality television content for ABC had become so costly; viewers must now foot the bill via the Internet? Could it be cloud technology to deliver live streams via the Internet have raised advertising and content licensing fees?
Nevertheless, this sucks big time especially for viewers like me that enjoy the benefit of playing catch up by watching television content via online.

Why is this happening? Is self-service via cloud computing changing the way of the world, I suppose. No need for DVRs or long-term contracts is coming to viewers of transmitting and receiving moving images.

Did you know? According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is a catchphrase "used to describe a variety of computing concepts that involve a large number of computers connected through a real-time communication network such as the Internet."

The end game of the cloud computing technology is to allow users to take benefit of multiple technologies, without the need for deep knowledge about or expertise with each one of them. Yep, the deep abyss of watching and recording television shows via the Internet for a $8 a month without set-top boxes or long- term contracts is coming.


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