What would Apple need to offer for you to drop your cable/satellite subscription?

Apple StoreThis is an open-ended question for our readers who are cable/satellite subscribers:

What would Apple have to offer for you to seriously consider dropping your cable/satellite subscription?

Certain networks? Tiers of networks (bundles) or à la carte network selection? Specific monthly subscription price? Cost of hardware? Additional capabilities (Blu-ray, DVR, 1080p, etc.)?

MacDailyNews Take: We’d need the major networks, certain cable networks, HBO, a robust sports package (which would mean live streaming from Apple) for a reasonable monthly fee that we won’t specify for fear of tainting your responses below. We’d hope it would be something our current Apple TV hardware could accommodate via firmware update, but would consider a new hardware purchase depending on the additional capabilities offered.


  1. Dropped it years ago.

    But the problem is the content keepers who don’t give us access through Apple TV

    Breaking Bad is great, you can buy a season pass before it shows… download and watch the newest show as it is broadcast.

    Weeds… you have to wait until it comes out on DVD a year later…

    The problem is the content cheaters, not Apple

  2. I’d switch from DirecTV to AppleTV if Apple would carry live programming, along with the usual video on demand service.

    We need more international news channel carriage, especially like “BBC World”.

  3. A HDR with at least 1TB of storage with dual HD Satalite reciever wireless N with a version of safari to surf the web through my set top box that should be sufficient for me to start with ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. I agree with jerry – I’d like to be able to pick-and-choose my channels, with the option, of course, of adding/removing as I feel necessary – I also agree with MacDailyNews that, as an existing AppleTV owner, I’d like to see additional functionality added to my AppleTV via firmware. DVR capabilities would be a must. But to completely remove myself from TWC, Apple would need to have content available immediately….

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