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March 10, 2014

Learning to cut the cable

Locals explore television alternatives


Scott Goble, manager of the Oneonta Radio Shack, described these offerings and more as a “plethora of alternatives” to standard cable. 

Some, like Roku or Apple TV, can be used alongside cable service, while they can also stand alone, Goble pointed out. He also mentioned that Smart TV television sets have services such as Netflix built in so that no additional devices are needed.

This “plethora of alternatives” is on full display among some State University College at Oneonta students, who described a piecemeal approach to viewing television and other media. 

Emily Horner, 20, of McGraw, said she lives on campus, which provides Time Warner. Nate Wind, 21, of Rochester, lives in the dorms and uses cable, but he also watches movies on Netflix and some programs on Hulu. When he wants to watch something like the Oscars, he uses cable, he said.

Garrison Shepard, 19, of Milford Center, commutes to school. His family uses DirecTV because it is the only cable-like service available where they live. Jay Gleason, 23, of Bath, lives off campus and doesn’t have cable. He uses his computer to watch Netflix and such networks as ABC that have programming available on the Internet. 

“It works for me,” he said. “I’m way too busy to watch much else.”

Morgan Giannattasio, 22, from Port Jefferson, lives off campus. She has basic cable from her landlord, but watches some things on Netflix on her computer — but, she said, she doesn’t watch much of anything because of her work schedule. 

Several computer technicians at Information Systems Division, a technology company in Oneonta, showed a similar diversity in viewing habits. 

Josh Roe, 23, of Stamford, said he mostly uses streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and whatever is available on YouTube, a free video provider. Matt Stearns, 25, said the majority of what he watches is through Time Warner, but he does watch some streaming Internet videos as well. Wilhelmina Guest, 48, of Unadilla, said she lives where there is no option for cable, so she watches DirecTV. After the introductory rate, the bill has been increasing steadily, she said. John Abrams, 27, of Oneonta said he recently disconnected his Time Warner Cable video because of the cost. 

ISD vice president Roxana Hurlburt said the company is an authorized Time Warner Cable retailer and said Time Warner provides the best product in the area. She noted that cable is no different than many other items in today’s economy that have gone up over time.

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