On February 15, 2020 at 09:28, Mac Burks (39) said...
It will be 2 decades before they ditch the "cable box" because people will hold on to their TVs until they die. I have a 15 year old 42" Samsung plasma in my basement thats still kicking. At some point in 20 years most TVs will have an app for xfinity on them and they can get rid of their black box.
In the meantime they are transitioning people from the "cable box" to their little "roku knockoff" called Flex. In my area if you have an internet package you can get a free (for now) flex box that lets you access all your streaming apps via their voice remote. [Link: xfinity.com]
So yes technically they are moving away from the traditional cable box...but...they are moving you to the new streaming cable box.
It will be a whole lot less than 2 decades. Spectrum is telling customers now to buy a Roku or AppleTV and use the spectrum app. People donít have to buy new tvs. Roku is going to be the new cable box.
DirecTV has said they are done launching satellites. Granted, that could change, but given that information, I would think this means they are trying to be done with satellite receivers in less than 10 years. The cost of maintaining the infrastructure is huge.