More Web users may be watching television online, but that doesn't mean that viewers are ready to give up their cable or satellite services just yet. According to an ABI Research report released Monday, only about one in eight television viewers -- 13% of the 1,000 consumers surveyed -- say they'd be willing to "cut the cord" with their cable or satellite companies and watch content solely via the Internet.

Meanwhile, Web television growing ever more popular. The number of respondents who said they'd be interested in watching Internet video on their television sets roughly doubled from two years ago to approximately 32%, according to ABI.

The results indicate that most Americans still haven't sorted out the myriad videostreaming providers, ABI said in a statement. The prospect of navigating the growing list of online content providers, from moviestreaming companies like Netflix (NFLX) to TV-streaming sites like Hulu, is a big part of when keeps consumers from canceling their TV-subscription services, ABI said. Some content is also still unavailable online.

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I killed cable 2 years ago.. Been the best idea ever. I save roughly 2700 a year, and i still see everything i want in hulu, or netflix. Who needs cable. The gimic is that you need internet, so your cable company still gets some money from you. But 29.99 for all the movies and tv i used to see without the commercials, and without the annoying multi-language channels.. No thanks i will stick without having cable. Best is i can get HD everything and not have to pay more for it..

October 11 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only reason they can't compete is the complete lack of awareness that people have with IPTV (Internet Protocol Television). The technology is already there to have cable or satellite-type services using a set-top box that works very much like a cable or satellite set-top box. There are several manufacturers of these type of systems. But the Comcasts, Time Warners and Ciscos of the world don't want you to know that with a broadband connection you can have almost any channel out there, provided they are available. Since this type of service disrupts their business model, they just don't embrace it. I stayed at a hotel that had IPTV attached to a 40" LCD in high definition. The audio & video quality rivals that of my local cable company. But that was a closed system.

October 04 2010 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My goodness what a useless three paragraphs Danny. Who paid for that blather? Comcast? Can't compete sounds a bit smug ... let's see if that headline ranks up with quotes abou phones from Western Union in days gone by ...

October 04 2010 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply