The Slow, Impending, And Painful Death of Basic Cable (click for full article) by Dashiell Reinhardt - July 11, 2013 "I've been receiving a reoccurring call from TimeWarner Cable for a while now. It goes a little something like this: TimeWarner: Hello is this Das...squirrel? Me: Sure, let's go with that. TimeWarner: Hi, we've noticed you're subscribed to our broadband service but not our cable or phone services. We have a deal we think you'd be interested in. Me: No thanks. TimeWarner: Well, may we ask who you're with? Me: Who I'm... no one, just don't need them. TimeWarner: Oh... Me: Yup, fine with just the internet. TimeWarner: (Piercing shriek of confusion and agony) That last part wasn't true. It was more of guttural howl. Besides being particularly amusing, Time Warner calling with the desperation of a jealous ex-girlfriend is an indication to the state of current affairs in ye ole world of television. Cable companies have seen a steady decline in subscription rates over the last decade and have found themselves scrambling to gain new customers and hold on to existing ones."