Although I am probably late to the game, I just discovered two very useful tools. The first is a blog post and the second is the blog itself.
Blog post: 2012 Guide to Cutting the Cable
Blog: Media Shift
The article explains the available hardware and software, then provides several case studies of users who have cut the cable, and ends with a very useful list of other articles on the subject.
The blog is stupendous. Here’s local, national and international news and commentary on shifts in just about every modern media industry. The coverage gets down to the hyper-local level, and also offers an extremely wide view of, say, the recent announcement of a merger between two of U.S. publishing’s giants: Penguin and Random House (the latter wins). That article, and this blog, does what so few do: it provides context. So the article about book publishers looks not only at consolidation’s impact on publishing, but also compares the situation with consolidation in the music industry.
Kudos to PBS for this lesser-known project. I now plan to read Media Shift every day.