Two days ago I was 95% convinced physical media was dead and only going to be for collectors. I was also convinced that more and more people were growing frustrated with cable. Today, I'm 100% certain that cable is going to be dead before my kid reaches 5th grade.
It's amazing to me that cable is one of those industries where they don't have to provide any kind of reasonably competent customer service or any kind of quality of service, and most people are still trapped with them anyway.
In my area, if you want internet access faster than dial-up, cable is your only option. And if you choose to get internet from them without a cable package, they charge you a lot more for just the internet. (Ideally they want you to get their Cable/Internet/fake phone package -- don't get the phone, they charge you more for cable. Don't get the cable, they charge you more for internet.) Even if I wanted to cut the cord on the cable, I'd still need it for the internet. I'm not impressed with the quality of cable television I get from them. I'm not impressed with the DVR box, or how every few months they seem to remove features I use (or make them harder to find) through firmware updates. If you need them to come to your house, they still give you an 8 hour window in which they may or may not show up. Hold times for calling customer service take too long. Simple exchanges at their physical store can take forever. Cable is basically a monopoly, and they know your options are limited or nonexistent, so there's no motivation for them to do any better that I can see.
Eventually something's gotta give... whether it's cord cutters, or some new way of delivering internet service that doesn't go through the cable companies, or something no one's thought of yet... this can't last. Short term (and for their long term), they've gotten away with being very bad to the customer base. I don't know if it's gonna be five years or more or less, but if cable continues their historical trend of being very unfriendly to their subscribers, I don't know how they can survive longterm.
I think you can watch ABC and ESPN directly through an AppleTV box without a cable subscription. (I see buttons advertising those channels on my AppleTV menu but have never had reason to click them.)
I'm not opposed to be paying for good service; as cool as it would be if everything everywhere at all times was free, I know that's not realistic. What I'm trying to say is, my objection with cable isn't the monthly bill -- it's how little value you get for the high prices they charge, and how terrible the actual quality of their service is and how unhelpful their customer service is. It's been my experience as a cable subscriber on Long Island, in Boston and its various suburbs, in different parts of New York City. It's not just one bad experience with one provider, but a consistently bad experience across multiple providers through many years.