So the parent here brings up a specific case of the general problem: losing these channels will indeed impact some people quite dramatically and all customers to a certain degree. Given the backgrounds of many of the people on this site, let's see what we can due to hasten the solution, i.e. removal of the cable companies. Let's make a list here on this post to what current channels are available on the net (with link to a feed), what shows are available on demand, what new, non-tv content is available and should be considered as a replacement. I'm not talking about downloading individual shows via your favorite P2P application, that can be done but provides it's own set of headaches. Let's get a list going here of links to content as easy to use as Youtube. It should ideally be as simple as opening a link and clicking Play.
"Just two months old, Peuplade (peuplade.fr) enables users to find like-minded Parisians in their own neighborhood, or even their own building, to schedule a range of activities, including after-work drinks, jogging groups and block parties. Already some 40,000 people have signed up and participated in more than 1,100 events around town. A rollout in other French cities is planned soon. Beyond recreation and socializing, the site also promotes exchanging small services like babysitting and visiting isolated senior citizens.
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