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Thinking Of Canceling Your Cable In 2012? You’re Not Alone

    January 8, 2012
    Drew Bowling
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Were you one of the cable subscribers that “cut the cord” last year? Despite the disturbing umbilical metaphor, it’s actually a growing trend in the United States as more people are canceling their subscription to cable because, as everybody knows, you can watch it all online either for a lot less moolah or, heaven forbid, for free.

Were you one of the subscribers that pulled the plug on your cable this past year? Tell us what prompted your decision in the comments below.

Whether you already dumped your cable company or are entertaining the notion of doing so later this year, you’re a part of a constituency that is increasingly finding the notion of life without cable to be an attractive reality. Deliotte, an accountancy firm that follows business trends in media, released the results of their sixth State of the Media Democracy earlier this week and it doesn’t forecast sunnier skies for cable companies in 2012. According to the press release:

A number of Americans have already cut, or are exploring cutting their pay TV connection entirely. Deloitte’s survey found that 9 percent of people have already cut the cord and 11 percent are considering doing so because they can watch almost all of their favorite shows online. An additional 15 percent of respondents said that they will most likely watch movies, television programs, and videos from online digital sources (via download or streamed over the Internet) in the near future.

Moreover, the number of people citing streaming delivery of a movie to their computer or television as their favorite way of watching a movie rose to 14 percent from 4 percent in 2009.

Are you paying attention, cable companies? As much as one-fifth of your cable subscribers could possibly abandon your pricey ships by the end of this year in order to swim ashore the more agreeable environs of the Internet where, presumably, they aren’t going to be bilked for egregious amounts of money.

It gets worse for cable companies as the study says that 42% of Americans reported streaming a movie, as opposed to 28% in 2009. People are catching on to this Internet thing but, amazingly, there still may be hope for cable companies. The survey continues:

“Consumers have shown that they value DVR functionality, yet the majority of Americans don’t have a DVR in the home. This represents a potential opportunity for cable and satellite TV providers,” said said Phil Asmundson, vice chairman and U.S. media & telecommunications sector leader, Deloitte LLP. “In a world where consumers have other ways to access content, the DVR may be an underutilized service that could serve as a value-add for new and existing subscribers at minimal cost to cable and satellite TV companies.”

In fact, 44% of those surveyed have DVR technologies but the question is: will cable companies actually try to capitalize on the opportunity mentioned here by Asmundson? Probably not, as so far they have generally just tried to limit Internet access or pass off their financial short-comings to the consumers that keep them relevant.

Add to the mix that Americans are currently in the throes of a heated love affair with their smartphones, which is another means for people to watch videos via Internet.

The number of households owning smartphones jumped to 42 percent in 2011 from 25 percent in 2009. Furthermore, the number of consumers interested in purchasing a smartphone in the near future increased to 52 percent in 2011 from 40 percent in 2010.

Throw the surging tablet market into the media mix and – I enjoy saying this every time – cable companies look like they might be on the ropes.

So does anybody think that cable companies have a future? Have any of you cancelled your cable subscriptions this past year or, better yet, are deliberating toward the decision to “cut the cord” this year? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.


  • http://www.infostroll.com Paul Comeau

    Yes, I am always thinking about cutting the cable.
    Here in Canada we are being over charged for almost everything because there are to few service providers. They say the middle class house hold finances are in trouble, but it’s no wonder we are being nickled and dimed to death everywhere we turn.
    Regards,
    Paul

    • http://www.nbgraphics.co.uk Nicky Black

      Hear Hear Paul, Canada is nuts for lack of competition one big old boys club, scary but somewhat true. Coming from Scotland four year ago I couldn’t believe who much I had to pay for all communications and the cable is Bad for content (Bad meaning Bad not Bad meaning good. ) I was a member of FON in UK which was a interesting concept until BT bought them not sure how that worked out.

  • Jesse

    We turned off our cable TV subscription and retained Internet access through TWC about six months ago. Our best decision of 2011. Interestingly, the TWC rep reported that we’d pay MORE per month to totally turn off cable TV as opposed to simply downgrading to the cheapest ‘analog only’ service.

    Guess these churn numbers are starting to spook the analysts…

  • Scott

    Dropped all our extended cable more than a year ago, because we could find enough to watch on Netflix. Don’t feel too bad for Comcast though as we still use them as our ISP. Recently added Hulu+ but are not particularly happy with paying 8 bucks a month and still watching commercials.

    • Greg

      Totally agree about Hulu. We tried Netflix and Hulu only this summer after canceling cable in June and loved Netflix and hated Hulu. Loading commercials slowed the experience down to a crawl. Content will always be the kicker.

    • http://www.clubcinsual.com Cin

      Hulu+ has commercials?!! Well that takes care of that I will not pay for any service with commercials. Have you tried TVDuck?

    • http://www.sukosaki.info John

      Hulu Plus might have commercials, but you are paying for almost immediate episodes to watch. I will take 2 or 3 15 second commercials per hour over 15 minutes per hour any day of the week.

  • Sean

    We cut the cord almost a year ago. Main reason was because we were paying about $70 a month and only watching 5 or 6 channels. It would be a couple more channels, but with my favorite sports teams being on the other side of the country I either cannot get the game or it is way too late to stay up and watch.

  • Jenny

    We dropped all but basic cable (mainly to keep Discovery channel) last year. Kept phone & Internet thru Insight, but lost extended cable, digital cable, DVR, etc. saved about $70/month and haven’t missed it at all. Watch 90% Netflix and my husband gets his baseball from MLB.TV, both thru Roku. Rest is maybe 5% Hulu/live content and 5% DVDs we own.

  • David

    I cut the cable 11 years ago and haven’t looked back. Saved nearly $8000 now on cable bills. I get all my entertainment from youtube, Netflix or other web sites. There are entire seasons of shows that have come and gone and I haven’t even seen a single episode and if I want to at this point I can buy the DVD collection.

    • Dace

      I did the same 5 years ago and I also use alternatives for my entertainment fix. It’s the commercials that made me snap… why pay to get brainwashed ?? I watch what I want – when I want.

    • http://www.sukosaki.info John

      Good work! I think it comes down to those that find reasons to not be on Netflix just changing their TV watching habits.

      But I wonder, what percent lives on Reality TV shows? Those that I talk to want TV now, they don’t want to wait and I think it’s more because they are sucked into TRASH TV.

  • http://www.PlacesToEatOkay.com Steve G

    On demand viewing is growing in popularity and lowering in price. Any popular show you can watch either on demand on cable tv, or on Hulu/Hulu+, or even on the website for the show itself. So if cable tv is going to keep with the high prices any lower priced service is always going to beat them. I’m really kind of shocked with all the popularity of Blockbuster’s streaming service and that of Netflix that Time Warner has not either created it’s own version of unlimited streaming for a low monthly price, or simply gave their customers the option of using one or both of Netflix and/or Blockbuster’s streaming services.

  • Kano’s Bionic Eye

    I’ve honestly been a cable cutter since 2004. I just hope Time/Warner buying Insight doesn’t screw everything over. Probably foolish optimism…

  • Scott Manning

    I cut the chord… 2 years ago.

    I was so tired of the garbage… and the inflated prices. I have a few shows that I love to watch, the ones I can I watch online… the others I let go.

    Cable is a dinosaur… they need to compete.

    Sad… it really could be so much better than it is.

  • Nikki

    Called to cancel cable as soon as U got Roku!! Kept basic but removed my movie channels. Would like to get rid of Comcast completely!! Over priced service for poor service and old equipment!! A total rip off company!!

  • Will Sprayberry

    Yep, I got rid off all video services from the cable company last week after getting a smartphone for Christmas. It cut my bill in half because I kept the high speed internet and home phone service, but when I hooked the cable up to the “smart” TV guess what? All premium cable channels popped right in with auto programming anyway!!!

    Ooooh, I don’t have their lame channel guide anymore. I have to look up show schedules online and figure out what channel its on, practically stone age living!

    Steve Jobs said it: companies that want to milk the cash cow status quo are obsolete, companies that keep reinventing themselves to meet the needs of people will thrive.

  • http://nafwa.org NAFWA

    The cable companies are very arrogant especially Comcast. Cable has become a utility. With Comcast I only have the minimum basic and internet. I pay $80 per month with $60 for internet. For some reason I am charged $20 per month for free channels, shopping networks, local programming, and Telemundo. Now if I cancel this little basic plan and just keep the internet I will be paying $64 per month plus taxes, etc..

    I am planning on cancelling this month and already called Comcast who tried to stop me. The next thing is going to be price gouging on the internet. If we can get an affordable satellite internet company or internet exclusive company to come along we can say bye bye to cable altogether.

    • http://www.angersausomeaussies.com Diane

      I can’t believe ppl pay that kind of $$$ to watch TV. TV has many channels & it is free. If these cable companies can get ppl to pay these outragous prices for something that is free anyway, they will, so U cant blame them. I for one would never pay for cable or Netflix. When I am 90 yrs old & cant get out & about , then I will watch more tv, but for now, I will never understand ppl that need to have so many channels. Do U not have anything else better to do?

      • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

        Right on; preach it! And what about people who pay for water in bottles when their tap water is perfectly good. (Of course I understand some places have bad water.)

        • http://www.truequality.yolasite.com Lesia

          In some areas of the country there are still very few stations and the terrain of the countryside prevent channels from coming through clearly.

          However, I am glad to see that there are more options available than I knew.

          I have been wanting to cut cable/satellite for some time – now might be a good time to get family off the junk and see about more direct streaming than just Netflix.

    • Walter

      Actually you would be paying more. If you cancel the TV and keep only Internet comcast will charge you a $10 to $15 convenience fee. Basically it’s similiar to what Verizon’s old gig with DSL was. If you wanted the deal you had to have phone service, if you didn’t have phone service you had to pay some ridiculous fee and you couldn’t get the special price.

    • Mad as Hell

      I used to pay Comcast $80/mth a few months ago, now its up to $130/mth. I will be cutting the cord very soon. ATT has a DSL package of $20/mth at 6MBPS. That is enough for me.

  • http://lizjewel.com Liz Bryman

    Funny to find your article on the morning after we seriously discussed dropping our TV satellite connection! You write “cable” but satellite (only connection available in our area) is equally expensive and keeps going up, now nearing $100.00 per month and that’s without any premium channels. We are tired of browsing through hundreds of channels of which we can see only a few unless we pay for premium channels or pay per view. Also funny, but not: Most of the older movies we’ve already seen and don’t care to see again, and others we never cared to see in the first place. Same with the newer movies: The titles don’t interest us there either. They seem to be running the same movies and shows over and over too, limiting choices even more. We are part of those people who stream movies over the Internet and also rent. But we’re happy with that and some local and world news that we can find on the free networks or on the computer, and we have a strong off-air antenna too. We’re very close to ditching our satellite connection and will probably do so in the next month or so. It’s time the cable and satellite networks reviewed their pricing and the programming of their participating networks if they want to keep us as customers.

  • Mike Jarvis

    I’m in the UK and I’d like to cut the cable(optical), but the problem is my internet travels down it..!! So I’m wondering how the rest of you will get your internet if it is supplied in the same way..??

    I have been looking at receiving internet via satellite, but that’s bloody expensive and a lot more than the present cost of cable..!

    • http://cvancura.com Curtis V

      I am having good service with 4G Cell tower internet from CLEAR here in LA, USA. I do have to put the modem on a wireless router and place it up in my skylight, but my up/dn speeds are much faster than cable or DSL, and I get the signal along with my neighbors accessible to any internet device I want to use. (I opened a public channel for that, and there have been no problems with that either.)

  • Stuart

    My cable company rebranded their service and raised their prices. Once I realized that almost everything that I watched was either on iTunes or available to stream on the network’s website the next day, I decided to Cut The Cord

  • Bill

    Absolutely. My only hinderance is finding a reliable internet source. I’m tired of the cable companies simply raising their prices. WOW just raised their prices for us, and earlier we had to jump through hoops for them to switch to digital. The result – unpredictable reception and a higher price. And Comcast?! Those guys are arrogant jerks to deal with. They just switched their service to digital in Florida, and didn’t even let us know – so the channels we receive for our “digital” service has dropped and of course, so has the quality. My goal is to connect to and independent Internet service and dump cable altogether!

    • http://www.clubcinsual.com Cin

      I have tried finding a different route other than comcast or verizon but haven’t found one in FL yet. I am looking .

  • http://www.mybabygiftbasketsandmore.com Joyce

    Still considering cutting cable. News is the only problem I have. Have not been able to find out about streaming Fox News. Anyone streaming Foxs News?

    • http://onlinetv-onpc.blogspot.com Kane

      For info on the best satellite tv for pc software with the fox news channel check out:

    • Dace

      Fox is worth dropping… it’s not news.

    • http://www.sukosaki.info John

      Any news that is on a tv news channel can be found online almost as fast as flipping on the TV. Don’t pay for cable just to have news.

    • Jill

      Fox and Fox business have Roku apps. You’ll have to watch the news in short clips, but that becomes less and less bothersome when you consider the monetary savings of dropping cable. You can also connect your laptop to your television to view programming via their website. From 9-3, Fox offers an alternative live news broadcast as well on their Roku channel.

  • Denise

    I dropped cable years ago. I have free TV with a converter box. I only receive around 14 channels. I don’t watch enough TV to warrent paying for it. I get a weather channel and the major local stations. I am not into watching TV on my computer as I have to sit in front of it 12 hours a day. I would have liked it better if the cable companies would let you pick what you want to watch in their basic plan. I don’t watch sports and a majority of what they offer are sports channels.

  • David H

    Being an old video guy back when it did not have a million artifacts and lousy compression schemes I think it is disturbing in a way that in an age where you would think video would be better and better in visual purity — most people are seeing the crappiest video ever! And think it is just FINE!

    Streaming video is such a far cry from what, in most cases, is the original “source” recording. The internet’s packet system was never intended for video, never ever. REAL video standards pump far too many bytes of information per second for the internet.

    So, we DUMB video down, and down, and down in quality, frame to frame, compress the heck out of it, remove tons of information per frame, fudge with algorithms that make speedy guesses as to how to fill in the missing blocks of video data, and then packetize it to send it through a thousand routers and get somewhat reassembled for our monitors.

    But this is a false “version” of video and nobody seems to protest too much.

    Even DVD’s, where you think, ahaaa, now I am going to true HD quality to match my spiffy new HD monitor those are a LIE, too!

    You are NOT getting High Definition as the standard was originally imagined! Even for the sake of disc dubs to sell to the masses the original studio recording is run through processors to, again, dumb it down, remove chunks of color information and pixel definition for every single frame (25 to 30 per second depending on country standard), repackage it with fancy algorithms, and lay down the highly adulterated version onto your Blu Ray or HD DVD.

    So in this supposedly advanced technology era our video quality is farther than ever from what was recorded. Not only that, but now a lot of entertainment is recorded with available moving image information already missing for sake of compression and native recording formats.

    So now, to CABLE. Cable companies, to get tons of channels piped down the wire, further compress the heck out of their incoming video sources and further crap up each channel’s video output when it reaches a home.

    And the satellite companies that feed a lot of cable companies are already employing their own compression hardware to further squeeze the picture as they feed it up to the satellites.

    By the time the end user looks at a typical Cable channel the program they watch bears little resemblance to the video quality embedded in the original recording.

    When you see “IN HD” as a banner for, say, live sports programs, you are being snookered. What the cameras are capable of outputting at the event itself is a far cry from the watered down video quality you see at home after being pumped through a ton of overlapping compression schemes.

    So, the Cable companies have people turning off the switch and cutting the cable for one reason right there. People can not see much difference between the crappy picture on the cable channel and the crappy picture being streamed over an internet service.

    The channels I see all over the USA and Europe from various cable and satellite connections have the same crunched qualities. The definition for the most part is so sandpapered down by compression and re-compression technologies that an actor’s face or a newscaster’s face has no pores, hardly any features, just a smooth bland NOTHING for skin!

    So, there you have my little irritated lecture on this subject!

  • http://www.wnsinnov.com Jeff Henry

    Traditional Cable Television subscriptions have been declining for quite a while, yet video consumption has grown more than ever. However, much of this growth has been delivered via cable modem broadband services. So it’s really a dichotomy that is occurring. Cable will continue to grow it’s broadband customers both on the consumer and business fronts. The real story is when will cable create it’s own “Over The Top” product offerings and change the television world as we know it?

  • http://www.goingbusiness.com Adnan

    Don’t have cable. Actually don’t really get much time to watch TV.

    The kids watch YouTube, my daughter likes that iCarly and some cartoons and she watches them on YouTube.

    We’ve got a Netflix and Hulu account as well.

  • maria

    We live in the country and our only option was satellite tv for a hefty deposit and installation fee. So we lived without for 2 yrs. Now cable is available but they want you to sign a 2 yr contract with a $230 cancellation fee if you do not fulfill the contract. This to me is insane. Absolutely insane. Needless to say we love our netflix and plan on subscribing to hulu in the near future.

  • http://www.thecollectorshub.com The Collectors Hub

    No, haven’t cut the cord to cable TV. I know there are a lot of alternatives on the internet but just don’t have the time to check them out. For now, I’m satisfied with the convenience of cable.

  • http://www.change.org/petitions/netflix-make-films-accessible-for-the-deaf-hoh Sebastian St.Troy

    Having ‘cut the cord’ in the past, but now very dissatisfied with Netflix (No longer a subscriber because they do not provide captioning/subtitles) and with still waiting on the new rules for online video content captioning, I’m back to cable, as at least I can obtain captioning and enjoy my shows.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/netflix-make-films-accessible-for-the-deaf-hoh

  • http://Serb-Art.com Peter Jeremich

    we cut the cord last year, wish I had done it much sooner and saved allot of $. Cable channels add a few new movies every month, and play the same ones over and over at a high price. we got Netflix for $7.99/month, and with thousands of movies, you never have to watch the same one twice, unless you want to, and you can save the good ones in your watch list. This was a no brainer, much more movies – much less money.

    We also switched from our TW cable phone to magicJack, and for half a month’s cable phone fee, we have a whole year of phone service. And you can take your magicJack anywhere in the world, and as long as there is a computer connected to reasonably high speed internet your phone travels with you, instead of being limited to one location as with our old TW cable phone – another no brainer.

  • http://freakytikihammocks.com greg paul

    I took your advice and turned off my cable…but now I dont have internet service

    • http://Serb-Art.com Peter Jeremich

      I guess I’m wondering how you were able to leave your comment if you no longer have internet???

      When we lived in TWC service area We kept our TWC internet, just eliminated cable TV and phone, and now that we are more rural, we have Wireless High Speed Broadband Internet.

  • Peter Maloy

    Reducing costs was not our primary reason for dropping cable last year; we were absolutely sick of the lousy high-handed service provided by television broadcasters.

    There is no consistency, a new season of a series we follow may start, show a few episodes then be off the air for months – one show even had a 3 month hiatus in the middle of a two-part story. An episode may even be dropped never to be seen again because someone decides a sports event that is of absolutely no interest to us takes precedence.

    Now that we stream shows, we watch just the things that interest us – there is no need to watch TV waiting for another show to start, just pull up the next episode whenever you want.

    I also fail to see why I should have to pay for 200 channels that I don’t watch just so that I can get the three or four that I do; it’s time for the cable companies to realize that their business model is looking particularly unattractive in light of competing technologies.

  • http://www.turekdesign.com Monika

    We never had cable, because we can get 1o channels via an indoor antenna. That is more than enough for us. Now we use Netflix a lot. Boston Metro West. :-)

  • http://www.normanstokes.com Norman Leon Stokes

    I’m disable and just would not afford it. With my bluray player I have the apps for netflix and hulu plus and amazon blockbuster Vudu. So if I want to watch a movie I was plenty. I got a antenna for the out side for mt local channels. And with the Internet me and the girl that lives up stars share it so that is brought the coast down. I have magic jack for the phone and has you know that is only 19.95 a year I was spending about 130.00 a month and now a spending about 45.00 boy that helps. And there is know reason for them to be so high. They keep it up and they are going to put them self’s out of business. My friends say that will never happen but I think it could happen. I know so many people that are doing the same thing as I have done. They will call me and ask me to till them every thing I have done.

  • Laura

    We haven’t had cable in over 16 years. We simply had to cut it out due to becoming a stay at home mom w/less income flowing in. We didn’t miss it until recently when we purchased new TV’s. The TV’s are no longer able to access the signals are too weak, as the TV manufacturers have decided they don’t need the stronger ones b/c “everyone” is using dish or cable.

    We do have an antenna, but it is no longer strong enough. This is rather frustrating as we are not even capable of watching our local TV, which to us is very unethical.

    So, although I enjoy watching the news, I have to resort to getting info from the web, which is not the same as watching it. But, we can’t afford the fees, not comfortable signing up for a 2 yr contract, providing my debit/credit #’s or our ss#. Plus, we have to pay an additional rental fee for each TV…are you serious??? Just wont’ do it!!

    • Anna

      We just cut cable and got a new tv. Same thing. So we bought an HDTV at RadioShack for like $40. We get 60 channels in HD- Free!!! We also got the roku from best buy and stream in tons of HD movies for $8/month. Roku is just a one time $80 fee. We love it. If u have an HD TV u also need to buy an HDMI cable as roku doe not come w that.

      • Anna

        Sorry I meant to say we bought an HDTV ANTENNA at Radio shack.

        • Tony

          Which HDTV anntena did you buy? The brand???

  • Debbie Johnson

    I dropped my satellite subscription last year, and haven’t regretted it one minute. The decision came when I realized that I had a long list of instant view programming in my Netflix queue, and when I compared cost of Netflix ($20 and change) to $108.00 per month for satellite, the decision was easy. When my instant view list shrinks to a manageable length, I’ll add Hulu+, and will still be paying much less than satellite and (very important) I can watch programs on my schedule, not someone else’s.

  • Julia

    I plan to evict cable from my home as soon as I purchase a web-enabled tv. I’m used to watching my shows on a decent-sized screen. I don’t relish watching “Backyardigans” with my kids huddled around my 15-inch laptop screen!

    • Peter Maloy

      We use a Wii for watching TV on a big screen, works very nicely for Netflix. Alternatively most BluRay devices around $120 & up support all sorts of internet sources, much cheaper than a new TV!

    • http://cvancura.com Curtis V

      We bought a projector, plugged it into our laptop, and now have very big screen video projected anywhere we can either project on a wall or set-up a screen. This flexibility works well for us… Works well for sharing photo albums, etc as well.

  • Russell M.

    As our FIOS/Internet bill topped $140 a month this year, we are looking at alternatives to programming. Most of our newer LED tv’s have built in access and software for Hulu, Netflix, etc and the purchase of a simple Roku box or Google TV box will allow aggregation of streaming content for anytime viewing. With a home network, the feed can be delivered easily from a single PC with a Terabyte external storage drive. By far the most aggravating portion of our monthly bill is not for the actual programming feed, but for rental and equipment charges for the antiquated “boxes” connected to each television in the house. Rates run from $3.99 a month for a simple converter all the way up to the $19.99 a month charge for the multi room DVR. We pay over $48 monthly just for equipment. As an early adopter of Internet phone through Vonage, I can already see the value in taking content at a much lower cost through my own equipment and the Internet acces I already pay for.

    • AddassaMari

      Exactly, they fee you to death.

  • http://kbmenterprises.net AR

    Cancelled my basic cable and my TimeWarner Phone. I use Skype (about $100/year). Bought a digital antenna ($150) and we have celphones. We watch Netflix ($95/year). My communications utility bill is still probably about 200% what it was 10 years ago, but considerably lower than last year this time. Also, I can work anywhere and therefore can play much more. Every time I visit a house with cable, I am overwhelmed with the selection. How would you ever find the time to watch all that?

  • Richard Noble

    I discontinued cable TV a year ago. You cannot believe the amount of tension that has disappeared from my life and I have the extra time to do better things.
    I dropped Cable because 1) it is far to expensive. 2) they had no package that would allow me to buy only what I wanted to have. For example PBS, sports and the local news and weather – including football. 3) the news media has gone insane … both the right and the left are crazy. 3) All the popular show on the TV are designed to appeal to the very lowest IQ.

    I feel just great not having TV. And I have an extra $100 A MONTH to play with.
    P.S. Ive been reading a book a week.

    My family, friends and I sit at the dinner table … and TALK.

    This is just great. I don’t ever want to have a TV again.
    I’m starting to feel like a human being once again as opposed to a robot.

    • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

      I wish I had weaned myself from TV years ago. My business (and life in general) would have been much better.

      I know some people that don’t watch TV. Their lives are full and rewarding.

      • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

        Because of TV I haven’t read a book in YEARS! Very sad.

      • http://cvancura.com Curtis V

        I cut the cord on TV years many years ago as well. I was a real couch potato, and discovered life again. It is great having a real life, and hard to explain to others what the benefits are.
        The TV marketers spent billions to get into my head to make me crave more and more, and to be dissatisfied living life without the sponsors products. I now enjoy life with less stuff and more time. Cutting cable was more than saving money. It gave me my life back again.
        I enjoy Netflix when I want, and that’s enough for the entertainment on demand.
        News enough is abundant on the web – I will look for it when I want it, I don’t want to be spoon fed teasers and then get just a snippett without a full story. The web can provide a full story with other takes on any subject, which I find satisfying.

  • Thomas Baggins

    I cancelled last year after the last episode of lost. I have tried Cable, Dish, and DirectTV and the problem was that I only watched a handful of shows, and most of them were things I didn’t actually want to watch but just got sucked into like paid commercials for shammy wow. The DVR filled up with things I didn’t really ever want to watch again. I was essentially paying $70 a month for LOST. I was planning on getting netflix or hulu +, or Roku or similar, but never even did that. I just bought a wirelss dvd payer for $119 so now I can watch youtube on the TV and can stream movies from amazon if I really want to. I tried one, it works great when I want to fry my brain. I am no longer controlled by the time sink that TV is and am much happier now. I rarely watch TV in the warmer months and go out and live instead. This winter, I am catching up on Breaking Bad episodes and that’s enough.

  • http://onlinetv-onpc.blogspot.com Kane

    TV on the internet is definitely the way of the future – I havn’t looked back.
    If you’re serious about canceling your cable, then for info on the best satellite tv for pc software with a one time only payment check out:
    http://onlinetv-onpc.blogspot.com

    Most of the satellite tv for pc providers offer a 60 day money-back guarantee so there’s no harm in trying it out to see if it works for you.

  • ScottN

    Cable TV providers just don’t get it. We want a la carte pricing! We dislike sports in our house, yet we are forced to pay for dozens of useless sports channels, all of which surely cost the cable companies a LOT of money to carry. Let us choose what programming we want to receive, or we will choose to cancel cable TV and watch what we want online. It is that simple.

    • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

      AMEN!

  • http://www.obsd.com Nick

    Canadian, i have cut the cable as of the end of this month, in Canada i was paying $80 per month for analog cable, they messed up some of the channels which is what made me cancel, however that has been fixed, i just don’t want to pay that much anymore, if it was 1/2 i would still be a customer.

  • http://www.Spreety.com Ron

    I cut my cable over 4 years ago and have never looked back. While Hulu and Netflix are a nice start for online TV, check out Spreety TV Online, a guide across 200 major online TV sites, perfect for sports, news, movies, music, and more.

  • AddassaMari

    We jettisoned our cable over five years ago when we realized that we were paying about a $100 per month (Started at about $55 and increased to that much in a few months) for a service we seldom used, beyond watching the local news (did not need cable for that) and the occasional movie or documentary. The best thing about having cable was that we could get a few PBS channels (then we found we could do that using a good antenna). We own three TVs but have not watched TV in over three years. My kids use them to play the Wii or as a computer screen for their video games. We have a Netflix account and are thinking of adding HuluPlus to fill in the gaps in Netflix, so to speak. I just wish that Netflix had a multiple or simultaneous watch option, or that they would stream more of their programs and ditch the DVDs. For that I would pay a few more dollars a month. Either way, it is cheaper than cable, we can choose what we watch and when we watch, and we can take it with us.

  • Gary

    There are channels on Cable that simply are not on Netflix or Your Tube. Satellite is a pain in my area.

  • http://www.jcbworkwearspecialists.co.uk/ JCB Workwear

    Comes down to costs for many and why pay for something when you can get something the same or very similar for free?

  • http://www.homespuntagorda.com Bill

    Now if they could address the cost and figure in that most all channels are repeats anyway, then add to that that the commercials (When you don’t DVR it or Record it) are as long as the show segments, they might be on to something. Commercial segments are FAR TOO LONG for what you pay for.

  • Michelle

    I dropped cable a number of years ago and am so glad to not have that hefty bill anymore. SO much money saved!!! Very happy with online options, although not impressed with Hulu+. Netflix works for me. Where I live, there is only one cable choice, (Cox), and they are just awful. Which is why I severed my service on all fronts, then to discover the internet options. Entirely due to pure frustration with their whole game and having to pay so much to be so unsatisfied. Who needs it? No land line, love my (Sprint service) smart phone…if cable dies, I won’t be there crying.

  • http://www.adovationz.co.nz/catalogww.htm Digmen1

    Here in NZ we don’t have cable.
    But we have one satellite tv company – Sky.
    They do movies, news and sport, Discovery History and National Geographic etc.
    They have now bought the rights to just about all live sport shown on tv in NZ.

    So many people would never give them up, as we love our sport.

  • http://www.redkitecreative.com Debbie

    We cut cable TV in September, but kept cable Internet. We bought a $125 HD antenna and now have a *much* better picture. We already had Netflix but cut it back to a cheaper plan, added Hulu Plus and Roku and were already Amazon Prime members. We weren’t sure how we’d like not having the convenience of cable, but now we like this setup a lot better since we choose what and when to watch, and it’s about 1/4 what we were paying for cable TV alone.

  • kathy

    I would love to cut my cable. I just don’t know how to “stream” the free stuff. Is there some instruction or teaching as to how I can do so? I really can’t afford cable any more.

  • Derek

    Cancelled our satellite service a couple of years ago and just cancelled our land-line phones, opting for a VOIP line saving hundreds each year. Satellite service was up to over $85 per month for less than 10 hours per week of programming. In the current economy, that is something we can do without. NetFlix is interesting but lacking and over-the-air broadcasts are too commercial and overtly sensational. Best news source is the DrudgeReport.

  • http://www.it-training-certification.com rocky dune

    Quite the opposite! I quit Netflix!! I don’t want to pay even $8/month + tax for the news that the movie I would like to watch is not available online! At the same time, I don’t see the alternative, so far. I hate to have a deal with the big company’s billing. It’s a nightmare: Verizon takes the first place in the list of the most hated companies. Comcast is the second.

  • Al DV

    Well for starters I will cut the cable becuase it’s useless for the most part. By the time I get to the information I want I have to go through dozens of commercials.
    Internet streams are getting to be the same way.
    When Internet becomes too commercialized I will cut that too.

  • http://windowcowboys.com Bryan

    They’re going down side by side with radio if the they don’t get creative and re approach the market with better values. I personally pulled the plug on cable a year ago and never looked back. between netflix,hulu, and magic jack for phone, I save hundreds of dollars a month in so called bundling deals.

  • http://QRDivas.com Julie Larson

    How timely! I just ordered our Roku box yesterday as our cable bill recently jumped from $117 a month to $172 a month!!!

  • Adam

    I “cut the cable” when I moved into a new house in June.

    Actually, what happened was that Comcast utterly botched the move. They failed to show up to “install” my cable twice in one day, and expected me to take another day off of work in order to wait around again to see if they would have better luck finding my home a second time.

    Since then, I’ve been watching shows streamed from amazon.com and Netflix on a Roku. I’m much happier, and I don’t have to send money to Comcast every month so they can show me commercials.

  • http://www.BritishAmericanJuicePlus.com David Brown

    Go with BT fibre, if you can get it. Othwewise, fastest unlimited DSL your line can handle. Deals abound, and there is plenty available now on Freeview. With what you save, you can even upgrade to one of the new HD Freeview boxes!!

  • M Davidson

    We cut our TV cable the beginning of 2011 and we don’t miss it at all. Anything and everything we want to watch is available online. We are sort of married to cable for internet access right now but if I could find a reliable way around that … I would cut it as well. This is what happens when greed takes over.

    Now we can watch what we want to watch, when we want to watch it.

  • Mike Smith

    We cut our cable down to basic channels a year ago, saving $70 per month, including getting rid of our DVR. We use a mini-PC connected to the Internet to watch all TV shows (Clicker.com is a great, free “virtual DVR”)and movies (we use Amazon pay per view because they have the largest movie database). And sports is actually better on the Internet (more camera angles and more information).

    People should strongly complain to any backwards companies that are not making their content available on the Internet. After all, if the model of “free” content with advertising doesn’t work for them, then they can charge for it.

    We don’t get over-the-air channels, even though we live just north of San Diego, maybe because our condo doesn’t allow an antenna on the roof. I don’t understand why the government didn’t require the local stations to broadcast over the new public medium, the Internet, rather than old-fashioned over-the-air.

    The cable companies could survive if they started broadcasting channels over the Internet (“channels”, not just shows) and had the option of subscribing to individual cnannels as well as “make your owwn” bundles. The cable company’s strength is long-standing arrangements for most content, that Netflix and even Google can’t seem to negotiate. But they are gradually losing this power as they are not adapting to the Internet and al-a-carte pricing.

    Finally, people, please stop buying DVD’s! It’s backwards and non-environmental.

  • James

    I dropped it quite a while ago too, they even offered a few months free to keep it no contract
    I not only don’t watch tv but it is not even plugged in to power
    Cable etc are over priced and the “talent” is very poor, nothing worth watching
    Overpaid, over-hyped “actors” poor directors, useless writers, nothing worth seeing here, move along…

  • http://www.playingcardsandmore.com Tommy

    The internet is the future, the cable and satellite companies had better adapt quickly.

  • Lou K

    Cut my cable in 2011. Comcast was so bad that our service went out when they changed to Xfinity. They could not figure out why our service went down. After one week without the Net we went to Uverse.
    Cutting Comcast was the best move I made in 2011!

  • Jerrie DeRose

    My DVR box is the only reason we still have Dish Network, although their ownership of the block buster rental service has become another plus. However, soon we will cut our package down to the minimum number of channels for a big decrease in cost. We also use netflix a lot because we can stream movies as well as rent them. This is a great benefit when my grandchildren are here.

  • California Cable User

    We have only basic cable, and high-speed internet through Comcast, but hardly anyone watches broadcast TV here anymore. Waiting around all week for your favorite show to air a new episode, and then to be constantly bombarded by television commercials. (Well, Comcast has to pay for all the programming that you receive). Wait a minute, don’t we already pay you for service? I was watching a show the other TV, and got bored of the commercials which kept coming during one break for well over 5 minutes, I eventually just turned the bloody thing off. It’s just not worth it anymore.

    • http://SoCalFreeTV.webs,com Mark Westwood

      Are those shows really worth over $1000.00 a year? Really? Try Broadcast air coupled with a Roku… http://www.Roku.com btw if you switch to broadcast, make sure you go into your TV’s settings and tell your antenna to go to antenna, not cable..tell your TV to search for OTA (over the air channels) Depending on where you live you will be amazed with a rather inexpensive outdoor antenna what you will get.. go to this FCC website and type in your address http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/ and it will tell you what kind of TV reception you will get.. also check out my home made website at: http://www/SoCalFreeTV.webs.com for more info..Good Luck.. btw Roku has HBO Go on it.

    • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

      I have sometimes thought that the time commercials air during a program makes it ALMOST

      • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

        I have sometimes thought that the time commercials air during a program makes it ALMOST not worth it to watch the program. And I really get upset at the conspiracy – that all the channels air their commercials at the same time. We also have a converter box and can watch broadcast TV if we wish – and they have things the satellite stations don’t, but I don’t watch it much because they don’t have a menu of programs like the satellite provider has.

        When cable TV first came out, I expected it to be commercial free. But no. Drat!

  • http://www.sternpr4less.com susnebraska

    I would LOVE to cut the cable bill to zero each month. It’s like $100 now with HBO premium. But at this time, until I find another way to view HBO’s True Blood and other fabulous programs, I am stuck paying the cable bill. On a side note, I was thinking about hooking up my computer to my TV…somehow..wirelessly. But still, at this time, I would not be able to get HBO, BRAVO TV, TLC, Disney and ABC family for free. Got any ideas?

    • http://SoCalFreeTV.webs,com Mark Westwood

      Are those shows really worth over $1000.00 a year? Really? Try Broadcast air coupled with a Roku… http://www.Roku.com btw if you switch to broadcast, make sure you go into your TV’s settings and tell your antenna to go to antenna, not cable..tell your TV to search for OTA (over the air channels) Depending on where you live you will be amazed with a rather inexpensive outdoor antenna what you will get.. go to this FCC website and type in your address http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/ and it will tell you what kind of TV reception you will get.. also check out my home made website at SoCalFreeTV.webs.com for more info..Good Luck.. btw Roku has HBO Go on it.

  • Jeff

    Cable companies will survive only if they (1) merge with content providers to monopolize the marketplace, or (2) emulate the deeply democratic revolution of online “TV” which entails CHOICE. When that happens, I may to Charter cable when they allow me to subscribe to the individual channels I like to watch instead of instead packages made up of mostly unwanted (and expensive) content.

    • http://startacardetailingbusiness.com/cardetailingtraining.html Robert Keppel

      I agree. On-demand content in DEEPER niches I’m interested in (see the…Internet) is cable’s only hope.

      Gotta admit, a la-z-boy and a 60 inch tv is a more COMFORTABLE way to absorb entertainment…but they sadly have little to offer.

    • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

      What’s actually going to happen, in music as well as film and TV, is that the content providers are going to go directly to the consumer via the internet. The various media — cable channels, broadcast channels, music CDs — are nothing more than delivery devices for various forms of content. The internet is the greatest delivery device ever invented and it will continue to take over the way we consume content.

  • Saneman

    110 dollars a month to Time Warner for basic cable or 7.99 to Netflix, you do the math.

    • http://SoCalFreeTV.webs,com Mark Westwood

      Try Broadcast air coupled with a Roku… http://www.Roku.com btw if you switch to broadcast, make sure you go into your TV’s settings and tell your antenna to go to antenna, not cable..tell your TV to search for OTA (over the air channels) Depending on where you live you will be amazed with a rather inexpensive outdoor antenna what you will get.. go to this FCC website and type in your address http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/ and it will tell you what kind of TV reception you will get.. also check out my home made website at SoCalFreeTV.webs.com for more info..Good Luck.. btw Roku has HBO Go on it.

  • John

    Cut cable years ago. They just kept raising rates and changing selections.(Comcast)The internet serves our purposes.

  • netwarden

    If they don’t change how they do things then yes they will be in for a rough time in the years ahead.

    Paying for blocks of channels will be the thing of the past and hopefully replaced entirely by VOD (Video on demand). The provider I am with has VOD available if you have one of their PVRs and I like the idea that I can download a show into my PVR and watch it when I want to.

    However I really hate paying for channels I don’t watch and you have to buy at least the basic PVR channel packages to get VOD.

    The other issue I have with that is they disabled the USB/data access on the PVR so I can’t then port the show to my portable device (some sort of copy right thing, but that is another story).

  • http://www.SatHookup.com Bill Brumner

    How are you gonna get your internet? Cable has the most bandwitdth and they will just raise the rates for higher speeds. Hahahahahhhahhahahhah

  • http://startacardetailingbusiness.com/cardetailingtraining.html Robert Keppel

    I would cut my cable in an instant if I had a better way to watch sports, but NetFlix has nothing for us sports fans.

  • http://aftune.angelfire.com Wally Scherer

    I pay a monthly fee to Comcast, a cable company. But it’s NOT for cable TV service, it’s for high speed internet and telephone services. For TV I use a satellite company, but I don’t pay for it – my father in law pays for it for us.

    I don’t usually watch TV shows on the internet, because it’s more comfortable to sit on the sofa or an easy chair and watch the actual TV set.

    • http://www.eloquent-marketing.com/ Eloquent Marketing

      Soon AppleTV and Roku will be to the point where you’ll want to comfortably sit at your couch. It’s already getting there with AirPort Express and other devices allowing streaming video from your mobile phone. I predict that in the next few years everything Home Entertainment & Mobile Entertainment will run through your cell phone or Tablet device.

  • Bruce Kanary

    Cable??? Who wants to watch endless soap operas and endless Oprahs at the same time on most of the channels. On the other channels are news channels that don’t mention any real news… or sports… or more sitcom junk that needs canned laughter because they aren’t funny. Then they want an arm and a leg for the privilege to be “dumbed down”.

  • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com Sharon Spilman

    Happily, I cut the cable a year ago and I’m better-informed, (less brainwashed) and much happier. I also have more money in my pocket now that I’m not paying $100+ per month for the drivel that cable tv provides. Best of all, I never have to even SEE FoxNews or the disgusting shills that flap their well-paid mouths there. Love it. Cable sux.

  • David S.

    Yea were dropping our cable comp.after they’re raising the cost like $40.00,so we bought a HD antena called Mohu Leaf,great price,with ota,signal HDTV is free. With Nexflix and Hulu Plus for $16 a month we can get to watch all our favorite shows.Here’s the link to Mohu leaf
    http://www.gomohu.com/?gclid=CMPjzKzHwa0CFWrktgodCW8kCA and one more thing we bougt are’s on amazon for $2.00 cheaper
    David

  • satinka

    We moved to our new home in 2007 and did NOT hook up the cable. We have been “cable-less” since that time and have not missed it. No more commercials. No more news from the corporatocracy about Harperstan’s wonderful initiatives, no more brainwashing about “ethical oil.” I want to live in the real world, rather than the idealist one presented by TV.

  • http://www.thestudiocenter.com FrankinSac

    I actually cut the cord over 3 years ago. I was tired of the cable scam where you had to buy 300 channels you don’t watch to get the 10 you want. And to pay nearly $1,000 a year to watch TV!… That’s just insane.

  • http://mega-informationsite.com Art

    I dumped Cable in June of last year, the prices were insane and every movie played every second day. I heard of online movies and found Netflix. That was it for Cable and for 8 bucks versus 80. Thousands upon thousands of movies and all the TV shows, plus ones I never heard of before.

  • http://www.CaptainCyberzone.Com CaptainCyberzone

    From what I’ve read, Apple’s iTV would be great if they can get the (now) major content providers (HBO, ESPN, etc.)to sign-on un-bundled, as like an itunes pick-up put in the cloud: one equal low price for a period of time per individual content provider but, these guys won’t budge.

  • Skullofbones2012

    Every cable bill seemed to have gotten higher and higher. Just couldn’t afford all these nonsense charges anymore. Just had to do what I had to do to save money. With the internet, everything seem so much cheaper.

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    Every traditional media is under fire now. They only function as a means to distribute content, nothing more. Since the internet is a much more efficient and convenient way to distribute content it will eventually prevail over all other media. There is no turning back at this point.

  • WDP

    I like my Netflix + Roku. It keeps me and my family entertained for a lot less money, without commercialsa and immoral content, and more control. Many other channels coming online all the time. It will only get better making more people cut the cable cord.

  • BK

    I don’t have tv service. No cable or satellite, just internet and landline phone. Yes, landline phone. Only way to call my folks back home (communist country) at almost a dollar a minute. My only complaint is the high internet price. $50/month broadband. Not too much competition.

  • Allister

    I’ve watched Netflix movies on TV and streamed content to my laptop, but I’m not leaving cable anytime soon – the video and sound quality of streamed content doesn’t yet compare with cable. I’ll choose cable over grainy streamed content any day of the week.

  • http://www.themanandavanswindon.co.uk/ The Man With A Van

    In the UK we’ve got BBC iPlayer, ITVPlayer, 4oD plus others we can use to watch TV we’ve missed and watch when we want.

  • Doggy Door Dave

    Cancelled cable/phone/internet late last year – $131.00 per month – poof- gone. Replaced with Clear for $45/month – wireless internet that has worked great for past 4 months. Transferred home number to Vitelity and have forwarded it to my wife’s cell phone – $2.00 per month. Bought Boxee for streaming, and a digital HD antenna for free channels. Life is good!

  • Dean

    We cut Comcast – best decision ever – now use Netflix streaming – more than enough tv shows for our family – and rent other movies from Redbox for a $1 each. Bill eliminated.

    We also switch ISP’s once pricing promo expires if they won’t extend it another 6 months. All you have to do is shut down your isp service and then wait for the “win back” team to call you. They will and they will reduce your bill back to promo rates. Have been doing this for almost 4 years now.

  • http://www.designmybox.com/ john smith

    world without cables…wow it feels so good to hear it but while replacing it may cause to environment bad effects…means so many rays uv or something else related things are happening or not?

  • http://www.glutenfreebend.com Kevin

    We cut our cable in Feb 2010, but kept cable internet. Now that the price is going up so we are thinking of switching the the cheaper DSL alternative (which has no bandwidth caps!)

  • http://www.webmasteratoz.com andrew h.

    I’am Definitely Thinking of Getting Rid Of Cable The Prices are Way to High!!!

  • http://modernseducer.wordpress.com/ Mark Armstrong

    And when the day comes that people can just download movies, tv shows and documentaries to a tablet or maybe even their smart phone and then sync that up to the TV, cable will really be in trouble.

  • Sophia

    I learned about ROKU recently and have been considering it. I want to try it first so will keep Comcast for a couple of months to learn if I’m missing anything so I’ll assign ROKU to 1 television for now. Verizon offers internet service w/out a contract and you can pay month to month. I did it before and paid $30 monthly. Connect speed was slower but it didn’t bother me tons.

    Comcast also forced me to also have a land line…I don’t even know the number. I currently pay over $100 per month. I’m thinking of that huge saving by using ROKU instead. Only thing is, I won’t get local channels and I like to watch the news for my area every day.

  • http://discountconnection.weebly.com AceLuv

    Its true all i need is a remote control for my computer lol.

    • http://www.eloquent-marketing.com/ Eloquent Marketing

      There’s an app for that 😉

  • Darrell Lucas

    I am thinking about cutting it. The rates keep rising and those “unexplained” hidden charges keep showing up on my bill. When I call and threaten to leave, they always manage to find me a discount for a few months. If you can give me that discount over and over, just leave me at the cheaper rates. But they don’t. Also, when I do call, the customer service is terrible. When you do get someone on the phone, they act angry, as if I interrupted their break. Yeah, cutting it off soon. I have Netflix and Hulu and Redbox.

  • http://www.eloquent-marketing.com/ Eloquent Marketing

    We cut the cable in mid 2011. We were paying something like $220/mo for a full service DirectTV (HD DVR, HBO, Sports Package, etc) and just couldn’t rationalize the value any longer.

    Now we’re exclusively Netflix, Hulu, and HD Antenna. The ONLY thing I missed about it was College & NFL Football. There needs to be an option to custom tailor your own package without exorbitant costs. (Ex: If I could get NCAA and NFL football for season without a contract – I’d sign back up.)

  • http://bobdavis321.blogspot.com Bob Davis

    I just use a TV antenna, limits me to about 8 channels, that is more than enough as there is never anything to watch. We rent videos from RedBox.

  • http://www.tomlyga.com Tom L.

    We “cut the cable” early in 2011…no regrets, other than the occasional local sports broadcasts (which were often blacked out anyway)…in those cases, we go to a bar, or friends house (the original “social network”)between Hulu and Netflix, never at a loss for content.

    We also cut our phone to “incoming/911″ only…as we use DSL, our “phone bill” is $42/mo including broadband.

  • http://www.electricheadonline.com Allen

    Here is my current solution to cut our costs:

    Internet (Cable Co is our ISP)

    Phone = Magic Jack
    TV = Playon/Youtube/Netflix/ Free HDTV over Airwaves (NYC/Philly)

    Not bad at all!!

  • Thalia

    Yes, I am definitely thinking about cutting Directv. I started off paying 29.99 including taxes. A year later, I’m paying triple the amount. I’m planning to go with Netflix in the next few months. Can’t handle it anymore.

  • Ken Busch MBA

    I’ve been totally disabled in the past couple years and our income has been severely impacted. My wife and I shut down the satellite TV early last year and have enjoyed Netflix and CBS.com since then. The only thing we miss is the news, but for the difference in price that is no big deal and we can get that online, too. We especially enjoy being able to watch the programs when WE want to and not when the network schedules them!

  • http://webpronews ron barca

    I am going to cut the cord as you say probably this month. They lie to you when they hook you up to their company and promise you the monthly price will be. When you receive the bill, it is different and then they have an excuse of why you have that price. Bull s***. I have dish network and want to get rid of them asap.

  • http://www.michaelwalkeradv.com Bill

    Yes, here in Canada we pulled the plug on our cable several months ago and it’s great! No one at home was watching tv anymore, we’re all on our laptops and are able to view everything we want at no additional cost. Cable costs are too high, too restrictive (paying for channels you don’t want and not getting the channels you do want), no commercials to sit through and reception that is questionble at times. Prices just keep going up for nothing in return. For the tv we just opted for a digital antenna for blu-ray quality reception at no cost (except for the $100. antenna). You would never get this quality of reception any other way. Why anyone would pay for these outdated services I don’t know. Cable is so 20th century!

  • http://www.nortonsiegel.com Aaron Stein

    we are definitely considering dropping cable. the only tv program i watch is the daily show, the rest we stream from netflix or amazon. and i can stream the daily show from comedy central

  • John

    Already got rid of cable back in 2006, I WILL NOT PAY THOSE HIGH PRICES. It’s ridiculous, then I was using satellite and for a long time that was ok on the price, but then they raised their prices so I got rid of them, now I stream, all the TV and Movies I want, $16 per month, I don’t even have time to watch it all, the best deal I could ever get. I WILL NOT TOLERATE GREED FROM ANYONE.

  • Jason Bice

    My wife and I cut cable and switched to Direct TV a couple years ago. In June of 2011, we decided to cut DTV as well, relying solely on our media server, youtube and netflix digital for our fix. Yes there are certain shows we miss, however the cost savings have been more than worth the extra wait time for those shows. We can generally get them free from the network website within a couple days. If you’re on the fence, cut it for 6 months and see where it takes you. You’ll be surprised how little you actually need cable, and happy about how much money you can save.

  • http://www.clubcinsual.com Cin

    I’m an internet junkie so I have been watching “my own channels” since Oct. of 2009. I don’t watch series until I can watch the whole thing, can’t stand trying to remember what night and time I need to be home. This way I see all the episodes, don’t get lost on what happened last week or bc they put a special on and not the series I was watching.
    This year for Christmas I bought the Toshiba Blu-ray that gets all the internet “stations” Hulu Netflix v tube etc…
    I still have Comcast though for the internet which cost me 65. a month-would love to figure out a way to get internet for free or at least cheaper but for me in SRQ FL Comcast is all that offers broadband – can’t use another bc I don’t have a home phone just a cell.
    I use TV duck for most of what I want from TV shows or the actual TV stations website. We paid like $5.00 for a 1-time subscription to a feeder site and all is good.
    As far as quality – ahh I’ll sacrifice a little quality for 110.00 in my pocket every month. With the $$ I saved in cable I bought my son a 37″ TV, a game stop subscription, a PS3 move system with all the bells & attachments and an Android Smart phone.
    Would like to figure out how to record shows so I can put them up on the net though, as we get quite a bit of regular stations with just an RCA antenna for $10.00 at Big Lots.
    Had Netflix but with their “new” price plan not enough is online to justify keeping it.
    OH AND I dropped our $290.00 Verizon cell contract for the new straight talk plan through Wal-Mart for $90.00 ($45.@) which turned out to be Verizon 4 me (Blackberry) and Sprint for my son (android)

  • Dennis

    We opted out of our no-contract Fios Triple Play about a year ago. Best decision. We did keep the internet connection to access Netflix and the sort when needed (Sesame Street for my daughter). It’s amazing how much time is wasted watching needless television or even just switching channels!
    I can understand reluctance of others, cable companies still keep internet connection somewhat high-priced and throw in bargain deals to add television or phone. Stay strong though- you save money and brain cells. Oh- and get an HD antenna to get local tv! It works.

  • http://webphonenews.com terry dudas

    I cut the cord last summer; using Ruku w/Netflix – nothing else so far. Couldn’t take Comcast’s politics (big Obama contributors) or price increases, not to mention their snotty attitude. Next to go will be the garbage hauler, Waste Management. BTW, I quit smoking cigarettes after 50-yrs for political reasons also. Used e-cigs with great success and saved $$$$$ on the government taxes as I did so. I guess you COULD call me a political-animal!

    Gee, thanks for asking.

  • Louis Fisher

    I leave Time/Warner In Feb. For Fios Triple Play, Cable bill has become too costly.

  • http://www.whitehatt.com WhiteHatt Man

    Cancelled three years ago, went to work for an Internet Television company.. WhiteHatt!

  • Michelle

    Any way to still watch sports? I hate paying so much, but what is the alternative when you are a sports fan?

    • Kano’s Bionic Eye

      CBSsports and ESPN GO!

      There’s also justin.tv that streams just about anything.

  • ken koch

    Last summer our frontier bill for cable and internet was $146+/- This December it was $198 I called Frontier and said that I will not be paying for Frontier’s bad balance sheet and I would not continue with the cable and internet fees.

  • mike

    I left cable and went to Off the air HD and Netflix. The big part of making this change was being able to still use DVR using my PC and XBOX 360. Put a TV tuner in your computer and use Windows Media Center and it can record all the HD TV and send it via off the air HDTV. I can then watch it all from any XBOX in the house. Over the years I have come to pick up two additional XBOXs for the sole purpose of Netflx streaming and watching HDTV via Media Center. I pay nothing for off the AIR HDTV and $8 for Netflix. The savings are huge!

  • Smoke

    I recognized that there was a certain futility in chasing good programming on cable. Craft shows during Discovery Daytime was fine if a little off-mark, but when TLC was more custom motorcycles than anything inspirational, and moved with Sci-fi into a level-two subscription package…. by the time I left my parents’ house, I was using a level-three channel for noise and trolling the on-demand for 4 hours of programming a week that I actually paid attention to.

    Netflix streaming sucks if you’re picky, but it’s better than cable and almost as interesting as trolling used DVD stores for the next entertainment.

  • G Carson

    We cut out cable nine years ago. We get our movies etc free on DVD from the library. We haven’t looked back at all. I’ll never subscribe to cable tv again. Why pay for programming that you’re not interested in, as well as sit through twenty minutes of commercials every hour?

  • Annie Knickerbocker

    I am considering dropping cable from my current company. It’s too expensive, and I can still get a lot of channels from my old company’s (which I quit several years ago) line. I hate that I have little flexibility for my internet service, however.

  • Greg

    Cut the cord. Cable company forced me to get a box on every tv even though they all had HD tuners. Also charged a rediculous monthly HD fee, and HD channels were upgrades from standard definition (you get Nickelodeon, but pay extra to get Nickelodeon HD). They also got the bill wrong every month.
    Netflix and hulu plus, plus rip all DVD’s to a network storage device and tiny WiFi WD TV plus box for instant plug and play video network! Saving over $120 a month and don’t miss it.

  • Grace McArdle

    We dumped cable last year. Heading into retirement and wanting to cut expenses. Cable is not a good value. We have HD antenna on roof for local stations and Netflix for streaming movies.

  • Dollar Robertson

    Yes , dumped Time Warnout cable last year . Kept the internet ,bought a roku and a Sony with all the apps . Never missed cable . Tired of the poor channel selection , tons of junk foreign channels and too many religious channels ,really only watched about 10 or 12 the rest were junk. Cable will be the dinosaur of tomorrow ,really quick . Lots of people I know are doing the same ,just not worth the money!!

  • http://Mapnexus.com coco

    Yes. I cancelled my TV cable and retained my high speed internet cable connection. I would drop that too if I could. I was tired of the cable company dropping channels that I was watching and adding them to new packages and then charging more for them. It just kept going up and up in monthly costs. I really like watching TV and movies with NO COMMERCIALS !!!!!! The cable stations were airing 12 to 14 commercials, back to back every 7 to 8 minutes. No Thank you Comcast. No More commercial breaks and no more stupid reality shows. Only good movies and reruns from TV shows I missed while raising kids!!

  • Donna

    Ok I have a confession: I did something stupid. We cut the cord a couple years ago, and loved Netflix on our Wii.
    Then we got talked in to a satellite “deal”. Now, we’re locked into a 2 yr contract, a $65 a month bill and a $340 early cancellation fee. Our bad..
    As if that wasn’t dumb enough, we sold the Wii, and went with an XBox 360 Kinect, which we were totally unprepared for. So, we cancelled the service on that + cancelled the netflix on it. Got rid of the XBox, got a brand new Wii – have Netflix again and love it. Now all I have to do is save up about $300 to get rid of the darn satellite.
    Moral of the story: if it aint broke, don’t fix it; or you WILL be!!

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  • http://HDTVVONTHEGO.COM Lance Fowler

    We cut the cord two years ago and have been streaming netflix from our wii. Now we are getting ready for HDTVONTHEGO.COM to start providing service home, mobile, anywhere you can wi-fi any show any channel. Awesome!!!!!!!! Right to your mobile phone too!!

  • Martin JR

    I’ve been with cable for almost 20 years. Can’t believe that I decided to cut the cable cord a few days ago because of their ridiculous prices and FEES!!!. Fees for transferring service, fee for activating a new HD box, fee for upgrading/downgrading channels, monthly charge for a leased modem box and tv box. Its just CRAZY!!! I had enough of their stupid programming which sucks (Connecticut Programming) and their movies on demand are 5.99 dollars each for new releases!!! While redbox is just around the corner of my house and their new release movies are just a buck!!! Please, don’t give away your money to these thieves, and save more money for your pocket and other NEEDFUL expenses. I am glad I have Netflix as well for 8 dollars a month, and check this website too http://www.crackle.com. Free Movies and shows, all you need is that good internet connection and you will be ok!! Once again, Think before you continue throwing your money down the drain!!! Cable is the biggest SCAM in this country!!!!

  • Darlene Hovis

    I have just ordered Roku and a tv antannae. Once they arrive (within a week), I will hook them up and use Netflix and Hulu Plus. If everything checks out OK, I will cancel Verizon Fios Cable. It will save me $95 per month….Yahoo!!!!

  • Robert Louis

    Cable is a worsening value and the programming, especially hd, is RUINED by screen logos.
    I didn’t buy a 52 inch HDTV to have a beautiful hd picture RUINED by a screen logo and most of the time another graphic telling me WHAT I’M WATCHING and WHAT’s COMING ON NEXT!
    So, they want ME to PAY for THEM to ADVERTISE to ME???????????????

  • Greg

    I dropped cable a year and half ago. Why? I only watch 2-3 channels that I cannot get over the air for free. And 2 channels I can watch online, at my own convenience with no commercials. Therefore, I simply couldn’t justify paying $70/mo for 1 station. Btw, I’m also from Canada.
    Furthermore, the picture quality OTA is much superior to cable Tv as the signal is not compressed OTA as it is with cable.

  • J.R. in Southland

    Feeling disgusted with cable tonight and came across your site. Here in North Carolina we are also limited as to choice of companies. In my case, stuck with Time Warner and becoming fed up with television programming altogether. The thing that gripes me about cable is being stuck paying for infomercials, channels for religions I’m not at all interested in, misery shows about other people’s problems/bad luck/medical catastrophes, etc. In other words, easily 85% of cable service holds no interest for me whatsoever. I went surfing the channels and the channel guide tonight. Of the approximately 100 choices, had I to name a preference, I couldn’t. It’s just “take what you get.” or pay even bigger bucks to grab one or two more desirable channels. Why can’t I have a choice, to remove the Kardashians for something I would actually enjoy? It gets me ticked off every time I think about paying for this #$%^@#. If cable can’t tune in to their customers they deserve to become obsolete. They’ve been on the gravy train long enough.

  • David

    Yes, I dropped my cable TV service last year.. as there are few entertaining or educational shows worth paying for. The news channels are especially one sided and sound like parrots squawking the same mantra over and over.

    I have used the savings to upgrade my router to an Apple Airport Extreme, all new Quad Shielded USB, Coax, Ethernet Cables, USB3 Flash Drives, Splitters, and a ROKU. Plus a Powered LEAF Antenna to pick up HDTV signals over the air.

    Next on the list is a Home Cloud Backup Storage Device & a 55″ 3-D HDTV.

    The savings easily pay for the best equipment. Plus your in control of what you want to watch and when.

  • http://Directtv Trish Doughty

    Charter here in TN is soooo wacked..they say you are in a “plan” and the very next month the bill goes UP $30 instead of the promised “plan”…ridiculous..now I have Direct TV…excellent..but I am stuck w/their internet svc since there is little else here in podunk.

  • Christy

    Just dropped DirecTV in St. Louis mostly to economize. They had raised my rates again and changed their tiers so that I lost a network I watched a lot.

    I’m doing OTA (over-the-air) tv right now and soon as I get it set up to play on my big screen – Amazon internet tv. A lot of their shows are free if you join Amazon Prime. It’s enough for this aging (57) baby boomer.

    As for DVRs – I had one from the cable company a few years ago, the thing stopped working and I lost over 30 movies I had recorded.