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

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

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

    • 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://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:

    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


  • 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.

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