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Is Cord Cutting Really Happening?

Conflicting reports have people wondering if cord cutting is actually a trend

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With consumers continuing to be unhappy with cable providers, a trend known as “cord cutting” has quickly risen up. The concept has gained a lot of attention over the past couple of years especially since more Internet alternatives have become available.

Is cord cutting actually a trend or is it simply a threat that consumers are sending to cable companies? What’s your take? Please share.

According to a report from ISI Group, cable went from having more than 53 percent of the video market in 2010 to less than 50 percent in 2011:

While it appears that cord cutting is a growing trend, a couple of other reports actually indicate the opposite. Bernstein Research found that pay-TV subscribers grew last quarter. Although the increase (0.2 percent) wasn’t significant, it’s enough to raise some questions about the so-called trend of cord cutting.

What’s more, Business Insider Intelligence found that there was “no meaningful evidence to bolster the much-heralded ‘decline of TV.’” (Emphasis not added.) Alex Cocotas explained that, while cable has lost some subscribers, bundled Internet, telephone, and TV packages have grown.

Bryan Gonzalez, Director of Social Entertainment Labs at the Entertainment Technology Center at USC It’s clear that a lot of consumers are unhappy with cable options, but these recent reports can’t help but make one wonder what is actually happening. According to Bryan Gonzalez, the Director of Social Entertainment Labs at the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, there are many challenges to cord cutting.

Services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Apple TV can be very effective, but there is a downside to some Internet options. For instance, with March Madness in full swing, basketball lovers may not be able to find all their favorite games online. In addition, a lot of the Internet services don’t have current content, which is a problem for some consumers.

As Gonzalez explained, many consumers are trying to get away from cable and are looking to Internet and satellite options instead. However, some appear, as the above charts suggest, to be going back to traditional content even though they aren’t completely happy with their choice.

Time Warner’s CEO Glenn Britt, in a move to counter some of the negativity from consumers, recently laid out a plan for a low-cost package of channels to offer. This experiment has yet to be implemented but some, including Gonzalez, believe that it could be effective.

“By creating these smaller, cheaper packages, you’re really gonna bring back some of the folks who might have gone away for a little bit,” he said.

Another challenge to cord cutting is bandwidth issues. Unfortunately, this is a problem that is expected to increase as more devices such as the new iPad come out. With these types of devices combined with growing families, consumers are going to need more bandwidth.

Britt also discussed a second experiment that Time Warner is working on that addresses bandwidth issues. According to him, Time Warner is testing a metered-usage Internet subscription plan in Texas, which means that tiered data cap could be proposed in the future.

“As soon as you start to limit that, I think that they’re gonna run into that wall pretty quickly,” said Gonzalez.

“You’re gonna see a lot of consumer pushback on that,” he added.

Over on InverstorPlace, Anthony John Agnello issued a warning to Time Warner in regards to this experiment:

“Time Warner needs to tread very carefully, though, or it will lose more than just cable subscribers. For years now, Web users have been vocal opponents of usage-based billing and attempts to cap data. Time Warner attempted to introduce usage-based billing in 2009, but consumer outrage prompted the company to abandon its plans. The same thing happened to competitor Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) when rumors swirled that it intended to start billing based on usage, but Comcast gave up those plans by December 2010. As reported by Stop the Cap, a consumer advocacy group devoted to blocking usage-based data plans and data caps, Comcast applauded Time Warner’s announcement but shied away from saying whether or not it would follow suit in the future.”

In an effort to solve some of these challenges and bring cable and Internet streaming together, Netflix attempted to partner with Comcast but was rejected. According to FierceCable, Comcast issued this response to the offer:

“We have no plans to offer access to Netflix to our customers through our Xfinity TV service, no matter what device,” said Comcast spokeswoman Alana Davis.

The marriage of the companies was a puzzle to many since Netflix has, for a long time, distinguished itself as an alternative to cable. Gonzalez told us that, even though the companies did not reach an agreement, it was encouraging that an attempt was made. Furthermore, without Netflix’s existence, products such as TV Everywhere would probably not be around either.

“Before Netflix, Comcast and Time Warner would have never offered that or thought about that,” he said.

In other words, the advent of Internet alternatives has brought more choices to consumers. While the issue of cord cutting is still being debated, it is clear that these services will play a large role in the future of pay TV. In fact, Avner Ronen, the CEO of Boxee, told WebProNews that the trend toward viewing content online would increase going forward.

“The transition toward more video over the top that’s coming over the Internet such as Netflix and Hulu and iTunes is inevitable,” he said.

(Here’s the full interview:)

Gonzalez agrees that Internet options will be significant but believes that consumers will ultimately gravitate toward some sort of combination of online and traditional services.

“In the short term, I think cable and satellite and broadcast are still… the most effective way and efficient way to distribute video,” he said. “However, I see the future more as a hybrid.”

What would you like to see going forward? Are online services the answer, or, do you still need what cable and satellite operators offer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Is Cord Cutting Really Happening?


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  • Gone_Rogue

    I have not had cable in 4 years for a few reasons:

    1. Rate increases with no additional service;
    2. Useless channels that I don’t need (Spanish speaking and shopping);
    3. Interrupted service with no reimbursements
    4. Union strikes where favorite programs are blocked.
    5. Monopolization of service to one carrier over my preferred carrier.
    6. Cost prohibitions of $109.00-plus(monthly bills) with combined services is a racket borne by Comcast, ATT, and Time Warner.

    Still, I have not missed a single channel. Tiered billing for internet will lead to innovative ways to cheat the system by developing better routers, etc.

    For telephone, I have used MajicJack since their inception. My bill? $60.00 for 5 years of service…. and even most beneficial is the fact that I can travel with my MajicJack phone any where in the world and all calls are free! For international calls, I use skpe which is also free and encrypted.

    Cable will be obsolete in a few years. On most channels I watch online, more people are online as well, than the numbers issued by Neilson each week.

    • Mike Smith

      Good summary! We reduced our cable to basic channels (because we don’t get local channels Over The Air) and are saving almost $100 a month! We have a mini-desktop PC connected to our TV(only one-inch high, like the bottom of a laptop). Almost everything is available on the Internet, including almost all sports (contrary to what keeps getting written), and sports are even better on the Internet because of the multiple camera views and extra information.

    • Marie Gagne

      I have Comcast only for internet “only” now. I always had the minimum basic package which they charged me $20.00/month for. I called them to cancel the basic package and they raised the internet fee. After argument I got a loyalty discount of minus $10.00. Expecting my basic cable to be cancelled I bought an antenna. Well, my basic cable never stopped working. I am in the midst of preparing a lawsuit for misrepresentation and misleading practices with Comcrap. If you are paying for the basic package when you only care about the internet, you are being ripped off. All these companies are going to go under like statins and cox2 inhibitors.

  • Taylor

    Great article abby!!

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Abby Johnson

      Thanks!:)

  • http://www.northvu.com Ross Jeffery

    Why not buy an antenna a get free basic service over the air in true HD (not compressed buy Cable and Satellite companies)? Then combine the OTA with OTT

    • Mike Smith

      Over The Air/OTA is great if you are in the small percentage of people that can get it. I live just north of San Diego, and supposedly can get a lot of OTA channels from San Diego and LA, but we get none… And if you are in an apartment or condo complex that doesn’t allow antennas, forget it. OTA is obsolete and should have been replaced by requiring local TV stations to broadcast over “the new public medium”… the Internet!

  • Snappy Dan

    One thing that doesn’t get pointed out often, but is a real issue, is the “bundle dilemma.” Currently 34 million subscribers, or about 1/3 of all video subscriptions are from satellite companies. Where this really comes into play is that satellite doesn’t offer internet service. Some times the subscriber is getting service as part of a package deal from a telco, but often cable internet is either the best or only source of broadband service available to the consumer. Add to that, that often it is cheaper to “bundle” some form of video service with internet service than to have internet alone. That means that there are a fair number of people who are being counted twice. Once as a satellite customer, and once as a cable customer despite the fact that they aren’t using the cable service for video. I even know of people who use an antenna for the better picture quality and channel selection who are effectively “video subscribers” due to “bundling.” The cable companies get to claim them as video subscribers on their quarterly reports despite the fact that they are really only internet subscribers. The bottom line is that raw subscriber numbers are deceptive, and in fact those subscriber numbers can be going up due to the “bundle dilemma” while people are actually cutting the cord.

  • http://xcelplus.com.au Michael Czajka

    I cut the cord many years ago.

    I had both cable options and the satellite option briefly when they were launched… but discontinued after the first month or 3.

    …but I’m happy to buy into the occasional internet downloaded movie. Anything else doesn’t make sense as I don’t watch enough TV to get my money’s worth… plus the stuff I want is never available when I have time to watch something.

    I could always record free to air… but most of the stuff I really like isn’t on free to air.

    A lot of stuff I would like to watch isn’t on the internet either (at least not legally)… but as soon as it is then I’m going for it.

    It’s obvious that more and more stuff will become available on the net… and the internet is just glorified cable anyway.

    I would be happy to buy into a pay-per view option… but so far everything I’ve seen is dismal… or not available in my country.

    In the meantime I trot down to the movies on a regular basis.

    :-)

  • Bill

    I am ready to cut. If I can gain access to college sports, without cable TV, I’ll give cable TV the boot, like yesterday. Costs/benefits of cable don’t jive. They continue to raise prices, with no service improvement. They insist on controlling how we watch TV, via the number of “boxes” you’re allowed per household – unless, of course you want to pay more. Reception is worse via cable than your standard antenna (WOW & Comcast). Customer service is horrible (WOW & Comcast)!!! And, they nickel and dime you for everything.

  • Cat

    I’ve quit Satellite and Cable because of long contracts, too many channels I don’t watch for too much money and for all the reasons stated by gone rogue above. I want to select and pay for the channels or providers that I watch on a month to month basis. Starz for example is one I would subscribe to or AMC, or even ABC, the Weather Channel, History, Discovery and Sci-fi… that’s it. If they could bundle that with no contract I would pay for it. Or if I could subscribe to the programs I want to watch online individually, that would be great! I would pay up to $5 per show for TV and if Movie makers would release new movies on the Internet at the same time they do to the theaters, I would be willing to pay up to $20 to be able to stay home and watch it on my big screen and not have to go sit in a crowded room with people coughing and sneezing, just to see the first run. I think instead of cracking knuckles of Internet users wanting to see movies, they should capitalize on it. I mean, many people have invested in big screen TV’s, high speed Internet services and TV Interfaces, it’s a missed opportunity if they don’t start catering to us, and would greatly cut down on free movie and tv sharing. I still go to the movies, when I want to, and buy DVD’s from the store but if the high quality movie or show was offered for a price online, I bet they could make new revenue streams and everyone would be happy. I wish they would hurry up with it.

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

    I’m sticking with cable TV.

    • Tom

      Hey Cat,

      Just read your post.

      #1 – I agree – I think AMC is the one channel I would love to have back.

      #2 – VUDU – a service that comes with many smart blu-ray players and TV will offer movies while still in the theater and some are pre-release. This option kills theater prices as we haven’t paid over $9 for a new release movie. We don’t do it often – but we’d much rather watch a movie with the family on the big screen for $10 + our own snacks as opposed to $100 for a family of 5 at a theater with people who won’t shut up.

  • Barry

    I’ve been cutting…no more movie channels…no other tier products accept HD, which I would cut if I did not have an HD TV. My bill is $68.79 – which includes my broadband internet. If my TV was a device like my Droid Razr Maxx – I would just have internet access. So if you know how to convert my Samsung TV 42 inch TV to a device where I can get the same channels, let me know. The problem (which is becoming less of a problem) is getting the channels that I want as well as LIVE news and weather feeds.

    Time Warner needs to embrace this change or they will get AMAZON’ed just like others and loose out…and I’m OK with that. Why? Well I have Verizon’s 4G network and something tells me that when I pull the plug it will be to go with them and use what I need, when I need it, no matter where I go.

    That is where there are going and will continue to go…and I that’s perfect for today’s world. Families don’t sit around a TV anymore at 8pm to watch t something together.

  • Tom

    Sure cord cutting is for real. We did it 3 months ago. Borne from the necessity to cut expenses in this economy. And knowing there were a number of over-the-air and internet related options – we jumped.

    My wife brought home a magazine with a “build it yourself” OTA antennae. We already own two Roku boxes + a smart blu ray player.

    I researched cheaper options for both Dish Network and Charter Cable in the midwest. And could find none that did not hook you with a two year contract.

    So we built the antennae and canceled dish. Where I live – Charter Cable is the only option for high speed bandwidth. I work from home – so needed it anyway and it’s a write-off.

    Dish contacted us right away after we cancelled with lower prices. (but a contract). I said – call me back when you have ala-carte options and we aren’t wasting out money with things we don’t want.

    We rejoined Netflix, have a Hulu Plus subscription, and a Amazon Prime subscription which we will not renew.

    So we will have done down from $65/mo to about $40 including the split rate of internet between home and the business. All with no contract (I pay more for no internet contract – but may re-think that as I have been really happy with Charter internet). Still see the shows we want to see, and have more control. Have found two wonderful OTA channels; Antennae.tv and THIS, and seems pretty happy.

  • //n/a...lol radford

    This “information highway” is littered with CARca$$e$! The cash flow is enormous!
    Anyone read, anymore? Ebooks are quick.

  • leon

    I think many people are missing the point. People watching premium content such as Starz, HBO, AMC etc, are watching the shows illegally. Sure some content is available online but make no mistake, if networks feel pay t.v is suffering, they will cancel the service. They make pennies online, insignificant to their bottom lines. The more people watch illegal and cut cords, the more strict the ecosystem will get. If you want a BMW, you have to pay. If you want great television content, you have to pay.

    • Mike Smith

      No one is missing the point. We want freedom to choose and pay for what we want. We also want the freedom to access any video, which the Internet can provide. It will happen for sure.

    • http://www.exoticmoemnets2you.com Mike

      What cable company do you look? More like when I buy my BMW don’t try to give me a gremlin. Cable sucks and we ditch all of it. Price to high, reruns all the time.Never any time to watch. $360 for cable was crazy. Now just Internet. I do watch or down load illegal stuff. But when these companies stop over charging and stop these stupid bundles may we will go back. $10+ a box, rent your router, charge you when you need some to come out and look at stuff, because you have crumby picture quality. They have gotten out of hand. As more people cut the cord they will raise their rates because they are so greedy. Which in turn make more people walk away. Until they lower their rates, and quite all the BS. They will continue to go down hill. You would have more people watching cable your rates where lower, and in turn you could sell ad spots for more because you had more viewer. I remember when cable had not ads. Any how I hope they figure it some day

  • http://www.weboptimist.com/ Richard Burckhardt

    Well on the way to cutting the cord. I have been on the warpath for years over paying for 90% of the channels forced on me that I never watch. I have a Boxee Box and a Roku so I have cut out everything on cable except basic, which I’ll gladly drop once I get a decent over the air antenna (live in a condo, so has to be internal and nothing I have tried has worked very well) and a reasonable way to record shows. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, CinemaNow, Vudu, etc. take care of movies and much of my TV viewing as I HATE reality shows, which is primairly what you find on cable these days.

    Yes, there will be some channels that I will miss because there is no real streaming alternative, like MSNBC and CNN….yet. Don’t care about sports at all, so that’s no loss for me. At one time I wouldn’t dream of losing the Sci-Fi Channel, but it’s been downhill since it became SyFy, so I never watch it anymore.

    Eventually, I believe cable will have to adopt what the old big dish providers did back in the 80s – offer a basic package of like 30 channels and let you add extra cost channels individually for an extra fee, maybe $2 – $5 for non-premium channels. I’d give anything to build my own package. That is really the only way to keep me on cable.

  • http://www.fatedev.com FaTe

    kill Cable, I’d be a HAPPY man. If it’s on TV and worth seeing then it’s on the Internet…

    • http://Roku AlexLee

      Hi I want to tell U about the mean nasty channel that cut my favorite show and would not let me express my views and millions more around the world.It is SyFy.I have been loyal to this channel since it came on the the air in the 90′s.They cut Stargate UNIVERSE.I had to here about it from About.com and from the Candian sci-fi, Space. that was were my show. I logged in and people were being E-mailed if they felt that if some one’s post was to offensive they told U to take it down. I tried to voice my opinon and could get on the website at all .I called my Cable provider and asked them to take them of my package because I refuse to have or pay a channel who does not let me express my views..So Cable said it was part of there basic package.So I cut them.Digital came out and I liked the new channels .I was half sleep half awoke when I heard about this new tech and I could stream movies and t.v. show from the internet to the t.v. It was called Roku.It took 2 months to find them and when I did I went to there facebook page asked questions and then called them.I order a box almost a year ago.I went from paying almost 300.00 dollars a month to 16 dollars.I had to call the company and see if the charge was right 2 channels hula plus and Netflix 16.00 a month the lady said it was correct.I was litteraly crying on the phone I was pay almost 150. for satilite for 7 years that was with 2 premo channels and almost 300. for cable for a year.I have told any one who would listen about this product.No boxx fee ever again no dvr fee my shows are always on demand .Lot of international news channels from around the world .NPR pod streaming, weather I have 3 weather chanels on demand,new channels on the internet that make new Sci-fi shows and new Soaps.they have more info channels and tech gadits channels.I love my Roku box.I want to thank Sy Fy for making me a cord cutter and get in on this new technology and save money like a bandit.Thank You Sy Fy for not listening to Your customers and not letting Us speak.So Now I am a loyal customer with Roku and I am a roku Revolutionary. I support this venu and I am Here for the long run..Roku is the bomb and the people on the Facebook Roku page help U.I like the up to date knowledge of what is going on in the streaming world.roku tech’s are the best.

  • http://irealter.com Robert Harrington

    Great subject, but the video and content delivery was too and “bored down” a very interesting topic to my click-away button.
    I gave up after 3 minutes.

    Please shorten up your videos and cut to the chase.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    I am in London uk. cable is in my street every week I get offers put through my door to get connected. They look good until you read the small print…. and then there is THE COST even with just internet and phone way above the others and I have noticed they slowly creep up the price. Learn companies its all about money the internet allows price comparison in an instant. bring down and keep down your price or you will lose customers in droves when their contracts end. ME I am not even going to start one, unless above is carried out.

  • LeighPerri

    We cut the cord and saved dollars. Our alternative to att and its co-conspirators is a roku box. Love it! In fact we have more channels, movies, sports, etc than when we were paying over 150 per month for one tv set. Why did we cut the cord?

    1. Cost – ridiculous amount to pay for reruns.
    2. Freedom of choice. I prefer to watch when and what I want to watch.
    3. Increase in cable cost but the same if not worse service.

    The bottom line is that books and face to face time are tons better than tv. Let’s go back to reading, writing and conversation.

  • http://www.howtoselloncraigslistebook.com/ Nick G.

    I cancelled my cable about two years ago. I don’t miss paying too much money for 300 stations I never watch. I am happy with Netflix instant and Hulu Plus. And some of the shows I watch are on basic free stations (NBC, etc.) And if there is a series that I really like, I just buy the DVDs or Blu-Rays since I don’t care about seeing shows week after week as they are aired. I like watching episodes in bunches so cable is pretty much useless to me.

  • http://www.mabuzi.com Kevin

    Definetly is happening. I ditched my Fox subscription due to News Corps poor ethics but more importantly, is I can search for whatever I want to watch and not the selection they offer me. I pay for only the program I want to watch and not just a whole load of other junk.

    Newspapers, yellow pages, cable tv, news services are seeing numbers drop due to the choice the internet offer us.

  • http://mobile-carwash-startup.com Robert Keppel

    Most of the people I know in their 20s have “cord cut.”

    Would love to myself, but Hulu/NetFlix/YouTube don’t offer LIVE SPORTS.

  • http://sheevaunmoran.com Sheevaun

    There are two types of cord cutting the one mentioned here and this I have done long ago. Eliminating the cable TV was one of the best things I’ve done even if it was before the craze to cut the cord.

    The other type of cord cutting is even more imperative and that’s cutting the cords to our negative thoughts and emotions. You can discover more here http://sheevaunmoran.com/cut-the-cord/.

  • http://www.williamperdigon.com William Perdigon

    We recently cut the cord and couldn’t be any happier. We live in the Greater Philadelphia area. I purchased an Omni-Directional attenna and mounted it on our roof. We get all the local channels. Combined with Hulu Plus/Netflix we reduced our monthly bill almost $70. It’s a little hard to argue with almost $900 a year savings. A real savings, not inflated crap from a company.

  • Marie Gagne

    If you have Comcast and have internet and are paying for basic cable, you are being scammed. If the internet is coming through cable you have a connection. You don’t need to be paying for that basic cable. Save $20 per month now. A class action lawsuit will soon be heading your way :)

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

    Cable is merely a distribution service. They do not create content, only distribute it. The internet is a cheaper an more efficient distribution system. Hence, it will prevail over cable, broadcast or anything else. The time is fast approaching.

  • chase

    Bluntly, TV programming sucks, has for years. They [the Networks] don’t listenand keep going with cheap programming with no substance. How many times has it been said, and very publicly by big names that MTV sucks and to change it? Did they yet? No…

    People have been sick of the networks and programming and all the bullshit in general coming from the major networks and starving for an alternative.

    Add in the nickle dimeing the providers are currently doing, cable included. Add in the net… and all it offers now.

    People can cut the cord, ditch the dish out what ever you want to call it. And will because the avenues for an alternative have opened up.

    What it shows is not that people are not watching visual media, buy are moving ohm the direction the media companies are probably hoping they will, at the pace the providers and major networks want people to.

    Fact remains you have to go through some one, some provider to get visual media our the net, our your cell phone for that matter.

    I cut my cable going on 3 maybe 4 years ago… ? Due to programming more than rising costs. I was sick of the bs. Local tv sucks just as bad, it’s ask the same bs.

    And I discovered something very very interesting when I did view national programming the few times I did over the course of the put several years.

    I have the net, Dvd’s the movie theatre, my cell phone gives me weather reports… Don’t need or want the national media networks anymore, I watch what I want, commercial free when I want.

    But I see the marketing hitting the net so hardwith freaking commercials over saturating the web, i may even let that go if it gets worse.

  • Mary Luketich

    I know it really happening, I did it recently.

  • http://www.thediamondpen.com Matt

    I totally would…if only they offered an alternative to NFL Sunday Ticket online. Alas. I gotta have my out-of-market football.

  • Pivo

    Bundeling of completely irrelevant channels, price increases way over double of the inflation rate, mediocre (at best) service and receiving 28 channels OTA with rabbit ears made cord-cutting a joy and no-brainer. Even for my wife who is an ex-Comcaster.

    Trend among people I come in contact with: cord-cutting for sure; the younger the audience the more it is inclined to.

    Outlook: I can not quite imagine what it would take to get us back on cable. Wait: probably if cable paid us.

  • http://www.tipsinablog.com Daniel

    We have a thing called Foxtel out here.

    It was great when it started(around late 1980′s) commercial free, though a little expensive.

    A friend had it and it was quite good. Now, seeing their promotions they are not worth it.

    As far as people gravitating towards online viewing as a substitute for poor cable service(cost–quality) why not? There are far more free movies available lately, than what I have ever seen before.
    And they are not being shown at some dodgy site. They are available now(hardly any before –big films ) on the most popular viewing platform online. Why pay for cable if you have so many free channels on your TV, and can then go watch free quality films online?

  • David

    Here in Australia, we have had metered download quotas since broadband was introduced. You pick a quota that’s as much as you think you’d ever use and that determines how much you pay every month. The cost of a decent internet is pretty high, so many people opt for something that doesn’t really satisfy their needs.

    Subscriptions to pay TV services such as cable are far less common here than in the USA, with less than one third of homes subscribing to some form of pay TV.

    I tried paying for Foxtel for two years (that was the minimum contract) and found very little of interest in it. I still only watched my two favorite channels, which are both free to air anyway, aside from the occasional bout of bored channel surfing.

    Since then, free to air TV in Australia has expanded dramatically. Since broadcasts have been digitized, there are far more channels available. The stations producing the two favorite channels I mentioned now each broadcast four channels, plus they have an internet streaming service, direct to my Wifi networked TV, that lets me watch any program they broadcast in the last two weeks, add free, whenever I like. While pay TV is filled with second hand shows originally made for the US market, through those free to air services I am able to watch quality, locally produced content, as well as the best of Japanese and French cinema and various delights from around the world, some British content and intelligent news and current affairs coverage (something of which Foxtel makes a farce).

    It is difficult to see how pay TV can have a future in this country except perhaps for a niche audience of extremely superficial people.

  • BaronGreystone

    I haven’t had cable TV in years. The monthly fees are ridiculously expensive, and yet you still have to watch commercials. I use rabbit ears. TV has been free since its inception, and I see no reason for that to change. Vote with your wallets. The problem with internet viewing is that (a) you have to pay for internet access, (b) many sites are pay-sites, so more fees, and (c) bandwidth availability, capping or throttling, and data overage fees. Why get us all geared up for internet-based viewing if you’re going to *** us over with all the issues of data-usage? Bottom line is, make your best end-run around corporate greed.

  • Chris

    I believe more people are just choosing lesser packages, and with that savings they are using netflix. For what I pay now I used to get many premium channels now I don’t get any. They need to let you customize the channels you get. There are so many useless channels. I have to say having UVERSE now is much better than xfinity. The problem for me is they won’t negotiate any kind of deal with me for premiums. Netflix streaming is ok, but once you have had for a while you realize the selection is only ok. I am now looking into Dish Network who have been sending me some good promos. I have no problem switching services every year if I have to. Currently I am paying $100 for uverse tv, and $50 for internet. I may lesson my uverse tv package, but I’m not going to get rid of it. I tried out an antenna, and getting 6 channels just won’t cut it for me.

  • F Power

    I cut the cord about five months ago and also use magic Jack for phone service . I save over 100.00 per month . I have two Roku boxes , a ps3, Ota antennas and netbooks for free online content. I will never go back to Cable even if it was free . They had their chance to make it right and waited too long and gouged us out of a lot of money in the process. Now we have freedom to watch what we want when we want . The savings we gain from cutting the cord will be used for vacations which we will enjoy instead of filling the pockets of multi millionare ceo’s .

  • andy

    We found our old antenna works just fine and can provide a picture better than cable ever did. We added a tuner to our PC for use with wmc to make a dvr. And our home network to distribute our shows around the house. We got most of this advice from cablecutterguys.com and it was free.

  • http://cost-plus.com Brad Mole

    Hey Rowland,

    What a lowcast pimp you are!

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