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Nearly 800,000 U.S. TV households 'cut the cord,' report says - Yahoo! News
Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Apr 13, 6:07 pm ET | The Gadget Hound

Posted on 04/20/2010 4:52:54 PM PDT by CanadianPete

Make no mistake: The big cable, satellite, and telco carriers are still sitting pretty with more than 100 million TV subscribers. Nevertheless, a new report claims that more and more viewers are "cutting the cord" in favor of watching their favorite shows via over-the-air antennas (remember those?), Netflix, or the Web.

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To wit: Nearly 800,000 households in the U.S. have "cut the cord," dumping their cable, satellite, or telco TV providers (such as AT&T U-verse or Verizon FiOS) and turning instead to Web-based videos (like Hulu), downloadable shows (iTunes), by-mail subscription services (Netflix), or even good ol' over-the-air antennas for their favorite shows, according to the report.

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Personally, I find the temptation to cut the cord pretty enticing, especially whenever I get a load of my monthly $130 cable bill (which includes unlimited broadband and HD but no premium channels). Why am I paying so much for all the hundreds of channels that I rarely ever watch, anyway? Wouldn't it be easier — not to mention a lot cheaper — just to ditch my DVR and watch my favorite shows on iTunes and Hulu, catch up on the news via CNN.com, and be done with it?

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Hi:

I found this article interesting. What really piqued my interest was that after 2 or 3 days it generated over 9,000 comments. If you go to the website you can read them. This makes me think that this is a more significant trend than many would think it to be.

I've never paid for a TV service. I've always been an "antenna person". Up here in Toronto I get about 20 digital channels over-the-air. Add in DSL and there really isn't any justification to pay for cable/satellite. So, I just thought you might find the commentary from that article interesting.

1 posted on 04/20/2010 4:52:54 PM PDT by CanadianPete
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To: CanadianPete

We did it in 1997. The most obvious change is I have been a bass player now for 12 years.


2 posted on 04/20/2010 4:54:44 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: CanadianPete

You get 500 channels, of which 200 are active and 200 are in foreign languages.

You net 100 channels.

It’s bs.


3 posted on 04/20/2010 4:54:47 PM PDT by wac3rd (Prepare for the November 2010 Tsunami)
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To: CanadianPete

I cut the cord in 2001; haven’t missed it at all...


4 posted on 04/20/2010 4:56:11 PM PDT by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: CanadianPete

I have never had cable either. It’s antenna or, more lately, youtube and hulu for us. And DVDs.


5 posted on 04/20/2010 4:59:25 PM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: CanadianPete
Double Tap Posting
6 posted on 04/20/2010 4:59:39 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: CanadianPete

They keep putting out leftist crap and anti-family semi-porn and that number will grow much bigger.


7 posted on 04/20/2010 4:59:57 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com)
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To: CanadianPete

We just have basic. My kids laugh at us all the time. I’d be happy if we discarded the whole mess, but hubby is on a mission to DVR every TCM movie playing. We’re at 1500 recorded DVDs, I’m not kidding.


8 posted on 04/20/2010 5:00:00 PM PDT by Indy Pendance (Gone Galt)
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To: CanadianPete

I’ve had the same cable company for almost 7 years - and have never been a day late on a payment. Tonight they call and say there’s been a “mistake” in my billing and I need to pay an additional $9 for my high-def DVR. This on top of the monthly DVR fee - which I’ve paid every month. The woman did say it was totally the fault of her company - after a few minutes. I’m almost ready to jump... one nudge and I’m otta there...


9 posted on 04/20/2010 5:01:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?lang //hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: CanadianPete

Dumped cable TV in ~1998. Still a good thing to avoid.


10 posted on 04/20/2010 5:01:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CanadianPete

The $60 to 100 cable or Sat TV bill divides up the money for each network. CNN has probably 6 or more channels with sports, Turner, and others. Ditto Viacom/CBS, Disney/ABC and the others.

The point is even if you are not watching CNN - you are still giving them $3 a month or CBS/Viacom or Disney/ABC or NBC/MSNBC.

These people are holding us in serfdom. TV enpowers the Democrats and they are stealing your money, rights, freedom and liberty. I cancelled over 6 months ago and will NEVER go back. Time to decide folks. Serfdom or ball games.


11 posted on 04/20/2010 5:02:51 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: choctaw man

We don’t have cable (live in the country) and haven’t had satellite since 2000. I don’t miss it. My husband says I can’t watch TV without seeing a liberal slant. He’s right. It’s just not worth the time.


12 posted on 04/20/2010 5:03:36 PM PDT by timeflies
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To: RobRoy

Just did the same last month. Was a direct TV subscriber for 15 years. The MSM is destroying our country and I’m not going to contribute one more cent to their “progressive agenda” media outlets.


13 posted on 04/20/2010 5:05:43 PM PDT by Errant
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To: timeflies

Obama arrived...my cable DIED ! ! !


14 posted on 04/20/2010 5:06:22 PM PDT by Huebolt (Government bureaucracies: DE-UNIONIZE, DOWNSIZE, DECENTRALIZE)
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To: CanadianPete

I rather enjoy my cable, and all it has to offer. Many educational shows etc.... not to mention a huge football and baseball fan. I also use netflix for my movie viewing pleasure and my daughter loves watching a show now and again on the computer. I have 4 T.V.’s in the house one 52” HD for the common room, one 42” plasma for my bedroom, one 25” in another bedroom and a 19” in one bedroom. Only the two larger screen t.v’s are fit for cable. So if I am doing something in the common room and I move back and forth from my bedroom and I can both TV’s on the same channel for that ever so crystal clear picture and not miss a second of my broadcast of choice. I sometimes have the TV’s on two different channels so I can catch two show’s at once. I work 13 hour days including Saturdays and because of my need for distraction from the grind I find the fantasy of sports and movies well worth the money I pay for cable. Not to mention the video’s on CMT. I don’t think there is one top female artist in country music that doesn’t deliver the goods asthetically and that is another distraction in and of itself. :)


15 posted on 04/20/2010 5:06:49 PM PDT by Bruinator (God is Great.... Beer is good.... people are?)
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To: ASA Vet

That’s an extra box of ammo a month if you dump your cable.


16 posted on 04/20/2010 5:08:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Free Men will always be armed with the Truth.)
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To: smokingfrog

I fired the cable company at least twenty years ago.


17 posted on 04/20/2010 5:10:18 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: CanadianPete

I am joining the 800k as of May 1st.


18 posted on 04/20/2010 5:12:03 PM PDT by rintense
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To: CanadianPete

Just got my new Tivo Premiere, have had Tivo’s only since 1999. Love them! I’ll never give up my Fios TV!


19 posted on 04/20/2010 5:12:13 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: All

My attitude is that it’s not worth payng a monthly fee for the mundane stuff like the main networks and such. I have an antenna in the attic with a preamp and i’m getting about 20 stations, some from 90 miles away consistently. Although a couple are somewhat problematical. Also there is the odd outage due to weather and such. For specialty stuff there’s the internet. It takes a bit of digging but stuff can be found.

I hope that this will make people want to try experimenting and maybe see if they can explore ways that they can free themselves from the cable/satellite bill.


20 posted on 04/20/2010 5:22:53 PM PDT by CanadianPete
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To: CanadianPete

No more Fox News.


21 posted on 04/20/2010 5:24:16 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: GOPJ
The woman did say it was totally the fault of her company - after a few minutes. I'm almost ready to jump... one nudge and I'm otta there...

Nudge, nudge. Say no more, say no more.

22 posted on 04/20/2010 5:27:25 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: CanadianPete

I’d get rid of it if it wasn’t for my wife liking Fox News and my son watch Discovery or a few other stations. I virtually never watch TV. I’ve tried Hula but I’m not into that either.


23 posted on 04/20/2010 5:33:24 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Doe Eyes

Hi:

Up here I never had Fox News. I always thought that if they would air 6pm newscast on the main FOX channel like the rest it would be really cool. I don’t think that they will ever do it though as they make their money from cable fees.


24 posted on 04/20/2010 5:33:49 PM PDT by CanadianPete
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To: Frantzie

I agree 100%
TV is crap, an insult as well.
I use cable only for internet and don’t miss the tv at all.
Same goes for my wife.


25 posted on 04/20/2010 5:40:13 PM PDT by 99Floyd (zero/empty suit=the false prophet of hope & change)
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To: CanadianPete
I used to have cable - until probably 2000. I have a 20-22" LCD TV now, but it's connected only to my PS3. I have no need for an antenna, and I don't watch TV. I did test the tuner once, and it works ... but I don't want a one-way channel any more. I found that Internet, even without things like Hulu (which is huge,) can take care of all your free time :-)

And most importantly Internet allows you to meaningfully communicate with other people, learn and discuss news as they happen, and of course just to post things like this one :-) With a TV you are just consuming. With the Internet there are hundreds of news sources, discussion sites, hobby sites, history sites, DIY sites - everything is out there, and is instantly available (and searchable.) And if I want an action movie I just need to turn on my PS3, run Far Cry 2, and not only I have a movie, I'm also starring in it :-)

26 posted on 04/20/2010 5:53:50 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: CanadianPete

Some good Techno-FReeper please educate an old man on what’s available in antennas now, what to look for. We live in the hills NW of San Antonio, TX (45 mi), were at first with antenna (25 yrs ago), very limited reception then. Went to cable, then satellite but don’t like the trash either. A few good channels (hist, military) but not worth the $$.

Any new ideas to point me to concerning some new antennas Y’ALL??!


27 posted on 04/20/2010 5:58:23 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: brushcop

Hi:

Yes. The first thing is to determine what is available in your are from antenna. The fisrt thing is to go to the following website

http://www.tvfool.com

click on “Check Your Address for Free TV” and then
click on “>> Click HERE <<”

input either your address or coordinates(more exact). This will give you a rough idea of what you should be able to receive in your area. It will generate a color coded report indicating what channels and how easy they should be to receive. I.E. green and yellow very easy and red somewhat harder. Also distances and bearings to transmitters.


28 posted on 04/20/2010 6:20:02 PM PDT by CanadianPete
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To: All

Has anyone tried TVU Player? IIRC, it operates as an internet “re-broadcast” system, using the P2P architecture employed by the BitTorrent sharing sites. Just wondering if anyone has found it worthwhile; I’ve been meaning to tinker with it but haven’t yet had chance to wring it out.


29 posted on 04/20/2010 6:21:51 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: CanadianPete

I quit using my television in 1998 and gave it away the next year. I was working over 40 hours a week and on the computer when I got home, so had no time to watch or desire, really.

I use tvpc, fancast, hulu, justin, and others to watch TV shows. tvpc.com carries loads of real time channels although not all of them are available in the USofA. I listen to WMAL radio out of Baltimore online most days and into evenings.


30 posted on 04/20/2010 6:22:47 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: GOPJ

I have been doing some research on this for a while now and have come up with a few sites to get TV on the web.

Bing has a TV link on their main page.

http://tv-online-channels.com/

http://www.ovguide.com/index.html

http://links.amd.com/OnlineVideo

http://blogs.amd.com/home/2009/02/09/give-me-online-video-or-give-me-death/


31 posted on 04/20/2010 6:24:42 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom

bump for later


32 posted on 04/20/2010 6:27:02 PM PDT by timestax (The so called news media is the enemy of freedom....timestax)
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To: RobRoy

We cut the cord in 1989. Best thing we ever did. It gave the kids a tv free life and movie night every friday night was a family treat. We loved it and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I might even cut the net once the kids are gone.


33 posted on 04/20/2010 6:29:58 PM PDT by Chickensoup ("A corrupt society has many laws" - Tacitus)
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To: Bruinator

You’ve got to get yourself another life, guy.


34 posted on 04/20/2010 6:31:59 PM PDT by Chickensoup ("A corrupt society has many laws" - Tacitus)
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To: CanadianPete; Greysard

Thank you very much for that, I’m studying what you have sent. I had never been advised of this before so I had no idea.

Best regards,
BC


35 posted on 04/20/2010 6:33:18 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: CanadianPete

bump


36 posted on 04/20/2010 6:35:33 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: HarleyD
I’d get rid of it if it wasn’t for my wife liking Fox News and my son watch Discovery or a few other stations.

http://www.foxnews.com/

http://dsc.discovery.com/

37 posted on 04/20/2010 6:36:53 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom

I also have an antenna and a PC-TV card.

Here is the best card:

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116037

There are USB devices as well.

Both of these have a TIVO type product.

If you want to get serious about a DVR,

Try MythTV - a DVR based on Linux that is awesome. It has a client/server option that can have a server in the basement and any number of systems on your network accessing it.

http://www.mythtv.org/

Freevo.com is a free Tivo system that works with Windows and Linux and every other device that can play digital video.

http://freevo.sourceforge.net

The biggest thing is to download the schedule for recording.

Most of the cable channels are on line and have video on line as well.

Some other links:

http://alternativeto.net/desktop/freevo/?platform=windows

http://xbmc.org/

Windows home server
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/default.mspx

http://www.worldtvpc.com/


38 posted on 04/20/2010 6:38:53 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom

Thanks so much - great list.


39 posted on 04/20/2010 6:41:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?lang //hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom

I’ve bookmarked the thread - great stuff - thanks again.


40 posted on 04/20/2010 6:42:59 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?lang //hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: CanadianPete

Hmm. I gave up our basic barebones $12 cable after AlGore conceded. I haven’t missed it but for the World Series and Superbowl games. I missed my Cardinals winning it all. Listened to WS ballgames on a tiny AM radio that sounded like hell.

Would not go back though.


41 posted on 04/20/2010 6:44:52 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: CanadianPete

I dropped TV in 1995.

Too busy and the offerings on the 4,000 channels are garbage.


42 posted on 04/20/2010 6:47:23 PM PDT by texmexis best (My)
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To: CanadianPete
I tossed out my tv over 10 years ago because I was sick of all the pro liberal garbage they put out there!
43 posted on 04/20/2010 6:49:50 PM PDT by vigilante2 (2300)
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To: rintense
I canceled the basic cable to limited cable ten days ago. The basic cable fees had gone from $32 to $60 since I began with Comcast. Limited costs $12/month. The liberal slant on everything except Fox has sickened me. Even the weather channel, History channel, and Discover have gone political and we aren't talking Conservative. I am keeping the local channels just for the weather as the news is leftist and slanted.
44 posted on 04/20/2010 6:54:55 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: GOPJ

I came to the conclusion that spending a couple hundred bucks on a computer system that can replicate my satellite system with a TIVO would be a one-time cost instead of almost $100/ month for standard service + TIVO.

In addition to this, my house is surrounded by very large trees and the cable monopoly is a joke when it comes to service and price. In the next year or two, the trees will overshadow my dish and I will not have much choice.

I have the systems and I have the technical ability.

All I need to do now is get my family (Spelled W-I-F-E) comfortable with it and at ease with the use thereof.

This is harder than the technical part!

I don’t really blame her though. There will be an adjustment period as the favorite shows are found and bookmarked. I want to make sure there is enough content that I can completely abandon the main-stream media in favor of the new media online.

I think this is going to be the future as the dinosaur media breaths it’s last breath and finally goes completely digital.

When the process is complete and the broadcasts are all WiMax and WiFi, there needs to be a search engine that does for online content what Yahoo did for searching. YouTube is a good destination but there needs to be a better central site for content.

If anybody has any other links, I would live to see them.

I don’t mind paying a little bit for a service like NetFlix that has more than movies. I think there is a real market for this.

If I can get my phone over my Internet, surely I can get my TV there too!


45 posted on 04/20/2010 7:03:37 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: brushcop

Once you get your report if you get a decent enough number of channels that makes it worth it for you to consider doing then the next step is do you want to pay someone to do it for you or are you willing sweat a little and learn a bit and do it yourself. You would be surprised what you might be able to do yourself. You don’t have to pay someone big bucks. You don’t necessarily need to put up a big honkin tower with a huge antenna on it. An attic install can be a viable starting point for the do-it-yourselfer.
The hardest part would be getting the cable from the attic to where you could distribute it. Also, you can get away with not grounding the antenna since it’s in your house.

I will add some more in a later post.


46 posted on 04/20/2010 7:09:52 PM PDT by CanadianPete
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To: CanadianPete
1999 was my last tv bill
47 posted on 04/20/2010 7:10:28 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Frantzie

Yep, I cancelled my direct TV last year after troubles with them and the high bill for just a few channels that I actually watched. I do Netflix, hulu and couple other web sites. Don’t miss it at all.


48 posted on 04/20/2010 8:08:18 PM PDT by calex59
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To: ASA Vet

Interesting grip.


49 posted on 04/20/2010 8:14:46 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: calex59

Just curious about what you do with the satellite dish after you cancel the service? Thanks for any feedback.


50 posted on 04/20/2010 8:37:32 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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