Skip to comments.Nearly 800,000 U.S. TV households 'cut the cord,' report says - Yahoo! News
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.
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.
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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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.
We did it in 1997. The most obvious change is I have been a bass player now for 12 years.
You get 500 channels, of which 200 are active and 200 are in foreign languages.
You net 100 channels.
I cut the cord in 2001; haven’t missed it at all...
I have never had cable either. It’s antenna or, more lately, youtube and hulu for us. And DVDs.
They keep putting out leftist crap and anti-family semi-porn and that number will grow much bigger.
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.
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...
Dumped cable TV in ~1998. Still a good thing to avoid.
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.
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.
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.
Obama arrived...my cable DIED ! ! !
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. :)
That’s an extra box of ammo a month if you dump your cable.
I fired the cable company at least twenty years ago.
I am joining the 800k as of May 1st.
Just got my new Tivo Premiere, have had Tivo’s only since 1999. Love them! I’ll never give up my Fios TV!
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.
No more Fox News.
Nudge, nudge. Say no more, say no more.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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??!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
bump for later
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.
You’ve got to get yourself another life, guy.
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.
I also have an antenna and a PC-TV card.
Here is the best card:
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.
Freevo.com is a free Tivo system that works with Windows and Linux and every other device that can play digital video.
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:
Thanks so much - great list.
I’ve bookmarked the thread - great stuff - thanks again.
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.
I dropped TV in 1995.
Too busy and the offerings on the 4,000 channels are garbage.
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!
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.
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.
Just curious about what you do with the satellite dish after you cancel the service? Thanks for any feedback.