Skip to comments.Consumers Dropping Pay TV Services
Posted on 08/24/2010 6:18:17 AM PDT by Slyscribe
The number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telecom TV services in the U.S. fell for the first time ever in the second quarter, according to research firm SNL Kagan.
The U.S. multichannel TV market lost 216,000 customers last quarter, vs. a gain of 378,000 a year ago. The total number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telecom video fell to 100.1 million in the second quarter, SNL Kagan says.
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If it weren’t for Fox News, FX, and the Comedy Channel, I would drop it too. Netflix takes care of all movie needs very nicely.
You can only be out of touch with your customers for so long.
If you misread and insult them daily, they may stop watching.
Folks in a financial pinch cut out the non essentials.
The ONLY reason I still have cable is because of the Food Network and Breaking Bad/Mad Men. Even my trusty favorite, Turner Classic Movies, has sucked lately. I’ve almost completely stopped watching FOX News too, except for when I can catch Glenn Beck or Red Eye on.
Fox News and HGTV are the only reasons I didn't drop it altogether.
This doesn’t surprise me. I have way more than I use in terms of a cable package and am about to cut way back. And my cable company—like pretty much every cable company—finds ways to up my bill by about $20 or $30 per month to rent equipment that is necessary for the service I am buying! Cable companies have been really tone deaf in this economy if they think they can keep screwing people like that and keep them as customers.
People are getting sick and tired of the bait-and-switch from cable TV.
The original promise of cable was that in exchange for a monthly fee, you woould get programs without commercial interruption.
Now, you get more commercials per episode than with broadscast TV (which is controlled by the FCC). It is beginning to seem that there are more commercials than program. They also pump up the volume
...we got the dish because I liked the Sopranos...now that they’re long gone, I’m wondering why I’m paying so much every month.
We got rid of HBO and Showtime a couple months ago.
Haven’t missed either one.
I’m inches away from dumping my dish, after 15 years of service. Over a hundred channels and hardly anything I care to watch. I wish there was a channel that ran exclusively old shows, like “The Fugitive,” “Rawhide,” “Sea Hunt,” and whatnot.
Gee. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because of the absolute JUNK I get charged for that I don’t watch because it’s so bad or maybe it’s the COST of the JUNK or maybe it’s BOTH!
We dropped all the movie channels - HBO, Showtime, etc - Just kept basic service for sports channels, A&E, HGTV & home improvement channels.
Saturday Night Live is doing market research now?
If it weren’t for live sports I’d drop cable completely. I find most of the channels not just useless but offensive. I can rent TV shows and movies. If they ever go to sports over the internet, the cable is history.
People are starting to take Franzie seriously now.
I dropped cable over a year ago and went to off-air TV. With the new digital subchannels, I have over 20 channels available, including a retro channel and a couple of movie channels.
I don’t miss cable (or the $70/mo charge) one tiny little bit.
If it wasn’t for my wife and son I would have dropped cable tv service a LONG time ago.
Yeah, but it’s the state-run media only that those who drop cable will be getting. They are dropping cable/satellite because of the cost and in economic times, that becomes a luxury rather than a necessity.
I subscribe only to tv online. Lots cheaper for as much as I watch tv, which is rarely. But I can work/FReep on my computer and turn on the FNS shows I want.
I recall AMC was showing Tora Tora Tora and every 10 minutes there were commercials, so I looked at the run time and it was around 3 1/2 hours! I just turned it off and popped in my DVD of it and watched the rest in about half the time!
If it were not tied to my broadband, I would drop cable TV.
When I watch TV, I’m mostly watching a DVD from Netflix or instantly through the computer. We’re about halfway through the first season (1966) of Dark Shadows.
Hard to believe it’s coming up on one year since I cancelled tv service.
Do it. You won’t miss it at all. It’s worthless.
I wonder how many of these are foreclosed homes? Banks aren’t going to be paying for cable.
You can get a pretty good indoor antenna from Walmart for $30, to watch free digital HD channels. The weather channel on DirecTV sucks, and whenever we have a storm DirecTV doesn’t even work, but the antenna doesn’t have that problem most of the time, and the local free weather station is great.
I keep calling DirecTV to cancel, but they keep giving me 3 more months for free. That has happened twice now.
You mean we’re not the only family on the planet that doesn’t have cable? I’ll have to let my kids know they are sadly misinformed when they tell me this.
They tried that on me too. I said no thanks. No television is free too, and it's better for you.
People are tired of paying to be lied to and corrupted.
Yeah, but for different reasons. LOL
Why exactly do the do that? That's my #2 pet peeve. Right behind drivers who drive through the parking stall rows in parking lots.
Lot cheaper than cable, and broadcast HDTV is better than cable.
Frantzie gets it.
I do a lot of work for a "BIG" media company. I know first hand that almost all of your monthly cable and satellite payments goes directly to your idealogical enemies.
Pay attention to Frantzie.
They're virtually all liberals, most of them voting, no doubt, for hope and change.
Now they have to be hoping the drop-off in business will leave at least some change in their pockets for the public corner laundromats looming in their wives' futures.
Fox News and HGTV are the only reasons I didn't drop it altogether.
I just did exactly the same thing and for exactly the same reason. I bought an LG Blu-ray player for $250 or so, signed up with Netflix for $8.99 a month and just stream movies. Goodby HBO, Showtime and all the rest. Hello Netflix. A $50/month reduction in my DirecTV bill will cover the Netflix cost, pay for the Blu-ray player in short order and leave me with a few more bucks in my pocket every month that the wifey can waste at Starbucks.
And just FYI - the quality of the Netflix stream over a fast Internet connection is every bit as good if not better than DirectTV. And if you have access to Vudu you can get 1080p streamed at 4.5 mb/s or so that is simply pristine. Great for watching trailers in HD. That's free on Vudu.
I think Netflix is going to continue to take major chunks out of the DirecTV and cable revenue streams. They have a great model for delivering movies that, at this point, nobody can match (although many will try including Google/YouTube.)
I dropped Cable over 6 years ago. I get a lot more done now.
My family owned a small local cable company and I can say that 2/3 of your bill is pretty much just ESPN/Sports (whether you watch it or not).
We considered dropping ESPN completely or making it a pay-to-see, but it meant that 45% of subscribers would be paying something like $100/month for just 1 channel and no one would go for it.
It’s about “sharing the burden” so they spread that ESPN cost to everyone. lol Suckas. :)
The technology is in place to allow people to pay for only those channels they want. But the cable companies won’t do this because they know much of what is on cable would not withstand a fair and free market.
We originally got satellite because my husband is an insomniac and it had all night programing, there are very few channels that don’t go to infomercials at 2:00 AM.
We have basic basic cable. It costs $12 a month and nets us a 20% discount on our broadband. Getting EWTN is worth the two bucks it ends up costing us.
I don’t have cable or satellite, but I do have a TV and vcr/dvd player. Last year I bought the first three seasons of Rawhide.
It’s been absolutely great to watch those again.
When hell freezes over!
You can rent TONS of claasic TV shows from Netflix...nearly everything offered on cable nowadays is crap. I really have no use for it...too many books to read, and I’ll NEVER be able to catch up before my time is up. I’ll keep trying, though... :-)
Mad Men is, by it self, worth the monthly subscription price.
The fact that people are dropping their cable and satellite services thrills me.
I agree with Frantzie that this is how we are funding the left.
The basic problem is that there is very little on TV worth watching anymore. In addition when you do watch, you are insulted.
I keep DTV just for the NFL ticket. I'm in 3 Fantasy Football leagues and I'm the Commish in one of them. I did drop the movie channels since my wife uses Netflix and loves it. So I get my sports fix and she gets her movies :-)
The only reason I got dish in the first place was that I hated the cable company.
Thanks. I don’t know the answer. TV is not America or mom or apple pie. It is a tool to send out propaganda now and control the population. When I fly; I have to avoid CNN at the airports and bury my head in a book with an iPod to avoid Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock or some other pro Democrat pro obam crap. CNN on Delta is even more disgusting.
I do know that the 5 networks own the majority of the cable stations.
The monthly cable and sat TV fees are divided up by $1.00 or less than a dollar per channel or a few more than a dollar. So Viacom/CBS/VH1/Nickelodeon/MTV/other probably makes $5 to 6 a month. You never turn it on but they get paid. Disney/ABC is the same. Each network have at least five channels and some a dozen or more. I would gues 90% of the channels are owned by the 5 networks or HBO which is even worse.
So every network gets probably $5 to 6 a month. Then most of them have Saudi/Mid East investors including Fox/News Corp. and Time Warner/CNN.
NBC/MSNBC/CNBC/GE and I think Comcast owns 50/50 has endless deals in the middle east for jet engines, water desalinization, turbines for power gen etc.
GE may eventually go bankrupt. It is all based on flaoting short term commercial paper and GE Finance has tons of bad loans on their books. Imam/Uncle Sam had to backstop all the debt. Wonder why MSNBC forths at the mouth for Obama?
Then you have sports where they make a lot of money. The NFL went on insane fawning over Obam that looked like Cuba or the old USSR for Stalin. This was inbetween the “dumb white guy” commercials.
The last straw was ALL the networks and ALL TV support the Imam, the 911 Victory Mosque, ObamaCare aka the first Islamic tax on Americans and Islam. They are the enemy.
Propping up McCain is another thing.
They can do anything and say anything because they know people will not cancel sat or cable TV.
In addition to cancellations from people facing financial difficulties, I believe cable and satellite television have now reached a point where they can no longer generate the "critical mass" they need to support their extensive offerings. What I mean by this is that they now offer so many channels to their customers that so few of those channels attract enough viewers to make it worthwhile for the cable/satellite companies to pay (and pass on) the cost of carrying them.
No wonder Comcast just increased rates again.
Just saw a DIsh Direct ad for 5 months free.