Skip to comments.U.S. Consumers Ditching Cable TV In Droves
Posted on 11/17/2010 9:27:44 AM PST by Slyscribe
U.S. cable TV operators lost 741,000 basic video customers in the third quarter, research firm SNL Kagan reported Wednesday. Thats the single largest quarterly drop for cable since SNL Kagan began compiling data for the segment in 1980.
Cables share of the multichannel pay television market continues to slide, dipping to 60.3% from 62.9% in Q3 2009.
Gains in telecom and satellite TV services were not enough to offset the loss of cable subscribers, so the overall multichannel pay-TV market lost 119,000 customers last quarter.
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WAY overpriced. I’d happily pay $3/mo for my choice of 10 channels.
We cut cable 6 months ago, one of the best things we have ever done, you would not believe how the family dynamic changed (for the better).
I propose a $100B subsidy for the industry. It’s too important to suffer like this. People will die without it.
I’m thinking about canceling my free TV.
They just need a stimulus package bailout...
Up your alleys.
We went commando an ditched it ALL. Now we have Netflix through our Wii and Hulu through our computer and are perfectly happy.
Thats gonna leave a mark
Netflix, HULU and others must be making an impact...Amazing what happens when you want to pay for only what you want to see...
I would gladly pay 50% less for 90% less channels, if I kept the channels that I wanted. This deal of packaging different channels so that you have to pay the top subscription rate is for the birds.
Defund the Left, drop cable/satellite tv.
You got a free TV from Zer0's stash?
we cut down significantly on our cable
just get basic and Foxnews now which trimmed my bill by about 40 bucks a month
i get my internet from the same provider so the bill is still higher than i would like but this is far better than what i was paying before
I did a couple of years ago. TV died, didn't get a replacement.
A couple of years ago there was a move afoot to try to get the cable companies to provide an “ala carte” kind of service.
You would pay, let’s say, $30 a month for up to 8 channels from list A and up to 3 channels from list B.
Cable companies fought it tooth and nail and insisted on keeping packaged programming.
You reap what you sow.
I think eventually, all show production will move to an internet transmission model.
I'd jump on that deal in a flash as well. Personally, I watch very little TV. Occasional sports, some news (although it's not a primary news source any longer) and I like the occasional travel or cooking show. I don't watch any and I think I could only name 1 tv series that's currently running (assuming some version of CSI is still on).
It wouldn’t work, considering cable companies pay ESPN something like $4 per subscriber. They pay local broadcast channels about $1 per subscriber.
As much as I dislike the cable companies, they make most of their money on equipment rental and premium channel subscriptions.
I got rid of cable 8 years ago
When you have an effective unemployment rate of around 15%, doesn’t it seem logical that people would cut back on dicretionary expenses and pay for TV would be one of them?
I live in the hills [Hollywood] and get no reception since Mount Wilson is blocked. So I have to pay $65.00 for basic cable.
It’s not worth it as I rarely watch TV.
When I can find another way to watch, I’m dumping my cable.
You would think the laws of supply and demand would kick in at some point but they don’t seem to.
We have none of it. Netflix is all you really need.
Cut the cable and get rid of TV. It will improve your family life and help defund the left.
I wonder if there is going to be a move to shutdown/limit Netflix/HULU, etc. I can see the cable companies working with TV/Film/Network production companies to limit what can be broadcast over the internet. Also, eventually seeing Netflix pricing go up dramatically from the current low rates...
Not fast enough to suit me. We cut the smut cable years ago.
They’ve got to unbundle the garbage. Customers don’t want 200 channels of drek just to get the 4-5 shows they like.
Times are tough, everyone is cutting back on expenses. The high cost of cable TV service can buy more needed groceries. We’re all cutting back, we even disconnected the home phone and went over to Magic Jack, its great, no annoying telemarketing. You have to realize that the computer also acts as a TV. There are many webb sites that provide movies and missed TV shows.
I cut cable several years ago...it is heaven not continually having cable junk pumped into you. It is such a blessing....
How do you watch TV? Or do you just not watch at all.
I know during 9/11, the TV coverage was essential to me.
I cut them off 10 years ago.
Same here. Haven’t missed anything either.
I get about 40 free channels the old fashion way with an antenna. Told DirectTV to go away years ago. Who wants to pay for all those commercials?
BTW I am 50 and 80 miles from most of the big city tv transmitters.
FR and other web based sources.
What antenna and mounting height do you use?
I watch lots of Fox news on youtube for free. Sometimes you just have to wait 24 hrs, but if it’s any good at all, it’s there.
Their website videos are free too.
Can I ask you a question what kind of Plasma TV did you get? Our TV is acting up (it’s a 1984 so I can’t complain but still I love that TV and wouldn’t think of replacing it otherwise lol). I was looking at the Black Friday Ads and reading reviews and I had come to the conclusion a Plasma is what we should buy and I noted Panasonic had very good ratings so I was thinking of one of those.
” Who wants to pay for all those commercials? “
I’m old enough to remember back in the 70’s when the first experimental Cable TV systems were coming on line - back then, the big selling-point was that, since you paid for programming up-front, there would be no commercials....
We’ve come a long way, Baby..... ;)
Also, something the cable company doesn't advertise, your over-the-air reception will likely be better than what comes over the cable. With OTA, you're getting it straight from the source, but the cable company will receive it and recode it to their standards with loss of quality along the way.
I would love a menu of channels to choose from, instead of a comprehensive lineup. The lineup is a way of displaying the logos of all the available channels, and making you feel like you are getting a good deal. But I will never watch BET or MTV. I also don’t like CNN or any of its derivatives, and I don’t like MSNBC or CNBC. I won’t watch Bloomberg, because it makes money for people named Bloomberg. But the reason they won’t unbundle the choices is that CNN and many others would simply go out of business due to lack of income.
I ditched direct tv last month because I’m sick of paying for a bunch of crappy channels that I never watch and not getting the channels I want unless I pay for all that crap first. I have said many times before that the individual who offers consumers a pay per channel option as opposed to the ususal pay for the bundle of crap that you never watch and don’t want will put the entire industry out of business. I’m hoping the internet puts them all out of business first.
I have cable, but only because it’s a good deal with my Internet service (Road Runner). I would never get it stand-alone.
We dumped Directv three years ago.
We have Netflix on the PS3 and since Dad hooked a computer up to the plasma, we watch YouTube (Iron Chef Japan) and CBS (Star Trek).
We got a nice antenna for the roof and all the locals, including the Canadian stations from Windsor, come right in.
No way would I go back to paying 60.00 a month for the crap they are showing.
I dumped Comcast tv this past summer but I kept their internet service so I could stream Netflix with less downtime. Now I hear that Comcast is going to dramatically raise the price of their internet pricing just to move in on the Netflix market, or, at least, cause it real harm.
The cable companies aren't going down without a real fight - but the bullet is in the air - and they have only their greedy little selves to blame.
Cable sucked. Lost reception way to often, was way to expensive.
Have Dish. Loss reception for a few minutes once or twice a year, less expensive.
Also have high speed internet and have netflix and get instant streamion movies and use Hulu for free to watch many TV programs I can not record because of recording others
I’d like to know too...what kind of antenna?
We ditched our cable and are only on airwaves now as well—we’re right outside of Philly but our reception is not that great. When I was a kid I used to be able to pull in a couple of NYC channels.
What do you do for internet access? Ours is through the cable.
Yep, that was part of it. But another big part of early cable TV was that it gave us more than four channels (ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS).
I can remember when having WTBS was some sort of great enhancement of the TV experience. Now there are so many channels no one could possibly watch more than a fraction of them, but the popular ones still add to what one is charged for cable or dish.
We cut it after the 2000 elections. It helped out my blood pressure and my budget. It’s no surprise that people would cut cable when looking to slash expenses. It’s a no brainer.
Always a good idea in threads like this to plug this book. Out of print, but still available from Amazon:
Postman's theme is the decline of the printed word and the ascendancy of the "tube" with its tendency to present everythingmurder, mayhem, politics, weatheras entertainment. The ultimate effect, as Postman sees it, is the shrivelling of public discourse as TV degrades our conception of what constitutes news, political debate, art, even religious thought. Early chapters trace America's one-time love affair with the printed word, from colonial pamphlets to the publication of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. There's a biting analysis of TV commercials as a form of "instant therapy" based on the assumption that human problems are easily solvable. Postman goes further than other critics in demonstrating that television represents a hostile attack on literate culture.
This is Economics 101:
High price + crappy product = declining sales.