Skip to comments.Viewers pull plug on US cable television
Posted on 11/17/2010 4:08:00 PM PST by george76
The number of people subscribing to US cable television services has suffered its biggest decline in 30 years as younger, tech-savvy viewers lead an exodus to web-based operations, such as Hulu and Netflix...cable operators were hard hit, with subscriber numbers falling by 741,000 the largest decline in 30 years.
The figures suggest that cord-cutting one of the pay-television industrys biggest fears is becoming a reality as viewers drift to web-based platforms.
(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...
Food vs cable...guess what loses...
If I could pick & choose programming, I might consider re-subscribing. As it stands now, we’re forced to get programming bundles, which includes a lot of objectionable crap. Bundled programming keeps liberal networks alive.
I also remember there were very commercials. Compared to the number of commercials we have to pay to watch today, I wonder how they made any money back in the 80's.
I’m with you. I’d support a cafeteria plan. I’m not a big tv watcher so only have expanded cable. I get around 80 channels and probably only use a dozen of them. I’ve been thinking about cutting the cable for several months.
Although television services offered by telecoms and satellite providers added subscribers over the period, cable operators were hard hit, with subscriber numbers falling by 741,000 the largest decline in 30 years...
Online TV services are stepping up their efforts to reach new viewers and become profitable: Hulu, which is owned by News Corp, Walt Disney and NBC Universal, has slashed the cost of its online subscription service by 20 per cent to $7.99 per month and offers a vast array of film and TV programming...
I think this is the Obama economy more than anything else.
I get internet, phone, and 200+ chan tv and DVR for 110/month.
To me it’s not a bad deal.
Cable or Sat TV is 24x7 liberal propaganda and brainwashing including the endless “dumb white man” commercials.
I cancelled TV a year ago. TV is garbage and it supports left/Obam/liberals and Islam. TV is for idiots with dribble cups.
My neighbor does not have cable.
He just downloads his TV shows via BT and if he wants to watch sports like NFL games, he just connects his pc to his big screen TV, connects to the web and presto.
The bad part about folks doing the cable-cutting is that they'll be dependent on the regular network alphabet poops for their news.....and they won't be getting the only (so-called) fair and balanced channel.
I’m kind of electronically challenged, but was thinking about getting a Roku box to stream Netflix. What’s a BT? Can your neighbor get cable news? If I could got Fox News without cable I’d cut the cord.
“...one of the pay-television industrys biggest fears...”
Liberals and the elites plus Islam’s biggest fear is the idiots will turn off the brainwashing. TV is for idiots. All of it supports Obama and Prince Al Waleed Bin Talil’s Fox News is only marginally better.
Just guessing — you don’t like tv do you?
Interesting. Bump for later reading. I do hope FReepers will add to info relative to their experiences with something other than cable. Cable is too expensive.
“I get internet, phone, and 200+ chan tv and DVR for 110/month.
To me its not a bad deal.”
$110 bucks??...good grief!
The last cable I had (in Slovakia) was used only for high speed internet @ $20 per month.
The TV part of the cable was free from the apartment building, but I never bothered to get a TV.
I pulled the plug last year and went cold turkey on the tube - not even rabbit ears, just AM radio and Free Republic. I don't miss it at all.
I got a USB TV tuner to use with the laptop for hurricane coverage, but since the switch to digital broadcasts, terrestrial TV reception is a sick joke.
All because I wanted Internet and FNC, and the only way to get that combination was to “buy” hundreds of channels I don't watch and can't understand.
I will drop cable the first chance I get.
I wonder when Fox News will figure out that people would subscribe to a web based streaming fox news channel?
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