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Viewers pull plug on US cable television
ft ^ | November 17 2010

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 industry’s biggest fears – is becoming a reality as viewers drift to web-based platforms.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cable; cabletelevision; media; msm; oldmedia; television

1 posted on 11/17/2010 4:08:03 PM PST by george76
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To: george76
Cable was a cheap monopoly. Now it's too expensive...

Food vs cable...guess what loses...

2 posted on 11/17/2010 4:09:51 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


3 posted on 11/17/2010 4:16:43 PM PST by Spirochete (Just say NO to RINOs)
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To: george76
I remember when we finally got cable in my neighborhood where I grew up. It took the City Council over a year to "negotiate" a contract with the cable provider. Then when we finally got service, it was horrible. Very expensive, few channels, took forever to get hooked up, and too bad if you needed service after install. But the city profited quite handsomely from it all.

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.

4 posted on 11/17/2010 4:20:36 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: Spirochete

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.


5 posted on 11/17/2010 4:21:35 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: george76
The total number of subscribers to TV services provided by cable, satellite and telco operators fell by 119,000 in the third quarter, compared with a gain of 346,000 in the third quarter of 2009, according to SNL Kagan, a research company.

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...

6 posted on 11/17/2010 4:22:17 PM PST by iowamark
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To: george76

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.


7 posted on 11/17/2010 4:23:30 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: LongElegantLegs

Interesting ping.


8 posted on 11/17/2010 4:23:30 PM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


9 posted on 11/17/2010 4:24:04 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: McLynnan

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.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 4:25:22 PM PST by max americana
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To: george76
Cable is going to have to cut prices and offer better viewer selection in its package deals. The monthly fee is exorbitant and keeps going up.

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.

Leni

11 posted on 11/17/2010 4:27:25 PM PST by MinuteGal (FIRE ERIC HOLDER! IMPEACH OBAMA!.....NOW...Before they Destroy the U.S,)
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To: max americana

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.


12 posted on 11/17/2010 4:28:03 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: george76

“...one of the pay-television industry’s 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.


13 posted on 11/17/2010 4:28:45 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Frantzie

Just guessing — you don’t like tv do you?


14 posted on 11/17/2010 4:29:27 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: george76

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.


15 posted on 11/17/2010 4:30:45 PM PST by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: nascarnation

“I get internet, phone, and 200+ chan tv and DVR for 110/month.
To me it’s 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.


16 posted on 11/17/2010 4:31:41 PM PST by AlexW
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To: abb

Ping!


17 posted on 11/17/2010 4:32:27 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: MinuteGal
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 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.

18 posted on 11/17/2010 4:34:42 PM PST by Spirochete (Just say NO to RINOs)
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To: george76
Add the reason for dropping cable the following: I have cable in my temp apartment in CA. Have 200 channels. . . .about a third are home shopping channels, a third are spanish language channels, and about a dozen or so are spanish language home shopping networks.

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.

19 posted on 11/17/2010 4:37:52 PM PST by Hulka
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To: Hulka

I wonder when Fox News will figure out that people would subscribe to a web based streaming fox news channel?


20 posted on 11/17/2010 4:41:05 PM PST by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: george76

Anybody know how this works?


21 posted on 11/17/2010 4:41:33 PM PST by bray (A November to Remember)
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To: McLynnan

I cut the cord twelve years ago. Since then, every time I see TV I know I made the right decision. With a few exceptions, it’s complete dreck and is a propaganda tool to influence the dumbed down masses. FR is far more entertaining.

I get my football fix from:
http://www.veetle.com/

Monday night football beamed in from Denmark, with Danish commercials, which are entertaining in themselves.

There are also old TV shows, Fox News, and movies - all free.


22 posted on 11/17/2010 4:43:35 PM PST by GunsAndBibles
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To: max americana

That’s what I do.

Dedicated PC attached to my TV.

BT, Hulu, Surf the Channel, and Youtube.com/leanback.

I really dont need anything else. As long as I can get to episodes of Ghost Adventures and Man Tracker, I’m ok.


23 posted on 11/17/2010 4:48:48 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: GunsAndBibles

Thanks for the link. I need to make the time to find alternatives. I cut my landline several months ago and decided cable would be next. No more than I watch tv I can’t justify the expense. Rarely is anything worth watching. I’d rather read or surf the web.


24 posted on 11/17/2010 4:53:41 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan

BT means bittorrent. You can catch Foxnews on justin or ustream.


25 posted on 11/17/2010 4:55:49 PM PST by max americana
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To: george76

Aside from the gay agenda content, it might also have something to do with the fact the TV screen is half full of signs, logos, and moving promos that are so distracting they ruin any good show.


26 posted on 11/17/2010 4:56:39 PM PST by donna (Conservatives believe in God, Family, Country. Not money, money, money.)
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To: Spirochete
"If I could pick & choose programming, I might consider re-subscribing.

Yeah, I stepped up in packages at DISH so I could get Nat Geo , now I found out that without bothering to tell me, they yanked Nat Geo out of the package, but so far won't give me my money back.

I'm not techy enough to figure out how to get FOX and ESPN to my gig screen in the living room via my computer....but when I figure it out, I'm off DISH for good.

Dish has no concept of "customer service."

27 posted on 11/17/2010 4:58:12 PM PST by cookcounty (December 31st is coming.....STOP Obama's Midnight Tax Jack-Up!!)
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To: VanDeKoik

That same neighbor downloads ALL shows from EZTV.IT. Funny that they nab ever show in America from Italy. Why would u watch a show on THEIR TIME? Just DL, store in laptop and watch anytime from your laptop.


28 posted on 11/17/2010 4:59:18 PM PST by max americana
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To: McLynnan

Try this site it streams about anything you could want to watch www.justin.tv News, Comedy UFOs, Science, Space, Tech, Ancient Aliens, History Archaeology, Cryptozoology,Ghost, Sci Fi. the Strange and Weird , it may take you awhile to find your way around but if you signup for free you can favorite your channels


29 posted on 11/17/2010 4:59:26 PM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: max americana

Thanks, like I said I’m intimidated by electronics. Can this be streamed to my tv through my computer? Where can I go to educate myself?


30 posted on 11/17/2010 5:01:02 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: Lees Swrd

Thank you!


31 posted on 11/17/2010 5:06:51 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan

http://www.ehow.com/how_4597618_hook-computer-up-tv.html

Even the old laptops from 2006 have a VGA port and they’ve worked too. This year alone, laptops now have an HDMI port built in because of the Hi-definition push of 2 years ago. If you have a hi-def TV and a 2010/09 pc/laptop, it could have an HDMI port on the sides so simply just attach them.

If no HDMI, the VGA ports on both TV and laptop/pc will do. I learned all of this stuff from a chatty clerk from Best Buy. There’s also a box 9I forgot what it’s called) where the pc controls every appliance that is connected by wireless to the box. Stuff today...


32 posted on 11/17/2010 5:17:02 PM PST by max americana
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To: Vor Lady

Uh-oh!


33 posted on 11/17/2010 5:22:52 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (Use it up, wear it out, make it over or do without.)
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To: george76

We have DirecTV, and when they recently made a minor billing error, in atonement they gave us 3 free months of Showtime.

Why does anyone pay for Showtime? The only decent thing they have produced in recent memory was four seasons of “The Tudors” and we waited until they came out on Netflix.

Such a vast wasteland.


34 posted on 11/17/2010 5:26:02 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: nascarnation
I get internet, phone, and 200+ chan tv and DVR for 110/month.

Wondering who is your provider. I have comcast and they are raising my TV/internet to $170/mo. Dec 30th. Chicago area.

35 posted on 11/17/2010 5:27:56 PM PST by Pit1 (TSA thughs have to go. Take a lesson from Israel.)
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To: george76

I haven’t had cable in years - probably never will again. Going on my first year without the boob-tube at all. hard at first but now I hardly miss it at all.


36 posted on 11/17/2010 5:28:01 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: McLynnan

In general - here is the easiest way.
Most new big screens have a monitor (or VGA) input.
Most newer laptops have a monitor (or VGA) output and a wireless network connection.
1) Connect laptop VGA port to Big Screen VGA port with a commonly available .
2) For sound to the TV, connect a sterio-to-RCA cord (mini-sterio-jack) into laptop and (red/white) RCA cords into TV input.
3) change TV to monitor the VGA input.
Your laptop screen should display on big screen fairly nicely and Laptop sound should play through the TV speakers.

You may have to adjust the laptop screen resolution and/or the TV display settings to make it look nice.

Older TVs it’s almost impossible and not worth the trouble.

Try reviewing this URL if you still are not sure.
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-connect-your-laptoppccomputer-to-your-tv/

Good luck.


37 posted on 11/17/2010 5:31:52 PM PST by ri4dc (Flush Twice in 2012)
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To: ri4dc; max americana

Thanks so much you two. I think I’m in business with my laptop. I’m going to play around with this over the weekend. Appreciate all your help and advice!


38 posted on 11/17/2010 5:44:28 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: GunsAndBibles

Try this one also:

http://www.tv.com/

Just came across it today. Lots of old TV shows, and newer ones. Bat Masterson?


39 posted on 11/17/2010 5:50:45 PM PST by GunsAndBibles
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To: Pit1

“I get internet, phone, and 200+ chan tv and DVR for 110/month.”

“Wondering who is your provider. I have comcast and they are raising my TV/internet to $170/mo. Dec 30th. Chicago area.”

I’m with TimeWarner and have their internet, phone and digital cable and pay $158/mo including all the stupid taxes.

I’d like to save some money but I’m not willing to make a change at this time.


40 posted on 11/17/2010 6:04:32 PM PST by speedracerx (The fate of our great nation lies in the hands of conservatives!)
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To: AlexW

I’m a Rich Republican.
It’s pocket change as far as I’m concerned.


41 posted on 11/17/2010 7:09:08 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: speedracerx
I’d like to save some money but I’m not willing to make a change at this time.

You might be able to cut back on Internet speed and save 20 bucks a month. If all your doing is hitting FR, the basic Internet tier should work. If you need to upload files or access your home computer from work you should stick with the faster Internet.

If they are gouging you on a DVR for HD and you don't record, insist on a stand alone HD decoder box. If you do record, you might consider a Tivo box but you can't record on demand stuff.

Do you really need all those channels? I have the comcast digital starter package with HD. It has the big 10 network in HD and the golf channel, so I am happy. For $20+ bucks a month I can live without the upper TV tier. Fox business channel would be nice, but oh well...

42 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:11 PM PST by EVO X
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To: speedracerx

Talked to DirectTV and they are partnered in this area with ATT. They gave me a price of 75.00 for whole-home DVR HD service with one DVR. One year. Then TV goes up to 63.00 for the second year. Said would run 15 TV’s. Actually that is 45.00 200 channels and 24.00 for Internet w/o phone. Checking with condo about dish.


43 posted on 11/17/2010 8:34:54 PM PST by Pit1 (TSA thughs have to go. Take a lesson from Israel.)
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To: nascarnation

from who?


44 posted on 11/18/2010 2:38:04 AM PST by STD (He walks like a he duck, he talks like a duck, yo' mama married two of the duckers, U a duck Boy!)
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To: max americana

” he wants to watch sports like NFL games, he just connects his pc to his big screen TV, connects to the web and presto.”

That’s something I’d like to do. If you can get this info from your neighbor on how to set this up, I’ll buy you a doughnut and cup of coffee.


45 posted on 11/18/2010 7:53:55 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

see my post 32 on how to set it up. I actually witnessed his old Dell 2006 laptop connected to his hi-def 40 inch TV and watching free stuff.


46 posted on 11/18/2010 9:40:34 AM PST by max americana
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