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.
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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?
Anybody know how this works?
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:
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.
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.
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.
BT means bittorrent. You can catch Foxnews on justin or ustream.
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.
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."
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.
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
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?
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...
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.
Wondering who is your provider. I have comcast and they are raising my TV/internet to $170/mo. Dec 30th. Chicago area.
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.
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.
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!
Try this one also:
Just came across it today. Lots of old TV shows, and newer ones. Bat Masterson?
“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.
I’m a Rich Republican.
It’s pocket change as far as I’m concerned.
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...
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.
” 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.
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.