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Cable Loses Nearly Three Million Subscribers to Streaming
Big Hollywood ^ | 4/4/2012 | John Nolte

Posted on 04/04/2012 9:01:19 AM PDT by servo1969

The rise of streaming television is something I've been covering rather obsessively on my Daily Call Sheet for going on a year now. Not because I have any kind of inside information or data, but because if you connect the dots of the hundreds of various news stories that have been written about the phenomenon, you can see that something seismic is happening.

Snow

Bundled cable is evil, and through this evil we are forced to not only pay for dozens and sometimes hundreds of channels we never watch, but we're also forced to pay for and subsidize channels that offend our values: Sundance, MSNBC, PBS, Current TV, OWN... This is un-Amercan. It's welfare and affirmative action combined. A number of these channels would collapse without the evil of bundled cable fees because you can't pay Rachel Maddow's salary on Sham-wow commercials alone. Worse still, these cable packages are absurdly expensive -- especially for those of us old enough to remember when the cost of television was the price of a pair or rabbit ears.

So along comes Netflix and Hulu with the idea of providing -- for less than $10 a month -- a streaming service that allows you to watch what you want to watch when you want to watch it. Better still, there are no commercials. And anyone who has recently watched "Celebrity Apprentice" or anything on the Discovery Channel knows that the length and frequency of commercial interruptions have gotten obscenely out of hand.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bundled; bundling; cable; channels
Cord-cutting is real.
1 posted on 04/04/2012 9:01:30 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Trying to watch the NCAA tournament was absolutely ridiculous. Two minutes of basketball followed by five minutes of commercials.

Anything I want to watch I get off the net. Don’t need cable—they’re worse than the old “Maw Bell” phone company in terms of customer service.


2 posted on 04/04/2012 9:09:13 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: servo1969

TV providers will change to keep up

but the govt regulations on them make them carry so many of the channels that no one wants to watch anyway.

The religious lobby is very strong and it makes the govt. force the CATV providers carry those channels no one wants to watch. So it flows down if the catv companies carry those then why not carry the others...

its kinda a double edged sword too cause the CATV companies are the primary provider of High speed internet..


3 posted on 04/04/2012 9:09:26 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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To: servo1969

IMO streaming is over-rated because the quality is mediocre. However, paying a lot for channels one never watches is a terrible idea; and it is costing the cable/satellite companies in this economy. They need to get into a la carte programming.


4 posted on 04/04/2012 9:10:40 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: WKUHilltopper; servo1969

But what about sports like college football? You can’t get those games without satellite or cable. That’s mostly what I watch.


5 posted on 04/04/2012 9:11:35 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: servo1969
Bundled cable is evil

You got that right John.

6 posted on 04/04/2012 9:14:04 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: servo1969
Cable TV is one of the biggest shams ever concocted in the U.S.

TV used to be "free".

Now they got all the tax paying peon to pay to watch their commercials, which have already been paid for.

45 years ago, they told ya it would all be commercial free, for a small fee.

it's one of the biggest con jobs ever.

7 posted on 04/04/2012 9:14:54 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

There are 100 million Cable TV subscribers in North America. There’s a ways to go before cord cutters make a significant dent in this. When you can get the full gamut of live sports without cable, then you will see a bigger number opting out. I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future.


8 posted on 04/04/2012 9:16:42 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: WKUHilltopper
Trying to watch the NCAA tournament was absolutely ridiculous. Two minutes of basketball followed by five minutes of commercials.

See #7.

The mob could only dream of running this kind of racket.

9 posted on 04/04/2012 9:17:10 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969
"Cable Loses Nearly Three Million Subscribers to Streaming"

They are about to lose another one... Me!

We are checking out Antennas so we can get our football games. Once we get them installed we are dropping Time Warner TV cable but will keep their Internet.

The raised our bill over 600 bucks a year. I'm not paying that when I can get all the same stuff by using Hulu, Netflix and Amazon for a sixth of what Time Warner Charges me a month for TV.

10 posted on 04/04/2012 9:17:53 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I believe “a la carte” hasn’t been implemented due to federal regulations. Congress has poked at it with a stick a few times, but nothing’s been done. At least we finally banned incandescent bulbs!


11 posted on 04/04/2012 9:19:01 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Good for you. Cable TV is one of the biggest rip offs in American history.

See #7.


12 posted on 04/04/2012 9:19:32 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

Just like the newspapers. The cable company bravely keeps putting crap on the tv and wondering why nobody is watching it.


13 posted on 04/04/2012 9:20:56 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: dragnet2

Not to mention they stick you with a contract you can’t get out of with out a fee. Or they say they can raise the rates when ever they want to during that contract period. I no longer sign anything that lets the supplier just change rates when they want to. Credit cards, cell phones and cable are the big ones that do this. If I can’t get a contract that I can stop or lock in a fee then it is not for me.


14 posted on 04/04/2012 9:21:32 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: dragnet2

Yes it is!


15 posted on 04/04/2012 9:21:32 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Pining_4_TX

They are plunking big on sports, because it’s the one thing that you can’t get easily someplace else.


16 posted on 04/04/2012 9:22:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Irenic

You bet, we had cable for a couple years, until we figured out we were being robbed and swindled in broad day light.


17 posted on 04/04/2012 9:25:43 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Rightly Biased
With 999 channels available on cable all you have to do is not tune in to the religious channels if you don't like them.

Heck, I deleted Oprah for years!

18 posted on 04/04/2012 9:25:58 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: dragnet2
TV used to be "free".

And there is part of our problem. Nothing is free, never was, never will be.

Not TV, not housing, not cars, not energy, and damn sure not our freedom.

19 posted on 04/04/2012 9:30:20 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Yep!

Our home has not had Direct TV for 4 years. We are 100% Hulu, Crackle, Classic Cinema Online, and Redbox.

We were watching Direct TV one day and the commercials came on. After 8 minutes of spam my husband looked at me and asked, “What the heck were we watching again?” and when I couldn’t remember either, we cancled it!

The funny thing is, the next week we got insane offers in the mail to reconnect for a serious monthly discount! We still get them.

My suggestion is even if you are not planning to leave Direct TV, call them and tell them that you want to. I bet they offer you a discount right there on the spot. Its such a rip off and they know it!


20 posted on 04/04/2012 9:32:33 AM PDT by Casie
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To: servo1969

I’m one of them, I dumped TV!!! Currently, I use an antenna and Channel Master HD/DVR with dual tuners to pick up/DVR around 45 free OTA stations. Couple that with netflix, and my family now watches a lot less TV, but we enjoy the little we do watch. No more mindlessly watching Pawn Stars, Chopped, Storage Wars, etc..

I recommend it for all.

The only issue is the cable sports, and even that can be worked around. For the naysayers when it comes to that, it’s the only time I am actually forced to watch commercials ;)


21 posted on 04/04/2012 9:35:18 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: servo1969

hulu commercials are too creapy to entice me to go to their product. (not with so many other options)


22 posted on 04/04/2012 9:35:38 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: muawiyah; Rightly Biased
We came to the conclusion years ago, only fools who enjoy paying to watch endless commercials, which have already been paid for, subscribe to cable TV.

You either have to be stooopid, or rich with money to burn.

23 posted on 04/04/2012 9:35:40 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

We’ve never had cable. Probably never will. We have an old fashioned TV Antenna. With a $30 power booster, we’re able to get about 25 channels.

Kids get movies from the library or Redbox. We haven’t done the Hulu thing too much but probably will soon.

When I travel for work, I find that I only watch a few channels anyway. FOX, Discovery, History, SPEED.


24 posted on 04/04/2012 9:38:48 AM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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I finally walked into the local cable office last week and dropped the TV portion of my bundle, saving at least $80 of the $160 they’ve been billing me. I still get internet and phone from them. When I told the customer service person that I just don’t watch TV anymore other than streaming, she said “Me either, and I wouldn’t have it if I didn’t get it for free because of this job.”


25 posted on 04/04/2012 9:40:31 AM PDT by hork
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To: SouthTexas
Cable TV is one of the biggest shams ever concocted in the U.S.

TV used to be "free".

Now they got all the tax paying peon to pay to watch their commercials, which have already been paid for.

45 years ago, they told ya it would all be commercial free, for a small fee.

it's one of the biggest con jobs ever.

And there is part of our problem. Nothing is free, never was, never will be.

Well Tex, you're free to pay to watch their endless commercials...Be my guest!

There is a sucker born ever minute!

BEWAHAHAHAHAHAH

26 posted on 04/04/2012 9:41:54 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

Satelite tv is not much better.


27 posted on 04/04/2012 9:44:49 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: servo1969

I can proudly say that I haven’t watched TV for about 5 years.
It’s liberating.


28 posted on 04/04/2012 9:45:31 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: SengirV
45 free OTA stations

One thing I will never do is move to a major major area to get more OTA TV channels. We get around 5 here: plenty. I actually watch PBS HD on occasion just for the nature shows. The author was bitching about PBS being bundled but I would miss those.

29 posted on 04/04/2012 9:48:43 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: dragnet2

You completely miss the point about “free” and then you make the assumption that I actually watch TV.

Strike two.


30 posted on 04/04/2012 9:54:29 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: SouthTexas
Cable TV is one of the biggest shams ever concocted in the U.S.

TV used to be "free".

Now they got all the tax paying peon to pay to watch their commercials, which have already been paid for.

45 years ago, they told ya it would all be commercial free, for a small fee.

it's one of the biggest con jobs ever.

And there is part of our problem. Nothing is free, never was, never will be.

Well Tex, you're free to pay to watch their endless commercials...Be my guest!

There is a sucker born ever minute!

You completely miss the point about “free”

No I didn't because you're wrong.

TV wasn't free 40 years ago.

Ya see Tex the advertisers paid big money to the broadcasters to run their commercials 40 years ago, just like they do today, however, the fat corps got really greedy, and decided to also make the sucker subscribers to pay to watch commercials after they told Americans, "Pay TV will be commercial free".

31 posted on 04/04/2012 10:08:08 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: servo1969

Cord-cutting may be real, but providers will still get their pound of flesh.

Take Comcast, the internet provider for a lot of folks. Once enough people start cutting the cable bill, you’ll see a corresponding rise in the cost of internet connectivity. They’ll still win. AND, if people start to claim that a internet connection is a “right”, and demand regulation of said rates like a utility, we’ll begin to see stagnation. Cable is subsidizing the internet connection.

Dump cable and save some money for the time being, but don’t buy the illusion it will always be this way.


32 posted on 04/04/2012 10:13:07 AM PDT by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: dragnet2
TV used to be "free"

TV wasn't free 40 years ago.

Pick one, you can't have it both ways. Nevermind, don't bother.

33 posted on 04/04/2012 10:13:28 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: servo1969

I got rid of my subscription (DirectTV), but not to jump to streaming. I just don’t turn the darn thing on anymore.


34 posted on 04/04/2012 10:17:18 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: SouthTexas
And there is part of our problem. Nothing is free, never was, never will be.

Well Tex, you're free to pay to watch their endless commercials...Be my guest!

There is a sucker born ever minute!

You completely miss the point about “free”

No I didn't because you're wrong.

TV wasn't free 40 years ago.

Ya see Tex the advertisers paid big money to the broadcasters to run their commercials 40 years ago, just like they do today, however, the fat corps got really greedy, and decided to also make the sucker subscribers to pay to watch commercials after they told Americans, "Pay TV will be commercial free".

Of course you know what I'm talking about.

But lemmme make this real simple for ya Tex.

TV was free to the viewers, as the advertisers paid big money to the broadcasters to run their commercials 40 years ago, just like they do today, however, the fat corps got really greedy, and decided to also make the sucker subscribers to pay to watch commercials after they told Americans, "Pay TV will be commercial free"

35 posted on 04/04/2012 10:20:46 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I concur. Technology exists to allow consumers to pick and choose any single cable network, but that’s not in the plan. Telecoms know many many networks would go out of business so, voila, the bundle.


36 posted on 04/04/2012 10:39:10 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: servo1969

It will be one more at the end of this month.


37 posted on 04/04/2012 10:58:22 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: servo1969

IMHO, the worst part of buying into a TV service is that when the services first started, they were advertised as “commercial free TV”.


38 posted on 04/04/2012 11:01:58 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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To: Pining_4_TX

I only watch WKU football and basketball...most of all these games are on http://www.firstrowsports.eu/

If a WKU game isn’t on this, I hook up on WKUSports.com for audio or video. I get WKU baseball on this one too.

But you can generally find a live feed on any game—assuming it’s broadcast in the first place.


39 posted on 04/04/2012 11:22:18 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: servo1969
Most of over-the-air and cable TV is garbage. Ditto for satellite service. Lots of junk bundled that adds to your bill without adding value to the "service". Until they are fully ala carte, I won't subscribe. My Verizon Wireless broadband devices come with a monthly data limit. The 5 GB cap is barely sufficient to keep my Linux hosts fully patched. Watching a streamed movie is completely out of the question. Verizon was pushing the service to get the sports fans to watch live football. I'm not a sports fan. I'm simply not their customer. Streaming service with caps...a brilliant business plan.
40 posted on 04/04/2012 12:23:04 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Rightly Biased

That’s hilarious. The only reason Comcast is still getting $18 a month from us is EWTN. If they dropped it from the line-up we’d cut the cord completely....


41 posted on 04/04/2012 2:58:32 PM PDT by Eepsy
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To: steve86

We watch a whole lot more PBS now. We feel like we are reconnecting with the nations roots with all the British shows, both old and new, that we are watching nowas well.


42 posted on 04/04/2012 9:50:24 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: Eepsy

I use a GoogleTV box with the living room TV. Will check tomorrow to see if EWTN streams properly on it. I hadn’t checked that yet because EWTN is bundled with our cable also. And the cable is bundled with our rent...


43 posted on 04/04/2012 11:15:57 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Eepsy

you prove my point

I’m not against those channels but you just proved my point you would drop CATV

many others would go thier congress critters or their religious lobby and the CATV companies would lose and be REQUIRED to carry those channels so they just do it to avoid the hassel.


44 posted on 04/05/2012 8:30:53 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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