Skip to comments.Cable bills to pass $200 a month by 2020: industry forecast
Posted on 04/11/2012 8:07:07 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Move over, $5 a gallon gas Americas new household budget buster may soon be the $200 a month cable bill.
While wages for US workers have remained stagnant, cable bills have quietly climbed 6 percent a year and will pass $200 a month by 2020, according to an alarming industry forecast released yesterday.
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Kill you rTV, disconnect from the cable, stop receiving satellite. I’ve been without for about 5 years, hasn’t even been a burden at all. In fact, all of a sudden, you will find you have LOTS of extra time.
Only a Liberal could believe that prices would increase 400% even as the number of free and low-cost competitors increases exponentially.
Frankly this is probably propaganda, put out by the cable industry and intended to put a scare into sports leagues over their escalating rights fees.
Extra time and extra money too!
TV is a time parasite
Mine’s going to cross 200 with the next rate hike. Of course I’m all bundled, that’s cable (extended tier HD with DVR), interwebs and phone.
Totally sat TV-free since last June.
We have been catching up on science fiction series and movies via Netflix. We had dropped the alphabets back in 2004. Now, I realize that Syfy would take series episodes totally out of context, plus, they were so chopped up for ad breaks that it was difficult to follow the plot lines. Movies and mini-series, as well. The DVDs and streaming episodes/movies are a joy, with all the content, no commercials, the ability to pause or resume later and, more and more often, now, closed captions.
We watch The Real News from the Blaze for current news. We may cut our GBTV subscription back to $5/month, since we don’t watch their other offerings very often.
I wouldn’t pay $70 for DirecTV, why would I ever pay $200? We can also get many Food Network shows on streaming, NOVA, the few real history shows, etc, etc. Unless you _have_ to have the absolutely most current show in real time, there is no reason to sub to any TV service, IMO.
Government is beginning to subsidize cable and cell phone service for low income households.
So, like any other business with a guaranteed payer, prices will soar.
My Dish bill is $22 a month if and when it gets to $30 it gets turned off......
One of the ONLY reasons I’ve kept cable in recent years has been because of FoxNews. Yet, in the past six months, thanks to all the Romney-cheerleading, I’ve now all but stopped watching Fox. Only tune in for an occasional Greta interview or Palin appearance. My viewership of the station is down by a good 95% I’d say. So it’s really become pointless for me to continue subscribing to cable. I’m truly just inches away from cancelling.
Who uses cable anymore?
The only wire into my home is broadband internet, and even that’s glass.
You can get TV (including commercials) free on the internet.
The VOIP can be had for under $10 a month, so you don’t need phone either.
You can’t really go to the cellular network for broadband. They are having issues keeping up with demand. ATT recently jacked up their data plan from 25 for 2gigs to 30 for 3gigs. You go over that, you spend another 30 bucks. Streaming videos to watch instead of cable will not be practical like that. Every carrier except Tmobile that I am aware of, have got rid of their unlimited data plans.
Cell phone companies on the whole are experiencing rapid growth in data usage due to the smart phones. They will rapidly hit the wall where there is no more spectrum to buy.
Oh, I am very certain that mine won’t.
Now that they've all become subsidiaries of the Hillbilly Reality Show Network, forget it.
I think they will get it figured out before a wall is hit. They are always figuring out ways to cram more data onto a carrier wave. They are even working on eliminating carrier waves completely...as in ultra wide band radio transmission. If we have to switch to sat phone/cell phone hybrids that operate in the microwave spectrum, so be it. Or if we have to switch to cell systems that use more towers spaced closer together, so be it.
I cancelled my cable early last year. Every time I tried to watch a show, they would cover it up with advertisements for other shows - they wouldn’t let me watch the programs that I was paying for. I now own all of my favorite TV shows on DVD (except for a few that haven’t been released) and I can watch them whenever I want.
That’s right...this is actually DESENSITIZATION, and these companies will be right behind pushing big government payrolls government workers being their consumers with our stolen money.