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Cable TV subscriptions at major providers set to drop below 40 million

By Shawn Knight
Nov 26, 2013
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  1. In what probably amounts to little or no surprise at all to many, cable TV subscriptions are on the decline. It started with tech-savvy individuals cutting the cord and moving to streaming video services but now it appears the trend...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +704

    Yeah, shocking, cable prices have gone up for the years and now technology has provided alternatives. Reminds me of another industry where technology came in and threw a giant wrench in the workings of the entire industry. Some of you older readers may remember the compact disc, it's how we used to get music before the mp3 made everyone realize that paying $15 for an album with only a few good songs wasn't something people enjoyed.

    Now we pay $.99 for the song we want and CDs are used for coasters and microwave fireworks.

    Pay attention, cable companies, people seem to prefer a la carte entertainment at small prices. TV is a little different, as you won't watch an episode of a show over and over like you'll listen to a song many times, but we still need something different.

    Cable has to change, or they'll be dragged kicking and screaming into the future like the recording industry was. They'll find themselves spending more money on lawyers trying to protect their old business model instead of making money a new way.
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  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,347   +397

    As soon as a way comes up that I can get live sports broadcasting, I'll drop my cable company in nothing flat.
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  4. mctommy

    mctommy TS Enthusiast Posts: 112   +13

    And that's the big dilemma right now so live sports are the costliest for the providers. Don't get me wrong but I would love to get just the live sports and a select few channels... will it be cheaper? I would hope so but it's not guarantee.
  5. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Rookie Posts: 49   +8

    I haven't had cable tv in almost 10 years, I mainly use internet (56 Mb connection), have my computer hooked up to my tv and that is all I need :)
  6. I watch live Major League Baseball via the MLB internet streaming package, and I have done so for a few years now. For around $120 per year you get all the games (not nationally blacked out) in HD, and you get to pick whether you want to watch the home team feed or the visitor's team feed. (In other words, you always get to listen to your team's announcers.) I use my Roku box for watching MLB, but you can use a computer, the MLB app on your phone or table, along with several Blu-Ray players and smart TV's.

    I just wish other sports (like the NFL) would follow suit. I believe there are already similar offerings for the NHL and the NBA, but I am not positive since I don't really watch those on TV.
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  7. WithoutAnyMilk

    WithoutAnyMilk TS Rookie Posts: 28   +10

    Television is nothing but dreck and propaganda anyway. I do feel sorry for the people still allowing themselves to be bombarded with these condescending "holiday shopping season" commercials that say nothing more than "buy, buy, buy" to the tune of a hymnal.

    Good riddance. If I could aid in the decline, I would do it with conviction.
  8. Here's the biggest reason cable subscriptions are dying: Commercials.

    I would rather turn my tv off then watch 5,6,7,8,9+ commercials before a single commercial break ends.
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  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,034   +738

    Compact discs? What's happened to them? Buddy, I haven't been weaned off 33.3 rpm LP's and 45 rpm seven singles yet and I'm still trying to get used to CD's. As for streaming... yeah, whenever I suffer from hay fever I also suffer with streaming eyes and nose.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,034   +738

    We've never had cable TV due to the simple fact it never exited in my country. We do have satellite TV though which is a complete rip off and we're still waiting for the fancy pay per view services you guys are always bragging about and take for granted. This is what happens when you have a government that's busy monopolizing the telecommunication and broadcasting sectors.
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  11. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 876   +22

    Do they ever think they're going to LOWER prices? Only govt. intervention would do this as with minimum wage earners.
     
  12. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Rookie Posts: 65

    I got around my NFL obsession by finding someone with a directtv Sunday ticket subscription, adding the Ticket Max feature which allows streaming over the internet, hooking it up to my TV, and wallaah! every NFL game every sunday for $75 for the season!
  13. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Rookie Posts: 65

    no... increased competition would do it. we went from only crappy optimum to a choice between them and fios. prices dropped considerably. add another one or two in the mix and it should become reasonable again.


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