200,000 people stopped paying for TV last quarter, but why?

By Shawn Knight · 47 replies
Aug 11, 2011
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  1. Nearly 200,000 people ditched paid television in the second quarter of this year, many in favor of streaming options like Netflix and Hulu. It’s not unusual for cable providers to…

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  2. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    Maybe people are sick of the crappy programming. Naw that cant be it.
    Heck I ripped all my dvds to avi format and created the "Jetkami Superstation"...All movies all the time, no reality show crap, sales for sex pills or cnn. If you like I can stream movies to you for 1/3 the price of your cable bill (DISCLAIMER:Service my go down often due to need for bandwidth for Battlefield 2 BC).
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    That's for sure, plus this -

    That's an awful lot of money for what you're getting in return.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,717   +857

    I would do it in a heartbeat if it weren't for sports programming. And with football season coming up, my only option to get that sports programming is Comcast. So I'm essentially stuck until some other vendor comes up with what I want.
  5. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I just pay for Internet. We watch all of our shows on Netflix or on Broadcast Hi Def Local Channels. Works out well. I do miss Satellite sometimes but not enough to pay extra.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I think that if I was to pay $5 per each show that I really wanted to watch, I would probably still come out ahead of paying the full cable bill.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I dumped my TV packages and I'm not really missing them yet. Having them essentially doubles my media bill monthly, so I'm happy to watch freeview, movies or use the computer and listen to some stuff like news on there instead.
  8. HA! I stopped paying for paid televsion -- because I, as a 39-year old white male, was forced to move back in with his parents. It's kind of obvious to me why 200,000 of my closest friends might have the same problem -- THE ECONOMY SUCKS.

    I don't have the money to blow $150 for a Comcast package that includes telephone, TV, and Internet. I can't afford to pay attention, much less pay for any more bills. I'm struggling to pay off a bunch of medical bills.

    WHEN the big cable companies -- not IF -- figure out that they are just overcharging everyone, then maybe we'll get some relief. Or maybe they'll raise rates on the people they have left. And then they'll lose even more subscribers -- because those of us with those kinds of funds will just buy a satellite dish and be done with it. (And by "dish," I do NOT mean Dish Network. You can, though not legally, but it is possible to set up a satellite dish and just pull the signal down from above...)

    That is how they did it in the 1980s. And that is how people may do it again.

    OUTLAWXXX TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I refuse to pay for 25 channels when I may only be interested in 1 or 2 and then pay for another package of 25 more channels for another 1 or maybe 2 channels i'm interested in... then have my **** that i PAID FOR!!!! interrupted over and over again for commercials that only remind me of how gullible americans are... What a scam...
  10. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Yeah in my opinion TV programming sucks in general. Between the crappy content and the commercials no way. With TiVo / a recorder, maybe. But not for $80 a month, no thanks.
  11. How did DirecTV add people!!! They have to be the worst of the worst
  12. I had cancled my cable for about 8 months until recent.I agree with this article, I just didnt watch television enough, I signed up with netflix and havent left since. Even though their movie library can be limited.. They make up for this with series and documentries...and more!
  13. pmkrefeld

    pmkrefeld TS Member Posts: 44

    TV = bullsh*t, If i want to watch a movie I rent or buy a bluray, better picture, better sound and no ads and on the longshot ,its much cheaper. TV Shows are simply trash anyways who watch that sh*t anyway? In case of news; internet is much faster and much more reliable than cnnn for example...
    I'm rather suprised that there are still people wanting to pay for their brains being spammed with mcdonalds and coke adverts.
  14. HEAR HEAR! I concur utterly.
  15. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    I remember when TV was FREE! How did we come to the point that its now worth $100 a month $1200 a year, $6000 every 5 years. That could be your kids college fund. Thats a tip top of the line computer every 5 years. Or you can watch Queer-eyed Beverly-hills moms drop it for Snoop Dodgy Dogg.
  16. There are people out there willing to pay money for tv? You have to be kidding right? For years I lived in a rural location and with a good old 1950s era technology tv antenna I got over 20 channels in HD. People that live near or in a big city probably get twice this number of channels. My only "can't do without media" is my internet connection. IMHO any one paying any thing for tv has more money than sense. Take what you can get for free over the airwaves and to hell with the rest of it. Oh, sure cable has 4 or 5 channels out of 100 that I wouldn't mind having. But over $100 per month for tv? Not for me. I have never paid for it. Tv that is.
  17. "AIR" TV (from antenna): The ditigal TV broadcast is quite good and free.
    For one who is pinched by inflated food prices, it may be the best alternative.
  18. People are better off without it. I quit paying for it over a yr ago. Believe me 700 bucks saved a yr goes a long way. I run antenna for local channels internet for anything else. I trimmed the fat off all my bills and saving at least 2500 bucks a yr now. What a waste what was going out before. Everyone i know are doing something like this cutting back on various bills and all just to cope with rising food and gas prices.
  19. All I need is high speed internet at home which costs $70 a month! I get everything I need from there,news,movies,music,etc. And, no need for a home phone either! I use a smart phone which is always with me... :)
  20. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    We cut the cord 3 months ago and opted for netflix and of course normal tv. Its just not worth the price. I'm really gonna miss my cable during football season.
  21. cptmds

    cptmds TS Rookie

    With free OTA TV in HD nowadays, why pay for cable or sat? Unless you happen to be in an unlucky area, you can get all your major networks for free, and a lot of stuff aired on cable channels is in some way covered by the internet. Of course, you will loose some programming, but is it worth the expense? I think a lot of people paying for cable or sat have lived during a period in which several of their "must-have" cable channels didn't exist, so it is not that difficult to live without, especially with the internet. You might as well take some of the money saved and get a better internet connection.... or build a huge DVD collection. Or put it into your kid's college fund, if that applies to you. There are lots of places your money can do good - and it isn't in the pockets of Dish, DirecTV, Comcast, etc.
  22. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I think they did a pretty good job of advertising. I would see the commercial probably 10x more than most of the other commercials, and it was nearly on every station I can remember xD
  23. I grew up in the 60s when there was only 3 channels over old analog tv plus a couple of public channels. Perhaps I'm being nostalgic but the vast majority of the shows then were good entertainment. Real actors, not reality tv or dancing with the ho's. By about the early 80s, prior to the internet, people were hoodwinked into the concept of paying for tv for the perceived extra vale content. I never jumped on that bandwagon. I am willing to pay what I think tv is worth. Zero money as far as I am concerned. Now with the internet I rarely use the tv for any thing other than a computer monitor or to watch dvd and bluray movies. Unless they come up with the holodeck I can live without tv. Pay money for it? Ha!
  24. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    Agree! Freeview is actually quite good! I invested in a bit more expensive Freeview box and now I can record TV it almost seems like sky again! just with a few less channels, which to be fair were mostly rubbish.

    Plus ITV, Channel 4 and BBC all have there own streaming services for there channels so its no big loss.
  25. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Aye, Virgin Media were pretty good to me, and left there box when I ended the TV packages. So I have catch up TV, and TV on demand, films on demand etc plus all the freeview channels for nothing. :)

    I did have the XL package before that, but it annoyed me that I had to have that package just so I could watch the knowledge/documentary channels. They're about all I watch on TV, and I wasn't prepared (or happy) to pay double the monthly cost just to be able to watch them. My monthly bill averages £40-45 as it is with 30MB fibre-optic broadband and my phone line with unlimited anytime calls. I even have to pay £5 a month for not paying by direct debit which is a joke when I pay online anyway.

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