Cable lost 500,000+ subscribers in Q3, thanks to the Web

By Emil · 50 replies
Nov 5, 2010
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  1. Last quarter was the first time ever that US pay-for TV subscription rates declined, and in Q3 2010, cable lost over 518,300 subscribers in total, according to GigaOm. Four of the five biggest cable companies lost customers: Comcast had more than half of the losses at 275,000, Time Warner took a 155,000 subscriber hit, Charter Communications lost 63,800, and Cablevision waved goodbye to 24,500 customers. The third largest cable provider, Cox Communications, is privately held and therefore doesn't...

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  2. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    What with Hulu, Netflix, and broadcasters putting all of their shows directly on the web, I'm thinking about ditching my cable too. I pay $50 for cable in a package deal and there's never anything on. I find myself watching things I can easily get online. The only thing nice is the DVR which allows me to record those shows I can't get easily streaming.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    This is true, between cable, internet and phone service all from comcast we really only use the internet.
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    Then don't forget the analog to digital conversion. We get free over the air broadcasts instead of having an expensive standalone internet connection to stream. My dry loop dsl is $20 a month, and I'm told the slowest standalone comcast internet is $70 a month in my neighborhood.
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    They just lost another customer yesterday. I have hated Charter for quite some time. Although I didn't drop everything I just switched to DirecTV.
  6. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 140   +26

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls.
    Step right up and see the greatest show on earth.
    Watch as the almighty power of the people wielding the weapon of technology to defeat the cumbersome giants.
  7. ZipZpZowie

    ZipZpZowie TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Well what do you expect? It's pretty easy to watch tv shows on a web site. Unfortunately I've noticed that some are not carring the whole show anymore and are only showing short clips.
  8. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I ditched Comcast last year... for AT&T Uverse. I <3 ATT Uverse
  9. Not surprising, internet is going to be the way of TV entertainment in the near future. I don't watch much TV but there's a few shows I do like on certain channels. If I can pick my channels individually instead of a package then I would still be a cable subscriber. I don't like paying for a package with a bunch of useless channels I don't watch, so instead I turn to the internet to download my favorite show, paying for bandwidth (rapidshare) turns out to be much much cheaper than cable for I the things I want to watch.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    When you consider how much crap an average cable viewer is subsiding its ridiculous. I say make it all a la carte. I'll subscribe to History Channel and a few more, and occasionally pay to watch a sport event or something else. I'd only watch about 10 channels out of the 200 offered.
  11. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Ditched Cable about 10 years ago. Never going back to that vomit.
  12. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I haven't had cable in 5 years as I got tired of paying a lot for very little content. The kicker is I'd actually be quite happy to pay $15 - $20 a month to get the shows I actually want.
  13. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    Well, they never lost me. I have never and will never buy cable. Hulu is fine for me.
  14. I think the thing is clear and simple. The internet is the only massive communication medium where you can share, express, search, watch, hear, read and download what you want and not what others want. That's the big difference and that's why the internet ****ing rules, no more sheeps.
  15. speeedy6

    speeedy6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    And I was one of them. I got an antenna so now I get a few channels over the air in HD for free and anything else I go online for.

    Still lacking in the sports area though. Any suggestions on a good place to watch sports online, specifically hockey live????
  16. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    I think they should go to a more hulu or youtube type service. Or better yet take up google tv. But I would like to be able to play any show whenever I want. Of course after it has aired.
  17. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Is it really the Web? I think not. Piracy? Maybe. Anything else? Maybe.
  18. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,669   +1,102

    over 100$ for cable? that's just wrong. i can get cable+internet(5+mpbs)+phone for about 15$. and 20mps internet connections are dirt cheap: 15-20$. i feel so lucky right now :D
  19. anguis

    anguis TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    As soon as there is some COMPLETE sports package available online, I must retain my cable subscription. I rarely watch TV, but when I do, 95% of the time it is sports.
  20. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Ironically, I'm a cable subscriber, but only for internet - and I use Hulu, Netflix, etc. for my media. I honestly think I'm probably the ideal future consumer for cable, but right now it's just way too overpriced. I'm only using it because my other options in this area suck. I had AT&T DSL, and it was flaky and slow in this area (which is metropolitan, but a relatively new residential region). My only option to get decent streaming was cable, unfortunately. I'm paying double what I paid for DSL, but getting 4 times the speed, so I guess I can't complain too much! Still, there's no way I'd drop an extra $50 or more a month for the analog or digital cable options that I can add on. And for phone, I've used Skype for years, with no issues (provided my internet stays up).
  21. dkbrannan

    dkbrannan TS Rookie

    Puiu I wish I was in your state! I cant get anything faster than 4mbs and thats even throttled through a 'phone line'! BS that my iSP is really the only option I have for faster speeds. TV I have more than 1 and have been considering the swap. I need my time away from a PC / Notebook / Phone internet and I am vacaying by TV channels of entertainment on demand.
  22. dkbrannan

    dkbrannan TS Rookie

    Puiu I wish I was in your state! I cant get anything faster than 4mbs and thats even throttled through a 'phone line'! BS that my iSP is really the only option I have for faster speeds. TV I have more than 1 and have been considering the swap. I need my time away from a PC / Notebook / Phone internet and I am vacaying by TV channels of entertainment on demand.
  23. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    When will they learn? Paying $50+ per month for a cable package simply isn't reasonable, especially when you can watch most of the shows from major networks online for free.
  24. acc202121

    acc202121 TS Rookie

    I never subscribed to cable, never saw the value in it, especially when in Australia you get about 14 free to air HD Tv channels. But am not surprised and am sure this is only the beginning. The whole world is going global and internet is the driver, so the localized broadcasting companies need to change with times.
  25. Cable is the Evkil vomit spew of the Devils wayward daughter! or some such opinion.
    What I don't understand is why the cable company's allow something like HuLu to show the shows for free? Or even to let Hulu plus undercut them? If internet is the way of the future, then you'd think the cable company's would do everything to strangle it (to protect their existing revenue). Yet it seems that shows are available for free, or cheap, legally. If shows are being gotten illegally then cableco's can simply apply std legal remedys. Its a different situation here in the uk, most people get their TV OTA free, for the cost of the licence fee (£141 per annum). ANd we are about to be unleashed with YouView a revoultionary mishmash of Tv and Web **endorsed** by the leading broadcasters, sometime Q2 2011.

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