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    • Just read yet another article from Fortune about the latest statistics on Cable subscriptions. It seems like the pace of "cord cutting" is accelerating and is well above predicted models:

      Charter Communications, which offers cable service under the Spectrum brand, announced on Friday that it lost 122,000 TV customers in the first quarter of 2018.

      Then there is Comcast and AT&T:

      Comcast announced Wednesday that it had lost 96,000 customers for the quarter, its fourth straight quarter of subscriber losses, and slightly worse than analyst projections. AT&T’s DirecTV satellite service lost 188,000 customers in the same period, driving down video revenue by $660 million despite growth of its own online streaming service.

      All while Netflix added 1.96 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2018.

      I personally have been streaming for many years now. Apple TV is my primary streaming device and between YouTube Red, Netflix, HBO NOW, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video there is enough variety and coverage for me. Also, I hate watching Ads, which is why I'm gladly paying for these services for the Ad-free experience.

      If you haven't ditched the cable yet, what is holding you back? But if you have, what services do you enjoy most?

    • The reason I haven’t is hockey. Sure I can subscribe to an NHL package, but in doing so I get every game in the league EXCEPT the one I want, my local team. They are blacked out based on your address. So if I want to watch the Sabres play, I need to have cable/Directv. If that changes, then I wouldn’t have any issue dropping.

      I have been thinking of dropping it anyway though, I mean it might be cheaper to just go to a bar and watch the games and buy a few drinks each time they play, but it would be super inconvenient.

    • Cut the cord about two years ago and would never go back. Live sports (Superbowl, etc.) are available over the air in beautiful, uncompressed HD and most everything else I can wait to see when it arrives on one of the streaming services.

      True, if you are a sports person, you have to have some cable (try following any college football without it, and as Dave Z noted, the locals sports are still almost impossible to get)), but otherwise it's nearly $200 a month for... stuff.

      You have to be willing to not be in the conversations for current shows, etc. But I'm ok with that.

    • I cut the cord many years ago, mainly because we aren't really TV watching people. As a family we definitely do our share of streaming how ever. We pay for amazon prime, and Hulu. We "borrow" someone else's netflix log in, and I will often use a family members direct TV log in to stream things such as Watch ESPN, Discovery Go, Fox Sports etc. Verizon wireless gives their users free access to an NFL app that allows me to stream a lot of the football games that aren't carried over the airwaves, but in football most of those games are covered by the over the air channels so it's hardly an issue. I've been saying I need to get an apple TV so i can mirror my phone on the TV while I stream but that is something I realize I "need" like 3 times a year so i haven't yet bought one.

      There was a two year period where we actually had the most basic of cable i'm talking like 30 or so channels.. That was Time Warner's base option and it was actually cheaper to have it packaged with internet then to have the internet alone.

      Where we are now FIOS is available, but I couldn't see plunking down the 70 a month to have full blown FIOS so I managed to get their 100 Mbps option for 24.99 a month. It took a few calls but I got to number I was ok with.

      That is my number one suggestion for anyone debating cutting cable or who aren't super pleased with the rate they have to pay. Call and request to speak to a customer retention specialist every 6 months to a year and ask for a better price. They always seem to have something up their sleeve to bring your price down you just need to be persistent.

    • One year when I lived with Matt we didn't have cable and we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for damn near every game... all I'm going to say is good thing I was unmarried and had no children... it added up fast.

    • Am I the only one who doesn't really understand what cord cutting means? It seems to me I have to pay for Comcast's or AT&T's cord to my house so I can get Internet.

      Then Comcast has an unintelligible-to-me list of add-ons and bundles. They have the Quad Play, Triple Play, and Double Play. They come bundled with the Netflix app. There are 140+ channels of something that work for some Warriors games but not others. There's home security and something about phone calling to some of the world.

      So I just try to buy the cord with fast Internet and try not get the confusing extras that can be delivered on my cord. Does that mean I cut the cord?

      I have a vague notion that I go to watch the Warriors home playoff games at my friend's house because something about cord cutting. Or not. He bought some streaming package to watch over his cord?

    • haha yeah cutting the cord seemingly only ever refers to cable TV... I mean what is life without the internet ;)

    • Approx pricing
      Prime $9
      Hulu $8
      Netflix (premium) $12
      utube red $10
      HBO Go $13-15

      Go with the live streaming options and you are up to 3 times the cost.
      Someone make an app that manages what you can watch on each so you can pick the best options and I am sure the shift would be easier.
      Hard to get my couch surfers off a single remote to jumping to different providers.

      I do hate the cable bill though.
      https://www.tomsguide.com/us/cord-cutting-guide,news-17928.html

      reasonable read on the topic.

    • I feel l like the cord companies know they have you by the short hairs. Or at least, they think they do and for me, I'd be a lot happier if cord didn't mean content.

    • I bet the strategy is that if Comcast has to compete with AT&T on Internet connections straight up, they feel they become a commodity like water or electricity. This way they can make it sound exciting and get you to upgrade your package because you're confused and you have a fear of missing out on something like a Warriors game.

    • Since I work out of my house and need fast internet, Cox is the dominant ISP here in Vegas. I pay $70 for fast internet and $20 for basic cable that gets me digital network television. I also pay for Netflix in case nothing is on Network TV. Cutting the cord 100% does not make sense for my usage.

    • It's like the various packages. Want NBA? Gotta have the sports package. Want Premium movies (HBO/Showtime/CineMax), you need the crappy movies too. Those are the things that frustrate me. What's even more infuriating is that "Premium" isn't really. For the most part, they run movies I'm rarely interested in or that I've seen. To see something first run, you have to pay and only if the first run did poorly at the box office will you see it on a "premium" channel within a year or so.

      It's like you sign up. They add a tier that pushes all others down and the cycle repeats.

    • I never had a cord to cut... I'm too cheap to pay for cable 😉. I get the cheapest internet package possible. They always try to upsell me with faster speeds, but it's never been a problem to have the "slow" internet at my house. And when the year-long contract is up, I call and renegotiate back to the same price. I have an Apple TV which is enough for my entertainment needs. I rarely sit and watch full episodes, but I like to watch a few YouTube clips to relax. You can also watch new episodes on the ABC app for free, which I do from time to time. Crackle has crappy movies (with tons of commercials), but you can't beat the price (free). Only recently did I start sharing my sister's Netflix account.

      All in all, I'd much rather create or contribute than consume. And when I do consume, I tend towards independent artists. I head to friends houses when the big sports game is on. They have the giant fancy TV anways. And I fly so much that I catch Hollywood movies while I'm on the plane.

    • I hate having a bunch of subscriptions to a lot of services and have to jump around to find what I want to watch. DirecTV has it all in one place and for about the same cost. Plus I can stream/download to my iPad using my DirecTV login if I want to take shows with me (which I primary use for international flights)

    • It's the ads more than the money I suspect. Anyone who has cut the cord has gotten used to not being bombarded with screeching commercials every five minutes and has consequently discovered just how detrimental they are to overall quality of life. I am not anti ads per se, just anti the ones that fry my brain and make my teeth hurt.

    • I never watch the commercials on cable/satellite TV. That is what a DVR is for. A lot of streaming seem to still have a few even if you pay for the service and I tend to avoid those sites as a result.

    • I've never had cable in all of my life. For the last five or so months I've subscribed to CraveTV because iTunes movies have gone up in price and I was looking for a cheaper form of entertainment. Glad I made the switch.

    • We're about to go back to the cord. It's been a year since we cut it, and it's just not worth the savings. We've been on Amazon fire sticks, Netflix, and Amazon prime. No over air antennae work as we sit in a steep valley facing the wrong way from the city. Unlocked fire sticks did ok at first, but the constant updating, apps changing, and it seems the higher demand means poorer streaming has caused enough frustration in the family to go back.

    • I definitely hear that a lot of over the air antennas aren’t great... I still need to find a good one short of a tripod on the roof I’m told those work awesome!

    • Brian Strong

      I haven't paid for a traditional cable/satellite TV subscription in nearly 7 years. Throughout these years I've played with over-the-air quite a bit. At first it was to try and get the local news, but the news is depressing anyways and I've been much happier without it. Then it was to try and watch national sporting events like the Olympics, NBA/NHL finals, etc. Now I can sometimes get that by subscribing to Hulu Live for the month of the event, then downgrade as soon as it ends.

      My days of finding the best way to integrate over-the-air into my streaming devices are probably done, but the last time I tried it was actually kind of nice.

      It all comes down to to having a good HD antenna pointed in the right direction. A quick Google search will result in various sites that can tell you where to point your antenna based on your address. Mounting one up high and outside is best, but if you have an attic it can go there as well.

      One important factor for me was integrating the live TV signal into the streaming device I use, but most streaming devices don't have TV tuners built in. This is where the HDHomeRun came in handy. It's a TV tuner that connects to your home network and makes the live signal available to various connected devices.

      When apps became available on the Apple TV, it made the integration so much better. Channels is a great app for iOS and Apple TV that will see the HDHomeRun and within a minute of installing will start giving you live, free, local TV. 😀

    • I cut cable TV a few months ago. I'm a heavy watcher of sports. I was worried I wouldn't be able to watch them anymore.

      What I've discovered is that there's a whole world of (free) streaming out there. Most of the time, it's possible to find a feed of the game or event you want to watch. Not always, but most of the time. The drawbacks are that the video quality is typically poor (certainly not HD), you cannot record it and feeds are prone to lagging and just dropping out altogether. So, it's not ideal but it's adequate.

      It's better for movies and TV shows. I'm amazed by what's out there for streaming. Highly organized, too. And because it's a stream there are no pirate downloads, so no malware and -- to the best of my knowledge -- no law-breaking by the user, only the provider.

      If it weren't for the cost of cable TV I wouldn't be doing this. So far, at any rate, it's working out satisfactorily. But I sense that there's a lot of flux in this area and that things could change in a hurry if anyone gets seriously interested in stopping the streams.

    • Dithched the cable with no regrets. We have been commercial free for two years. Now when I do see a commercial it’s almost strange.

    • Now when I do see a commercial it’s almost strange.

      Sometimes the latest funny commercial will be brought up in conversation during a family gathering. My mom will often turn to me and ask, "have you seen the latest [some brand] commercial with the [funny subject]?". I always have to remind her that I don't see commercials when I watch TV. I just watch the show or movie that I want to watch. To this day, it's still a strange concept to some.

      I also enjoy getting asked when talking about a new show I've been watching, "oh that sounds cool, what channel is that on?". A lot of times, if it isn't a Netflix or HBO original, I don't have the answer to their question. 😆

    • My reason is the Warriors. We had TV problems during one game and had to watch using the NBA app on the iPad. Uggh. They showed ONE - THE SAME ONE! - commercial every time there was a break in the action. I thought I would scream, no way to skip it. We Tivo the games so we can scroll through halftime, commercials, etc. If I had to watch on one of those apps I would not be able to stand it.

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