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TECH Cord-Cutting Explodes: 22 Million U.S. Adults to Cancel Cable, Satellite TV in 2017
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    2 Cord-Cutting Explodes: 22 Million U.S. Adults to Cancel Cable, Satellite TV in 2017

    http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/cor...tv-1202556594/

    Cord-Cutting Explodes: 22 Million U.S. Adults to Cancel Cable, Satellite TV in 2017

    Todd Spangler
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    September 13, 2017 | 03:00AM PT

    Research firm eMarketer cuts TV ad-spending forecast on accelerating pay-TV declines

    Winter is here for cable and satellite TV operators.

    American consumers are cancelling traditional pay-TV service at a much faster rate than previously expected, according to research firm eMarketer.

    In 2017, 22.2 million U.S. adults will cut the cord on cable, satellite or telco TV service — up 33% over 2016 — the researcher now predicts. That’s significantly higher than eMarketer’s prior estimate of 15.4 million cord-cutters for this year. Meanwhile, the number of “cord-nevers” (consumers who have never subscribed to pay TV) will rise 5.8% this year, to 34.4 million.

    “Younger audiences continue to switch to either exclusively watching [over-the-top] video or watching them in combination with free-TV options,” said Chris Bendtsen, senior forecasting analyst at eMarketer. “Last year, even the Olympics and [the U.S.] presidential election could not prevent younger audiences from abandoning pay TV.”

    Overall, 196.3 million U.S. adults will have traditional pay TV (cable, satellite or telco) this year, down 2.4% compared with 2016, eMarketer predicts. By 2021, that will drop to 181.7 million, a decline of nearly 10% from 2016. The number of pay-TV viewers 55 and older will continue to rise over the next four years, while for every other age cohort the subscriber tallies will decline.

    By 2021, the number of cord-cutters will nearly equal the number of people who have never had pay TV — a total of 81 million U.S. adults. That means around 30% of American adults won’t have traditional pay TV at that point, per eMarketer’s revised forecast.



    There’s a caveat on these numbers: eMarketer’s estimates for pay-TV viewers do not include “virtual” internet TV services, such as Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu’s live TV service, or YouTube TV. But industry analysts say over-the-top TV subscription services so far have not offset declines in traditional pay television. Moreover, the cheaper OTT packages typically include fewer channels, so the growth of “skinny” TV bundles implies net household losses for many cable networks.

    For the TV biz, there’s another worrisome trend: People are watching less traditional television. For the first time, in 2017 average TV viewing in the U.S. is expected to drop below 4 hours per day, eMarketer predicts.

    Average time spent watching TV (excluding digital) among American adults will drop 3.1%, to 3 hours 58 minutes this year. Digital-video consumption, meanwhile, continues to climb. U.S. adults will consume 1 hour 17 minutes of digital video per day on average in 2017 (excluding time spent viewing video on social networks), up 9.3% year over year, according to eMarketer.

    With the U.S. pay-TV base eroding faster than anticipated and average TV viewing time dropping, eMarketer cut its TV ad-spending forecast for 2017 by a little over $1 billion.

    This year, TV advertising will increase just 0.5%, to $71.65 billion (versus the firm’s previous $72.72 billion forecast). As a result, the TV sector’s share of total U.S. media ad spending will drop to 34.9% (vs. 36.6% in 2016) and is expected to fall below 30% by 2021.
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    Thread title reminded me to get busy.... Need to start cutting cordwood, winters coming.

    OT.... don't think I've ever had cable. Did have dish net for about 20 years, but cut that out in 2008, for free antenna TV.
    Last edited by West; 09-13-2017 at 07:50 AM.

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    Gotta love the free market system.

    Value vs. cost.

    Cable companies have been breaking it off in people for a long, long time.

    Iffin I were to look far a new business to get into, specializing in OTA antenna set-ups would get some attention.

    It is amazing how many people will pay someone to do the simplest things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by West View Post
    Thread title reminded me to get busy.... Need st start cutting cordwood, writers coming.
    OT.... don't think I've ever had cable. Did have dish net for about 20 years, but cut that out in 2008, for free antina TV.
    Writers coming? How many and what are they writing? Good heavens! This could be disastrous.
    Free antina TV? Ant Tina never told me she gave free TV. She was a hot number in her day.

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    When I cut TV from the cable company, they jacked up my internet cost. Excuse? It is cheaper "bundled".

    Wish I had a decent alternative for internet provider. I see a market there. What would it take to set up an internet node?

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    And of my three kiddos

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    When we cut Directv, I got six different phone calls wanting to know what they could do to keep us as customers. I explained that the primary tv viewer for the household no longer lived here, so I saw no point spending money on something we didn't use. If they wanted to give us free service, that would be nice, but I was done paying.

    The truth of the matter is most anything I really want to watch, I can find for free on the Internet.
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    I see that Sling TV is "al a carte" starting at $20 a month...meaning pick what channels you want, huh? If I had TV, it would be that, but I cut the cord many years ago...too much garbage. So even that doesn't appeal to me.

    Al a carte was discussed years ago, and should have ben offered a long time ago.

    Some of my friends pay over $100 a month for TV! I can't believe it! I see that as throwing $$$ into the wind, personally...(and these folks are financially strapped!) But the last time I paid for cable, it was about $30 a month, I think.
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    No cable for me, antenna and Apple TV I'll never have cable.
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    Brace yourself.......I know a person at my company who makes good money and is a sport addict...........has every possible premium channel you can get. Plus all kinds of expensive movie stuff.......pay per event stuff you name it.

    His cable bill last month?

    Over 800 dollars....................yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PghPanther View Post
    Brace yourself.......I know a person at my company who makes good money and is a sport addict...........has every possible premium channel you can get. Plus all kinds of expensive movie stuff.......pay per event stuff you name it.

    His cable bill last month?

    Over 800 dollars....................yikes!
    Wow, that's up there with my monthly ammo purchases

    How are the globalists gonna get their propaganda into American homes when the people keep cutting the feed?
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    "Must see TV!"

    I guess, mmm, not so much.
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    We don't even watch TV anymore. My husband is an Online entertainer on Twitch that gets him extra income for doing what he already loves to do as a hobby - play roleplaying games. He just started streaming this month at the request of fans of the game he plays. They wanted to see his content instead of watching him when he appears on other's streams.

    People pay to subscribe to his channel to watch him play games and he interacts with his community as he plays. Those who don't subscribe, donate money through Twitch to purchase "cheers" for use to spam the chat when fun things happen. He gets a portion of that money as well. We make extra income doing it. Some of his friends who have been doing it a bit longer make about $3,000-$5,000 a month on average. Many quit their jobs and stream full time to go back to school. One of the people he plays with makes $10,000 a month doing the same thing because he is so popular to watch.

    I thought it was crazy when he started, but the roleplaying games he plays and the people he plays with are actually lots of fun to watch, playing funny and unique characters. It's like watching a funny and sometimes serious TV show every night where you get to talk to the actors at the same time.

    I spend my nights moderating his channel and watching him play and interacting with his community.

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    One minute of show, 6 minutes of commercial.

    Nope, don't care to have TV.

    Miss it not a bit.
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    Oh, don't worry. They're already working on shutting down digital video. Between "authenticate with a cable provider" and Adpocalypse, the ability to find what you want to watch online is rapidly being choked off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightEcho View Post
    When I cut TV from the cable company, they jacked up my internet cost. Excuse? It is cheaper "bundled".

    Wish I had a decent alternative for internet provider. I see a market there. What would it take to set up an internet node?
    This happened to me too with Cox. Gotta have internet. Puts one over a barrel. What's an internet node?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacknarwhal View Post
    Oh, don't worry. They're already working on shutting down digital video. Between "authenticate with a cable provider" and Adpocalypse, the ability to find what you want to watch online is rapidly being choked off.
    With Netflix and Amazon Prime the "genie is already out of the bottle"....

    How do I know this?

    About 3 or 4 years ago I took my youngest to a out of state job...she was in the hotel with "gasp" CABLE tv...

    so I leave and come back at the end of the day and she sitting on her bed reading her I-pad. I'm like, you have unlimited tv, why aren't you watching tv?

    Her reply?

    Dad, they have commercials, I don't watch commercials.

    PRICELESS.

    So, you tell me, how on earth will ad based TV ever rise again when that is the face of the new generation?

    I'm watching Prime original content right now...you can't watch it anywhere else...and I've paid for it via my subscription, not by having to watch ads.

    Nothings "free", contrary to the socialist fantasy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Allen View Post
    With Netflix and Amazon Prime the "genie is already out of the bottle"....

    How do I know this?

    About 3 or 4 years ago I took my youngest to a out of state job...she was in the hotel with "gasp" CABLE tv...

    so I leave and come back at the end of the day and she sitting on her bed reading her I-pad. I'm like, you have unlimited tv, why aren't you watching tv?

    Her reply?

    Dad, they have commercials, I don't watch commercials.

    PRICELESS.

    So, you tell me, how on earth will ad based TV ever rise again when that is the face of the new generation?

    I'm watching Prime original content right now...you can't watch it anywhere else...and I've paid for it via my subscription, not by having to watch ads.

    Nothings "free", contrary to the socialist fantasy....

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    Netflix and Amazon Prime both depend on fodder supplied to them by the Hollywood studio racket. The Hollywood studio racket doesn't particularly like streaming to begin with because it interferes with their ability to sell slips of plastic for $30 a crack in the form of DVDs and Blu-rays. So if Netflix and Amazon Prime can't get content any more besides that which they make for themselves, how long will they be worthwhile even to the "I don't watch commercials" crowd?

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    I hope and pray....

    TV will go the way....

    of the one horse shay.

    It was turned into a socialist propaganda weapon of mass destruction years ago.

    Especially... why pay for socialist contamination of your mind?

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    Some of my friends pay over $100 a month for TV! I can't believe it! I see that as throwing $$$ into the wind, personally...(and these folks are financially strapped!)


    And they pay it for the six channels they watch, and the 300 they don't.

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    I'd love to cut Direct TV but have no choice; where I live there is no cable and even worse no high speed internet--besides HughesNet or the local wireless which I have and pay a fortune for and have about 1 meg download-so I cannot watch anything on the web.

    Yep, 60 miles from the nation's capital in the most expensive county in the country and no choices--except the first choice, that is to live in an area with few people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightEcho View Post
    When I cut TV from the cable company, they jacked up my internet cost. Excuse? It is cheaper "bundled".

    Wish I had a decent alternative for internet provider. I see a market there. What would it take to set up an internet node?
    Gigabit Fiber is on the highway very close to me. It is half cable prices and 10 times the speed. I hope to have it within a year. Then cable can die a natural death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Some of my friends pay over $100 a month for TV! I can't believe it! I see that as throwing $$$ into the wind, personally...(and these folks are financially strapped!)


    And they pay it for the six channels they watch, and the 300 they don't.
    My monthly Directv bill is $105 a month for HD hookups in 2 rooms. I also paid $149 for my annual MLB Extra Innings and just paid loyalty price for NFL Sunday Ticket $179. (been with Sunday Ticket since the beginning)
    That's still a deal for me as we mainly only watch games. Can watch my Directv thru my Roku too in 2 other rooms PLUS on my phone anywhere I want.
    You still can't beat this price of what it costs us to go to an STL Cards game with low level box seats (about $300 for 2 of us if we go)
    And when the Rams were in STL, it was easy to blow $300 for 1 game for tailgating, parking, eating, and the game.
    We've only missed watching 2 Cards games on TV this year plus constantly flipping watching the Cubs, Dodgers, and Brewers and any other NL game we want EVERY NIGHT. Can't do that in real life visiting all these stadiums.

    We don't go to movies, concerts, only eat out once a week.
    Sports IS our entertainment every day so still a bargain.

    P.S. - Noticed several of my FB friends dropping satellite and later came back because of no sports or local news. We live in the hilly portion of SE MO so antennas for locals are a BIG ZERO. Too far from STL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millwright View Post
    Gotta love the free market system.

    Value vs. cost.

    Cable companies have been breaking it off in people for a long, long time.

    Iffin I were to look far a new business to get into, specializing in OTA antenna set-ups would get some attention.

    It is amazing how many people will pay someone to do the simplest things.

    There are already companies that do this, there's one here locally even kids a millionaire now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkgirl70 View Post
    P.S. - Noticed several of my FB friends dropping satellite and later came back because of no sports or local news. We live in the hilly portion of SE MO so antennas for locals are a BIG ZERO. Too far from STL.
    Sling TV provides sports options.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    They'd have more subscribers if they were not so greedy and allowed alacarte. I used to have to buy the entire sports package just to get Fox News.

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    The old business model of "network programming" is dead. People don't want to (or aren't available to) watch a show at a specific day/time anymore. The only - and last - show we used to watch on regular networks was Last Man Standing. Everything else was total crap. Hubs liked Nascar/Football too.

    So, when I moved, given that I have a solid 4G signal here - I went wireless with everything. Phone sucks - but that might be my old handsets - it's really there to provide the hotspot and 911 backup, in case my cell dies. Internet comes through the hotspot... and with a firestick, I get DirecTV now with 3 premium movie channels for $50/mo. Nothing is free, is right! But I very seldom watch TV anymore (definitely no news). It's my favorite series - like Outlander, or Game of Thrones - House of Cards... and movies. And I can watch when I want to - not the only timeslot the show is broadcast.

    I've been wireless for about a year now. Have some buffering issues from time to time, but that's all. Been rock solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightEcho View Post
    Writers coming? How many and what are they writing? Good heavens! This could be disastrous.
    Free antina TV? Ant Tina never told me she gave free TV. She was a hot number in her day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    Sling TV provides sports options.
    No local channels available, nfl very limited and no big packages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkgirl70 View Post
    No local channels available, nfl very limited and no big packages.
    Sling TV is a service you stream through your internet connection onto a computer or a smart TV.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Some of my friends pay over $100 a month for TV! I can't believe it! I see that as throwing $$$ into the wind, personally...(and these folks are financially strapped!)

    And they pay it for the six channels they watch, and the 300 they don't.
    Been on satellite tv for over 5 years due to lack of over the air TV service.... A large percentage of the channels we never watch....

    Our provider continues to raise prices and the last time they had a choice to disconnect the service or give us discounts to bring the bill back down, which they did.... Also receiving free "Premium Channels"; one set for 6 months and one set for 3 months which will be canceled at the end of each term (setup on email).... The premium channels are not very premium and show the same shows multiple times, but currently free....

    We also have wireless internet service which is acceptable ($45/moth for 50 gigs), but not very fast unless you want to pay $100 per month for 120 gigs of fast internet which I did for one month and there was just not much difference in the service.... The kicker for internet companies is that they quote up to a certain speed and the speed is NOT guaranteed....

    I wired the dish system and internet system which is not hard to do.... Just consult YouTube....

    Several years ago I had to obtain internet service for mother's home which was another chore in frustration.... The local cable guys said to expensive to bring the internet to mother's home even though cable/internet service was within a half block in two different directions.... One email to the president of the cable company fixed the problem.... The internet cable tech that came to mother's home tried to tell me what I could and couldn't do at my mother's house and he was told to leave now and not to come back unless he wanted to go to jail for trespassing.... I finished the install.... Never ever let the cable or satellite technician come to your home....

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    Sling TV is a service you stream through your internet connection onto a computer or a smart TV.
    Thanks. I've looked at the Sling service though. No locals channels are offered live from out of STL.
    Also, no MLB channel, can't buy MLB extra Innings or NFL Sunday ticket so that we can see all the teams games.
    It's a non starter so far.

    One of these days hopefully sports fans like myself can buy those packages ala carte directly from the leagues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Some of my friends pay over $100 a month for TV! I can't believe it! I see that as throwing $$$ into the wind, personally...(and these folks are financially strapped!)


    And they pay it for the six channels they watch, and the 300 they don't.
    Back before we cut the cord, in 2006, we were paying $149 a month for cable, and that was the basic starter package. Mediacom has a monopoly here and their reasoning for the prices was "because the college students might not make their payments on time so someone has to pay for the services". I declared BS, handed them their damned box back and went regular tv until two years ago when we got our first smart tv. Started out with Hulu and Netflix, have since dropped Hulu and added Amazon Prime and Acorn TV to compliment the Netflix. Don't miss cable one bit! If there's a movie that we've just got to see we can rent or buy it through Amazon.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Satellite tv is nice but too darn expensive, when I first got it in the late 80's there were little to no commercials on any channel, yep I remember the Weather channel before ads! Once they started with ads, double dipping from subscribers and advertisers I got pretty steamed, then it got to where the ads took up more time than the show I was watching, and often they would cut into the show to shove ads down my throat and then they took my 2 favorite channels and put them on the upper tier. That did it, and I got rid of it. I would pay for a year in advance and save quite a bit of money, don't think they do that anymore.

    I know they are getting desperate, I got a "letter" yesterday, looked like a greeting card, with a computer generated 'hand addressed' font, I knew it was junk but opened it anyway and lo and behold, it was junk mail trying to get me to buy their crappy satellite service. They actually thought if they tricked me into looking at their ad, I'd be tempted, the morons. DROP YOUR PRICES and quit adding in hidden costs and maybe people will give you another try. (Not me, I'm pretty happy with my Roku and Hulu).

    I remember when you could watch pro football free on network tv, they got too greedy and now have retards thumbing their arrogant noses at our national anthem, they can go piss up a rope, don't care if I ever see another leftist playing with a ball again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flippper View Post
    Satellite tv is nice but too darn expensive, when I first got it in the late 80's there were little to no commercials on any channel, yep I remember the Weather channel before ads! Once they started with ads, double dipping from subscribers and advertisers I got pretty steamed, then it got to where the ads took up more time than the show I was watching, and often they would cut into the show to shove ads down my throat and then they took my 2 favorite channels and put them on the upper tier. That did it, and I got rid of it. I would pay for a year in advance and save quite a bit of money, don't think they do that anymore.

    I know they are getting desperate, I got a "letter" yesterday, looked like a greeting card, with a computer generated 'hand addressed' font, I knew it was junk but opened it anyway and lo and behold, it was junk mail trying to get me to buy their crappy satellite service. They actually thought if they tricked me into looking at their ad, I'd be tempted, the morons. DROP YOUR PRICES and quit adding in hidden costs and maybe people will give you another try. (Not me, I'm pretty happy with my Roku and Hulu).

    I remember when you could watch pro football free on network tv, they got too greedy and now have retards thumbing their arrogant noses at our national anthem, they can go piss up a rope, don't care if I ever see another leftist playing with a ball again.
    Even a lot of the college football games are on cable now.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flippper View Post
    Satellite tv is nice but too darn expensive, when I first got it in the late 80's there were little to no commercials on any channel, yep I remember the Weather channel before ads! Once they started with ads, double dipping from subscribers and advertisers I got pretty steamed, then it got to where the ads took up more time than the show I was watching, and often they would cut into the show to shove ads down my throat and then they took my 2 favorite channels and put them on the upper tier. That did it, and I got rid of it. I would pay for a year in advance and save quite a bit of money, don't think they do that anymore.

    I know they are getting desperate, I got a "letter" yesterday, looked like a greeting card, with a computer generated 'hand addressed' font, I knew it was junk but opened it anyway and lo and behold, it was junk mail trying to get me to buy their crappy satellite service. They actually thought if they tricked me into looking at their ad, I'd be tempted, the morons. DROP YOUR PRICES and quit adding in hidden costs and maybe people will give you another try. (Not me, I'm pretty happy with my Roku and Hulu).

    I remember when you could watch pro football free on network tv, they got too greedy and now have retards thumbing their arrogant noses at our national anthem, they can go piss up a rope, don't care if I ever see another leftist playing with a ball again.
    I remember Local on the 8s with the Weather Channel. Actual, local weather for where you lived. Current temperature, immediate forecasts. It was so useful when I was in college.

  39. #39
    Two things are contributing to the end of any sort of pay-per-view: The economy, at least for Middle Amerika, sucks. People are paring back on a lot of the non-essentials. Secondly, most of the content is politically-correct drivel and no longer appeals to the masses of Middle Amerika. A lot of the underclasses, who still lap up the sports content and mindless programming are the least inclined or financially able to afford the increasing rates.

    Much of this comes from the fact that most entertainment originates in the east and west coast cultural elite centers and simply no longer resonates with we "deplorables" in flyover country. I say good riddance to the lot of them!

    Best regards
    Doc

  40. #40
    Glad to see folks cutting the cable cord. It's a racket in a huge way......

    Our cable bills went up and up until we were paying about 90 bucks a month and not watching more than 10 channels regularly. We dropped to Cox basic cable ($ 35.00 a month) a year ago and even now we don't watch it all that much. We watch the occasional redbox DVD, we have a Netflix account at $7.95 a month and that covers our video needs. Internet is Verizon FIOS-that and phone bundled for 49.99 a month.

    Even now we get deluged with letters and junk calls from Cox, wanting us to upgrade our cable and swap to cable internet. No thanks!

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