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TECH Cord-Cutting Explodes: 22 Million U.S. Adults to Cancel Cable, Satellite TV in 2017
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  1. #41
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    A Roku TV is all that we have here... one of the best investments I have ever made!
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    Agreed. My Roku stick was $35.

  3. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by auxman View Post
    A Roku TV is all that we have here... one of the best investments I have ever made!
    This is how we're able to access Amazon, Netflix, and Acorn Tv, through our Roku. About four months ago our Vizeo smart tv did an update and it's now an idiot tv, and the only way we can stream now is by using the Roku device, sigh.
    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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    I killed off DirecTv this spring....and I don't miss it. The first year of the contract is discounted and 'bearable' but the second year put it up over $100 a month and for the few channels that interested me it's not worth it. I have a large motorized C-band satellite dish as well as a motorized 1.2 meter KU band dish. I still like football and baseball and you can almost always find college game backhauls that aren't encrypted and most of the football games can be snagged off free Canadian television satellites. As an example Canada's CTV network has rebroadcast rights for the NFL games and there are about 15 CTV channels and you can almost always find the game your interested in. And there are literally thousands of radio channels on satellite. Everything from Limbaugh to Alex Jones if your into him as well as network radio feeds so if you have to have something on Fox news you can at least listen for free if you want. About the only thing I miss are a few of the Discovery network channels and if I had a faster Internet connection I'd probably go with a Sling or use the Roku on the TV to snag them.

    Fact of the matter is I think that people are running out of disposable income to have satellite or cable subscriptions and/or they are sick to death of the leftest/P.C. programming on the main networks. It's bad enough to have to pay for a subscription but then you have to endure the every increasing insufferable commercials to boot! At least if you pay for a Sirius satellite radio subscription that is all commercial free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hfcomms View Post
    Fact of the matter is I think that people are running out of disposable income to have satellite or cable subscriptions and/or they are sick to death of the leftest/P.C. programming on the main networks. It's bad enough to have to pay for a subscription but then you have to endure the every increasing insufferable commercials to boot! At least if you pay for a Sirius satellite radio subscription that is all commercial free.
    Another problem is... entities like A&E kill shows like Longmire because the audience is too old. FWIW I know peeps in their 20's and 30's that really enjoyed the series, it's deep, has dark moments, and reveals human nature for what it is, all filmed in gorgeous scenery. So there really is no need to subscribe to channels that think I'm too old to view the content being offered up.
    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.

  6. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by Doc1 View Post
    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!

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    This did it for me.

    I went to the State Fair today and was ask by at least 7 different booths - Direct TV - whose your cable provider? I said nobody - I am sick of the liberal propaganda. And a few of them grinned and said - I hear you.

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    We cut the cable years ago. When the cable company called to ask why I told the rep that the available programming sucked. So called 'reality' shows, liberal agendas masquerading as news, and queer sitcoms were not wanted in our home. The rep was speechless.
    I don't want to. I'm not going to. You can't make me. I'm retired!

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    Where we live, cable is unavailable so we had DirectTV for a few years. Gradually, we started watching more video streaming online on our computers than TV programming. After OTA TV went digital and offered a lot more channels, if we turned on the TV, we found ourselves watching that more than the satellite TV. We cut the cord a year and a half ago and never really noticed it.

    The OTA stations in our area are increasing in number all the time and we are happy with the variety. We get 51 stations as of this summer - our new favorite is Buzzr, which is like the game show network. We have both Apple TV and an Amazon Fire stick, but we seldom watch those. Our tastes are very different so DH and I watch streamed video individually on our laptops.
    Terri in Indiana

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