Cord Cutting on the rise

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Cord Cutting on the rise

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Good article on cord cutting

 

I have also been getting mailers from Xfinity on a $40/month 25 Mbps service with included Streampix, HBO and HBO Go plus local TV (including subchannels) and VoD.  That price is set for 12 months.  That is a fairly intriguing package as Streampix allows next day TV programs to be streamed plus movies.  If we were in a tight crunch, that would not be an option easy to discount.

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Re: Cord Cutting on the rise

One of these days I might sit down and investigate the costs of streaming everything we would want.  My wife is addicted to mysteries and cop series.  I watch those also but I also like History, History 2, Science channel....National Geographic channels and the Smithonian channel.  Then there are the classical music, opera & drama programs on PBS that we enjoy.  I would guess that streaming our programming is not a good option for us.  And....once I'm gone....I'm not sure the wife could figure out the technicalities of any system other than our faithful U-verse system.  We get beautiful picture quality on our Sony 55" HD and we have zero problems with our service.  Our 18 mbps Internet subscription is running along typically at just over 20 mbps.  I think that old cliche "if it ain't broke don't fix it" applies here.  At least in our house.   But I can see the attraction for many......especially sports lovers.....which I am not.

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I agree Phil, with not fixing it BUT a lot are.  Folks aren't making as much these days, jobs come and go and situations change.  While it's not ala carte pricing, Comcast's Internet plus allows one to have locals (plus some odd ones like WGN-America), HBO and Streamplus (which is like Netflix lite + Hulu plus) all for $40/month.  As for Sports, I'm not sure if the live sports fan could break away from traditional TV providers.

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Results from 2013 do not suggest cord cutting as much as changing providers.
The losers cable, the gainers telcos (AT&T, Verizon) with satellite basically stable.

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Cable-Providers-Lost-1734521-Viewers-Last-Year-128164
The thirteen largest multi-channel video providers in the US -- representing about 94% of the market -- lost about 105,000 net video subscribers in 2013 according to the latest data from Leichtman Research Group. According to the latest data from the firm, annual net multi-channel video additions in 2013 were about 280,000 fewer than in 2012, when the industry added about 175,000 subscribers.

While a small portion of this can be attributed to cord cutting, the majority of the movement in TV viewers is from cable to telco TV.

The top nine cable companies lost about 1,735,000 video subscribers in 2013 -- compared to a loss of about 1,410,000 subscribers in 2012. That's compared to the top telephone providers, who added 1,460,000 video subscribers in 2013 -- compared to 1,298,000 net additions in 2012. Satellite TV providers added 170,000 video subscribers in 2013 -- compared to 288,000 net additions in 2012.

http://www.dslreports.com/r0/download/2156100~f3069d3c2f22d7fffb8f45a16be980fc/Stats.PNG

Missing is Cox Communication should be placed above Cablevision
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Yeah, maybe.  BUT I'm sure seeing a lot of new shiny OTA antennas, erected where they weren't before.  Maybe to get the subchannels?  

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