View Poll Results: Have You Cut the Cord to Cable and/or Satellite Service?
Yes, I get all my TV online 102 13.47%
Yes, I get all my TV over the air 35 4.62%
Yes, I get all my TV online and over the air 217 28.67%
No, I have cable service 216 28.53%
No, I have satellite service 144 19.02%
No, I have both cable and satellite service 11 1.45%
I watch no TV programming at all 32 4.23%
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post #241 of 249 Old 11-12-2018, 02:09 PM
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Yep. After a decade of Charter/Spectrum having a monopoly in my area, the local electric company came out with a fairly priced fiber solution a few years ago. I now get 250 Mbps up/down for a flat $45 a month. I use Youtube TV and Netflix for my primary entertainment needs, substituted occasionally by Prime Video.
That's awesome. I wish that would happen where I live. The only option in my area that has high enough speeds is Optimum cable, which is ludicrous because I live in northern NJ (the most densely populated area in the country). You would think I would have numerous options to choose from, but alas...
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I've put together my theory on the relative value of various types of TV content, and broken them down into four categories, and I think it makes cord cutting so much clearer for others who might not get it, and it shows how out of whack the industry is.

I would break the digital cable lineup into three categories:

1. Local channels
2. The "in-between" channels
3. Premiums, mostly HBO and Showtime

Now, with the advent of cord-stacking, we have OTT SVOD services, primarily Netflix and Amazon, as well as Hulu, and now some specialty services. So we can add a fourth category to the digital cable lineup (not a crazy idea considering a lot of cable boxes now have Netflix as an app):

4. OTT SVOD

So, then we can break down by what they each cost, on a marginal basis. Of course there are a variety of pay TV packages, as well as internet bundles, but I'm considering a pretty fully featured DirecTV package here for my comparison, including 4 HD DVR boxes:

1. Free via OTA ($300 in capital invested for TiVo)
2. $120/mo
3. $15/mo (HBO)
4. $14/mo (Netflix, assume Prime is free after paying $99/yr for shipping)

Now, look at what percentage each of those categories is for someone's viewership. This could vary quite a bit, especially for big sports fans, and could change season to season. In my case, before cutting the cord, I would guesstimate:

1. 30%
2. 15%
3. 20%
4. 35%

Now, break down the relative costs of each, and you can see why cord cutting makes so much sense. Is 15% of my viewership worth more than quadruple the price of the other three combined? That's how I ended up cutting the cord. That was on top of the continued decline in good content over the past few years on those "in-between" channels. John Stewart. Stephen Colbert. Mythbusters. All gone.

This exercise might be useful in persuading people to cut the cord, or if people are trying to decide whether to cut the cord. I think the vast majority of people with pay tv would be shocked when you break their viewership down in this clear of a way, and look at the relative value of those "in-bewteen" channels.
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Yep. After a decade of Charter/Spectrum having a monopoly in my area, the local electric company came out with a fairly priced fiber solution a few years ago. I now get 250 Mbps up/down for a flat $45 a month. I use Youtube TV and Netflix for my primary entertainment needs, substituted occasionally by Prime Video.

Oh wow. I'm always so smugly satisfied with my 330mbps down / 100 up, but I pay double that. I'd gladly give up ~80mbps to pay $45/month.
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post #244 of 249 Old 11-17-2018, 04:46 PM
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I officially dumped cable last Friday. I called them about reducing my package, which was costing me nearly $200 per month. I had every intention of keeping "digital starter plus" ($130)

Customer care then told me that pricing was only good with a 2 year contract. A contract for cable?!

I politely told her to cancel my cable. Im also now researching new ISPs. Xfinity can get lost.
Honestly, with the years of gouging, it truly felt good to tell them to get lost. It felt empowering. Yep, its the little things
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I pay $80 a month for 100m down from Comcast. Unless I sign a contract, it doesn't budge. ATT keeps sending me offers for fiber, but it still isn't here yet.

I haven't had cable/sat for years and don't really miss it. I do have a Sling subscription for $25 a month, which is more than enough.

OTA has always been good. I have had some issues with my CBS station's reception, but nothing major. I paid $200 or so for a Channel Master DVR and it has worked great. Sometimes I wish I would have kept my TIVO, but I kept the CM instead because of Sling.
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We still have cable service (TV and Internet/600Mbps) though we've whittled the number of TV channels. A variety of sports coverage in optimum PQ is a must for me.

Also, subscriptions for Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

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I use both satellite TV and some online viewing too like Netflix and Amazon prime.
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Tablo DVR + Netflix + Prime + subscription to MotoGP ($130/yr). Apart from the requisite internet, that's really all we do for TV. Just what we have is enough for a dizzying array of shows, movies etc. that I find no need for even more options.
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I cut cable a few years ago. I have an HDHomeRun hooked up to an antenna and can watch local channels through that (shows up as a DLNA device on my Nvidia Shield and I can watch on the Roku by pulling up the Roku Media Player, then it shows as a DLNA device and I can tune channels). I have Amazon Prime, subscribe to Netflix and currently also to Hulu, but only because they had a special for 1 dollar a month for a year. I have a NAS and PlexPass and can DVR shows coming in from the HDHomeRun. I also do occasionally download content via newsgroups (you can use Sonarr to auto download season / new episodes) and watch via Plex. I pay about 70 per month for 100mbit down / 10mbit up, 15 for Netflix, 1 dollar a month for Hulu, 100 a year for Amazon Prime plus the one time plex pass (125 I paid at the time).
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