Cable's Losing Subscribers Faster Than The Cowboys Are Losing Games

In an exodus that would make Moses proud, cable customers are fleeing their costly monthly habit for greener pastures.

GigaOM cobbled together user numbers from four of the top five cable companies and estimated that more than half a million customers cut the coax in the third quarter of 2010. Comcast was the largest contributor to the defections, announcing it lost 275,000 subscribers in the quarter, while Time Warner Cable did its part to chip in by shedding 155,000 customers.

If you’ve ditched cable recently, how do you get your TV fix these days?

Big Cable Is Bleeding: 500K+ Subscribers Lost In Q3 [GigaOM via Engadget]

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  1. Pryce says:

    I moved last month and signed up for internet only. I bought two $99 appleTV’s and couldn’t be happier. $9 for Netflix a month, and $20 of shows on iTunes is so much better than the $60+ a month for cable.

    • MonkeyMonk says:

      How long though before cable providers wise up and start figuring out a way to punish internet-only customers for not getting their TV service through them?

      • Fuzzy_duffel_bag says:

        Well, when I called to see how much just internet would be, Comcast told me the price would go up so it would basically cost me the same for just internet as it does for internet and (as basic as it gets that they will tell me about) cable.

        • dangerp says:

          In the past, I have signed up for the super ultra semi secret basic cable just because it ended up cheaper with the package discount than not having it. It was something like $15 for 18 channels + $20 package discount (or something like that).

          It’s worth asking the rep about.

          • catnapped says:

            Not super secret here…Comcast does include limited basic on the website.

            $44.99+$19.99 for 12/2 internet plus limited basic or $59.99 for just internet here.

        • gman863 says:

          If you threaten to switch to DSL, Comcast will drop their pants faster than a ten dollar whore and offer you 6Mbs internet only service at $29.99/mo for 12 months.

          Worked for me. :-)

          • Destron says:

            Didn’t work for me. When I told them if they didn’t solve my issue I would switch to Qwest, they rep asked me if I would be dropping my equipment at the local office or should the send someone to pick it up?

      • ARP says:

        Well, they have a few means:

        1) Deprioritize internet TV traffic (Net Neutrality is dead in the water) so that video takes a long time to load/buffer
        2) Lower Bandwidth caps
        3) Increase rates on Internet only to the point that the extra cost for cable is nominal. Since they’re a monopoly or near-monopoly in many areas, they can do that without worrying about being undercut.

        • NewsMuncher says:

          Yes.
          Cable companies seem to hold monopolies over different areas of town, especially among apartment complexes. I have yet to encounter an apartment complex where there was any choice between cable providers. You could get a dish, though, if the apt complex allows it, or possibly DSL. There is a choice, thankfully, but sometimes I wonder if they divvy up the land between themselves.

      • Beeker26 says:

        They already have. Most cable providers will charge you more for Internet if you don’t also get TV, and sometimes it’s actually cheaper to get basic cable + Internet than only Internet.

        Of course DSL providers will require that you have telephone service in order to get DSL, so you get screwed there too if you no longer need a landline.

        • nbs2 says:

          That’s us. We have the ultra-super-basic cable package, which works out to free thanks to the bundling “discount” that Comcast gives us for getting cable along with our internet service.

          We don’t watch TV, but it is convenient to have as a just in case. Especially since for the first six months, they were giving us some extra channels on accident (free History? I’ll take it).

        • sixsevenco says:

          Not true in all area. Qwest sells DSL without a land line. I pay $46/month for a 7Mbps (downstream) connection. I think they charge $10 more for the same level of service relative to having the land line.

          Using an HTPC running Windows 7 Media Center, we get most of our programming from OTA broadcasts. We supliment with Netflix and Hulu.

        • Michaela says:

          My mother has that issue. She rarely watches tv anymore (special ed teacher, so she is always busy), but she saves money by bundling the phone, cable, and internet together.

          Personally, I live in a place with cable included in my rent, so I don’t watch many shows online. However, I probably will when I move year after next.

        • friendlynerd says:

          DSL companies are not allowed to require you to have a phone line. They may not advertise it, but if you know the magic word, dry-loop, they have to give it to you.

          • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

            Yes, but they are allowed to charge you as much for naked DSL as for phone + DSL combined.

            If you want just the DSL, you’re going to pay for the phone service one way or another.

      • MaximusMMIV says:

        They already have. They’re working on it. That’s why network neutrality is so important.

    • adamstew says:

      Agreed. I get an iTunes season pass to the 4-5 shows each season that I watch…costs me about $35/show per year…that’s $175 per year, plus the $108/yr for netflix…$283 a year for all the shows I want to watch, plus movies. Whatever I can’t get streaming, I can get on DVDs from netflix.

      Compare that to the $75/mo for the basic digital cable package… that’s $900 a year. Plus with my setup, there are no commercials and I watch whatever I want, whenever I want…

      So, i’m saving $600+ a year and ditching the commercials altogether. There may be one or two shows that I want to watch that I can’t access via this method, but you know what….for $600/yr, they aren’t worth it at all.

    • layton59 says:

      I CUT the cable in 1997 after having it since 1985. I figure I have saved $50 month x 12 months x 13 years = $7,800.00 over the course. Living 30 miles from Dayton Ohio I get over 15 channels with my digital rabbit ear antennaes. If I ever put up my outdoor antennae I will get dozens more channels FREE from Cincy and Indianapolis. Free Digital Broadcast is the way to go with $7,800.00 in my bank account as a benefit.

      I missed the 30 channels I got with cable for the first few years. However, now, I don’t miss them and have even stopped watching cable when at relatives homes at the holidays.

  2. leprechaunshawn says:

    They can probably thank years of price fixing for that. While almost every other consumer technology has gone down in price, pay TV prices seem to do nothing but go up.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Just to play devil’s advocate, keep in mind that this “technology” charges you for the TV stations fees they get charged, And those stations charge because they are creating new content continuously. So in essence you are paying for your content, not the cable itself – at least in part.

      It’s not quite as simple as the technology has been around a long time so costs should go down. But, it’s also not as simple as the scenario I provided, either.

      • Mom says:

        I thought that the content was paid for by commercials. I remember being told in elementary school that the purpose of commercials was to pay for the tv shows, so that we could get them for free.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          Clearly, this is incorrect.

          • IThinkThereforeIAm says:

            What do you men by “clearly”?
            If you mean that by the thinking of greedy network execs, I agree.
            Otherwise, it is just wrong – I operated under the impression that cable bills are for he service of delivering the programming in better quality (and higher quantity) than OTA. You only pay for programming on premium cable channels. On-air networks should actually PAY the cable companies to carry them, since they charge for their advertising rates based upon the number of viewers they reach.
            But this would be common sense, which “clearly” has left the building….

            • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

              “programming in better quality (and higher quantity) than OTA”

              FALSE. OTA has better quality than cable or satellite provide, now that OTA is digital. This used to be cable’s trump card (and the very reason they came to be) but not anymore.

              Pay TV compresses your SD and HD signals so they can send you more channels you never asked for, will never watch, but you still pay for them.

          • ktjamm says:

            The stance of big content is that commercials pay for shows, free or otherwise. That is also big content owned hulu’s stance.

            the only clear thing here is a case of corporate greed.

        • macnbc says:

          I work in the TV industry and have worked for a couple cable networks.. most cable networks get about half their revenue from commercials and half from cable/satellite affiliate fees. Some companies are closer to 60/40 than 50/50, but they wouldn’t be in the black with only one or the other.

        • craptastico says:

          that was the case, but largely due to the internet, networks aren’t able to collect as much for advertising, and a lot of them have started charging the cable companies a monthly fee, which the cable companies don’t want to pay. that’s why cablevision didn’t carry fox for a little while.

    • ARP says:

      That’s because there are near (or actual) monopolies all over the country. Since the cost of entry is so high (and its not taxes or regulations, its actual cost lay/install cable), its hard to get new competitors Add to that heavy lobbying and buying candidates that support their goals and you have prices that won’t go down for a long time.

  3. agraceffa says:

    3 months ago we had a large antenna installed on our roof and while it cost more than we thought, the picture is amazing and we don’t have to ever pay for broadcast tv. Broadcast TV + Netflix + PlayOn (wii) takes care of our needs. That and the fact that our lives don’t resolve around TV as much anymore.

  4. You Be Illin' says:

    So I guess they’ll have no choice now but to raise rates higher to make up for the lost revenue.

    • KillerBee says:

      That worked out really well for the music industry after mp3 became popular.

      • catnapped says:

        Doesn’t matter because he’s exactly right. Lose more customers = higher rates for everyone left. That’s the model (because overall revenue MUST increase)

        • Sneeje says:

          Only assuming no one is price sensitive and unwilling to choose the alternative of “no TV”. Once people start demonstrating they are willing to do this, they will stop raising prices or accelerate their demise.

      • evnmorlo says:

        The cable companies control access to the internet, so it should work quite well

    • kriswone says:

      +1 Corporate Polcies

    • Razor512 says:

      thats the main reason why many businesses fail, especially small ones, (a new store opens up and you lose customers, for some reason people feel that they need increase prices in order to stay in business or maintain their current income or maintain their desired growth rate. Before they know it, they are in a cycle that leads to them going out of business because the higher prices will drive away customers and the reduction in customers causes them to increase prices further.

      People who think ahead will lower prices and gain more customers. I know many people who work in retail and believe me, most items that are sold be even small businesses can be cut in half and still be profitable.

      PS a 50% price price reduction generally leads to events such as the black friday rush where for as long as there is inventory or a sale still going, the store is filled to capacity non stop (while that wont happen to a small business, it will dramatically increase profits, especially since a small business can easily charge less than walmart (much less) and still make a profit on every item sold they just have to sell a lot more items to to make enough money at the end of the day). The cable companies can easily do this.

  5. DewBerry says:

    As niche cable channels continue to push for higher fees, and services like Google TV improve, this trend will only accelerate. The channels and the cable providers are in denial right now, but in a year or two we’ll be seeing millions of cable cuts per quarter.

    • Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

      Exactly. First the cable companies will die, and then major movie studios will follow — just like the record companies. Instant delivery via Internet is opening up a whole new world of entertainment possibilities we never had before. Old business models full of overpaid morons with no imagination won’t be able to keep up. Their huge piece of the media pie is about to be reduced to crumbs.

  6. MonkeyMonk says:

    I ditched Comcast back in March for Verizon FiOS.

    Better TV reception, more HD channels, phone service, faster Internet (especially upstream), zero service interruptions . . . and at about 70% of the monthly fee Comcast wanted to charge me. I really can’t think of a single negative for the switch.

    The think the whole cable industry is starting to look like Blockbuster. They’ve persisted for years in gouging their customers with crappy selection, prices, and service — pretty much because they’re the only game in town. Resentment builds and the minute a viable alternative appears people jump ship.

    • ichiban1081 says:

      I left Time Warner for Fios due to the same reasons you listed. I was so sick and tired of having a show recorded only to experience it go black halfway through the show. That crappy Scientific Atlanta box is just terrible and I always had to keep getting them replaced. The picture quality on Fios is alot better too.

    • SanDiegoDude says:

      Same here. We now have AT&T UVerse. The internet connection is insanely fast, we have a ton of channels (We do still watch a lot of TV in our household, or at least my better half does) and I no longer have to deal with those AWFUL DVR boxes that TWC uses. Also, and this was the final nail in the coffin, for some odd reason about once an hour the internet would go down for about 5 seconds at a time. If you were watching a movie over netflix or you were playing an online game, you would be disconnected. When I called, they just said it was due to congestion on the cable ring (shared with the neighbors) and there was nothing they could do about it.

      Bye bye Time Warner!

    • VectorVictor says:

      Actually ditched DirecTV/Comcast for FiOS–despite having an inadequate DVR (a problem that is supposedly being fixed…), all of the reasons mentioned above are why I switched from that amalgam.

      Only concern I have is the DVR and the lack of new HD channels lately. Per BroadbandReports.com, it appears the latter is a lack of bandwidth, but since FiOS hasn’t used compression yet for its transmissions, it’s a problem that will be remedied in conjunction with new hardware.

  7. IphtashuFitz says:

    I live just outside Boston, and frankly I’m able to find a decent amount of what I want the old-fashioned way, with a digital tuner (actually my TiVo HD) and a good old fashioned antenna. I get about 20 digital channels, and just the other day I was surprised to see the local PBS station (WGBH) is now airing movies like A Fish Called Wanda, Batman, etc. They have 4 digital channels, so I guess they’re trying to go mainstream at times to attract more viewers. Kudos to them!

    • chiieddy says:

      Ooo, I didn’t realize GBH was airing these films. Is it a specific timeslot?
      Back when I lived in NJ, I used to be addicted to the channel thirteen (PBS) Saturday night classic films.

  8. ThinkerTDM says:

    A million to one that the cable companies will blame anything and everything, except themselves. A little hint- you should provide some value for the money people pay.

    • vastrightwing says:

      Oh, yes, they will cry to congress telling them Google and Netflix is killing them and that people are using P2p and are getting TV illegally. They will argue that it is a fundamental American way of life to have cable and broadcast TV and (like news papers) we need to tax all Americans to help prop up the old way (business model). “Think of the children who can’t watch Sessimie Street, think of the old people who can’t leave their homes.” This is what we can expect. We’ll be like England where you have to pay a license fee in order to receive a broadcast or an internet stream. Think I’m kidding? HA!

  9. LogNoggin says:

    I left Time Warner for Dish Network. A much better value for the number HD channels I needed.

  10. MistahFixit says:

    @ Article Title:

    Doh-ho-ho-ho-ho!

    But honestly, what with the advent of Netflix and other such services, are cable companies really that surprised?

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      To be honest, I think they really view themselves as this necessary, coveted item. Like most companies that become absolete through lack of innovation, I think cable companies are going to hold on to dear life for their current business model until it becomes too late to change. Comcast will be our next Circuit City and Blockbuster.

  11. chiieddy says:

    There’s this thing called an antenna on the roof of my home. I can get all major networks digitally.
    I also use Hulu and Netflix pretty extensively.

  12. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    TV antenna on the roof gives me 30 channels. Free, HD and no fees for “box rentals”. Most people could live with this alone. http://cachefreetv.blogspot.com

    Computer hooked to big screen gives me netflix ($9 a month), HULU, YouTube, and others are free, Just pay for broadband.

    Up yours, Pay TV.

    • milrtime83 says:

      Though your money is most likely going to the same companies that provide the pay tv and they’ll just raise prices as more and more people go to internet only.

      • jason in boston says:

        Get a business account. It isn’t the fastest, but it is more reliable and haven’t touched prices in over a year for me – month to month billing here.

  13. suez says:

    I dropped my cable last spring in part because of a tightening budget and partly because I was sick of the constant battle against price creepage. I would dump their overprices and spotty “high speed” internet service as well, but sadly the only other option isn’t any better or cheaper.

    And speaking as a Packer fan, “God, did that feel good!”

  14. mikedt says:

    It’s only a matter of time before the broadband suppliers, since most are cable tv companies as well, put hard low volume data caps on accounts that make internet tv/movies expensive. Letting you watch TV on the internet means letting people out of $100+ cable bills and there’s no way in hell they will let that happen to their cash flow. By the time they’re done jacking up your broadband fees, paying for a cable subscription will seem cheap.

    • tz says:

      1. That is what “net neutrality” is about. They can’t be selective.
      2. I’m ordering “business class” internet which is probably what it would pop to – $60/mo (installation fees waived, box included), but it is 2x the “consumer” version in price and speed, and I can get much faster if I need it for a little more. I don’t think they will cap their business customers.
      3. They want you to do PPV from their servers. The logical solution would be a big cableco-to-netflix pipe which would be a small monthly fee but give you full bandwidth (and saves them the cost), or even install netflix cache servers inside the cable network. I get full HD streaming instead of low-rez, they get a little money for the privilege.
      4. with everything digital, they are basically wasting bandwidth constantly sending 300 channels I don’t pay for and can’t watch to the endpoint. They should go multicast streaming themselves.

      • Mom says:

        You haven’t heard yet? Net neutrality isn’t actually the law. In fact, the courts seem to be going the other way.

        • IThinkThereforeIAm says:

          And it wouldn’t apply either.
          Net neutrality is limiting traffic based on content, nut by purely quantity.
          So if they put a prohibitively low data cap, they wouldn’t violate the factitious net-neutrality law.

    • evnmorlo says:

      My internet bill is already at $60 for 10/1. If they did the honest thing and gave me 50/50 for $100, I would be satisfied.

  15. Raekwon says:

    I switched to fiber. Better service cheaper price.

  16. GMFish says:

    If I had DSL available in my area, I’d dump cable TV. Unfortunately the only broadband I can get is through Charter and the combo internet/basic cable plan I get is only a little more expensive than getting the internet by itself.

  17. J-Sap says:

    Antenna and internet for me.

    When I was growing up we never had cable as an option because Comcast refused to run it down our street (1/4 mile for 4 houses) for 5 years. It started when Comcast said it would cost $10k to run the line and the homeowners would have to pay. After 5 years they finally ran a line. Everyone either had a dish or didn’t watch enough TV to order it from them. After all those years I don’t need 100 channels of nothing on so I don’t pay for it. Plus an antenna gives an uncompressed picture and the best TV quality while Comcast has the most compression and worst quality HD TV I have ever seen.

  18. nyoirin says:

    Left cable 2 years ago and never looked back. My husband and I only use comcast for internet and to stream stuff from Hulu and Netflix and Network websites. We also, of course, do the torrent thing for shows we can’t get. Now we only watch what we want to watch and aren’t bombarded with channels we don’t want and don’t want to support with our dollars.

    • Kairen says:

      Hi, I have Comcast internet. I dont have a TV, but they make me pay $20 a month for a TV hookup. It seems you can just get COMCAST internet? My cost for both is about $70 a month.

    • Kairen says:

      You said you have comcast internet alone? I dont have a TV but they said I had to pay $20 for TV as I couldnt get the internet alone. When i call, they always have an answer that doesnt benefit me.

  19. milkcake says:

    I would get cable only if I can get some selective channels for $15. ESPN, Animal, National Geographic, Travel, and Food. Otherwise, cable is just too expensive for what it is. It’s not even commercial free.

    • milrtime83 says:

      I believe ESPN is the most expensive channel for the companies to provide. If there were ever an a la carte type system they would most likely try to charge more than $15 for it alone.

      • Lolotehe says:

        Can I have a sports-free package? I might buy that.

        • Sian says:

          Ha ha Ha no.

          Next you’ll be asking for a-la-carte channels, and you know where that goes.

          • NewsMuncher says:

            Why not?
            Give me a 5-10-15 channel package where I choose from a selection of channels.
            Make the channels _really_ compete. >:)
            While staying with my folks, I’ve watched more cable tv in the past 9 months than I have in the entire last decade, so I have renewed interest in the cooking and homebuilding shows. I’d be willing to buy a few of those shows as packages if they offered them like they do SNL or The Twilight Zone.

        • MonkeyMonk says:

          Amen! I get like 20-25 completely unwatched sports channels and I *know* that makes up a large part of my TV bill. They should at least give you more options like the ability to shift sports channels over the movie channels (and vice versa).

  20. Megladon says:

    I just killed my cable tv, thats 100$ a month i get back, less the 20 they raised my internet, however after seeing a qwest add for 20$ a month for 6 months, then 10$ cheaper after that, i have a feeling i’ll be saving more money quickly when i call comcast shortly.

  21. Marlin says:

    I have been over the air for a while and now that Over Air is digital, and most HD, its even better.

    Better yet, no cable bill. Netflix, Over Air HD, online, etc… = better than cable and much less.

    • deejmer says:

      Yup…This is my setup too. The OTA HD is not compressed (unlike the cable companies), so better quality. I have a Windows7 Media Center PC with a dual tuner (HD HomeRun FTW), Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc. I have saved $1200 over all of last year! My wife hated me at first for this at first as we adjusted, now she HATES cable and never wants it back. I WIN!

      Take THAT Charter…you crooked sons of bitches. How’s Chapter 7 treatin ya?!

  22. ChilisServer says:

    I don’t use cable; I’m good with Netflix, Hulu, and visiting my in-laws in order to get my movie/tv fix. I would have canceled service too, after all this crap.

  23. Harmodios says:

    I did, in our apartment we could only get DirecTV, which is both crappy and expensive (70 dollars per month for horrible quality, 100 channels, most of which are commercials). I bought one of those indoor HD antenna’s on Amazon for 30 dollars and we have hulu. We can watch 90% of what we want to. I only miss watching Fareed Zakaria live on Sunday mornings, but even that I can get later as a podcast.

    • HappyFunTimes says:

      Huh? I have DirecTV with a HD DVR and an HD receiver in my basement with the Whole Home DVR option and it is cheaper than my old SD DVR and SD receiver plan was plus I get more channels. The new HD DVR is simply amazing compared to the old SD one I had. Don’t get me wrong, I’d kill for Uverse like I had before I moved but the price, equipment, and service have been tons better than Charter cable.

  24. clarkins says:

    We pay less than $57 for expanded basic (Cox) cable. That’s more than enough channels for my family to find things to watch. We can’t keep up with what we TiVo sometimes.
    Add the $9.66 Netflix in per month and stilll less than $70 per month.
    The lowest package on Digital Cable or U-verse is way more than that.
    I don’t want to move to Direct TV etc after all I read on here about issues with the vendors, the service, the billing, etc.
    I don’t have an HD TV, don’t really care if I ever get one. I enjoy the show not that I have enough pixels to count the freckles on the main character’s face.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      You don’t need a HD cable to enjoy a HDTV. We told ourselves we were only going to replace our tube TV once it started to break down, but the deals were really good and we got a great HDTV. We still don’t have HD cable but we might do it if the cost is about the same.

    • NewsMuncher says:

      I like HD for gaming. Some games for the Xbox 360 and PS3 are calibrated so that you can’t read the text unless you have a large HD screen.
      But it sounds like you don’t game, so :)

  25. 72Riv says:

    We cut our cable over a year ago after waking up one day and realizing that we were paying over $180 a month to Comcast for TV and internet!

    We now do Pure Broadband for DSL (about $50/mo for fast DSL) and $11/mo for netflix.

    We’re paying about 1/3 of what we were paying before and watching a lot of the same programming (without commercials and when I want to watch it/pause it/resume it). Plus we get more than the equivalent of a premium movie channel. If I can’t get something on watch instantly, I get the disc in the mail.

    The biggest thing I miss is football and other live sports, but even that I’m realizing was a huge waste of time with all the commercial breaks.

    More money in my pocket + more time + better quality programming = win, win, win!

    • Harmodios says:

      You can get a lot of live matches on ESPN.com, college football and the Soccer World Cup I watch this way (or even univision).

  26. Dr.Wang says:

    I’ve been hearing these stories of cable companies bleeding subscribers since the arrival of satellite TV in the 1980′s. And now it’s almost 30 years later and they’re all still in business and their numbers are still looking decent. So reports of an impending demise to cable are greatly exaggerated.

    I cut cable for satellite in 1986. Cut the power cord to my DirecTv receiver in 2006 and got a decent HDTV receiver and a good TV antenna and added Netflix. But I pay $47 a month to cox cable for internet. Cox is a horrible company, their employees have a deep emotional hatred for their customer base. It shows glaringly in their attitude and level of customer service.

  27. TooManyHobbies says:

    We have only ever used actual cable for internet service. We were Dish Network customers for about 12 years, but they refused to hook us up with new HD receivers for free. DirecTV set us up.

    Honestly, the only reason we get cable/satellite is because my wife wants sports channels.

    There’s almost nothing on american TV that I want to watch. I watch Mythbusters and Good Eats, and even though I get those on my DirecTV DVR, I actually wind up downloading them from Usenet and watching them on my WDTV Live box. Mainly if I’m watching TV, it’s something by the BBC or SkyOne in the UK downloaded from torrents.

    American TV is almost 100% banal crap. Even if a channel does show up that airing decent stuff, within a year or two some beancounter forces them to air lowest-common-denominator, cheap-to-make crap reality shows and it’s all over.

    • Mom says:

      Guessing you’re from Britain. From what I’ve seen, British TV isn’t much better. They’ve jumped on the “cheap to produce reality show” bandwagon even harder than the Americans.

      • Keith is checking the Best Buy receipt of a breastfeeding mother (for tips!) says:

        Just have to interject here: the Britons actually INVENTED the “cheap to produce reality show,” and it was Americans that jumped on the bandwagon, then drove it straight into the ground.

  28. JohnDeere says:

    i was without cable for 2 years, but recently came back for digital basic for $18.80/month. i use hulu, or if it isnt on hulu i just google it. its normally free somewhere on the net.

  29. moyawyvern says:

    I still technically have cable, kinda. When I called to cancel my cable and go internet only, TWC’s retention people offered me broadcast cable plus internet for less than I would pay for just internet, by almost $15/month. The kinda part is that I don’t have a digital tuner on my old but nice tube tv, so I can’t actually watch the cable, but I figure the savings are worth it. I have a digital tuner on my desktop computer, but it is a piece of crap (the tuner, not the desktop), and I only use it in emergencies. Netflix and my dvd box set obsession are keeping me well entertained.

  30. tz says:

    I’m reattaching, but not for TV or voice, only for “business class internet” since I work from home and need that.

    It isn’t a big loss. I got a Roku box (which works but their website doesn’t) and will start looking. I’ll see about netflix and hulu, but there is already lots to find on it.

    The main thing is they split their basic so that only two dozen channels can be received using the TV – the rest need their box. Half of those are things like the school, city, access, and other channels that aren’t even broadcasting most of the time or a shopping channel. If they had the 70-80 channel package for a reasonable price without their box I might consider it (many cable companies still have this).

    But TV is such a wasteland that I’ve not been watching it. I was on a business trip recently and sometimes can find something I actually want to have on in the room, but I doubt I actually watch 2 hours in any given week. (I’m also not into sports, but even for that the local bars all have good setups).

    It is a bit like asking “If you give up fast food, won’t you starve?”. (I have mostly, and do unsweetened tea or coffee instead of the HFCS carbominations, and no greasy carb sticks when I do).

    I did get a new 1080p 34″ hannspree on sale and attached it to broadcast ($10 in parts from radio shack – two old bow-tie UHF spaced strategically apart; I also have a HDhomerun) – the TV has lots of HDMI and other connections, and picks up the few broadcast things I might want to watch when I needed it, but even all the local information is on the net – I can get it faster and fresher than on the channels. I dont’ think they stream the city council meetings, but they tend to be around dinner time and aren’t the kind of thing to watch on a full stomach.

  31. abberz3589 says:

    My roommate and I call our cable company every month and complain about something, so we really haven’t had to pay more than ten bucks a month for HD and DVR.

  32. RavenWarrior says:

    If my family could, we’d switch away from Comcast too. Unfortunately we can’t get a dish due to some trees around our property and Verizon FiOS isn’t in our neighborhood yet. I don’t think the rest of my family would be open to going the internet/Netflix/iTunes route, though as I’d likely be the only person who could operate it.

    • jason in boston says:

      Move. Or do what I am planning for my next house (I’m stuck in a Comcast only town), get the map of street by street listings of Fios in the top 3 cities you want to live in.

  33. backbroken says:

    T-Minus 6 months until some obscure Congress-critter on the take from the cable industry introduces legislation making it much more costly to stream TV via the internet.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      +1.
      And BTW, the crooked FCC is trying to take away your free OTA broadcast TV so that they can avert an imaginary “broadband crisis”.

      Broadband should be delivered by cables and fiber… NOT wireless.

      • Munchie says:

        Please. I want 4g 5mb wireless connection from a variety of providers. Its a competitor to local wireline internet providers. Prices can only go down and with options you can play them against each other so they can’t abuse monopoly positions.

        • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

          Television is broadcast OTA in bitrates up to 17.89 Megabits per second, to multiple users at once. Wireless internet provides much less than that and requires a two way connection to multiple users. There are only so many frequencies available, it is a finite resource. OTA is a truly efficient use of spectrum.

          The National Broadband initiative was to provide broadband to as many customers as possible. Both telecos and cablecos already have infrastructure that just needs upgrading, and would provide competition. The best way to do this is to push cabling and fiber out to as many homes as possible. Then, and only then, should wireless be deployed for a “Last Mile” situation.

          Wireless connections for portable devices should pay market rates for this scarce spectrum. Does everyone really need twitter and visit facebook everywhere?

          BTW, mobile DTV is rolling out soon: free DTV on your portable devices will be possible. But, do you think cell providers are going to push a device that lets you do anything without you paying for it? They really want you to use the internet, so you can pay per mb.

  34. RickinStHelen says:

    I would love to have the problems of cable. Where I live, the signal is to weak for over the air tv, and there is no cable option. I have to have Sat TV and internet. I have no land line for dial up. Sometimes it sucks to live in Indian Country.

  35. gddess says:

    I ditched Comcast about 14 months ago and could not be happier.

    $60 a month for 500 channels of garbage only to watch the 3 or 4 channels of interest versus $9 for netflix where I can watch pretty much watch whatever I want. Bonus, I get to watch shows that I never took the time to watch when I had cable, like Pushing Daisies and Bones and Dr. Who.

    I will never go back to cable unless they change their package offers. I would like the option for ala carte instead of 80 channels dedicated to the NFL.

  36. hardtoremember says:

    It is good to hear that so many people are getting away from cable! We were paying $116 per month not including the $5 to $10 extra if we wanted to watch a movie or two On Demand. Then we were always amazed that there was nothing on!
    The only way to get channels we would actually watch (BBC America, etc) was to order tiers full of sports or Latin American channels we didn’t watch. Finally we made the decision, ditched it and have been really happy with our decision! It seems like we have way more time in the evenings and we aren’t always complaining that there isn’t anything on or watching stuff we don’t really care about!
    We have a Mac-Mini hooked up to the tv for Netflix Streaming and watch the other stuff on the network sites. We also get 3 channels over the air which we now only use to watch the news. I doubt we will ever go back.

  37. Bohemian says:

    If we can find a way to watch the few things we watch I would dump our tv subscription. We watch TCM for the programming, not just the old movies. Is there any way other than cable to get this channel? We are hooked on MadMen and now Walking Dead. Is there any way to watch those online within a week of it airing? USA network. We watch a number of the series they run like Burn Notice. I have no clue where to get that channel other than cable. BBC. I don’t care if it is the America version or the actual Brit channels. If we could watch it online I would even consider paying for it. We have had limited luck using the BBC iPlayer because the proxys we use keep getting cut off.

  38. diasdiem says:

    Been off cable for 2 years. Subsist on a diet of Netflix, some Hulu, and just the Internet in general. I’m not sure how low cable prices would have to go before I’d sign up again. There are some channels I miss, but it’s not worth the price to get them and 50 other channels I never use.

  39. aja175 says:

    *ghasp* a football joke and the Bills weren’t the butt of it?

  40. NeverLetMeDown says:

    You ought to mention that satellite and telco TV (Verizon or AT&T) added about 600,000 subscribers. Very few of those leaving cable left pay TV altogether, the vast majority were switching to another service.

  41. billybob9280 says:

    Had one free year of basic cable due to the digital tv change. As soon as that was up, we dropped it and stuck with internet and added Netflix. For less than $50, we have all the content you could watch, when you want it, at a great price.

  42. Katwoman says:

    We ditched cable and TV antenna in 2001. Netflix for movies, internet for news. We wait for TV shows to come out on DVD, which is usually within weeks of the season’s end at this point.

    The single biggest advantage to this isn’t the money we save – it’s that our three children do not EVER see television commercials for crap that we aren’t willing to buy them. The absence of whining and begging is… well, priceless.

  43. JonStewartMill says:

    I have an outdoor antenna for the handful of TV shows I watch in prime-time, and a Netflix subscription for everything else. . I’ve trued Hulu but I hate the commercials.

  44. Floppywesl says:

    The writing has been on the wall for a very long time, With cell phones evolving as fast as they are soon they will be a personal media portal , DLNA enabled devices will talk to eachother soon you will be able to walk into anyones home and the TV will be smart enough to detect your phone and be able to view all its content.There will be no use for Home phones , Cable/Sat Tv,Portable GPS units or small computers in general.Eventually they will replace credit cards,passports and pretty much all paper documentation then they will be a chip in each person inserted at birth.

    /scans for sarah conner

  45. VashTS says:

    Fios and Torrenting. Only problem is now lack of sports torrents

  46. u1itn0w2day says:

    What I don’t understand with alot of companies is that they’ll let longer term customers go if they don’t tolerate a rate increase and yet sign up a new customer guaranteed a lower rate for several years on a contract.

    With CATV and phone they seem to love the churn. But the churn or new business can’t offset the lost business especailly if they eliminate or lower the hook-up fees for the new customer. Storage units do this as well frequently raising rates letting old tenants leave hoping the new tenants will pay their desired rates/increases. But how can lost steady business be a good thing? Sooner or later the rate of lost business won’t be offset by all the rinky dink new customer fees these companies love to do you with.

    How about simply giving an existing customer a reduction automatically keeping their business. Steady business is better than no business.

  47. claytons says:

    Got rid of it more than a year ago, so this data probably doesn’t apply to me. Like so many others, I realized I could get by with Netflix and Hulu, just fine, and I finally found a place for live sports, too. Dealing with Comcast’s annoying billing practices and (at the time) terribly CS eventually wore me down.

  48. vastrightwing says:

    Excuse me, while I wipe the tears from my eyes.
    [Snicker] [snicker]

  49. sock says:

    We cut the cable (actually DirecTV) last January. We watch mostly OTA (through TIVO) and Netflix streaming. We also have a base of DVDs we own. TopDocumentaries.com. Library DVDs (I like Perry Mason). Once in a very blue moon we’ll watch a torrent download (Abominable Dr. Phibes, not available anywhere it seems).

    TV has become such a wasteland of ‘reality’ TV, network news, and other crap that even OTA is fairly bleak. Not a sports fan.

    If lack of net neutrality bites us (as I’m sure it will thanks to b*ggers), we’ll move to just DVDs. I’m not about to feed the corporate plutocrats any more than I have to.

  50. A.Mercer says:

    I pretty much don’t do TV anymore. I have spent the past few years putting together a large DVD collection. I watch for sales and check the bargain bins. I now have more than enough stuff to watch to keep me happy for along time. I plan on finding more bargains along the way. As for news and weather and so forth the internet does a much better job than the TV stations.

  51. scotland says:

    They have been a greedy group for so long. I haven’t had cable for 5 + years and I don’t plan on ever using their service. The main irritation I have with cable is that I cannot control what channels come into the house without a plethora of boxes and configuration. I want a simple web or software based interface that I can easily close and control channels that I do not want in my home. I don’t want my children to channel surf and see debased material.

    • zzyzzx says:

      I also refuse to use a separate tuner box. I want to use the tuner that’s built into the TV, as nature intended.

  52. AngryK9 says:

    Hence why cable companies want to put ridiculous restrictive bandwidth caps in place.

  53. EarlNowak says:

    Cancelled cable. $12 a month for a Tivo HD, connected to an antenna. I get 24 channels, about half of which come through in beautiful HD. $17 a month for Netflix with Blu-Ray access (and instant streaming to the Tivo). $40 a month for cable internet. (We’ve considered switching to AT&T DSL, since they dropped the price of their fastest service to $20 a month.. but AT&T’s fastest service is only half what the cable company offers.)

  54. pattymc says:

    I ditched years ago and no longer even own a TV. I use eztv and belong to two sites, one of which is all British TV but in the past few months the more popular BBC shows have been showing up on eztv as well. The commercials are removed. I give lessons to fellow retirees -although it is easy to download downloading Fast still takes some tweaking.

  55. RosevilleWgn says:

    As soon as Hulu Plus comes to the PS3 I’m ditching my $90+ a month cable TV bill. My internet will go from ~$20 to ~$65 for unbundling, but it’s still a savings. Unfortunatly, I wasn’t thinking about DTV setups when we chose our apartment location, so that’s not really an option for us.

  56. Red Cat Linux says:

    Hulu + Netflix – Dish Network = Bliss.

  57. touayang says:

    I ditched cable 4 years ago after my trial expired. Never had any time to watch tv. Veetle is great for Live sports.

  58. jeanrabelais says:

    I’ve been without cable for 3 years and use my computer to watch programs I like. Its true that I miss a lot of stuff but usually if it’s not on the internet then it will eventually be at my neighborhood independent video store. In my opinion cable just got to be too expensive.

  59. Splendid says:

    I dumped cable five years ago and have seldom or never regretted it. I had a TiVo with lifetime service and plugged rabbit ears into it. Over the air programming filled that sucker up with more crap than I could possibly watch.

    When the digital broadcast transition occurred I had to upgrade to a TiVo HD. plugging that into wifi gave me netflix instant view on my tv set. Feels like cable to me and costs nothing more than the $10/month for netflix.

    If you are considering dropping cable do it now. You won’t miss is, and if you do you can have it turned back on.

  60. MsFab says:

    I really want to ditch my cable but I’m trying to hold out until the end of football season.

  61. JohnAllison says:

    I ditched it Feb 1st. I get my fix via internet TV. I pay $40/mo for Time Warner for their 15Meg line. I dropped my monthly cell phone for prepaid, and have VOIP instead of a conventional phone.

    I do have some programs I watch. I’ll either buy them from iTunes or wait for them to come online.

  62. djnealb says:

    We actually stopped getting cable over a year ago. Instead, we just get the high-speed internet and use my PS3 for dvd/blu-ray/Netflix. Any show that we used to watch on cable eventually makes it’s way to Netflix, and we instead watch the free over-the-air channels.

  63. zantafio says:

    There;s a reason Netflix stock is up 150% since last year…

  64. pcPhr34k says:

    My Fix: $9 a month Netflix subscription and a Roku HD player. If you have a Wii or a PS3, you can get your Netflix fix on there as well. I freaking love it. I said bye-bye to cable (still have TW for internet) a long time ago and I have never looked back.

    If I wanna watch a football game, I just go to a friends house. Let them pay for it, lol!

  65. physics2010 says:

    I remember when I got my first apartment. Didn’t want to burden myself with a cable bill, but we had poor tv reception. I bought a better antenna and the signal was fine. By better antenna I don’t mean bunny ears or some stupid “amplified” antenna (I tried them all and they all sucked). I bought a full size 4ft x 6ft outdoor antenna and hung it in the computer room. Did people laugh when they saw it? Yes, but it worked and it was less than $30. I kept it the entire time I lived there.

  66. jerrycomo says:

    HDTV + 10$ coat hanger antenna + watch-series.com = cable unneeded FOR LIFE.

  67. zantafio says:

    I ditched cable TV and bought a Kindle

  68. Sword_Chucks says:

    Comcast didn’t want to offer me service, so I said Fine. I went with Clear, I am very grateful Clear operates in my area, otherwise, I’d be at a loss for internet with a monopoly driven market maintained by Comcast. I pray when I get out of the Navy either comcast isnt around or their monopoly is over and I will have options for my internet, because I will refuse to call them for services in the future.

  69. oldgoat says:

    I dropped it 6 months ago. Netflix streamable movies, over-the-air HD (better quality than “HD” on cable/satellite, and newsgroups are what i use now. $20 a month compared to $150….works for me

  70. quail says:

    Be wary of making the switch. I’ve found that since I moved our family to Netflix & over the air TV (much better HD than cable BTW) we actually watch more TV than before. I’ve held off on connecting the PC to the TV because I can only imagine the extra choices of having Youtube documentaries and everything else will glue me even more to the couch.

  71. Keith is checking the Best Buy receipt of a breastfeeding mother (for tips!) says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of assholes. Oh, did I just say that out loud?

  72. Don't_rip_me_off_bro says:

    Our DirecTV contract is up in a month and a half. We barely watch TV anymore, the offerings are so pitiful – end up listening to music mostly. Or reading or talking. Or doing something else. Also helps with the ‘not gaining weight’.

  73. Keith is checking the Best Buy receipt of a breastfeeding mother (for tips!) says:

    Actually, the Cowboys only lose games at a rate of approximately 1/week.

  74. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I didn’t ditch yet, but I cut back my DirecTV to a more basic package. I’m only on DSL and don’t really have any other devices to watch on except my laptop. A Roku box is being considered and I really need a new router.

    If I move anywhere, I’ll be fine for a while as long as I have good Internet.

  75. Saltpork says:

    One word: internet.

  76. DriverB says:

    Netflix + Hulu + HD over the air – and the occasional jaunt to the local bar for sports games that I can’t get otherwise. See ya later suckers!

  77. SilentAgenger says:

    Dumped cable six years ago, never looked back. I get my fix with a ChannelMaster HD DVR. I’m very satisfied with it so far. It’s basically a “Tivo” for over-the-air broadcast TV, and even comes with free TV Guide channel guide service. The only catch is that you have to live in (or near) metro areas in order to grab a decent amount of TV signals. I use the to internet fill in most of the gaps.

  78. Machine Gun Tommy says:

    I was one of those 155,000. I discovered Netflix streaming on my Xbox 360 and PS3, signed up, and took my bill from 150-ish to 65-ish (Roadrunner Turbo and Netflix base rate.) I actually watch more TV now with that then I ever did with cable. Best decision I made all year.

  79. Krang Krabowski says:

    Look at it this way. when you ditch cable you may be freeing up your pocket book but you also are not investing in the shows you like. Cable is a delivery system and the channels that are available through your provider have been contracted out. you think food network or NFL or anyone is gonna give you a subscription to their service through ANY provider without getting paid? you’re fooling yourself.

    This site is all about “gimme something for free” which is the reason the economy is soo bad. great you put the cable company out of business just so you can give it too google who’s gonna outsource it to india. You put thousands of americans out of a job. some of the best providers on your precious internet are your cable or phone providers. you’ll see the cost one way or another. I can’t wait till high speed internet costs soar to $90 dollars a month because the providers are no longer able to subsidize some of their running costs through cable tv costs.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      It’s not about “FREE” it’s about the best value for your money.

    • billybob9280 says:

      Not thinking this through. If you use netflix, you pay them for access to movies/tv shows. They then pay the content providers.

    • anduin says:

      thats weird cause other countries are able to not only provide higher download speeds and higher bandwidth caps (if at all) and still charge at or below US prices….more Americans when they’re abroad should try the internet access in various countries.

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        Americans don’t go abroad that much. Thats why they are convinced the USA is “The Greatest Country on Earth”. How would they know that, they have no way to compare. Hell, other countries might be giving shit away – good shit.

        Like Canada (Health Care) / Lewis Black

        You know it sucks when South Korea not only has better internet, but more paid time off than the USA.

  80. mbz32190 says:

    I still have cable TV with Comcast, but my bill isn’t too excessive. Right now, I’m paying around $100 a month for digital cable (one HD tuner) and Internet. I’m on a promotion right now…when it runs out, I call up and tell them I lost my job/switching to FIOS, etc. and get a discount. If not, I threaten to disconnect, and have never once been denied an offer.
    I would have loved to switch to FIOS, but adding in their ridiculous box rental fees, the cost worked out to be several dollars higher, plus I would no longer get G4, which is one of my most-watched channels. Comcast charged for boxes too, but I was grandfathered into some kind of plan where three are free, and I’m paying a few dollars for the HD converter.

    I am getting a PS3 next month though, so hopefully I can take advantage of the Netflix streaming and eventually ditch the cable. If the antenna signal wasn’t so horrible where I live, without using some kind of obnoxious antenna, I probably already would have dropped it.

  81. DerangedKitsune says:

    HTPC + no-cap DSL + streaming websites = TV goodness – cable company.

    It’s a little more work to be able to watch certain shows, and the quality isn’t quite as good (high-def not the easiest to find, and not as good as cable — not that I had HDTV to begin with), but the price is certainly right.

  82. jcargill says:

    I can’t wait to see Comcast go the way of Blockbuster!!! They S U C K ! ! !

  83. smirkette says:

    Dear Cable Companies:

    This is why I have never bought your services:

    1. There are a LOT of crap channels with crap programming
    2. Sly intro pricing that locks you in at a much higher rate once the intro period is over
    3. You charge a lot more than I think your service is worth
    4. All of you seem to have really, really bad customer service
    5. Some of you like to make your customers suffer when disputing costs with your channel providers; that’s not professional
    6. I can’t take a day off of work to wait around for your technician

    (But mostly, it’s the money and service fees.)

    Ta,
    Smirkette

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      7. Extra fees and taxes, in the finest of print: Each box, extra; DVR service, extra: “State Video Tax”, extra.

  84. leastcmplicated says:

    But but but I needs my Dexter, Weeds and Big Love!!!

  85. Groanan says:

    I blame the 250GB/month caps and harassing phone calls / threats for exceeding it.

    They started rolling that out this year, I know it affected my internet access provider decision (at least for a month while I tried to find an alternative, before giving up and paying thrice as much under a 2-year contract to get a business cable internet package).

    Any alternative is better than a bandwidth usage cap. If we can’t all have the high speeds they are promising, they need to promise slower speeds.

    • Groanan says:

      Oh wait, we are talking about cable TV, who the hell uses televisions for television anymore? That is why we have the internet.

  86. massageon says:

    We have a ROKU box, and stream netflix with that and our WII in the living room and bedrooms. It’s awesome and you can’t beat the $7.99 a month price tag!

  87. Spook Man says:

    Wish we could switch.. But let’s see, we have.. Um.. Dish or Time warner cable..

    Not much choice..

    And to top it off, TWC decided to add another $20 to our bill so they can “expand our service needs and ensure their systems are up to date and can deliver the best programming”.. I smell BS and they’re just looking for 4th quarter profits to be better so their CEO can get his bonus at the end of the year.. Gotta keep the stock holders happy ya know..

  88. _UsUrPeR_ says:

    I am using Comcast for internet only. Their DOCSIS 3.0 service is actually super-fast. I torrent the shows that I want, and watch them on PS3 media center.

  89. Fjord says:

    In my neck of the woods Cincinnati Bell started offering almost twice as fast internet speeds using optic…a lot of friends have switched…same tv, faster internet, 20% cheaper.
    I dumped my cable for a nzb account…works fairly well ;) no need for netflix.

  90. 108Reliant says:

    Netflix, and Hulu are my cable replacements.

  91. Ayanami says:

    Boxee + bittorrent, netflix, & hulu regular. Gets me everything I want to see. Took an old pc that I had laying around and got an hd video card (200 dollars). Best money I’ve ever spent.

  92. SilverBlade2k says:

    I switched to usenet a while back. $100/year, no commercials, and all of the shows I want. If cable can compete with that, I’ll be surprised.

  93. AnthonyC says:

    Netflix, an antenna, and (soon) Hulu plus takes care of all the shows I want to watch.

  94. Forty2 says:

    Itunes store, FiOS 35mbit, and Giganews. No torrents. I don’t even own a TV and haven’t since 2008. 27″ iMac makes for a pretty nice TV; kinda small but so is my place so I can’t get too far away from it.

  95. Zelgadis says:

    Bottom line, I don’t get my “TV fix” anymore. canceled my service four years ago and I don’t miss it at all. Cable TV is 900 channels worth of drivel and I don’t need it.

  96. dragonpancakes says:

    There are only two channels my house watches regularly, sadly they aren’t offered on such places as Hulu. The day they are though……..
    And anyway, most good shows offer online streaming, just go to the main show’s website and deal with commercials (well, commercial, it’s about 1/10 as many as you get on cable)

  97. MSUHitman says:

    Really the only reason to have pay TV anymore is to watch live sporting events as everything else is available in some form legally on the internet (Hulu, Netflix, etc.)

    In STL the only major sports available over the air are 4 NFL games on Sundays (3 afternoon, 1 night,) the weekly NASCAR Sprint Cup race, 2-3 college football games on Saturday, a VERY limited amount of Saturday St. Louis Blues games plus a limited amount of the NHL Finals, 2-3 college basketball games on Sundays, and 1 NBA game each Sunday plus the NBA Finals, and a few scattered high school sports games on the low power, non-network stations.

    That leaves the biggest draw sports wise in St. Louis (Cardinals baseball) which is 100% on Fox Sports Midwest starting in 2011. The Cardinals draw the most market share out of their TV viewing market than any other MLB team. And no you can’t watch their games live on MLB.tv, you have to wait 30 minutes-1 hour after the last pitch to be able to watch the game through that service.

    Even though I hate that ESPN3.com on the XBox 360 made the MSRP of XBox Live Gold go up, it will be nice to have more sporting events available for me to watch.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      …And sports fans have brought the lack of sports on free OTA TV upon themselves. They are willing to pay premium prices for their teams broadcasts, and ESPN and others take their cash and use it to buy the rights to what is currently free OTA.

      Case in point: Monday Night Football.

  98. !caybay says:

    It’s very simple. mini display port to HDMI adapter + HDMI cable from Newegg.
    And then I moved to Sweden, where I pay about $20/mnth for 100mbps internet, no caps.
    As well, my wireless network reaches the apartment next to me, so they share it and pay half, so actually it only costs me $10/month.
    So I don’t miss cable one bit!

    (Also my cell phone plan here is $27/month for calling, texting, and unlimited blackberry 3G data on a non-binding contract… I don’t think I could afford to move back!)

  99. greed0179 says:

    I usually go to my favorite tv show’s websites. They are uploaded most of the time there. So what if I have to wait a day or a week to watch them at least I am not paying for the stupid s#!t seen on TruTV and whatever else is on these days. I’ve been cable free for 4 months and don’t think I’ll go back. More importantly, I can sit back and laugh when cable is holding my favorite channel hostage because they cant reach a deal… ha ha!!!

  100. nodaybuttoday says:

    There is a digital antenna you can get that will give you a good amount of channels, depending on where you live and it doesn’t cost more than $40. Good Morning America did a report on it.

  101. EtherealFlame says:

    Thats what I want to know too. Where are all of these people fleeing to? As far as speed goes I don’t think anyone can touch cable except for FiOS. Tv is a bit easier. You have a couple options with that but cable is pretty dead locked if you want decent speeds. I’m with Comcast because I have no choice. I pay 80$ for mid-grade internet and digital cable. Considering I was paying $156 for the same thing through Time Warner it’s not a bad deal for me.

  102. johnva says:

    Cable has increasingly become a poor value for the dollar in comparison to other options, and that becomes more so every year. Why should I have to pay so much for cable when the vast majority of the channels don’t even show anything I want to see, ever?

  103. mowz says:

    I was paying $40/month for internet and $60/month for cable. Left Concast in August of this year. That’s a $60/month savings right there. Then I bought a Kanex device to hook up the Mac to the HDTV. I stream what I can off of the network sites (e.g. Survivor, CSI, Glee, Fringe, etc.) There are less commercials and having to wait a day to watch my programs is totally worth it (we actually wait until Friday and then just veg out for hours after work to watch our shows). For the shows I can’t get via free streaming, or movies, I torrent or borrow. And then there’s the library. I can get shows like Dexter, Deadwood, etc. for free. FREE!!!!! Now if only I can get free internet from home . . .

  104. Mangy66 says:

    I’m so glad that this topic was brought up (and I took the time to read this)…and am thankful for all of the comments.

    I pay ~$200 a month for 2 HD Cable Boxes with DVR and Cable Internet, with an ESPN sports package…and I thought there was something wrong with me for thinking I’m paying WAY too much.

    Cutting off Cox on Saturday. Add me to the numbers above…I’m a statistic now.

  105. davids says:

    My solution? a) Watch less TV. I found more interesting things to do with my life than be a couch potato. b) Windows Media Center + ATSC tuner card + UHF antenna on my porch. c) Netflix $12 plan for two DVDs at a time PLUS streaming right from within Media Center. d) Mini keyboard for couch surfing to Hulu and the like. This is a heck of a lot better than $80 a month for pay TV.

  106. donovanr says:

    TV producers make around $0.10 per viewer of their show. So why don’t the producers try and sell me their shows for say $0.20 ad free? iTunes charges me way the hell to much and hulu and the gang just don’t offer the shows I want.

    I suspect that it has something to do with the way shows are financed. But the big networks are short of cash so this would be a huge investment opportunity for the hulus of the world to start to finance their own original programming.

    AMC only recently got into TV financing and look where they started, MAD MEN!

    Plus once you go to the internet you can leave the restrictions of the TV world behind. Such as the fractions of an hour format. Great script make it 93 minutes long. Not so great trim it down to 40.

  107. coold8 says:

    I dropped my Comcast and switched to FiOS due to the 250gb limit. I kept going over it or coming close, and knew it was a matter of time before I was booted, so I left.

  108. flink says:

    FiOS….

    Not so much for the television as for the speed. I have a 25/25Mbps service.

    I have all the movie packages, too, but I watch streaming netflix more than regular TV.

    I had comcast. It was always a crappy experience.

  109. baristabrawl says:

    I left Comcast because they’re stupid. I live in a duplex. They were unable to provide us and the neighbor with cable at the same time. It took them 4 tries and I gave up and got my internet somewhere else. I have a RoKu and the internet. They’re doing it to themselves.

  110. Chaosium says:

    Sorry, jerks. Let me have my a la carte and I’ll sign up again.

  111. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Because they charge you through the nose for 100 channels of crap, raise rates every year, run an absolute monopoly and have shitty customer service? Probably.

  112. tacitus59 says:

    I like my Comcast and if I watched it more it would be well worth the money, but I watch very few shows but they are all in different “tiers”. I am seriously thinking of bagging it, because I am forced to pay for so much stuff I have no interest in. If I there were smaller more meaningful packages I could choose from – then I would not even consider getting rid of cable. It doesn’t need to be alacart (I could easily see that being too overwhelming to manage), but more flexility would be good.

  113. BillyDeeCT says:

    Since DirecTV won’t give existing customers their HD Free for Life package I became an ex-subscriber! Their own stupidity of not knocking off $10/month lost them a customer, which in turn saved me $70/month. I grew up in the days where you only picked up a handful of channels with an antenna. Well, a new antenna and a small smattering of online programs saves me money and lets me get much more free time since I don’t park my butt in front of the tube.

    Cable, satellite and phone company tv is in trouble with all the customers they piss off. Just vote with your wallet. I, for one, do not miss DirecTV and unless hell becomes as cold as the Arctic I have no plans on ever subscribing to them again. In fact I I smashed the crap out of my receiver in celebration of getting rid of a company that the Better Business Bureau rates with a big fat “F”

  114. TampaShooters says:

    I ditched FIOS last month and now stream Hulu/CBS over my Roku and Playstation through Playon TV for $20 per year, and for movies I stream Netflix for $9 per month. Not the same quality TV wise, but good enough to save $1,000 per year!!!

  115. classic10 says:

    Netflix ($9/mo) + Hulu + Podcasts for news (nbc, msnbc, abc, cbs, cnn)

    Who needs expensive cable today?

  116. WestVillager says:

    Phooey, I need to count the shows I watch weekly and determine how much I could save using iTunes, Netflix and Amazon. I hate TimeWarner.

  117. Mortlupo says:

    Most are moving to DirecTV or DishNetwork. In a few months they’ll move back. A few are going with just internet connects and streaming through Hulu est.