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Cable subscriptions are poised to drop below 40 million for the first time in over a decade

As Americans prepare to give thanks this year, there will be a lot less watching the big sports games and parades on TV than there were in previous years.  Indeed, subscriptions to major cable firms set to hit 40 million this year -- the lowest level in over a decade.
 
I. RIP Cable?
 
The ISI Group is the latest market research firm to note what appears to be the slow death of the cable line.
 
In a Business Insider summary, top research firm eMarketer reports that between 2009 and 2013, the amount of time Americans spend on TV (versus other forms of media) dropped from 45 percent to 38 percent.  Meanwhile mobile -- including mobile video -- exploded from 4 percent to 20 percent.

Media consumption
Mobile media consumption is exploding. [Image Source: Business Insider]

To be fair, the same survey shows that mobile is also cannibalizing the haggard holdouts of the print and radio world, businesses already weary from weathering the dot com explosion of the 90s.

Cable subscriptions
Cable subscriptions are on the verge of falling below for 40 million for the first time in a long time.
[Image Source: Business Insider]

Online media continues to be a persistent threat to cable TV, radio, and print.  But it appears that what makes mobile really dangerous is that its used the most at a time when people typically don't consume content on their PC -- late at night.  In the 1990s late night was an entrenched point on which traditional media could stake its defense against online competition.  And it was true, after a long day in front of their PCs consumers tended to turn on their TVs.  In the mornings they might flip open a newspaper or turn on the radio.
 
Part of this was simple logistics -- computers take a little work to get up and running and require more interaction.  By contrast the TV is always sitting ready in your home (if you own one) and the radio is always sitting ready in your car.
 
But with mobile devices you can get instant, easy access anywhere -- on your sofa at home, at your breakfast table -- yes, even in your car (but don't do that!).  Due to this trend, traditional media has taken to referring to mobile media as "vampire" media -- not just because it's sucking away their lifeblood, but also because it emerges most prominently in the evening and the wee hours of the morning.

Samsung TV
Some fear TV just isn't as sexy an evening time-sucker as it used to be. [Image Source: Flickr]

Of course, the root issue here is that traditional media itself had become a creature of the night, but mobile is proving itself to be the more seductive time-sucker.
 
II. A Revolution Has Begun
 
Yet there are at least some rays of hope for cable TV.  Cable viewership -- including viewership of big events like championship sports games -- is falling slowly and steadily, but revenue from those events is actually up.  This is because while consumer demand is slowly weakening, advertiser demand for big events is strengthening fast.

Cable supply and demand
Demand for cable advertising eyeballs is rising faster than the supply is falling.
[Image Source: Business Insider]

The flip side of the traditional internet and mobile internet market is that advertisers are coming to appreciate the value of traditional content more -- if perhaps too late to save it in the long run.  Some tech-savvy customers block online advertisements, but studies have shown even when ads are viewed, they often produce weaker results than with television.
 
Perhaps part of the problem is that the internet has made us impatient.  Cable TV made us accustomed to sitting through anywhere from 3 to 6 ads, just to get 10 to 15 minutes of actual content.  By contrast, internet has spoiled us.  It has addicted us to instant content.  
 
Even having to sit through one ad on popular video services such as Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube is so "unbearable" to the internet's users that Google was forced to ad the option of skipping the rest of the commercial early -- weakening its own advertising punch.  And if traditional internet returns on advertising investments were disappointing, mobile ads in many cases were even worse -- as the flight of high-profile clients from Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iAd service has shown.

Mobile Ads
Mobile ads reach huge userbases on Android and iOS, and yet they're often relatively ineffective compared to traditional ads targeted at much smaller groups of users. [Image Source: Google]

And there is a bit of resurgence in one corner of the declining cable market.  Mobile companies -- namely AT&T, Inc. (T) and Verizon, Inc. (VZ) -- are actually adding viewers as traditional powers like Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) subscriptions fall.  Interestingly, DIRECTV (DTV) and Dish Network Corp. (DISH) -- the top two satellite TV services -- are also adding customers.

Cable TV
TV is dying... pay no attention to all the growing cable providers. [Image Source: Business Insider]

One thing we haven't seen fully noted elsewhere is that Verizon and AT&T are winning customers by simply using better, more modern cable boxes.  Comcast's Xfinity cable TV interface looks like a somewhat of a Geocities-era bright, boxy, garish dinosaur of a UI versus the sleeker, more response UI encountered with Uverse.  On some boxes, Xfinity looks so awful and crawl so slow, it simply is simply an undesirable option for a digital age consumer, regardless of the service quality otherwise.

Uverse guide
Uverse has a slick, modern guide UI [Image Source: AT&T]

Xfinity Guide
Xfinity's guide on its most common boxes is an ugly dinosaur of sorts -- with a garrish palette, slow responses, and painful navigation, compared to Uverse. [Image Source: Snapguide]

Looking at this we have to ask ourselves if cable has ever been truly as alive as mobile devices in terms of fast, vibrant access to content.  It seems like the era of modern cable has only just begun.  Its evolution is coming.  The revolution has begun.
 
Studies have shown that the number of households with a TV is dropping in America -- but it's occurring so slowly that it may be a simple adjustment to shifting TV prices.  Rather than showing that cable is dinosaur doomed to a slow death in decades to come, companies like Verizon and AT&T are showing that maybe all it takes to save cable is some mobile-age business acumen.  Verizon and AT&T are finding that by offering their mobile users extra perks for subscribing to digital cable (e.g. free on-demand sports content), they can actually rekindle consumer interest.
 
The Business Insider report on these trends is entitled "TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It".  But the irony is that by showing the rising demand for cable advertising, and the growth of mobile-savvy cable businesses it actually has unwittingly made a case for why cable TV can survive in a digital age.

Video Killed the Radio Star
Video forced the radio star to go digital, more aptly.  Cable TV is seeing a similar evolution. [Image Source: ABC]

Mobile media is killing TV.  It's forcing TV to evolve.  Cable's aging powers will of course go the way of the dinosaur.  But just like satellite radio gave new teeth to an old media form in a digital age, some are offering up fresh formats for cable TV.  The old guard's losses will be the gains of these new rising stars who are making TV cheaper, bigger, better, faster, [and] stronger.

Evolve or perish.

Sources: Business Insider, eMarketer





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Inevitable
By jimbojimbo on 11/27/2013 10:41:49 AM , Rating: 5
Cable prices have been skyrocketing so why are they surprised? Let's see, if you wanted to read a magazine I'll make you subscribe to 10 other magazines in order to get the one. The fact that over 40 million people bought into this plan is ludicrous and about time they woke up.
If one cent of my money is going to any of the crappy channels out there to support all the idiots I'm not subscribing. Give us single channel subscriptions not packages. I've been saying it for over a decade now but they still haven't listened and now online streaming services can give me what I want. Why would I get cable now?




RE: Inevitable
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 10:47:23 AM , Rating: 1
They kept making bigger and bigger contracts with sports franchises so they had to jack up everybody's rates. The thing they failed to realize is that tech people aren't that interested in sports and they are the quickest to adapt to new formats.


RE: Inevitable
By DiscoWade on 11/27/2013 11:14:08 AM , Rating: 2
It is not the fault of the cable or satellite company as to why you have to buy several channels. It is the fault of Viacom, NBC Universal, and others like them that force cable providers to sell channels in packages. They have a great business model: they are responsible for high prices but someone gets the blame every time.


RE: Inevitable
By inperfectdarkness on 11/28/2013 2:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
This is also the reason why Netflix has a less than superb streaming selection. To be really fair though, I don't want ala-carte channels; I want ala-carte TV shows. I'm not interested in the 70,000 reality TV shows on Discovery, History, etc. I'm also not interested in talking-head shows on cable news networks. Nor do I want to see 6,000,000 episodes/reruns of every show that the Crime-drama Broadcasting Syndicate has concoted.

I submit that what has killed off more well-deserving shows than anything else--is Nielson ratings. Ratings which can only show relative popularity in any given time-slot vs. another show in that slot on a different station. If the content providers REALLY want to cater to their consumers, making all shows available at ANY time--is the only way to accurately measure demand.

Lastly, I assert that all "tv" shows should be created on a per-season basis only. None of this 2-episodes-and-cancelled crap. A show needs to run for sufficient time to prove its merit/mettle.


RE: Inevitable
By 3DoubleD on 11/29/2013 1:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... it is like you read my mind... I absolutely agree with everything you said! I'm especially surprised you brought up the "Crime-drama Broadcasting Syndicate", I complain about shear number of stupid crime shows all the time.

Overall, I think moving away from the cable TV model will vastly improve the quality of "TV shows". If you can remove the "time slot" issue and just cater to the fans, you can really improve the quality of the show.

That said, I watch very few TV shows anymore because the piss poor writing. I also don't bother with any show that hasn't been running for at least a season.


RE: Inevitable
By Flunk on 11/27/2013 11:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
A agree wholeheartedly, cable prices (in North America) are atrocious and massively more than they pay in Europe and Asia. The industry is killing itself with lack of competition and unreasonable prices.

I currently have the lowest cable tier but I'm thinking of cutting even that off and getting a Netflix account. I'd save around $35/month.


RE: Inevitable
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 11:49:59 AM , Rating: 2
Netflix is a much more enjoyable way to watch TV, totally recommend it.


RE: Inevitable
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 11:51:11 AM , Rating: 2
Really all you need is an antenna on the roof with a HTPC for DVR and a netflix account.


RE: Inevitable
By Mitch101 on 11/27/2013 1:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
I agree go to AntennaWeb.org and find out what you need to get locals. Then pick up a HDSiliconDust HD Tuner for an HTPC or SimpleTV (Recently $99.00 with lifetime subscription) and a USB drive to record shows to. This solves your local channel programming. You might be surprised by how much TV you get especially the second, third, and fourth channel off the primary. For instance you have NBC on something like 17-1 but on 17-2, 17-3, and 17-4 there are a lot of shows worth recording. With Antenna you'll probably get 25-35 channels of programming. The picture is all digital and much better than DirectTV or Cable's HD which are re-compressed.

Redbox solves your Movie channels. Honestly ask yourself have you watched 10-12 movies in the last month to pay $14.99/$17.99 for HBO or Showtime? We watch on average 2-3 movies a month because most arent worth watching so thats $3.00 a month with redbox and they have coupons all the time for free movie. Heck Im still watching movies from the free weekends they have for movie channels.

If you need Boardwalk empire/GOT wait till boardwalk empire/GOT has fully aired the season then get HBO for one month fee and watch it on demand chances are youll watch 2-3 episodes back to back. $15.00 vs several months of fees. Chances are youll record 10 other movies and watch them months after you cancel your sub to a movie channel.

If you want to cut the cord and do all web try something like viptv.net on something like a PS3. Its popular with military people.

The more people try Antenna the more youll be amazed at how much there is available.


RE: Inevitable
By Spuke on 11/27/2013 3:15:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I agree go to AntennaWeb.org and find out what you need to get locals.
Thanks for that reference.


RE: Inevitable
By Reclaimer77 on 11/27/2013 3:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Netflix is a much more enjoyable way to watch TV, totally recommend it.


100% agree.

Go even better and run an HDMI cable to your living room from your PC. Then the skies really are the limit. Smartphone = remote control, you're good to go.


RE: Inevitable
By Hakuryu on 11/28/2013 12:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
Time Warner had us jacked up to almost $200 a month for phone, internet, and cable TV.

Their website shows a $119.99 plan, so I call to change to that... total cost per month $160 (service + 2 cable boxes + 2 remotes + cable modem + tax).

Shady.

I had my own modem, but then they changed things and no longer allow you to use your own modem - result $6 a month added to the bill. My $30 modem would have been paid for in 5 months, but now I'm paying endlessly for theirs. Their cable boxes are terrible and slow (takes 5-10 minutes to boot (wtf?) slow as hell in the jumbled and ugly menus) - and they have the gall to charge $10 a month per box.

I'd drop them right now, but for just cable internet, they want around $100 a month with all the added and extra charges - ridiculous. It isn't because I get the majority of my entertainment from Netflix, but the fact Time Warner seem like a bunch of shady money-grubbers; I feel dirty ever time I pay them.


RE: Inevitable
By Falacer on 11/29/2013 11:45:46 AM , Rating: 2
We are sick of Time Warner here as too! I was all ready to pick up my own cable modem but something made me call them to make sure I could get rid of that $6 fee by getting my own modem alas no.

If it weren't for our family watching sports for the majority of our tv time I would drop Time Warner down to internet only in a heartbeat & add Netflix through my PS3 so the kids could watch cartoons anytime they wanted.


RE: Inevitable
By Denigrate on 12/2/2013 12:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
You can buy your own modem with TWC, I did, and it works fine. Also play about $40/month for TWC's second highest data plan.


RE: Inevitable
By marvdmartian on 11/27/2013 1:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention, people have been asking their cable companies for a la carte cable plans for years now, and keep getting the whole, "We'd have to charge you more money" excuse. Then, when an internet company provides the customers with exactly what they've asked for, the cable companies whine and cry about losing customers. A real Homer Simpson "DOH!!" moment, for sure!
Not that these same cable companies are any better with their internet services. I noticed my Roadrunner bill went up by ~$20 this month, so called to find out why. I was told that my "deal" with Time Warner had expired (not the introductory rate, but the rate it went to after that expired), and so it went to its "normal" price....but the good news was that I was eligible for a "new deal" from them! Not coincidentally, the "best deal" they had to offer was exactly what I've been paying this past year! I was reminded that, in a year's time, this "deal" will expire, but I'll be eligible for another "new deal" again!

[sarcasm] Gee....thanks! [/sarcasm]


RE: Inevitable
By Piiman on 11/30/2013 8:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
Many times the internet provider and the cable provider are the same here. So they are eating their own business.


RE: Inevitable
By Arsynic on 11/27/2013 2:27:00 PM , Rating: 4
The content providers like Viacom and Disney pull the "discrimination card" when any opposition to bundling is brought up. They say that channels such as BET and the Gay channels would never survive in an a la carte model. When you try to tell them that if that's the case, they shouldn't exist, they'll call you a bigot for disenfranchising certain groups.

So that's why we have to pay for 100 channels when we just want ten. Because if we don't, blacks, gays, hispanics and alpaca lovers won't have anything to watch. It's like socialized TV. But people like me are stuck if we want to watch non-left wing news outlets, sports and the culinary networks. There are ways to get those for "free" but they're often unreliable and poor quality.


RE: Inevitable
By Spuke on 11/27/2013 3:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Because if we don't, blacks, gays, hispanics and alpaca lovers won't have anything to watch.
We won't be accused of being a bigot but you bet your ass they will be. Then MSNBC and all the other parrots will paint it like they intentionally cut those channels because they're bigots not because no one watches them.


RE: Inevitable
By tamalero on 12/2/2013 3:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of ads you get now.
Supposedly.. paying the cable service was to skip the annoying ads from many channels, and get bonus stuff from others.


RE: Inevitable
By rechiel7890 on 12/4/2013 3:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
my best friend's step-aunt makes $68/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 6 months but last month her check was $15378 just working on the computer for a few hours. find more info...bay91
quote:
bay91


:(
By Motoman on 11/27/2013 10:57:54 AM , Rating: 5
Probably few DT readers are old enough to remember that one of the key selling points for cable TV, when it first came out, was that it would have fewer commercials than OTA - based on the fact that the consumer was paying to get the service.

And that was true...barely...for a little while. But soon enough, the cable TV operators figured out that they could make more money by selling more commercials, and pretty soon cable TV consumers were paying a lot of money to be advertised to just as much, if not more, than on OTA.

I don't begrudge commercials on OTA programming. The service is free to me...and has to be paid for by somebody. Same goes with websites. But on paid TV? Whether cable or satellite...forget it. Any time I see a commercial I make a tiny mental note to *not* give that company any business.

Cable/Satellite TV could make a big comeback if they'd just get rid of the #1 problem people have with them though...it has always been the case that the biggest issue with paid TV services is that you are forced to buy packages of channels, instead of paying only for the ones you actually want.

If paid TV services switched to cafeteria pricing, there are likely vast numbers of people who would either come back or call off plans to cut the cord. People want just the few channels they actually watch - *nobody* is happy about subsidizing the existence of BS channels that they know, for a fact, that they will never, ever watch.

And yes - large numbers of such channels will up and die if that change is made. Good. That's what's supposed to happen. If you're putting out a product that no one wants to pay for, then you're not supposed to get a handout from all of your competitors to stay in business.

And if a consumer could spend $5-10 a month on the handful of channels they actually have interest in seeing - instead of being robbed for $90 a month on current plans, the paid TV companies would continue to be a valuable service for vastly more people. And in the long run, may wind up being more profitable with a larger user base and fewer BS channels to keep afloat.




RE: :(
By sparkuss on 11/27/2013 11:55:16 AM , Rating: 2
I time-shift just about everything I watch regularly on Suddenlink. My remote fast forward button has rubbed off but the play and reverse is pristine. They're going to get the hint when I finally return it.

The ratio of commercial to content on even the best series is ridiculous. Watching a full 60 min on PBS is a real joy.

I wonder though if they could even fill the time if they had to actually fill a program for a full 60 min block.

What would all the content middlemen try to charge then?


RE: :(
By Reclaimer77 on 11/27/2013 3:56:05 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
The ratio of commercial to content on even the best series is ridiculous.


I'm a child of the 80's so maybe you guys can't relate, but there's so many commercials on TV now shows don't even bother with musically themed intros anymore. There's no time for them!

The theme from Miami Vice, Airwolf, Magnum Pi and more were ingrained into pop culture. They were a part of our lives and the times we lived in.

Now? It's all...bad. It's just bad followed by more bad.


RE: :(
By Reclaimer77 on 11/27/2013 4:09:25 PM , Rating: 5
Oh and the A-Team. Can't leave that out! :P


RE: :(
By inaphasia on 11/27/2013 7:37:00 PM , Rating: 3
M.A.S.H.
Knight Rider
MacGyver :)
Heck even all the way into the late 90s and Baywatch!

PS I bet you know all the lyrics to Prince of Bel Air, whether you'd like to admit it or not, too.


RE: :(
By Reclaimer77 on 11/27/2013 11:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
lol no comment :)

Oh and I think Dallas theme gets an honorable mention.


RE: :(
By sparkuss on 11/27/2013 4:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
Oh Yes,

Who can forget Jan Hammer. I still have the Miami Vice CD somewhere.


RE: :(
By Arsynic on 11/27/2013 2:46:36 PM , Rating: 1
A la carte cable is a dream. The content providers are already playing the discrimination card basically saying that certain groups have a right to have channels exist to cater to their tastes (see BET and LGBT channels).

As long as politicians exist, these groups could lobby against a la carte cable as these channels could never exist in that space.

In the perfect world, if you want to sustain a niche network, you need to charge niche prices for it. Even if it costs $50 a month for one channel and it's riddled with ads, if that's what it takes to keep it afloat, then so be it. But the popular channels should be no more than $5 a month if they include ads. Channels without ads should be $10-$20 a month and seasonal channels like sports should be like $30-$50 a month (or less if they have advertising).

It's a shame that it's probably going to take government intervention to fix this. It's really anti-consumer because no other industry forces bundling on us. McDonald's doesn't force me to buy a combo if I just want a sandwich.

But I'm stuck because I like sports, Food Network and Duck Dyanasty.


RE: :(
By Motoman on 11/27/2013 3:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
"Certain groups" don't have a right to force others to fund something they want. If a channel can't generate enough revenue to keep itself afloat, then it's not a commercially-viable enterprise. Period.

And if BET has to try to charge $50 a month to stay afloat...and people pay that...then more power to them. But when they go off the air because there's not enough viewers to pay their expenses, well, that's just the way it goes. And it has nothing to do with discrimination in any fashion. It has to do with the channel not being popular.


RE: :(
By Monkey's Uncle on 11/28/2013 8:09:21 PM , Rating: 2
I was using cable for about 30 years (Rogers) but dropped then because I got sick of paying $210 a month for tv, internet and phone.

Dropped the cable tv and went with satellite. About $30/month cheaper including a free PVR and 2 satellite boxes.

Dropped Roger's internet & got a cable internet reseller for 30% less for the same upload/down and no cap. Uses Roger's physical network, but way cheaper and works every bit as good with the same uptime.

Kept the phone though since I can't seem to get a cheaper phone (Made Roger's customer satisfaction rep work for that -- half cost for 3 years - almost as cheap a voip atm).

But honestly satellite packaging channels to, you you can get channels ala carte as well (about $5 per month per channel -- it adds up)


Ugly GUI
By Odysseus145 on 11/27/2013 10:01:44 AM , Rating: 2
I have Suddenlink in Louisiana, and that decade-old GUI is what they put on everything. If you want anything better, they make you upgrade to TiVo.

Meanwhile a tiny cable company a few parishes over provides fiber to the home with state of the art boxes and interfaces.

When the cable giants die off, it will be because they refused to innovate or even adapt. They refuse to improve the quality of their service as they expect us to continue to pay more. If it weren't for the sports options, I would have cut the cord years ago.




RE: Ugly GUI
By jimbojimbo on 11/27/2013 10:11:42 AM , Rating: 2
Even worse that Comcast UI takes up a large portion of the bottom to show ads! Don't people already pay for cable? Geezh!


RE: Ugly GUI
By Odysseus145 on 11/27/2013 10:17:50 AM , Rating: 2
Suddenlink's does the same thing. What annoys me more than anything is that the boxes themselves are pretty new. That GUI is solely the fault of the cable company. Did I mention that Suddenlink makes you upgrade to TiVo to have any DVR functionality whatsoever?


RE: Ugly GUI
By DiscoWade on 11/27/2013 11:10:49 AM , Rating: 2
I have Suddenlink and there are no ads on my cable box. They recently pushed out an update to the UI, and it is slower and uglier than ever before.

At least Suddenlink has good customer service. Which is why I stay with them.

With newer 6 tuner CableCard devices coming on the market, I'm thinking about dumping my cable boxes and just getting several Ceton Echos. These devices are only good for live and recorded TV, but that is good enough for me.


RE: Ugly GUI
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 10:43:13 AM , Rating: 2
Its like the music companies, they failed to keep up with tech and give customers what they want. Trying to force customers into the format the cable companies want is doomed to failure.


RE: Ugly GUI
By NellyFromMA on 11/27/2013 11:02:32 AM , Rating: 2
Bottom line is they just charge too much for lackluster service and people have recognized this for a couple of decades at least now. The monopoly can only last for so long.


RE: Ugly GUI
By synapse46 on 11/27/2013 1:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have Charter with something like 600 channels, and aside from a very few select primetime shows that I can barely tolerate and sports, it is all garbage.


Red Head
By cali_guy76 on 11/27/2013 10:19:50 AM , Rating: 3
That is one sexy red head! DAM!!




RE: Red Head
By Souka on 11/27/2013 11:18:30 AM , Rating: 2

I'm sure the carpet doesnt' match the drapes....


RE: Red Head
By Motoman on 11/27/2013 12:28:46 PM , Rating: 4
...who cares?


RE: Red Head
By OnyxNite on 11/27/2013 1:35:00 PM , Rating: 3
I prefer hardwood floors anyway.


RE: Red Head
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 1:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, natural red hair doesn't look like that.


What a Surprise!
By DaveLessnau on 11/27/2013 11:03:04 AM , Rating: 5
Golly. The cable companies keep raising their rates, giving us more and more channels that we don't want or watch, with more and more shows that are horrible, with more and more advertisements, and they find that people are dropping their cable subscriptions. I'm shocked.

We've got a TiVo. We've got most of the channels we "receive" from the cable company turned off. I've given up watching television since there's almost nothing on that I can tolerate. The wife is the sole reason for our having the cable subscription. Hopefully, at some point, she'll get sick of watching the drivel she watches and I can cancel the whole thing.




HTPC
By rburnham on 11/27/2013 2:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
As people become more tech savvy, they are realizing that cable TV is overpriced, and the DVR services are limited. I know several people who learned how to build and manage an HTPC, and that completely changed the way they consume media. It also saved them a ton of money in the long run.




RE: HTPC
By Piiman on 11/30/2013 8:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
"DVR services" whats that? a DVR is a device for recording , the same as a HTPC. I love my DVR (TIVO) and can't live with out it. I have my PC in my room also setup to record TV shows (HTPC)but I like the TIVO better. I'm to the point where I can watch just about anything I like on cable though from the Internet and I'm about to just go basic package for cable, maybe even go antenna only. Both my Cable and Internet are from FOIS so they are in fact eating their own business..
I see a day where they start capping our usage to prevent us from watching TV on the Internet and charging us large over limit fees on our Internet like they do with phones


suggestion
By DocScience on 11/27/2013 10:49:37 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps higher compression can help Comcast.

They can have double the number of home-shopping networks and Kardashians by stealing the few bits left on the "HD" channels.




Just say no to commercials
By japlha on 11/27/2013 12:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't had a TV subscription for a few years now. I hated commercials even before the internet. I'd record TV shows on my VCR just so I could fast forward through the commercials. DVR's just make it more convenient but I've heard some DVR's won't allow you to fast forward through the commercials.

I find it excruciatingly painful to sit though them. I have no interest in cars, beer, feminine hygiene products, children's toys and prescription drugs. If there was some way to set commercial preferences to things I'm interested in then I'd be more likely to watch them.

So, combining commercials with boring content and there is just no reason for me to have a TV subscription.




STOP BLAMING THE CABLE COMPANIES!!!
By Arsynic on 11/27/2013 2:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
The Cable companies are only passing the cost on to the consumer. Blame the greedy, unethical and anti-consumer content providers like Viacom and Disney, who sell their bundles to the cable companies who in turn have to sell those bundles to make a profit.

Blaming those outlets would be like blaming the record store for the price of a DVD or CD.




Customer Service Sucks
By dsquare86 on 11/27/2013 8:31:12 PM , Rating: 2
Cable TV subs are in the decline, meanwhile the customer service sucks. Comcast sucks, hate them. I only deal with them because they have the fastest internet in the area. I did change the TV over to DirecTV over a year ago.

They did this to themselves.




FIND AMAZING JOBS......
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