Cable TV Subscriptions Dropping

more American households are abandoning cable TVWith so many Americans feeling the economic squeeze, it’s only to be expected that many are cutting non-essential expenses from there budget. And according to an article on USAToday.com, the number of people waving goodbye to their cable or satellite television subscription is growing at a surprising rate.

While back in 2007 only two million households were without these services, the figure has now grown to around five million.

Of course, it’s not just the $100 or more bills that pay a factor in this development: the growing availability of programming via the internet (and to a lesser extent the popularity of “TV on DVD”) has meant that not only can households save money, they can also gain a greater degree of freedom on what they can watch, and when they can watch it.

Companies like Netflix now offer a huge range of television shows – and of course movies – without ad breaks, via streaming and DVD mail-outs at a fraction of the price of cable TV. And there is no need to tie yourself in to 12 or 24 month contracts, as you can cancel at any time.

Of course, there is a large amount of illegal downloading going on too, but as the success of iTunes has shown, people are happy to pay for content when it is offered in a convenient form. You can read the full USAToday.com article here.

Philip

4 Comments

  1. Our cable bill went up by $70 in a three month period. I practically begged them to lower it or offer us a deal and they refused. When I finally dropped them and went with a combination of a competitor and Netflix, they begged me to come back. Not a chance! My total TV entertainment bill is now $85 less.

    • I couldn’t even tolerate a $70 cable bill, let alone one that went up by that much. I just use the internet and Hulu. Hulu is still free, though I heard that they got bought by the Dish network a couple of weeks ago, so we’ll see how long that lasts. Still, I only pay $22 for internet, and I can watch all the movies and TV shows I want. Why would I pay for cable? It’s just full of commercials and inconvenient programming schedules.

  2. I’ve actually given up on watching TV altogether. many of my friends think I’m some kind of an alien 😀 But I came to the conclusion that TV is in fact, making us dumb. I have nothing to gain by watching horrible shows and movies I can easily rent and not have to sit through the never-ending commercials.

    • I’m like you: I find it impossible to enjoy television broadcasts due to the advertising being so disruptive. If there is a TV series or movie I want to see, I’ll hire it from my local library or trade with friends. I don’t think a lot of people realise what a good selection of entertainment is available from their library. And cable was one of the first things to go when I started work on reducing my debt. I don’t miss it at all.

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