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Cord Cutting Accelerates Faster Than Expected, As Cable Still Refuses To Compete On Price

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    hightrix (edited ) Link
    These articles always completely miss the point. Price has zero impact on my decision to cut the cord. Hell, I could change my plan right now to add cable and likely get a cheaper rate for a year....

    These articles always completely miss the point. Price has zero impact on my decision to cut the cord. Hell, I could change my plan right now to add cable and likely get a cheaper rate for a year. Personally, I don't want cable no matter the cost. Comcast could offer 5 bucks off my internet bill if I were to sign up for cable and I would refuse.

    It's never been about the cost to me. It's ALWAYS been about the absurd commercial to content ratio. When the show is 22 minutes but takes 30 minutes of real time to watch, that means that using a streaming service, I can watch (almost) 3 episodes in an hour compared to 2. So, for cable, it is forcing almost an entire episodes worth of commercials every hour. It's even worse with respect to syndicated shows. Stuff like Seinfeld or Friends are cut down and/or sped up to show only 18 minutes of content allowing for 12 minutes of commercials. It's absolutely infuriating to watch anything on Cable TV.

    Small addition: The article mentions that streaming services are starting to mimic the cable companies with recent rate hikes where the referenced article specifically mentions DirecTV Now. To me, streaming services that primarily provide live TV are no better than cable TV even if they are cheaper. It's still missing the entire point!

    8 votes
    1. Krael Link Parent
      I relied on streaming live TV services for sports (EPL, World Cup) for awhile, but prices across the board have increased to the point where I might as well go with cable and have more reliable...

      I relied on streaming live TV services for sports (EPL, World Cup) for awhile, but prices across the board have increased to the point where I might as well go with cable and have more reliable service without a 2 minute delay on live events.

      Obviously, my choice in this matter is to just go without. Cable TV SUCKS (commercial-to-content ratio, inability to pick up channels ala carte, the sheer amount of absolute garbage, etc), and I'm not paying $50+ a month to watch soccer once or twice on the weekends. As far as I'm concerned, that entire business concept is dead in the water.

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    Prince_Polaris Link
    And now they have the means to turn the internet into the same thing >_<

    And now they have the means to turn the internet into the same thing >_<

    7 votes
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      nil-admirari Link Parent
      yup. I wonder if that is what would bring the masses out into the streets, finally? Will the states be allowed to circumvent and uphold net neutrality or will it be states rights only for selected...

      yup. I wonder if that is what would bring the masses out into the streets, finally? Will the states be allowed to circumvent and uphold net neutrality or will it be states rights only for selected purposes?

      We keep having arguments in my house about how long its going to last.

      Now, if we can just get rid of the pesky and silly foreign content distribution problems.

      4 votes
      1. Prince_Polaris Link Parent
        I haven't been on here for a while, this unread comment was a nice reminder of how NN's dead now :c

        I haven't been on here for a while, this unread comment was a nice reminder of how NN's dead now :c

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      demifiend Link Parent
      I'll go back to landlines and dialup first, and boycott websites that take too long to load in Lynx over 56K. I don't give a shit.

      I'll go back to landlines and dialup first, and boycott websites that take too long to load in Lynx over 56K. I don't give a shit.

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        1. nil-admirari Link Parent
          I'm on DSL too but don't have cell service at our particular location although its available in sections around us. I don't have a problem with it at all, we stream just fine. I do worry however...

          I'm on DSL too but don't have cell service at our particular location although its available in sections around us. I don't have a problem with it at all, we stream just fine. I do worry however should UHD/4K become standard, we'll be out luck; the chances we'll get adequate broadband for it are far, far, far in the future (if ever).

      2. Prince_Polaris Link Parent
        I don't think dialup would even work, everything would time out

        I don't think dialup would even work, everything would time out

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    nil-admirari Link
    We've been cord cutters for a bit over 6 years. It just keeps getting better value wise and otherwise. I've had both cable and satellite tv in the past and nothing comes close to what we have...

    We've been cord cutters for a bit over 6 years. It just keeps getting better value wise and otherwise. I've had both cable and satellite tv in the past and nothing comes close to what we have today. We were reluctant at first and carried both options for a couple of months. Once we started it was all over, we checked to see if the satellite system still worked and then we cancelled it for good.

    I think that entire business model is dead. We will pay (and do) for ad-free content, it is worth it for us. Even doing that our entertainment bill is far, far, far less than before. I'm surprised it hasn't collapsed faster to be honest.

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    1. ghostsplosion Link Parent
      Interesting. Would you care to explain the services you use now? I'm assuming Netflix/prime?

      Interesting. Would you care to explain the services you use now? I'm assuming Netflix/prime?