August 22, 2015

...AND CHEAPER... (self-reference alert):

Preparing for Life After Cable (THE EDITORIAL BOARDAUG. 21, 2015, NY Times)

American cable and satellite companies collectively lost more than 600,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year, the biggest decline the industry has ever seen. Analysts expect the trend to accelerate as more people replace cable with Internet-based services like Netflix, HBO Now and Amazon, which are much cheaper than the traditional TV package offered by companies like Comcast and DirecTV.

On the whole, cutting the cord with cable should benefit consumers. It will help people save money and gain more control over their entertainment by allowing them to pay only for what they want to watch. Many Americans chafe at having to pay about $67 a month for dozens of TV channels they never use so they can watch a handful of shows. The price of cable and satellite TV service has roughly doubled over the last 20 years, rising about twice as fast as inflation, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We cancelled cable in March and (thanks in part to MLB.tv) haven't missed it.  We'll get an HD-TV antenna for football season.

Posted by at August 22, 2015 8:44 AM
  

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