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Valencia, CA
·Time Warner Cable
reply to IowaCowboy

Re: Protecting revenue

I just don't understand what is behind all the cord cutting. When I was young, many people gladly subscribed to cable. I was excited when I first got cable and I never looked back.

What don't you understand?

That $5.76 cable package doesn't get you anything other than the same stuff most people can get OTA. The way things are headed it won't even get you clearQAM HD locals. Nope, you'll need to rent a cable box. Oh, you wanted a DECENT cable box? Well, there's a monthly fee for that!

If you care about TV at all, chances are you want, at a minimum, a basic digital cable package with most of the popular networks. That's probably going to cost you over $50 per month. You want DVR equipment to go with it, that's going to be more. God help you if you're a sports fanatic.

Or you can get an internet connection, a PlayStation 3/SmartTV pay Netflix $8 per month, and get access to a wonderful library of commercial free programming. Sure, you may be a season or two behind those people with "real" TV service, but while you wait, you can easily find something else to get hooked on. It CATERS to someone who wants to watch all 176 "Deep Space Nine" episodes. It'll keep track of where you left off, even if you want to pick up and keep watching on a different device (like, your iPad).

It really makes pay TV services look bad.
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San Jose, CA
cable cutting is on the rise but its not dominant. Even young people (think college sports jocks) will subscribe to tv and often high costs are not problem because they split the bills with roomates.

I myself added uverse tv to my existing u-verse internet but I got it with promotion locked for 1 year so I pay for tv basically $30 a month. It includes HD, DVR, and 200 channels. Now I have access to HBO and HBOGO, for now for free for a few months, later subscribe only when my favorie series are broadcasted. Sure, I could save money and pirate from torrent sites or usenet. But I don't wanna do that. The only thing I skipped is obviously u-verse voice because I already pay bill for wireless cell phone. The only thing that mostly annoys me in bills are surcharges or taxes. In Chicago alone, cell phone taxes are close to 20%. And some of those for TV and Internet add up too.