Santa Monica, CA
reply to Jason Levine
Re: Stubborn relationship of Americans with their TV It isn't a stubborn relationship.
Its about value.
The typical household has diverse interests, including live feeds, which are only addressed with a pay-tv subscription, not any OTT product.
$70+/month for basic pay-tv service is not unreasonable when you compare it to any other entertainment option.
In my case, sports (which I'm guessing constitute much of your "live feeds") aren't an issue. I actually figured that I could replace most our TV watching with a combination of Amazon VOD, Netflix, and OTA for about $36 a month. So far the only thing keeping us on cable is the DVR (would be expensive in the short term to replace it for OTA programming) and the fact that my cable company gave me a good deal (because we called to complain). If, when the year is up on our deal, they insist on raising our bill back to the original figure, it'll make financial sense for us to cut the cord.