Cord Cutting Cable Companies

Smaller cable providers realize cord cutters are the future

By on October 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Smaller cable providers realize cord cutters are the future

Big providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable may want to cling to the past but it looks like smaller cable providers seem to know that cord cutting is actually the future. The Wall Street Journal reports that smaller cable providers are increasingly placing more emphasis on their broadband offerings and less on TV packages as consumers have shown that they would much rather have a faster Internet service than hundreds of channels they never watch. More →

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Cable Set-Top Box Power Consumption

Another benefit to cord cutting: It will slash your monthly electric bill

By on June 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Another benefit to cord cutting: It will slash your monthly electric bill

If you find your electric bill has skyrocketed this summer, your air conditioner may not be the only culprit. The Los Angeles Times reports that cable set-top boxes are now consume more power in our homes than any other household appliance other than air conditioners. The reason for this is that set-top boxes are using almost as much power when they’re supposedly shut off as when they’re turned on while you’re watching TV. More →

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Cable Company Satisfaction Ratings

Over half of cable subscribers would ditch their providers if they had a choice

By on June 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

Over half of cable subscribers would ditch their providers if they had a choice

It’s not hard to figure out why cord cutting has become a popular phenomenon: consumers hate their cable providers. Not all of them, of course, but according to a recent survey of more than 3,000 people by management consulting firm cg42, 53% of customers are frustrated by their primary provider and would leave if they had a choice in the matter. Unfortunately, many don’t have a choice, and as Comcast and Time Warner Cable prepare to merge, the choices are about to become even more limited. More →

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Why Is My Cable Bill So High

Major FCC study finds cable bills have been rising at over triple the rate of inflation

By on May 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Major FCC study finds cable bills have been rising at over triple the rate of inflation

Looking for a reason why people hate their cable companies? Well, there are likely several reasons but one of them is undoubtedly the constant stream of price increases and fees that are taking out more and more of consumers’ wallets every year. A major new study from the Federal Communications Commission has found that basic cable prices increased by 6.5% throughout 2012 while expanded basic cable prices rose by 5.1% over the same period. In contrast, the general rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index throughout 2012 was just 1.6%, meaning that basic cable prices rose at more than four times the rate of inflation in 2012 while expanded basic cable prices rose by more than three times the rate of inflation. More →

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Why Is My Phone Bill So High

Yes, your phone and cable bills have been getting ridiculously expensive

By on May 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

Yes, your phone and cable bills have been getting ridiculously expensive

If you find that your monthly phone and cable bills have been eating into a bigger chunk of your budget, you aren’t alone — in fact, you’re perfectly normal. In an article on upcoming cable and telecom mergers, The Wall Street Journal cites data from the U.S. Department of Labor showing that average household spending on phone, pay TV and Internet rose to $2,237 per year in 2012, a 20% increase from 2007. In contrast, overall household spending rose by just 3.6% over the same period. More →

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Why Cable Companies Bundle Their Channels

How cable bundles are being torn apart bit by bit

By on April 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How cable bundles are being torn apart bit by bit

Cable companies may be loathe to admit it, but their incredibly profitable bundle packages that are hated by many consumers are slowly dying out. The New York Times’ columnist David Carr writes persuasively on how forcing consumers to pay huge sums to money every month to subsidize channels they never watch is just not a sustainable business model in an era where consumers have access to so much content on the Internet, either through legitimate means such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon or through illegitimate means such as pirated torrents. More →

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Cord Cutting Guide Best Apps

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

By on April 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

So let’s say you’ve decided to cut the cord on your expensive pay TV service and get all your favorite shows over the Internet. Which apps will you need the most on your connected television? NPD Group has just come out with a new survey of connected TV users and has unsurprisingly found that viewers see Netflix as their most essential app for TV watching. However, Netflix isn’t the only TV app that cord cutters love and the rest of NPD’s survey on popular TV apps contains some surprises. More →

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Pay TV Subscriber Losses

Cord cutters unite: Pay TV providers lost subscribers for first time ever in 2013

By on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Cord cutters unite: Pay TV providers lost subscribers for first time ever in 2013

The pay TV industry may not be sweating the cord cutting trend just yet but for the first time in 2013 it had a reason to take notice. According to new data from Leichtman Research Group, pay TV providers posted a net loss of 104,000 subscribers in 2013, the first time the pay TV industry has ever lost subscribers year-over-year. The biggest losers were Time Warner Cable and Comcast, which respectively lost 825,00 and 305,000 pay TV subscribers each. Given how poorly both those companies have fared in multiple customer satisfaction surveys, this isn’t too surprising. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Criticism

Surprise: Giving ISPs everything they want hasn’t created a broadband paradise

By on February 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Surprise: Giving ISPs everything they want hasn’t created a broadband paradise

One thing we’ve heard and will continue to hear over the next several months is that the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will be an awesome deal for consumers because it will give the newly formed cable giant the ability to really invest in aggressive network upgrades. Writing at Bloomberg Businessweek, Brendan Greeley gives us some good reasons to treat this argument with a great deal of skepticism because we’ve largely let ISPs consolidate to their hearts’ content and it’s done us very little good. More →

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Slow Cable Internet Service

How ISPs are working to keep you stuck with their slow service

By on February 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

How ISPs are working to keep you stuck with their slow service

Internet service providers are notoriously reluctant to build out faster services in rural parts of the United States — after all, building infrastructure is hard and it costs a lot of money. That’s why some municipalities have taken it upon themselves to build out their own high-speed networks for their citizens to use. However, ISPs aren’t happy that these small cities and towns are taking matters into their own hands, which is why they’re running to state legislatures and demanding special legislation that will help keep their slow services the only game in town. More →

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Satellite Cable Companies Customer Service

Pay TV companies make their customers curse more than any other

By on December 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Pay TV companies make their customers curse more than any other

Have you ever dropped a profane four-letter word when dealing with your cable or satellite TV provider? If so then you aren’t alone… in fact, you’re one of many thousands. Call analytics firm Marchex has done an exhaustive study detailing which companies’ customers are most likely to curse them out over the telephone and has found that satellite TV and cable TV providers rank first and third among all industries, respectively. In fact, Marchex found that satellite TV companies get cursed out in one out of every 81 calls while cable companies get cursed out in one out of every 123 calls. More →

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Cable Industry Cord Cutting

Cable companies’ new strategy: Embrace cord cutting?

By on December 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

Cable companies’ new strategy: Embrace cord cutting?

While cord cutting isn’t yet a threat to cable companies’ profits, many in the industry can see where the market is headed and seem to understand that consumers aren’t as willing to pay for expensive bundles when they have cheaper alternatives in the form of Netflix and Hulu. According to Forbes‘ Dorothy Pomerantz, cable and telecom companies are considering adapting to this new world of online television by doing what had previously been unthinkable: Embracing cord cutting. More →

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VMedia A La Carte Cable

A la carte cable arrives at last… in Canada

By on December 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

A la carte cable arrives at last… in Canada

Is a la carte cable really a “farce” as 21st Century Fox CEO Chase Carey claims? Well we’re about to find out because our neighbors to the north are doing us the favor of giving it a try. Per The Hollywood Reporter, TV subscribers in Ontario this week will be able to buy channels a la carte from IPTV startup VMedia, whose UChoose Store will charge subscribers around $2.12 per month for each channel they subscribe to. Subscribers will also have the option of buying small bundles of 6 channels that will cost $1.65 each per month or 12 channels that will cost $1.41 each per month. More →

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