How To Lower Cable Phone Bills

The definitive guide to lowering your phone, Internet and cable bills

By on February 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

The definitive guide to lowering your phone, Internet and cable bills

Cable bills have been increasing at triple the rate of inflation and it’s a good bet that your wireless bill has shot up in recent years too thanks to the rise of mobile data plans. Rather Be Shopping, however, contends that lowering your bill for these services is surprisingly easy as long as you’re willing to play hardball with your service provider. More →

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Why Cut The Cord Cable

Why cut the cord? Cable stations just gave you another big reason

By on February 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Why cut the cord? Cable stations just gave you another big reason

As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to cut the cord and rely on streaming services to get your TV fix, cable stations themselves are giving you another one. The Wall Street Journal reports that some cable stations have actually started speeding up their programs so they can squeeze more ads into their given time slots, which means that not only are characters on shows moving slightly faster, but their voices are slightly higher pitched as well. More →

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18 Alternatives to Cable TV

18 ways to kill your cable TV subscription once and for all

By on February 19, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

18 ways to kill your cable TV subscription once and for all

In a perfect world, we’d all be able to ditch our cable TV subscriptions for a single app or an affordable device. Sadly, that’s not the world we live in, but there are still plenty of worthwhile alternatives to cable that you should be looking in to if you’re tired of your bill going up every year for some inexplicable reason.

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Cable Internet Speeds 25 Mbps

Forget 1Gbps – the cable industry says you don’t even need 25Mbps

By on January 26, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Forget 1Gbps – the cable industry says you don’t even need 25Mbps

There are times when it’s easy to picture cable companies as Mr. Bumble, the orphanage headmaster in Oliver Twist (i.e., “Please, sir, I want some more bandwidth!” “MORE BANDWIDTH?!!!??!”). We bring this up because Ars Technica has spotted a new FCC filing made by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association in which the cable lobbying group argues that the average consumer doesn’t even need a connection speed of 25Mbps, let alone faster ones like the 1Gbps connections offered by Google Fiber. More →

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CES 2015 Cable TV

What CES 2015 made clear: The cable industry has lost its power to control how we watch TV

By on January 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

What CES 2015 made clear: The cable industry has lost its power to control how we watch TV

If the cable industry had its way, we’d all be stuck subscribing to $150 TV bundles forever and ever. However, the rise of over-the-top online streaming services combined with faster online connectivity means that cable’s ability to force us to buy into pricey bundles is about to end… and this was nowhere more clear than at CES 2015. More →

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Cable Pay TV Bundles

Delusional TV execs say people love paying $100 a month for hundreds of channels they don’t watch

By on November 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Delusional TV execs say people love paying $100 a month for hundreds of channels they don’t watch

With the launch of HBO’s standalone streaming service hitting sometime next year, you may think that the traditional cable bundle is starting to come, well, unbundled. Cable and TV executives deny this is the case since the pay TV bundle has been a hugely lucrative business model for them and they want to keep the bundle around for many more years to come. BuzzFeed has a nice roundup about what TV bigwigs are saying about the future of bundles and, wouldn’t you know it, they all think people still love paying big sums of money for hundreds of channels they never watch. More →

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Cord Cutting Cable TV

Cable companies shrug off cord cutters by jacking up broadband prices

By on November 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM.

Cable companies shrug off cord cutters by jacking up broadband prices

So you think you’re going to save money by canceling your cable TV service and watching your favorite shows through online streaming options? Sure, that may work at first but cable companies will still figure out how to get their pound of flesh from you unless they face real competition in the home broadband market. The New York Post points out that even though cable companies are losing pay TV subscribers, they’re making up for this lost revenue by jacking up prices on home broadband services. More →

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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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