Survey after survey shows that America’s major cable companies are among the least-liked businesses in the United States, but The Houston Chronicle’s Dwight Silverman sees hope for everyone out there who wants to watch top-notch programming without overpaying for cable television. Silverman notes that once Comcast (CMCSA) boosted his speeds for Internet service, he found that he could more easily rely on third-party over-the-top providers such as Netflix (NFLX), Hulu Plus and Amazon (AMZN) Instant Video to get his television fix for a fraction of what he was paying for his AT&T (T) U-Verse television service.
Silverman found that paying only for the shows that he regularly watches over assorted third-party content providers would cost him $402 per year versus the $1,620 he’s paying each year for U-Verse. Silverman concludes that he plans on relying on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon for a week and “if all goes well, I’ll give U-verse a call next week and tell them we’re terminating service.”
This approach won’t work for everyone, however: Silverman concedes that he doesn’t watch a lot of sports and thus won’t miss