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Cord Cutting

Cord cutting vs cable

More than 1 million people cut the cord during the most recent quarter

February 13th, 2019

Dish Network announced today that it shed 334,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter, with a substantial portion of the departures being attributed to the ongoing dispute with HBO that’s caused HBO programming to be blacked out for Dish subscribers. If that wasn’t enough, Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson added that there’s been essentially no …

Best cable alternatives: cord-cutting cost vs cable

Two different surveys confirm that cable companies are screwed

July 24th, 2018

It is not a pleasant time to be a cable company. Decades of regional monopolies are being swept away, leaving us with — the horror! — actual competition. Prices on streaming bundles are so low that companies are actually struggling to make money on the $40-a-month skinny services. Any time margins are so low that …

DirecTV Now price vs competition

DirecTV Now gets a price hike so AT&T can stop losing so much money

July 2nd, 2018

DirecTV Now, AT&T’s cable-replacement streaming service, has been adding users like no tomorrow. Since launching in November 2016, it’s added over 1.5 million subscribers, making it the second-biggest live-TV streaming service. But that success comes at a cost to AT&T: Its revenue and operating income for pay TV is down massively, because the $35-a-month subscription …

AT&T Watch price, channels, release date

AT&T Watch is here: $15 for 30 channels, but no HBO

June 21st, 2018

After teasing it heavily for the last few weeks, AT&T has finally taken the wraps off its new $15-a-month streaming service, AT&T Watch. For a little more than Netflix, you get 31 live-streaming channels, including CNN, TBS, TNT, and BBC America, as well as some on-demand TV and movie content. Six more channels from Viacom …

Cord-cutting: best streaming services 2018 vs cable

Cord cutting is crushing pay TV, and it’s glorious

May 24th, 2018

Forgive me if you’ve heard this before, but cable companies just had another dismal quarter of subscriber losses. The top five publicly traded cable companies logged their worst first-quarter losses on record, according to a report from Kagan. Although the industry is citing a growing streaming business as a cause for optimism, the fact remains …

Cord-Cutting: best satellite alternatives 2018

3.4 million households have ditched cable since 2012

May 18th, 2018

Cord-cutting has gone from a whispered industry nightmare to a very present reality, with over a million people killing their traditional pay TV subscriptions last year, ad revenue dropping, and viable streaming alternatives popping up virtually every month. Leichtman Research has some new data (spotted by DSL Reports) on the recent losses of the cable and satellite …