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Why Your Cable Company Might Be Happy to See You Stop Subscribing to Its TV Service

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by MULTIZ321, May 1, 2019.

  1. MULTIZ321

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    Why Your Cable Company Might Be Happy to See You Stop Subscribing to Its TV Service
    By Rob Pegoraro/ Special for USA Today/ Tech/ USA Today/ usatoday.com

    "The steady march of TV cord cutting – plus continued inflation in programming costs – has led some smaller cable operators to stop fighting this trend. But if yours invites you to dump its TV service and switch to online streaming, its internet rates may hide a surprise that will be painful to you and profitable to your internet provider.

    Data caps limiting how much you can download per month are an unpleasant reality at too many providers, but small cable services can be significantly less generous with them. Those same companies also have the hardest time keeping programming costs in check and increasingly lose money on video.

    "(A)mong smaller cable operators, it has become commonplace to stop even trying to preserve the video subscriber base," a MoffettNathanson Research study observed. That note called out two second-tier firms, Cable One and Mediacom, as being particularly at peace with seeing their video subscribers quit...."

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    Cord-cutting has continued to accelerate. (Photo: Getty Images)


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    vacationhopeful TUG Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    My avartar picture is my 2nd home. CableTV is expensive weekend luxury ... but there has been NO local TV reception for years. Except now there digital TV service via my new digital antenna and digital TV has me picking up several stations ... the 69.1, 69.2, 69.3 stations with commericals plus multiple non-commerical public channels. No ABC, NBC or CBS stations but it is a 2nd home ... and this broadcast TV service, really is close to being in a foreign country.

    I heard about these broadcasts stations are partial supported by the "Emergency Broadcast System" ... cable is not free service.

    And my DVD player is still a very important part of my living room. But at least I have a weather channel now and some local news on TV. Just need to get another digital antenna for my bedroom.

    The only thing MORE expensive than Cable TV in the area ... internet service.
     

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