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ABC Article: Cable subscribers flee, but is the Internet or the economy to blame?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by SayWhat?, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=12059368
     
  2. Nick

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    Well, I'm staying with pay tv, but I'll be dropping 4 premium movie packages as soon as I get my Roku box.
     
  3. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    Seems Mr. Hobbs is forgetting one particularly compelling element .. Over-the-Air. With Digital now the norm, people may simply be finding that a small antenna gets them Cable-TV-Like performance. Sure, not as many channels, but the cost is nice.
     
  4. phrelin

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    Well, sort of, but not exactly, when you look at the numbers.

    Comcast lost 1.2%, or 275,000 out of 22,900,000. Verizon FIOS added 6.2% or 204,000 out of 3,300,000.

    Time Warner lost 1.2% or 155,000 out of 12,600,000. AT&T U-Verse added 8.7% or 236,000 out of 2,700,000.

    Those numbers tend to balance out.

    Sure, there's going to be some loss to the internet/OTA combination. And there definitely will be some loss due to the economy particularly for premium packages. But cable companies are no longer the only source of "cable" TV through a "wire".
     

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