Have you personally cut the cord?
Not yet. Still on Premier. Held hostage by a few series we like on SHO/HBO/MAX. (Choice Extra + SHO/HBO/MAX is only ~$10/mo less than Premier.)
I'm on the verge of reducing my package down to Choice Extra only and then cutting when my contract is up in ~18 months (got HR34 last summer).
My wife and I watch almost nothing live. Our DVR series list breakdown is:
- 3 news (6%)
- 19 OTA-available (40%)
- 3 Showtime (6%)
- 2 HBO (4%)
- 2 MAX (4%)
- 18 other of questionable value (38%)
SHO/HBO/MAX costs ~$504/yr. Those 7 series we watch are all on Vudu for a season total of $211 (full 1080p format); granted they are a few seasons behind. So 504-211=$293/yr for movies. @ $6 each that's ~48 movies a year or around 1 a week. We watch about that many movies but many are not worth $6. Vudu has all the same movies for the same price (and less for lower resolution).
That leaves over $100/mo for essentially junk content and the privilege of leasing a DVR.
In ~18 months I expect the next version of Channel Master TV
to be available with the (apparent) kinks worked out.
What is DTV doing to keep customers like me? Nada. In fact they go out of their way to milk me ($10/mo for HD
Of course nearly everybody has different viewing habits. For many it will still make sense to stay with sat/cable. As prices continue to rise, and the average joe's income continues to not, more and more people are going to do these kinds of calculations.