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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

    Jun 6, 2009

  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    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

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    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

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    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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