Thursday, June 07, 2018

Time to cut those two expensive cords?

Watch the young people: They use cell phones, not landlines. And they don't buy expensive cable TV packages.

Looks like it's time to get with it.

Television. In the fourth quarter last year, the number of pay TV subscribers dropped 3.4% from a year earlier, the highest rate of decline since the trend of cord cutting emerged in 2010. Almost 500,000 customers leaving in the fourth quarter alone.

To join them you'll have to do some homework. Here's where the youngsters are watching TV now.
A growing number of people are signing up for packages of TV channels delivered over the Internet by services like Google’s, YouTube TV , Dish Network’s, Sling TV and AT&T’s DirecTV Now. At about $40 to $60 per month, the online offerings are considerably cheaper than the average cable TV charge of over $100. Almost 4.6 million people subscribed to the five leading Internet TV packages at the end of 2017.
There are any number of guides to cutting the TV cord, but this one at The Washington post seems user friendly enough.

Telephone. Nearly 40 percent of American households are now wireless-only, a 20 percent increase from 2011.

There are pros and cons to ditching the landline. You can save money, of course, but will the 911 operator know where you are if your cell phone's GPS is turned off? How is the cell reception in all parts of your home where you make calls? What if you let your cell battery die?

Our landline service is via Comcast, and Comcast occasionally goes down. That means TV goes down and the phone goes down. It's not like the good old days with Ma Bell. So do some What if? thinking on this.

I suspect cord cutting is the future, and I think more people would be doing it if they didn't have to do all the homework.

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