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Cord Cutter: Cable Broadband vs Cable TV Inflection Nears

29 July 2014 904 views 3 Comments

Dirty little cord cutter secret is that cable TV is out, but cable broadband is on the rise. Yes, the Fairer Platform family has cut the TV cord, but…

Dirty little cord cutter secret is that cable TV is out, but cable broadband is on the rise. Yes, the Fairer Platform family has cut the TV cord, but still pays Time Warner for cable broadband every month.

And, lots of folks are in the same boat. Whether we’re talking cable or the lucky few with fiber, a growing number of people are getting an HD antenna and cutting the TV cord.

That said, an interesting milestone is approaching for America’s cable service providers. According to Moody’s Investors Service research, a direct result of the growing ranks of cord cutters is that cable companies will soon have more broadband than pay TV customers.

“Cable providers’ largely upgraded networks and high-speed capabilities can make them the first call for consumers seeking fast Internet connections,” said Karen Berckmann, vice president and senior analyst, Moody. “But if cable companies want to sell their video product as well, the onus is on them to provide a compelling video experience at an attractive price.”

Yeah, good luck with that. It’s super easy to combine a quality HD antenna with Netflix, Hulu Plus and/or Amazon Prime and save big over cable TV.

Some time very soon, US cable operators will pass an inflection point where their will have more broadband customers than pay TV subscribers. Moody believes some service providers already have more data than TV customers, but the milestone is coming for all providers sooner rather than later.

For example, Time Warner and Charter have more data than TV subs, while Cablevision is on the cusp.

Roughly speaking, Moody estimates both broadband and pay TV now claim about 50 million subs.

Are you already a cord cutter? How do you get broadband — DSL, cable or fiber?

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  • Jieyouxiandianshi Burongyi said:

    I currently have Amazon Prime & Netflix. I had Hulu Plus at one point but unsubscribed. Between these three services, I still find it hard to “cut the cord”.

    Right now all of my favorite shows are automatically recorded to my DVR as soon as they are aired and whenever I have time to watch them they are right there ready for me.

    Having used Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, I have not been able to achieve such convenience and ease.

    Often I have to wait days, weeks or even months after the episode was initially aired before it becomes available on one of the services. Not only that, due to licensing issues, I often have to search for my favorite shows on different services until I find one that has it, assuming it’s available at all.

    If someone can come up with a device to replace my DVR and provide the same kind of convenience, I’d be more than willing to pay less than I’m paying for cable TV right now. Until then, I simply can’t cut the cord, as much as I want to.

  • Syn said:

    The Problem with this is.. as people drop cable, Broadband will rise to make up for it. They already should be under investigation for how much they charge for broadband. If you try to leave, SUDDENLY, they can give you a lower price which leads one to believe they are over charging to begin with.

    I remember the old days AOL charge by the hour. ISP’s came along and gave all you can eat for 20 dollars. AOL had to follow that. However as people got more internet savvy, and AOL refused to stop treating their customers like they were idiots and needed to be hand held, ISPS took over the Market and AOL founds itself out. And with AOL out, they won and are now free to charge whatever outrageous price they feel like.

  • Bob B Bob said:

    I would love to have four, five or six choices for cable broadband. We need real competition in broadband.

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