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November 6, 2010

NaBloPoMo – Day 6

I was reading an article yesterday about cable TV subscriptions falling. One theory is people are dropping cable TV for options on the internet like Hulu and Netflix. Another theory claims more people are watching programs on mobile devices. A third theory blamed the economy and people trimming their monthly budgets. I don’t deny any of the three theories, although I’d question the third theory because my thought is people might give up more expensive entertainment options, like movies in theaters and dining out in restaurants, before an option like cable TV.

I have no idea why cable TV providers are losing subscribers, but what I do know is that cable TV is pretty expensive for what you get. I have a basic digital package from Comcast. It’s the lowest priced service I can buy – and I think I get a deal because I get my internet service through them. I receive about 100 channels for my money. It’s nice, but in any given month, I only watch five or six of those channels. Seven during baseball season. Maybe if the cable companies allowed subscribers to purchase channels á la carte so no one felt they were wasting their money on channels they don’t watch they’d see in increase in subscribers.

Another article I read said that Time Warner is reporting a profit for the 3rd quarter 2010. I’m not an economist, but if cable TV subscriptions are falling and profits are rising, does that mean that those of us who are still cable TV subscribers are paying too much for our service?

Nielsen’s 1st quarter 2010 Three Screen Report says the “typical American” has increased his/her TV viewing time to over 35 hours a week. It’s nice to be typical and normal, some might aspire to typical and normal as the American way, but this is one case, I couldn’t be happier to be below average.

How much television do you watch a week? Are you above or below Nielsen’s 35 hours per week average and how do you feel about that? No rush, I can wait until the commercial for the answer.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2010 12:48 pm

    I think being able to purchase only the channels we actually watch would ROCK! Not just because we would save money, but because it would also limit the amount of “not suitable for young children” crap my kids can stumble upon.

    I only have two shows I watch every week, so I don’t need all these crazy channels.


  2. November 7, 2010 9:19 am

    I have no television. Wait. Let me re-phrase. I have a television. I have no television channels. I chose high speed internet in lieu of cable 10 years ago.

    I don’t miss it a bit.


  3. November 7, 2010 11:59 pm

    Everytime I have to pay the cable bill I swear to myself that I’m cancelling it. I remember when TV was free. I remember when there were only 10 channels to choose from. I don’t want to watch reality shows, or music videos, or golf. I watch TV maybe an hour or two a day – mostly news. I’ve decided….I’m cancelling it tomorrow.


  4. November 21, 2010 8:21 pm

    Cable is expensive but we actually use a lot of the premium services from Digital to tons of sports channels. It’s a personal decision and I think lotsnof people would rather put their money elsewhere. Young people watch Hulu a lot!


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