Yea, I ditched Cable even without having an online streaming service. I signed up for a free month of Netflix (as I got massive points in a crappy browser game for completing the offer) and it just wasn't for me. It's just didn't offer much of anything that I was into. Mind you, I watch very little in terms of TV. In fact, right now theres not much I watch aside from a few animes (not a big anime fan, but some are really good) and I like to check out stuff like South Park and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But those all can be found online. Plus, animes in english are horribly bad, and the reason I always hated them for years. When you get used to subs and find one that interests you, it can be very addictive (Bleach... I never wanted to like it, it just "took" lol)
But the cost of cable is just too much for what you get. There were about 10 stations between the gf and I that we wanted. In order to get 10 channels I had to have Full tier Basic plus Digital in order to access extra "theme packs" So that was roughly $70/month and I got about 2 of the channels I wanted. Then your not allowed to create your own pack or "pick any # for X amount of money" but were in pre-configured packs. The packs of coarse seemed to be designed to stick 1-2 good channels with 6-7 useless ones to make you buy multiple packs. When I realized I was paying about $120 for just the Cable part alone (with DVR so I could actually watch the shows I wanted, since they came on when I wasn't free) just for 10 channels and about 15 shows... I was like, "This is getting out of hand".
If they simply allowed you to build your own bundle of channels, charge you a base price and sort the channels in pricing tiers so you could pick any single channel you wanted, I'd likely give it another go just for the convenience and quality. But since they are simply too greedy to allow this and want me to spend about $80-$90 on things I don't even flick through just to get a handful of channels... Time to ditch that money pit.
Some of the shows I watch are streamed for free, but I'd be more than happy to throw some money at them if the price was reasonable and the quality was good.
The cable companies have had it good up to this point. There was no alternative and all competitors did the same thing. Now we have the net and online streaming and they don't want to relinquish the easy cash of being able to force us to pay for stuff we don't want. But I think this will bite them in the butt, as people will simply ditch them altogether in favor of cheaper and better online solutions.
They are so afraid of losing free money that they don't realize they will lose ALL their money from many customers, when they could have kept them as limited customers. If I ran a cable company, I'd rather lots of customers spending small amounts of cash, then see hordes of customers simply leave you behind.
But hey, thats just my take..
Hulu was one such service that people dropped cable for, seems like they will be alienating many of their own customers, pushing them away from the service that they left cable for in the first place. Not true of a lot of users, but certainly many of them.
Edited by Fuell - 5/3/12 at 11:09am