Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV service

Don’t Let Doom and Gloom Scare Tactics Push You Away From Cord Cutting


Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV serviceThere is a recent new push to scare cord cutters into running back to cable TV. All of the typical efforts you have come to expect still exist, but there is also a new effort underway.

Recently a lot of press was made about how Internet prices underway skyrocket. What is the source for all of this doom and gloom? Not the cable companies. No, as of this post no crazy new price hikes have been announced.

The source for these doom and gloom posts is an analyst, Mike McCormack, a Jefferies analyst. Who is Mike McCormack? Don’t worry if you don’t know him. He is an analyst who created a report that said cable companies need to hike broadband-only pricing.

“Cable companies are likely to raise stand-alone broadband pricing in order to combat the EBITDA declines from downsizing,” said McCormack in the report.

Now McCormack is just doing his job taking a look at how cable companies can make as much money as possible, but just because some analyst says he thinks something will or should happen does not mean it will happen.

Yet if you read the press coverage of his report you would think Comcast was increasing their pricing already by $100 a month.

Remember negativity sells, so always take these stories with a grain of salt. My recommendation is to not worry about it. These weekly, or sometimes daily, negative stories can be fun to read but I wouldn’t go running back to cable over what may happen or because of what some analyst thinks may happen.

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  • Phuq_Me

    I’d cut the cord already the OTT had all the locals and better selection of channels. YouTube TV has all the locals ( except CW and PBS no biggie ) but channel selection is horrendous. DirecTv Now probably has the best channel selection but ZERO locals despite your constant stories of them supposedly adding them. Vue has 2 locals but channels selection not quite as good. Hulu Live selection not much better than YouTube plus only 1 local( a local I don’t want since it broadcasts in 480p. Geesh Hulu get with the program and provide the actual local everyone else does ) Sling = total suckage

    • Nashville right? Great city, not a far drive from Bham, we visit there often. Crazy that DIRECT NOW has zero there. The streaming services know that Live local coverage is the lynchpin for OTT’s ultimate success.

      • Phuq_Me

        Nashville is my DMA I live about 75 miles away

    • Todd

      Do you have the option of using an antenna, or are you in an area where an antenna wouldn’t work for you? The reason I ask is, if you could use an antenna, then you could find a service that has everything else you want (you mentioned DTVN as the best option for that) and still have access to locals without having to pay a service for them.

      • Phuq_Me

        At best I get a ABC out of Jackson TN which has a CBS sub channel that’s in 480p and a PBS out of Jackson TN. Anything out of Nashville or the Fox station out of Jackson TN is hit or miss and can not be gotten in reliably.

  • Andrew Lindeman

    It’s not just straight out raising the price, but the data caps (which force you into a higher priced Internet package.) I put my experience here: http://cordcuttingforums.com/showthread.php?tid=1034

    • Phuq_Me

      Most ISP have up the caps to 1 TB or more that shouldn’t be an issue any more it’s not 250-300 GB like it used to be. Also some ISPs like mine( Charter ) do not have caps. In fact Charter is banned from having caps until mid 2023.

      • Andrew Lindeman

        Comcast is reporting that I’m using 275 GB in just one week. I just “cut the cord” ~two weeks ago and went with DTVN. I am going to blow through the 1 TB cap from Comcrap. Thankfully I can switch to Verizon Fios which doesn’t have caps.

        • Phuq_Me

          So you’re paying for TWO services? Why not just pay the extra $50 to get unlimited data from Comcast? Or just go with FiOS to begin with? DTVN uses maybe 3 GB an hour so you watch 90 hours of TV in a week

          • Andrew Lindeman

            No, just one – at a time. I had to switch from Fios to Comcast to get my Internet bill down to the “introductory for the 1st year $39.99”

            Yes, it seems like my DTVN is using more bandwidth than it should. I am having trouble getting my SO to stop the streaming when she turns off the TV. I’ve asked nicely a few times, but this requires a change in behavior that she’s not used to compared to old cable tv tuner boxes…

          • Vegas Steve

            Good for you on the switching. I know it isn’t convenient, but it’s about the only way to keep these crooked ISP’s in line. Well, unless you can get a lifetime guarantee like I did last time with Centurylink.

            I feel your pain on the SO, and I bet that’s your high usage problem. I got mine a Roku TV, so when the power goes off, so does the streaming, i.e., WAF very high! lol

          • You can also power some media players via the USB port on TVs. (Some come that way and there are third-party adapters for additional Roku, Fire TV Stick, and Chromecast models.)

            Another alternative is getting a “master/slave” power strip, so when you turn off the TV other devices get turned off too.

  • JerYnkFan

    I cut the cord years ago and couldn’t be happier. My only down side is now that I moved am in an area of NJ that I can’t get local channels with an antenna, but I haven’t really watched live TV in a long time anyway besides sports. Unfortunately Comcast has a strangle hold on internet out here (no FIOS) so I am stuck with them, but from what they told me my price stays the same forever at this point. I can watch everything I normally would with a combo of Hulu, CW App and Netflix. I also have Amazon Prime which is basically free since I used CC rewards points for it. Got suckered into CBS all access for new Star Trek show, but I’ll cancel and renew once season ends then starts back up again so that isn’t an all year expense.

  • Robert Kreutzer

    AT&T locked us in $40/month for one year and say that price is guaranteed for two years. I’m not sure I’m buying the monthly rate hike stories either. It would be nice if there were a few more providers, though, and have more competition.

    With just my wife and myself, we don’t come close to the 1tb limit. I bet this would be an issue for families with kids, though.

  • RubberBoloney

    Cable TV providers are in total panic mode now. They know if the tide of cable cutters doesn’t stop, their business will go down the tubes. Couldn’t happen to more deserving people. Be damned Comcast et al.