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Our 2018 Cord Cutting Predictions

Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV service2017 is coming to an end, and we have already looked at some of the stories we know will happen in 2018. Now let’s take a look at some predictions—things we think will happen.

These are just my personal guesses at what we will see in 2018. Just because it is listed here does not mean it will happen.

So let’s dive into what Cord Cutters News thinks will happen in 2018…

#1 Streaming Services Shutting Down

2018 will likely see a flood of streaming services not make it. There are currently over 200 streaming services just in the United States with more on the way. At some point not all of them can make it because there are multiple streaming services trying to offer the same content.

Look for a few—not many—to go under in 2018. When that happens, there will be a flood of stories about how cord cutting is over. Just laugh and move along. What is really happening is a supply and demand issue. The supply is starting to outpace the demand as more services launch in 2018.

I don’t expect any of the legal live TV streaming services to go under in 2018, but it is possible. Right now all of the live TV streaming services on the market today have plenty of capital—thanks to investors and their parent companies—to make it through 2018 and most of 2019. It could happen, but it won’t be because they ran out of money.

#2 New Streaming Players

Having new streaming players hit the market is an easy prediction, so let’s take a look at what players I think will see an update in 2018.

First, look for a new Amazon Fire Stick. Right now the Amazon Fire Stick is the oldest streaming player from the big three. Roku and Apple have released new and updated versions of their streaming players recently leaving Amazon’s Fire Stick as the oldest device on the market.

Look for Amazon to release an updated Fire Stick with a faster processor, but I wouldn’t be looking for a 4K Fire Stick because Amazon is likely trying to keep the Fire Stick price down.

Second, watch for new Roku TVs. Not just updated models from current Roku TV manufacturers but also new brands switching their operating system over to the Roku TV. Who that will be is anyone’s guess, but watch for several TV manufacturers to jump on board with Roku in 2018.

#3 In 2018 it will be harder to spot piracy.

In 2017 we started to see a flood of a new kind of piracy services—services that want you to think they are legitimate.

In the past it was easy to spot piracy, because it was free and offered content you typically had to pay for. Now a growing group of piracy services charge you to use the service. Not only do they charge, but many of them also look extremely professional.

In 2018 keep an eye out for a flood of new professional-looking piracy services.

#4 Piracy Lawsuits

2017 saw the start of a flood of legal action against streaming services and devices that promoted or facilitated piracy.

In 2018 look for a flood of lawsuits against everything from people promoting how to access pirated content to end users who may have thought what they did was legal. How far this will go is unknown, but content owners have made it clear they plan to stop illegal streaming of their content and they seem to be falling back on an old standby method of suing anyone and everyone who they can get their hands on.

#5 Cord Cutting Growth

Watch for a flood of new cord cutters in 2018. As cord cutting becomes easier we have seen cord cutting grow faster. Look for cord cutting to be easier than ever in 2018, which will drive a growth in cord cutting like never before.

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11 Responses to Our 2018 Cord Cutting Predictions

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    Dusty Rhodes December 29, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    ATT&T and other cell carriers can deliver internet to your smartphone…and that’s what is going to happen with streaming services…no more wires…or cords. Goodbye Comcast and other cable companies. This is gonna be HUGE!!!

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      Richard December 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      Agreed, But they can deliver internet to the smartphone now at up to 4G speeds. The big change will be the intro of 5G … for the home. 5G is delivered wirelessly and capable of up to 4Gbps. Wow! While that is perfect conditions / scenario speed … even if we get half that we would be getting 2Gbps. Compared with the current U.S. average of approx 55Mbps … that would be tremendous. And … as you said … all delivered wirelessly. This will be an exciting advancement. There is a startup out of Boston (www.starry.com) testing the technology now in a limited geo, albeit not at 5G speeds.

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        Dusty Rhodes December 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

        thanks for expounding on my point Richard….you made the point much better than i did….thanks. and thanks for the heads up on starry.com

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        TV Barrington January 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

        I’m really hoping that 5G is a Godsend for many varied reasons related to cord-cutting. However, I am also eager to hear such things like the finalized reports of price (and possible fees) of 5G service, and how will all of all the folks surrounding any remote cell tower that’s using it to stream and surf will be affected in any type of negative manner reception. If it’s cheaper than Comcast cable, faster than Comcast cable, and more reliable than Comcast cable, I can see myself signing up for it at some point.

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      Sunflower December 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

      Why would you want to watch on such a small screen?

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        Dusty Rhodes December 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

        screen size will go up as the technology is improved…check out starry.com
        right now comcast is strangling me with dollar 80 internet…their way to fight cord-cutting…since their tv bundles are overpriced and suck anyway…

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    Jared Cheeseman December 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    i hope the espn+ plus sevice is part of sling ect

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    NCAviator December 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    Luke;
    You follow this industry much closer than me. I see it slightly differently. 2017 was about the streaming services trying to get to parity with the cable and satellite companies. They added local stations and features like DVR. Up to this point the cable and satellite companies did not have to react much. We also saw the consumers buying 4K TVs in large numbers.

    I think 2018 is going to be a year of extreme competition between the streamers and the traditionals. I would not be surprised with Net Neutrality gone for the tranditionals to fight dirty. Don’t expect the FCC to be consumer friendly either.

    I am hopeful the streamers will try and deliver capabilities the tranditionals are not ready to do. I am hoping one will try 4K live. Maybe sports. ESPN has been stupid not to leverage their access and do it up to now. AT&T has indicated they want to, but so far they have been all talk and no delivery. They said they would have DVR at their launch and a year later it is still beta and buggy.

    I would not be surprised if a streamer tries to offer split screen like the ESPN APP on AppleTV. ESPN should use that to do 4K. I had hoped their would be something like that for the Olympics. Too bad NBC is not trying to do it.

    So 2018 is going to a big fight for the consumer. It is not going to be pretty and many consumers are going to get hurt. Big Cable is going to fight hard and dirty. The streamer that can differentiate themselves will take market share and set the tempo for all the others. Hopefully the NFL will get their act together and sign contracts to get their show to more consumers and not sign monopoly deals anymore. With declining ratings they need to do something.

    No matter what happens; you will have a great time reporting on it all.

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    JerYnkFan December 30, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    As someone who is stuck with Comcast as their only ISP choice I am hoping 5G really starts to take hold. Disney streaming service is also I am looking forward to. I’d like to have one service for all the Marvel & Star Wars content.

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      SanityChecker December 30, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      And hopefully 5G fixed wireless services have reasonable caps.

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    JD Campbell January 2, 2018 at 9:42 am #

    I see 2018 as a new year for DTNnow to announce more bogus dates for upcoming features.