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5 Cord Cutting Stories to Keep an Eye on in 2018

Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV serviceWe are only a week away from the start of 2018. 2017 was an amazing year for cord cutting, and 2018 looks to be even better. So let’s take a moment and look forward to 5 cord cutting stories to keep an eye on in 2018.

#1 ESPN

ESPN has long been the leader in sports TV. Now Disney, the parent company behind ESPN, has decided to jump into the world of subscription streaming services called ESPN+.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the new app will be able to “stream our channels on an authenticated basis and subscribe to ESPN+ for additional sports coverage including thousands of live sporting events.”

ESPN made it clear that this will not be a live stream of ESPN cable channels content, but rather additional sports events not included on their cable channels.

As best we can tell ESPN+ will launch in spring 2018.

#2 Verizon Live TV Streaming Service

Verizon is hoping to follow AT&T’s lead and diversify so as not to rely so heavily on a wireless business that is increasingly crowded by the day. For months now we have heard that Verizon has looked at everything from buying Comcast or Charter to launching their own live TV streaming service all in the hopes of diversifying their product lineup.

Now as best we can tell this Verizon live TV streaming service will launch in spring 2018.

#3 CBS Sports

CBS is hoping to build off of their success with their free CBS News streaming service by launching a free sports streaming service.

CBS Sports won’t air live games but will air highlights and sports recap coverage, allowing sports fans to have 24/7 access to what is happening in the world of sports.

#4 Hulu

A few months ago Disney announced they will be buying most of Fox including their part ownership of Hulu. This gives Disney 60% ownership of Hulu and, for the first time, Hulu will have a single majority owner.

What will Disney do with Hulu? We will have to wait and see.

#5 5G Wireless Internet

One of the biggest issues for many wannabe cord cutters is fast Internet at home. It can be time consuming and expensive to run fiber to every house in a town. Now 5G home Internet brings the promise of fiber speeds without the need for a fiber line.

Right now Verizon and several other companies have announced plans to launch 5G wireless Internet in a handful of cities in 2018 with more on the way in 2019.

This could be a pivotal moment in the United States because for the first time we will start to see real competition in home Internet. Keep an eye on this because it may be the most important thing to happen since the Internet boom of the 1990s.

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9 Responses to 5 Cord Cutting Stories to Keep an Eye on in 2018

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    Jay Claudel December 25, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    No T-Mobile acquiring Layer3 TV? This is a major story. You know John Legere going to do whatever he can to crippled the big Network’s.

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    Edward B December 25, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    If ESPN+ becomes a reality what happen’s to Watch ESPN(with all the ESPN3 programming)?
    Will ESPN+ show sports that is already available elsewhere(MLB TV,NBA League Pass and NHL Center Ice)?
    CBS Sports streaming news in this day and age isn’t necessary because news and highlights are always available online plus ESPN has news and highlights around the clock for those without the internet .

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      Jared Cheeseman December 25, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

      all that stuff would be part of espn +

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    Eric Beagles December 25, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    If the ESPN+ service stays as they have planned, it will fail big time.
    Pointless if it doesn’t have the games that people want to see.

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    Douglas Trapasso December 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

    Whatever happened to Hulu adding a bunch of MTM era shows (i.e. Bob Newhart seasons four-six, Mary Tyler Moore seasons four-seven, St. Elsewhere, NYPD Blue, and I think MASH was mentioned in one article I read)

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    Jared Cheeseman December 25, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    it will intagrate the espn channels too

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    BigO December 26, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    1) The story I am most interested in is the Disney / Fox / Hulu one – and how it all fleshes out.

    2) I really think T-Mobile purchasing Layer3 should be part of the mix – or at least say the top 6 stories.

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    rich g December 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    My story I’ll be watching is what Comcast and others do to stand alone internet service, Comcast is already on record as saying they will start to increase prices all over the county, this will hurt cord cutters more than anything. I bet is 90 to 100 dollars by years end.Most people only have 1 or 2 providers anyway so it’s lookinng bad.

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    Michael Young December 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

    There was discussion of Disney offering a streaming service of all of their content (movies, TV shows, etc.) Did anything come of this?