Earlier this year, RTC Cable announced plans to end all TV services in July 2019. Now Pioneer Communications, a small cable company in Kansas, has announced plans to ditch traditional cable TV and go streaming only.
Pioneer has been around over 65 years, but with the changing markets has decided to walk away from TV and offer a streaming-only option. Now if you want TV from Pioneer, you will need to buy a streaming player and subscribe to their new StreamTV service.
Sadly, the pricing is not very competitive with what other companies offer. For $29.99 a month, you can get 22 channels including locals and a handful of other channels including The Weather Channel, TBS, and CSPAN. That comes with two streams and 50 hours of Cloud DVR.
There are two other packages including a $74.99 medium package that comes with 63 channels, two streams, and 50 hours of DVR. Or you could get the $94.99 a month 110-channel package that also comes with two streams and 50 hours of DVR.
The new StreamTV service will offer a three-day replay feature allowing you to watch shows you forgot to DVR, a restart TV feature allowing you to restart a show already in progress and a cloud DVR option. The downside is StreamTV only gives you full access to your live TV if you are using their Internet. When you travel and use a different Internet connection, they say you will only get a “handful of live channels.”
There are other add-ons. If you want an extra stream they are $3 a month each up to 6 streams. You can also expand your DVR storage up to 500 hours if you are willing to pay an extra $45 a month.
If you live in a Pioneer area, make sure to do your research and compare different streaming services to the new StreamTV option.
As cord cutting grows, we are seeing a small trend forming. Small cable companies are going all-in on internet and leaving traditional pay-TV behind. This trend is becoming so prominent that the American Cable Association (ACA) is changing its name.
“For more than twenty years, ACA Connects members have made the necessary investments to first provide traditional video service and now broadband service to rural and smaller market America. Our industry is changing and our new name features our longstanding pledge to serve as communications leaders in our communities,” ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said in a statement posted on their website.
The question now is how fast will this trend of cable TV companies ditching TV grow. Will 2019 become the year small cable TV providers died? How long will it be until a bigger cable TV company is forced to also walk away from standard cable TV?
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