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Why Is Everyone So Negative on Cord Cutting Recently? We Take a Look

Depressed mature man holding paper and looking at it while sitting on the couch at homeIf you have browsed the Internet recently you likely have found a long lists of anti-cord cutting posts. Everything from you can’t save money to skyrocketing Internet prices! Why are we seeing so many of these negative stories?

Cable loves them because they do work on many people. Their hope is to honestly scare you into handing over your hard-earned money. For example, take a look at Cox’s anti-cord cutting tactics.

Why do other sites that don’t seem to have any ties to cable post doom and gloom stories? They make a lot of money. People are far more likely to read a story with a doom and gloom headline than one with a positive headline.

The American radio legend Paul Harvey talked about this at great depth. In short good news does not sell like bad news does. People, whether they want to admit it or not, are far more interested in bad news than good news.

So the next time you see a story about how in 5 years Internet will cost so much more or cord cutting is doomed remember this post.

Never before have we had so many options for TV. Right now there are over 100 streaming services in the United States. In 2017 a long list of new services are coming including a standalone ESPN service and new live TV services from Hulu, Comcast, and Verizon. Every month Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW get better. I could keep going but you get the idea.

What about Internet? I talked about that in more depth here, but every month more options come on the market. As we sit here Google and other companies are working hard on a new wireless Internet service that will bring new and true competition for Americans.

I could go on and on about how great things are with cord cutting. Take everything you read with a grain of salt because cord cutting has never been stronger than it is right now and the future looks great.

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16 Responses to Why Is Everyone So Negative on Cord Cutting Recently? We Take a Look

  1. Dogman April 22, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    It’s the old FUD routine used by IBM way back when!

  2. mikkeee April 22, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    I pulled the trigger about 9 months ago and tried just about all the services. Ended up with a slim antenna recording local channels nightly on Plex, PSVue, HBO, and Netflix at $65 month total. I had to purchase some hardware/software initially but paying ½ what I was paying for DirecTV with 5 boxes so my break-even point is 1 year. I like what I have now much better because of flexibility. I even have all the commercials scrubbed from the plex media server so no fast forwarding any shows on local stations. Only problem is when a non-tech person (mom coming over to watch the kid) tries to figure out how to work everything.

    • Bruce Wayne April 23, 2017 at 4:13 am #

      How do you record to Plex?

      • mikkeee April 23, 2017 at 5:51 am #

        I believe you need to have a Plex Pass to access the DVR feature. All you need to do is hook up your antenna to an HD HomeRun digital tuner which pushes the antenna signal into your network. Just tell Plex to find the HD HomeRun and your good. I went a step further by running MCEBuddy along with the donation version of comskip to strip the commercials.
        Plex: MCEBuddy: Comskip:

        • Bruce Wayne April 23, 2017 at 10:27 am #

          Thanks for the information.

  3. Sunny Rain April 22, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    From my experience, most of those posts aren’t even meant to be intentionally anti-cord cutting. The biggest problem is that people get the facts wrong, they don’t do enough research and don’t respect journalism at all. You have people reporting about TV and technology but they are not even familiar with that industry. So, the result is a lot of wrong facts that make either all cord cutting or just particular options look bad.

    A common misconception spread by most writers is associating Netflix, HBO with cord cutting as an alternative to cable when in reality most people with Netflix and HBO have full cable pay TV packages. Those services don’t offer what cable offers, so they’re not an alternative. They are an addition to cable. And that’s what Netflix meant in their announcement earlier this week. But most people don’t get that because they don’t even take time to find out the difference between Netflix content and cable content or the difference between HBO cost with and without cable.

    Even pro-cord cutting sites often focus on the negative instead of the positive. It’s easier to focus on how YouTube is forcing you to watch ads than focus on how they’re giving you unlimited DVR and how those ads are only for the On Demand content and not everything, or how good their search and streaming quality is compared to all other services. By focusing on the negative, you discourage people who would have actually embraced the service.

    Likewise, a lot of people still think PS Vue can only work on PlayStation. A lot think PS Vue is the most expensive when in reality, the base package is $30 for most of Americans. A lot of people still think PS Vue UI is terrible because they read a post by someone who only tested it on Roku or Chromecast without checking Apple TV or FireTV. A lot of people think you can’t watch PS Vue at all outside home when in reality, you can watch almost all channels on PS Vue Mobile and on Web. You get the point.

    At the end of the day, it creates the impression that there are no good cord-cutting solutions, when in truth a lot of people could get everything they want at a cheap price from one of the current solutions.

    Until people learn to do research and understand how the industry works, we will keep having these misconceptions about cord cutting.

    • Nathan John Ganiere April 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

      what it’s worth I had Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Now before I finally did cut my traditional tv service so I can understand how someone says they aren’t anything related to cord cutting in reality………..those always had in addition to whatever else I had, but now a mostly Sling TV user……..

      • Sunny Rain April 22, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

        exactly, me too I had those services even before cutting the cord. But people out there will be like, “cord cutting is expensive because you have to pay for Netflix and Hulu and HBO” but the truth is, even before cutting cord, you had to pay for those services too.

      • Ben M April 23, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

        I may be an exception, but all I ever had was cable prior to cutting the cord. I did not subscribe to Netflix, Hulu or HBO or anything else in addition to cable. When I cut the cable cord I went to OTA and Netflix. Since then I have subscribed to Hulu, dropped Netflix, subscribed to Acorn for a couple months out of the year with some overlap. I do not count Amazon Prime because I have that for the free shipping. Add to that Crackle & TubiTV and I can usually find something I want to watch. Right now I am paying $30 a month for internet & $12 for Hulu. With that, OTA and free services I have more than enough to fill my tv watching time but at significantly less cost than I was paying with cable.

    • Bruce Wayne April 23, 2017 at 4:12 am #

      Great points especially about PlayStation Vue. So many misconceptions.

  4. Carol Benedict April 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    We cut the cord about 6 months ago we already had Netflix and Amazon prime. When we moved ota won’t work here even with the best of antennas. I don’t watch like tv and the few shows my husband watches is on cbs and it the area we live we can get cbs all access live or on demand it is the only thing we added the cost of internet is a mute point we have had internet for over ten years and don’t count in toward cost of citing the cord we have also had Netflix and Amazon prime for years the only thing we added was cbs all access at 6 dollars a month we will now get HBO because it is part of our at&t unlimited plus wireless plan and we will probably never watch it. We don’t care about live tv so we are not buying any of those streaming services. The high cost that everyone is writing about assumes that all people don’t already have internet and will buy everything available which is nonsense

  5. ExerciseBikeRider April 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    Going on a year with PS Vue. Excellent with sports with channels like BeIN, FS1, FS2, Fox Sports (Local MLB team), ESPN(3), MLB, GOLF, NFL and NBC sports network channels for 34.99 month. Before I subscribed to Vue last year, I was spending money to on MLB.TV and FUBU to view BeIN channels.

    Any ideas what these sporting packages would run me with Direct TV or Cox cable? Not even close.

    • Bruce Wayne April 23, 2017 at 4:01 am #

      Same here. PlayStation Vue is simply the best streaming service right now. The value for what you get is tremendous.

    • Nathan John Ganiere April 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

      don’t know but the sports package which includes NFL Network to be added through Mediacom and some other sports networks, alone is like $25 or $30 I’ve checked…….

  6. BrianH1972 April 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    $35 a month for 100+ channels and free HBO. The last cable bill I paid was over $120.

    I am not sure how they can argue cord cutting is not cost effective but I guess anyone can spin anything.

    For me I will never pay another contracted cable/satellite bill in my life.

  7. Al Raguckas April 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    My guess is all of the negativity towards cord cutting is somehow driven by cable companies to slow the rate at which customers drop cable.