Recently there has been a huge push promoting the idea that cord cutting costs more than cable because cord cutters subscribe to so many services. Our readers have loudly pushed back on the idea that they pay more than cable TV.
To confront that idea, Cord Cutters News added a new question to our quarterly reader survey. We asked over 3,000 cord cutters how many for-pay TV/movie services they subscribe to. (Note: We clearly stated this was for video services. Music services and other subscription services are not included.)
According to our readers, 91.9% of them subscribe to four or fewer services; 79.2% of them subscribe to three or fewer TV services.
Here is a full break down of how our readers answered our survey:
- 0 Services: 6.1%
- 1 Services: 19.1%
- 2 Services: 28.8%
- 3 Services: 25.2%
- 4 Services: 12.4%
- 5 Services: 5.5%
- 6 Services: 1.8%
With streaming services on average ranging in price from $3 to $11, you can see how many cord cutters can subscribe to four streaming services and still save money.
Even when you add in a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV at $50 a month you can easily add in an $11 Netflix and a $5.99 YouTube and only pay $66.99 a month, which is less than the $107+ average cable TV subscriber pays.
From talking to cord cutters it seems they have learned to rotate subscriptions to keep costs low.
Again, this only counted paid services. Cord cutters can easily add a long list of free ad-supported services to get even more content than cable TV could ever offer.
So, how many streaming services do you subscribe to? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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