I pay $180 a month for ATT Gigapower + U-Verse TV in Dallas, I hate it. The internet is great, but the Cable is so overboard, we mostly watch Netflix/HBO/MTOD, the only thing I watch on regular TV is sports, I do follow a lot of racing, but there are much cheaper/better ways for me to get access to those.
I still think there are some use cases for TV, but not in the old fashioned "we broadcast whatever we want and you come watch it" way.
They need to kill off all of these stupid channels and keep a handful of them that produces quality content.
The whole "you get 50 channels if useless home remodeling, cooking and other terrible reality shows whether you want it or not" philosophy needs to end. It should never have existed in the first place.
I dunno if I'd say the cost is too high, rather than say the value of it's content is too low/non-existent. If it had quality content, the current price wouldn't be so outrageous.
Instead, you get the same old reruns, a couple shows that are basically the same as the old re-runs (let's make moar cop & doctor dramas!), or the "reality" shows which are all the same thing in a different setting (which is irrelevant since they focus on the drama,) all in an endless stream of commercials. If they sold their current service for $10/month I still wouldn't buy in. I don't even have an antennae for OTA networks anymore, even free is too much to sit thru the junk they air. I do stream stuff to watch though.
I was always more of a documentary or informational type viewer rather than someone who watched dramas and stuff. TV is absolutely horrid in that regard. Someone on youtube with a cheap camera and an internet connection can make a more informative & entertaining program than a network can with massive amounts of money, a studio, and teams of people working on it.
no the cost is too damn high. I work in the industry and can tell you the prices are high. Every year the number one topic of conversation at expos for cable / paid tv providers is who do we lower the cost of services for customers. The problem is when you have all the content providers charging ungodly rates you have to pass that onto the customers. In this day and age few companies make a profit from selling you TV service. That is just something tacked onto internet to give a little more value to the service.
We had one local station want $6.75 per sub. We don’t carry that one. A sports team that started their own station wants something like $9 per sub.
once the rebroadcast cost come down then cable cost will come down.
Cut the cord 15+ years ago when my DirecTV bill rose from $59 a month to $129+ in less than two years... all next taxes/fees/etc. Don't miss it one little bit.
Houston has 80+ crap broadcast channels that have 95% of the exact same stuff for free.
Roku box with Netflix + Britbox + Acorn subs cover the rest (thinking about even canceling Netflix)
/Roku and Pluto channels (both free) are now my main go-tos
//cable became dead to me when A&E/History Channel etc switched to all reality tv all the time
///might add PBS Passport to replace Netflix sub - if they'd take Paypal billing :/
live tv is only necessary for news, weather, sports, and talk/variety shows that reference current events.
That's what a dvr like Tivo is for. I've used one since the single tuner SD directivo back in the day through now. I also have streaming services but not everything shows up or stays around for more than a week in many cases for TV shows. The Tivo let's me watch shows on my schedule purely. And I skip ads.Honestly I don't know why people bother with broadcast/cable tv anymore. There isn't much on it except things to fill time with. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video all have better content and you don't have to sit around waiting until a specified time.
Content aside that's actually the most important part for me. I have a very busy life and its far more convenient for me to watch something when I want to not when some arbitrary scheduler decides to slip it into the lineup.
That's what a dvr like Tivo is for. I've used one since the single tuner SD directivo back in the day through now. I also have streaming services but not everything shows up or stays around for more than a week in many cases for TV shows. The Tivo let's me watch shows on my schedule purely. And I skip ads.