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Taking on More Bad Cable Propaganda: Sorry, TV Analyst, Cord Cutting Is Real & Saves Money


Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating retired people cancelling cable TV serviceOnce again we are back with what is quickly becoming my favorite segment here: taking on more bad cable propaganda!

This week’s bad cable TV propaganda comes from Alan Wolk, a TV analyst and TV[R]EV editor. His post is called “The Cord Cutter’s Dilemma: Why So Few People Actually Take the Step“.

So let’s see what one of the top 20 thinkers in social TV has to say about cord cutting.

#1 He Thinks You Can’t Save Money as a Cord Cutter

According to Mr Wolk, “Too often, a potential cord cutter starts to add up what they’ll be paying and realizes they won’t really be saving much money.” And his argument almost immediately falls part.

He says that broadband is one of the main reasons you won’t save money but forgets that if you go back to cable TV most Americans would still pay for Internet. Today Comcast, for example, has more Internet subscribers than TV subscribers. So you cannot include Internet in the augment.

On average the typical American pays over $100 a month just for TV; however, Mr. Wolk says you can’t save money. In his list of services he includes Netflix, HBO NOW, and Hulu along with a live TV service such as Sling TV. Sling TV starts at $20, HBO NOW is $15, Hulu is $8, and Netflix is $10 for a grand total of $53.

So total monthly savings is $47, and you get a ton more content than you would with cable TV. Even if you add in the extra $10 a month cable providers charge for Internet when you don’t bundle you still save $37 a month. Over a year you would save $444, and over 30 years you would save $13,320.

Even Mr. Wolk’s own argument shows how you can save money.

#2 He Thinks Cord Cutting Is Too Confusing

His main argument is there is no traditional cable TV-like guide. Let me save you time, according to your post you talk about Apple TV. Just get DIRECTV NOW or PlayStation Vue and you have a traditional cable TV guide.

#3 He Thinks You Can’t Watch Live TV

According to his post Mr. Wolk says, “Say you want to watch the 6:00 news on your local NBC affiliate. Or maybe you’re a big fan of black-ish and want to be able to watch each new episode when it first airs.” He goes to talk about how if you don’t live in a big town you can’t watch local TV.

This one is easy because a growing list of streaming services offer locals. For example, over two-thirds of all CBS stations are on PlayStation Vue. Even better: over 90% of Americans can get most or all of their locals with an antenna.

If local news is your main issue, you can also get NewsON. In most areas you will find your local news is streamed for free. If not on NewsON you can typically find it on your local news station’s website.

#4 He Thinks Cord Cutters Can’t Use a DVR

In his post he says, “But that raises its own set of issues: there’s no DVR with over-the-air broadcasts, so there’s no way to pause the show you’re watching or record it if you can’t watch live. That too makes cord-cutting a real hassle.”

The truth is many great cord cutting DVR options are out there. I’m sure the folks over at TiVo, Tablo, and Channel Master would be happy to sit down with Mr. Wolk and show him how their DVRs work. If you want a streaming DVR option, look at Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV, which all offer DVR options for locals. Also Hulu’s new live TV service will have a DVR.

I could keep going but you get the idea. If Mr. Alan Wolk would like to get a detailed look at how all of his concerns can be addressed Cord Cutters News would be happy to help him become a cord cutter.

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  • Bill Eastman

    HBO was $5 per month but now FREE on DIRECTV NOW.

  • Damo

    The thing is, with cable there was no flexibility. I either payed a lot of money for shows I didn’t watch and it stayed that way for a year, or I did not and watched nothing. Now, I have Netflix, which meets most of my needs.

    Oh, but Better Call Saul is airing for the next three months. Guess what, I can buy Sling TV for 3 months, then cancel. If another show comes along on a different stream, I can buy that stream long enough to watch and then cancel it

    I am saving money.

    • JJ

      You could save money and not have commercials if you got a season pass for Better Call Saul instead of Sling TV.

      • Damo

        Hmm.

  • Sunny Rain

    Before cutting cord, I was paying about $150 to U-Verse

    With cord-cutting, I pay only $73 per month (35 unlimited internet + 30 PS VUE + 8 Netflix). I’m saving about 50%. And when my internet goes up, that will only be about $90 per month.

    And the best part of cutting cord is that if in the summer, I decided not to have PS Vue if there are no new shows, I can just cancel for 3 months, then come back and find all recent episodes of my shows recorded. And, I can watch my shows from whatever device I want.

    I wish these people could do actual research before posting these anti cord cutting posts.

  • Darrell Patterson

    My total TV bill is less than $20/month. I subscribe to Netflix (4 user), Amazon and purchased a TiVo Roamio OTA with free guide for life. The TiVo integrates streaming services into its search, so you can record OTA or stream from a service. It’s a one stop box for all my needs. I purchased a refurb that was on sale for $179, the current special for the same box is $249, so I scored big. I use a flat grid array antenna, which I purchased on Groupon for $19. It’s about a foot square and has a black and a white side and blends in very well, you can’t see it unless I point it out. I’m not happy about Charter raising my internet fee $5 last month then paying their CEO a $93 million bonus. I tried Playstation Vue but dropped it after a month due to DVR playback glitches and the lack of History channel. Overall I liked the service and thought it was a good value for what they charge. I had the $29/month package and it had way more content than I could ever watch.

  • Norman

    Watched a YouTube clip from a Bloomberg contributor who question the cord cutting trend. In essence he agreed right now people are saving money by cutting the cord, but with the same cable companies owning access to the internet, it’s only a matter of time before the prices go up. His report had the message of these companies well get their money no matter what, so why bother. Not an attitude I share. I agree that it’s likely net access rate will go up to maintain the same greedy bulge in the corporate pocket, but the flexibility of choice that the cord cutter has at least gives us a fighting chance to save money while still maintaining suitable service. If we ever get real competition, it would be even better. This Bloomberg YouTube clip did highlight the French system which seems far superior to our method. One company can own the cable to homes in a region, but any company can pay to use them and thus customers have choices in serve providers. It’s not Comcast or nothing, or AT&T or nothing, or Charter or nothing.