Over the last few weeks, we have learned about four cable TV companies that have or will shut down their TV services. A growing number of them say offering TV service no longer makes sense.
The following four cable TV companies are walking away from TV:
Bailey Cable TV
Some cable TV companies may be shutting down TV service but this one just closed its dorors over night with no warning. Bailey Cable TV customers recently found that their TV and Internet stopped working in late November. According to a recorded message that the company announced that they had shut down back on November 30. Customers won’t be billed for December, according to the message sent to them by Bailey Cable TV.
When Cord Cutters News called one of the customer service lines, the following message played before the line disconnected:
“As of November 30, 2023, Bailey Cable has closed its door. If you have lost your service, it will not be restored. There will be no billing for the month of December. We thank you.”
DUO Broadband announced that they will shut down both its traditional cable TV and its streaming TV services soon.
According to DUO Broadband, they are being forced to make this change because of the “extreme price increases from programmers” that make running TV unprofitable. This means customers in Kentucky counties will soon lose access to their cable TV service.
Great Plains Communications
Recently Great Plains Communications quietly started to send customers Fire TV Sticks to replace their cable TV boxes. Now they will offer a streaming TV service called GPC iTV.
This new TV service—as best as we can tell—is the same price as its traditional cable TV service, but it works on Fire TVs, Apple TV, and Google TV devices, along with mobile devices and smart TVs.
The service includes two streams at once and 50 hours of cloud DVR. You can buy up to six extra streams (up to eight total) according to their FAQ. GPC iTV also comes with three-day replay TV that allows you to watch most aired programs from most TV networks up to three days after the content airs whether it was DVRed.
KPU, a small cable TV company in Alaska, announced that it will be shutting down its TV service in 2024. Ketchikan, Alaska, will no longer have cable TV service because the other option in town closed a few years ago.
Ketchikan was the first town in Alaska with cable TV and in September 2024, cable TV service will not be available there.
Currently KPU offers TV starting at $74.95 a month plus fees and taxes. When the service shuts down in September it will only offer residential and business internet and phone service.
According to an interview with Alaska Public Media, KPU said they are shutting down TV service because “It just doesn’t make sense anymore.” Customers will pick from a growing list of streaming or satellite services if they want TV service.
Put this all together and the death of cable TV is speeding up.