So Why Do People Become Cord Cutters? We Asked Our Readers




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Depressed mature man holding paper and looking at it while sitting on the couch at homeOne of the most common questions I get is why do people become cord cutters. I could show surveys and numbers, but I figured what better way to answer this question than to ask our readers.

We asked our Facebook group to post their cord cutting stories and here is a sample.


John Pasterik said:

I became a cord cutter after my wife and I decided to find a way to save money. We were paying $130/month for 200+ channels, and we watched maybe 20 of them. I got a Roku and PlayStation Vue, after using trials of three services to see which one we liked, and added a Mohu 50 antenna for our local channels. With already subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, we had everything we needed for what we watch.

Robert Maynard said:

I became a cord cutter because DIRECTV kept going up. I was paying $181 a month without any discounts. I kept my eye on Sling TV since day one via this site and saw what they have done after 2 years. They have come a long way. And customer service is top-notch. So I picked them last month. And not looking back. Oh. And I now pay $68 for the same channels and content as before.

Rolanda Shaniqua said:

We became cord cutters to reduce expenses after purchasing our first house. DIRECTV was charging us $110 per month for its basic package (no premium channels) in two rooms and a DVR. Today, we use a rooftop antenna, TiVo Roamio OTA DVR, Amazon Fire TV, Roku LT, and a Mi Box. Paid services are Amazon Prime Video & Music and Hulu. Free services include ABC, CBS News, Crackle, The CW, CW Seed, Free Form, NBC, NewsOn, PBS, PBS Kids, PizzaFLIX, Popcornflix, Pluto TV, Shout! Factory TV, Sesame Street Go, Smithsonian Channel, Tubi TV, Vudu (Movies On Us), Yahoo!, YouTube, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify. Total cost for everything we need and more (now in three rooms instead of two), $21 per month.

Allison Roess said:

I became a cord cutter because my bundled TV, Internet, and phone was pushing $200/month, and I still didn’t have everything I wanted. Lots of research later, I have Tablo and Attic antenna for OTA and Sling on Rokus and/or Fire TVs on all TVs. I’ve been completely happy with the setup and cut my bill down to Internet only for $80/month plus $40/month for Sling and Netflix…a considerable monthly savings..

Matt Louks said:

We cut the cord in our house for 2 reasons. Cost, it was getting close to $100, but also to limit the TV time for our young family at the time to mainly OTA and DVDs. We cut the cord almost 10 years ago at the dawn of the HDTV OTA era in our area. The landscape has changed a lot since then, mostly for the good, but it had slowly gotten more expensive than before. Hulu used to be free, Netflix cost half what it does now, and you got DVDs in the mail. Seems so long ago that we had that service.

Heather Ledet said:

I became a cord cutter to save money. I’m not home that often and don’t watch a hell of a lot of TV, so paying those high cable bills every month on my budget and barely watching TV made no sense. So becoming a cord cutter has been so beneficial. The information is great, and I’m saving money! Thanks cord cutters!

Scott Jenkins said:

My wife and I lost one of our two streams of income. We had to cut expenses. Our “value bundle” with the phone company was $220 a month. We looked at other options but everyone charged fees for boxes and increased prices after 1 year of a two year contract. So we cut the cable. We are now paying $37 a month, plus the $20 a month to increase our Internet speed. We are saving $60–70 a month.

So what is your story? Let us know why you became a cord cutter in the comments.

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