My Rebuttal to the Huffington Post Story “5 Cable-Cutting Problems You Probably Didn’t Think About”





Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV service

Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV serviceOnce again we have a new story talking about all the bad parts of cord cutting. Today, the story comes from Todd Van Luling at the Huffington Post with a story titled, “5 Cable-Cutting Problems You Probably Didn’t Think About.

So let’s take a minute and quickly debunk these 5 “cable-cutting problems.”

#1 The new live services have buffering issues.

Is live TV streaming services perfect? No… Yet at the same time they have come a long way as the recent Super Bowl showed that most live TV streaming services including Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and YouTube TV stayed up and streamed the game without issues.

Live TV streaming is still new, but it has come a long way as services like Sling TV have led the way in stability.

It is also important to remember that traditional pay-TV is not perfect. Even light rain can knock satellite services offline and cable outages are more common than you would think.

#2 It’s impossible to get every channel you had before.

This is just no longer true for most Americans now. Though you may have to change your mindset as the comment Todd Van Luling used to support this argument shows. “Many apps require cable subscription.” ―Mike Legg

With cord cutting 99% of the time the channels you want are there but you need to look at services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and others. Too often people think they can just buy a Roku and get everything for free as the comment from Mike Legg shows.

Right now it is rare that a cable network is not also streaming their shows online as you can see in our live TV streaming service breakdown HERE.

#3 Streaming live sports can be particularly tricky.

This is so out of date I don’t even know where to start. To support it, the author said, “In many of these cases, you might have to buy the sport’s individual streaming service―such as NBA League Pass or MLB.TV, but even those don’t have everything that’s shown on cable.”

Yet somehow the author clearly missed the fact that cable sports networks such as ESPN and FS1 are available for as little as $20 or $25 depending on what you want a month. This just feels like the author did no research or was going out of his way to ignore the fact that services such as Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW are available to cord cutters.

#4 Internet problems can mess with streaming.

Hey cable TV outages and rain can mess with pay-TV services… If, as this story says, your internet slows down to a crawl maybe you need to call your ISP to have them fix it.

#5 You might have to fight your cable company.

News flash you will also have to fight your cable company if you get pay TV from them. Every year they raise your prices and add new fees and hike old fees.

This story from the Huffington Post says that you will have to fight to cancel your service, but that’s not really an issue with cord cutting and more of an issue with cable TV.

Taking on their Bonus point of “The shows and movies you thought were on streaming might not be there anymore or might leave soon.”

You can make that same argument about cable TV. How many times have your favorite shows been canceled or they redo the program lineup and that show they used to do reruns that you loved suddenly vanishes?

I could keep going, but the Huffington Post found people who didn’t know a lot about cord cutting and used their comments to build a story that made cord cutting look far harder than it really is.

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