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Cable TV Subscriptions Decline

Would You Ever Ditch Cable Completely?

There's more support for a rumored launch of a revamped Apple TV service later this year. Now more people close to the deal say that Apple is in talks to offer 99 cent TV rentals of popular shows with Fox; CBS and Disney are also rumored to be dealing with Apple.

These reports come just as news surfaced that the number of new cable TV subscriptions is falling as customers presumably turn to the web to get their TV fixes.

I still pay for cable TV in my house, but with more and more options available to watch online, I'd seriously consider dropping the service to save a little cash. Could you do it?

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sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Also rarely watch tv. I do follow some shows on hulu. My worry now is if they start charging on bandwidth...
millarci millarci 7 years
If money was tight, cable would be the first to go. I can't live without internet.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 7 years
I have no problem living with out cable as long as I have internet! The last time I had cable was only because it came included with my aparment! I would much rather use netflix or hulu.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
i'm actually planning to dump cable next month. i have a credit to work my way through and then it's adios suckas!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
It's just too expensive for a single person living alone! My boyfriend and I recently broke up, and he moved back to his home state. So now I'm living alone, and it was just too expensive to keep without splitting it with someone. I'm only paying for internet now and I'm able to watch anything I need. I haven't missed the cable yet at all, which is shocking considering the amount of tv I watch.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I'm about to get rid of my cable in two weeks when I move. The last time I moved I went cable free for a little over a year and was fine. I just worry about my bf, who loves to watch sports. If only I could get an a la carte package where you choose what channels you want.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 7 years
I grew up without cable and only had it for about 2 years when I moved out. I watched Hulu, until they started to charge and now I have Netflix through my Wii.
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
I don't pay for cable. When I moved to my new apartment I plugged my TV in and voila! full cable!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Hulu say what? hehe
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
I don't have cable. My boyfriend goes to his best friends hosue to watch MMA and I go to my best friends house to watch True Blood. Everything else has to come on netflix or hulu.
chequettex chequettex 7 years
don't have a TV, so we don't have cable either and are plenty happy without either
lawchic10 lawchic10 7 years
My husband and I haven't had cable for 3 years now. We've discussed subscribing again, but our cable provider is expensive and we're really okay with the free channels we can pick up with out digital antennae. If I really am feeling the need for a cable fix (I'm still a fan of the Disney channel)- I actually get several cable channels on my cell phone (through my carrier) that are already included in my cell plan. We are much happier spending less money and building our DVD collection than the triple figure bill we'd have if we had cable.
falnfenix falnfenix 7 years
i grew up with an aerial on the roof...didn't have cable 'till my parents and i moved when i was 18. i got my fill of daily stupidity on cable for a few years. when i moved out of my parents' house, i didn't subscribe...and my partner and i currently don't. if there's a show we want to watch, we'll wait until it's on DVD.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
Never.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I said "no", but that's just *right now*. If online streaming is improved, then maybe! Not everything is available online yet, and it's frustrating to have to wait for shows that everyone else is already talking about! So as of right now, no way. In the future, maybe.
weffie weffie 7 years
I've only had cable for a couple of years now (it was basically free with my phone & internet anyway) and I don't think I'd miss it... I grew up in the country and only had like 5 channels until I was 17 so I've never really watched a whole lot of tv.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I have cable, but with all the content we can get online these days, and Netflix disks plus Netflix streaming through my Wii... I'm feeling more and more like maybe I don't need cable.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
Yes, I would and I have before. If I weren't living with my boyfriend, I wouldn't have cable.
rinerlt rinerlt 7 years
when i first moved into my new apt, i was holding out for 2.5 months for verizon fios to come into the complex. it was definitely nice to save the money, but it did get boring after a while. plus, not every show is readily available online.
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