Tag: cutting the cord

by Michael Pfahl

Personnel at ESPN and their parent company, Disney, are feeling the pressure after losing around 3.2 million subscribers in a little over a year. This caused Disney to impose major budget cuts to ESPN and re-evaluate their business strategy in the hopes of combating their dropping subscriber numbers and household reach. More importantly, this trend […] more »

by Tim Winter

The following opinion piece is a guest post and does not represent the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Is the cable television subscription model dead? That’s the buzz around town, despite the efforts of the cable industry to assert that claims of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Yet […] more »

by Sonia Paul

This week MediaShift is doing a special in-depth report on cutting the cord to cable TV — who’s doing it, why, and how. One of our most popular posts over the past 5 years has been our special guides to cutting the cord, which we first published in January 2010 and again in 2012.  Stay tuned […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

As cable bills have soared, people have been considering how to cut the cord without losing access to the shows and sports programming they love. These days more and more people are opting out. Since 2011, the number of millennials on cable has dropped 20 percent. But it’s not just millennials; 125,000 people unsubscribed in […] more »

by Steve Belk

For cord cutters, everything old is new again — at least when it comes to using an antenna to pick up free, over-the-air (OTA) TV. As a growing number of people become tired of the rising costs of cable TV and all of the other hassles that come with it, many are cutting the cable […] more »

by Matt Smith

The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. 2015 will be a banner year for ‘TV Everywhere’ and delivery of television to smartphones, tablets and other capable devices. Make no mistake, it will happen. But a look back at how the landscape has evolved shows, that for the very […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Cutting the cord to cable has gone from a fringe action to a way of life for millions of Americans that have given up on expensive cable and satellite TV packages and built their own on-demand TV experience with streaming TV. Not to mention the “cord nevers,” millennials who never bothered getting traditional pay TV […] more »

by Chris Dorr

We have never really liked our local cable company. Over the years, many of us have wasted time waiting for the cable guy to show up to install or replace the box that doesn’t seem to work or been placed on eternal hold while customer service takes its sweet time. And to add insult to […] more »

by Seth Shapiro

It’s become popular to declare the imminent demise of pay television. Whether at the hands of Google/YouTube, or as a product of cord-cutting, there’s usually a sense of righteous indignation embedded in the arguments, something like: Cable and satellite companies have been ripping off consumers for decades … and now their days are numbered. It’s […] more »

by Dan Reimold

I cut the cable cord in early 2006. When I tell friends and colleagues I’m a cord-cutter, the biggest misconception — beyond initial worries about the phrase involving bodily harm — is that I don’t watch TV. I have a 42” flat screen. I watch TV all the time. I just don’t watch regularly scheduled, […] more »