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I am a big fan of cord cutting. Unfortunately, the cable companies have us cornered. Providing both internet connectivity and content (cable programming). There is only way any one person can tell the cable companies they are not happy and that is with their wallet. They dump cable.

The trend has been growing so fast, cable companies are getting worried. But you know they didn’t get rich and eliminate competition by being stupid. Since they own the data pipes to your house AND provide content they still own you. See the graphic below.

Cable Internet Costs

A few years ago I checked internet only prices in the Washington DC area. Comcast, Verizon and Cox all provided internet only services averaging $30-$45/month. With the cord cutting trend picking up steam the cable companies got smart and started offering higher bandwidth connections of 50 MB up and down for more money. Keep in mind that you only need 3-8 MB down to stream 1080p HD.

Recent social media discussions show that in parts of the country Internet only is now costing $60 a month for the same fiber link to your house. Sure you get higher speeds, but usually more than you need.

So let’s say you cut the cord, spend $20-$30/month on subscribed streaming content, you might end up with 15-10 channels and maybe live TV. That’s $60 for internet and $20 for content which equals $80/month. On the other hand for the same $80 you get the same internet connection and 400 plus channels of live TV.

So how or what do you win? The cable companies are still getting their money, and you are getting less content.

The Fix

There is only fix for this situation and that is competition. The removal of restrictive deals with cities which give monopolies to the cable companies and the Federal Government with laws and regulations that stimulate competition. This is a much harder problem to fix if you really want to cut the cord and not be at the mercy of the cable companies.

A small hope for a small number of consumers is to get the internet only, put up an indoor/outdoor HD antenna, and get free live HD programming which an old law says broadcasters must continue to provide.

Good luck.

Homemediaguy

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When you search on the internet for Free Internet TV you get hundreds of results. Most results cost money, some are free. What you don’t see up front is that almost all of them have TV shows and movies that are not LIVE. Even options like Roku and Apple TV offer hundreds of channels most of which do not provide Live streaming.

Why is this worth writing about? Because most us who are (or were) hooked on cable, expect a similar experience with Internet TV. Not so. Don’t get me wrong. The only TV show I watch Live anymore is the morning and evening news, and that is mainly for the traffic and weather. When there are no new TV shows on during the summer, or for some people every day of the year, most people leave the TV on any channel for the noise in the house. TV has replaced the radio our parents used to listen to years ago.

There are only two sources of live, leave it on all day Internet TV programming available today that I am aware of. The first is over the air with an antenna or Aereo.com. The second is a limited number of web sites that stream their video output through their website.

I use a combination of all of the above. I use Playon.tv to get all my TV programming except for live local news. With Playon I also have access to the Free Hulu content. When TV networks post their TV content to be available on the Internet, Playon gives you the chance to watch the content and to record it locally and legally. I am happy. I also have a local 24 hour news TV station that streams their content real time and Playon lets me add that stream to my channel lineup.

Pretty sweet. BTW, don’t forget to follow my blog … I would appreciate it.

Bill

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