• Majority of Americans Want Cable Choice, Says New Poll

    by  • May 11, 2015 • Cable Choice • 5 Comments

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    There’s more good news to report on the Cable Choice front.

    A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released late last week confirms that “77 percent of U.S. adults said they would like ‘a la carte’ pricing’ which would allow consumers to pick their own channels.” Click here to read the full story.

    This confirms what we already know to be true: Cable Choice is a winning solution for cable consumers, and especially for families who may not want to pay for TV networks that host shows like “Dating Naked,” or  “Seven Year Switch,” in order to get access to the Disney Channel or the Food Network.

    Reuters explains more:

    “Media companies and distributors that provide satellite, broadband and cable services are struggling to find ways to keep viewers from ditching traditional subscriptions and attract a younger generation, which sees less need for a cable subscription and watches on computers and mobile devices.”

    We have heard from many families, including members of the Parents Television Council, that they are also “cutting the cord” on their cable subscriptions.

    In a recent op-ed at PBS.org, PTC Tim Winter writes, “But for some families that may not be the best solution for a variety of reasons. They may want to keep their cable subscriptions, but would prefer the ability to choose a smaller package of networks that they consider more family-friendly.”

    That’s where Cable Choice comes in, and it seems that Americans are seeing that as a real solution to avoid having to pay for unwanted cable networks. Hopefully, the cable networks will see that too.

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    5 Responses to Majority of Americans Want Cable Choice, Says New Poll

    1. Jim Clark
      May 15, 2015 at 7:09 am

      I had Comcast Cable for many years, but service was extremely poor and the price of cable was very high compared to what I received in return. About 6 years ago, I directed Comcast to disconnect my cable, thereby saving about $1,000 per year (about $6,000 so far). I replaced cable TV with two sources of TV programming. First was a $24 UHF antenna, mounted in the attic, which brings in 28 high quality digital channels, including 7 high quality PBS channels. Cost for these 28 channels: $ -0-. The second source of TV programming was a Roku video streaming device, that cost about $50 to $60, with no monthly charges. The Roku device interacts with my wireless router, and provides over 1,500 channels. Most of these channels are free, and there is no requirement to subscribe to any channels. I chose to subscribe to two “pay channels” – Amazon Prime and Acorn TV. Amazon is an excellent value, at about $100 per year for a variety of valuable benefits, including numerous free movies and TV programs, free two day shipping when buying products from Amazon, etc. Acorn TV cost only about $50 per year, and provides a wonderful variety of British TV, including drama, mystery, comedy, documentary, etc., including many TV shows that appeared on Masterpiece Theater. There are two additional benefits to using the Roku video streaming device: (1) there are almost no commercials, whereas cable TV is eaten up with time wasting commercials; (2) programs that stream thru Roku can be paused, using the remote control, so you can freshen a drink, answer the phone, etc., without missing anything.

      I consider Comcast cable to have been a great waste of my money and my time. Dumping it was one of the best moves I ever made.

    2. Sonia A. Hake
      May 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

      I have said that for a long time… I don’t understand why we can’t choose the channels we watch and want to watch verses the bundles they offer for a certain price…it should be the number of networks you choose rather than a set package of TV channels… and they split it up so the most desirable channels are in different packages so you have to buy the most expensive package to get the channels you want to watch, which includes many channels we don’t want to watch… We are in a rural area and have Satellite TV and it is not providing the channels we want at a reasonable price… It is a rip off actually…

      • marhooper@verizon.net
        May 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

        I want to pick and choose what TV programs comes into my home. We watch college football and basketball and the St. Louis Cardinals so we have to go with cable that provides them. Would love a better way. Tired of the indecent programing, shopping programs, reality TV and other junk.

    3. Darla
      June 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

      We made a satellite TV choice two years ago and bought a ROKU ! Now our only monthly expense is $12/month for Netflix and Feelin. The news channels are less than 12 hours old and we don’t have to subsidize garbage channels such as mtv and the. Pay extra to block them.
      Given time Internet TV will put satellite and cable out of business. Good riddance.

    4. James LaRue
      October 26, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      We’ve been waiting forever for the chance to rid ourselves of the expense and trashy content of unwanted channels!

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