Cord Cutting Is for Freaks, Not Most Americans
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Cable is a rip-off. We're tired of paying for channels we don't watch. We're even more sick of squabbles between cable companies and content providers. And we've had it so up to here that we're ready to cut the cord.
Whenever a high-profile dispute, such as the one that was resolved Monday between Time Warner Cable and CBS
It's the perfect opportunity for consumers to complain about being screwed by fat cats who limo in and out of Midtown Manhattan office buildings. It also opens the window for you to call your cable or satellite provider, threaten to cancel and receive a bill credit, comp movie or discounted (or free) NFL Sunday Ticket (I have heard DirecTV
Even as Lazaroff notes, via a researcher he interviewed, that "We are years away from pay-TV being meaningfully challenged" by the still-minuscule cord-cutting puddle, he, like so many others, overstates the threat. Like most arguments that involve Netflix
When we rant about the cost of cable and frantically claim we'll cut the cord, we poo poo so much, including another portion of Lazaroff's piece that actually gets to the heart of the matter:
How quickly and in what numbers people decide to cut the cord is anyone's guess ... (but) in an era of $4 gasoline paying $100 a month for watching TV, something most households do for five hours a day, is hardly the first expense families are looking to cut during times of belt-tightening.
Exactly. Because, despite all the hemming and hawing about the cost and structure of cable packages, they're a damn good deal, even for the cash-strapped. Riffs to the contrary amount to little more than misplaced anger.
Where's the outrage toward movie theater operators such as Regal Entertainment Group