I lately went via my annual ritual with the cable firm that goes one thing like this:
Me: My promotions simply ran out. Do you could have any new ones?
Cable Firm: Nope sorry, we’re all out of offers.
Me: OK, I suppose I’m going to have to chop the twine and cancel my plan then.
Cable Firm: You recognize what, let me switch you to our consumer retention division.
[transferring…on hold for like 17 minutes]
Consumer Retention: Hello Mr. Carlson. It appears to be like such as you’ve been a worthwhile buyer for numerous years. Let me see what I can do for you…
Yearly after I undergo this tune and dance it appears the offers get higher and higher. Possibly they’re simply sick of shedding folks to cord-cutting.
I would be the final man on earth to surrender my cable and right here’s why — I really like TV. Give me all of the channels. Films, sports activities, HGTV, I would like all of it. Do I want all of it? No however you by no means know the place the subsequent hit goes to come back from.
Yellowstone is on Paramount. What’s Paramount? No clue, however I’ve it.
The NCAA Event is on TruTV. What’s TruTV? No clue, however I’ve it.
However there’s one more reason I’m not going to be chopping the twine till they rip it from my chilly, useless palms — it’s a greater deal for my TV consumption habits.
It is because the cable corporations nonetheless have a monopoly on web protection in most areas. Meaning you’re going to be paying someplace within the ballpark of $50-$70/month for web proper off the bat even in case you don’t use their cable service. Then you must add a TV service on prime of that from the likes of Hulu Reside or YoutTube.
Hulu Reside with no adverts plus DVR capabilities is round $85/month. YouTube TV is extra like $65/month. In order that will get you to someplace within the vary of $115-$155/month all in relying on which one you select.
However I really like TV and the most affordable possibility, YouTube TV, solely has 85 channels and that doesn’t embrace any film channels or premium sports activities packages. For those who wished HBO Max that’s a further $14.99/month. Starz, Showtime or Cinemax can be a further $9.99/month a chunk.
Add all of it up and now it’s much more costly than the cable bundle. Sure you get the road cred of telling your entire associates you chop the twine however you’re not really saving any cash.
My current AT&T Uverse negotiation netted out a month-to-month price of slightly greater than $120/month. That features web, cellphone and 300-400 TV channels PLUS the sports activities channels, (MLB community, NBA community, 12 completely different ESPNs, 19 Fox Sports activities stations, and many others.) AND the film channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax).
So I get the smorgasbord of channels, all the premium film choices and the sports activities choices for lower than what it will price if I reduce the cable and did one of many web TV offers.
And we haven’t even gotten into all the different streaming choices (Netflix, Prime, Paramount+, Peacock, Disney+, Apple TV+, and many others.).
You’ll be able to anticipate to see the variety of streaming channels improve much more within the years forward earlier than we lastly see some consolidation within the house. At that time there shall be so many month-to-month subscriptions you’re going to finish up paying extra for the a la cart technique than merely sticking it out together with your cable/web supplier.
Principally, there are actually so many choices to select from that the nice previous cable bundle everybody has been complaining about for years is now the best choice to get the largest bang in your buck.
Am I the world’s best negotiator? That’s debatable. I chalk this as much as a mixture of my love for cable and my willingness to fake I’m going to chop the twine annually.
I stay steadfast in my dedication to preserving the triple play bundle in my home till the cable corporations lastly name my bluff.
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