Join the cord cutting revolution and break up with cable.
We’ve come a long way in a short time! In 2009, US broadcasting companies moved from lower-powered analog signals to digital signals. Canadian broadcasting made the move in 2011.
The broadcasting industry made limited changes from the invention of the TV in 1928 to 2009. In the last 12 years the industry exploded. TVs moved from analog to digital, then high definition and Ultra 4K. Widescreen, flatscreen, curved, 3D, HD, Full HD, 4K HDR. What’s the next thing you’ll find appended to this recent list of television evolution? 8K. It seems like every two years you need a new TV to use the unlimited streaming options.
Why is cable so expensive.
The reason for moving broadcast networks from analog to digital frequencies was to create room for fire, police and weather safety channels. It also made that old picture tube television (yes, I still own one) obsolete because it was unable to interpret the digital signals. The US government made available a digital converter box for over the air signals to every US home.
Now that it has been over a decade, there are fewer of these boxes available and even rarer is the tube TV. New flat screen televisions come with a digital tuner on board. Digital broadcasting provided the path for over-the-air (OTA) networks to send better picture quality. Internet advances made even more options available.
- Over the Air TV
- IPTV (Uverse, Direct TV Now, Prism)
- Streaming (Sling, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Philo, YouTube, etc)
- Personal Media Servers
After Digital Broadcasting.
The available content exploded along with the costs. We had 100 available channels and HBO prior to 2009. Today, there are thousands of channels and multiple versions of channels like ESPN, Fox Sports, HBO, Hallmark to name a few. A family with the highest cable package and internet could spend $300 per month. We are approaching the monthly cost of my car, and that seems silly.
The average American adult watches 20 channels a month, but pays for more than 200. That seems like a good enough reason to stop paying to TV or break up with your cable provider. Why pay for something you are not using?
Reclaiming those dollars by quitting cable companies.
I broke up with my cable company in 2016. My internet/phone/tv bill dropped from $220 to $46 dollars. I sampled several streaming packages ranging from $20 to $60 per month trying to find the best mix of entertainment channels. I saved more than $1,200 a year over cable even while I was testing different products. In 2018 I bought an aerial antenna for $100 and started receiving 72 channels absolutely free. I only watch 4 of those 72 channels, but even those numbers keep going up.
I’ll keep adding resources and encouraging everyone to save money this way. Send me questions or comments. View my resources here and keep coming back because I’m now obsessed with researching the available cord cutting options.