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Report: 119K Cord-Cutters in Q3

Cord-cutting keeps looking more and more like it’s here to stay, and the latest report by market research firm SNL Kagan seems to support that argument. According to the report, 119,000 pay TV subscribers cut the cord—ditched their cable/dish company without switching to another provider—in the third quarter of this year.
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SNL Kagan is reporting that 741,000 subscribers quit their cable providers in Q3, and a good chunk of those did not sign up with another cable, dish, or IPTV provider. Taken in with second quarter losses, this means that more than a third of a million basic cable subscribers have cut the cord in the last six months.
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Should executives at Comcast and other big cable companies be sweating these numbers, Insiders? Many of you have commented already that you’ve cut the cord and never looked back. If you are still a cable/dish/IPTV subscriber, have you ever considered cord-cutting?

(via GigaOm)

12 Responses to “Report: 119K Cord-Cutters in Q3”

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    tinybrat [visitor]

    I don’t think 119K people started streaming shows over the internet and gave up TV. 99% of those probably couldn’t afford to keep their cable during these difficult times. What is the one monthly bill you can sacrifice if you need an extra $75-150 a month? Your cable and high speed internet.

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    I’ve known for a long time
    that “TV” brainwashing
    with it’s commercials
    and other “mind” inducing “motives” (subliminally)
    have long been a way to control the

    otherwise, why would you BUY?

    Think about it…

    (haven’t seen seen TV in about 10 years now,
    and I LIKE it!)

  3. Member [Join Now]

    We’ve considered it. If we had more reliable high-speed internet in our area that didn’t involve Comcast, we probably would.

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    Nina [visitor]

    I cut the cord 2 years ago. I refuse to be held hostage by cable companies that do not deliver what the promise and jack up the rates for long term customers while only giving “newbies” a price-break.

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    Darrell [visitor]

    I cut the cord long ago, but today I got some bad news via email: Netflix is going up another $1 in January ($11.99 for my 1 Blu-Ray option). But they now offer a $7.99 streaming only plan. Wouldn’t be so bad if they had more and newer movies available.

  6. Member [Join Now]

    As folks stuck in a rural area, we dropped our big dish years ago when the fees skyrocketed and went with the biggest antenna we could find. We get the basics (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, FOX, ION, CW and a few others now that we are digital). We don’t feel the need to be on the leading edge of anything, so we are more than content to watch series from pay channels (HBO, etc) on Netflix – and don’t have to watch commercials! With low Netflix prices and free TV from the antenna, we are happy campers. As far as watching TV on high-speed internet, that is not available where we are. It is dish, antenna or nothing for TV and dial-up or satellite for the internet. It works for us!

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    David [visitor]

    The only thing that keeps me are live sports… Other wise I would have cut the cord a long time ago

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    tina [visitor]

    I won’t pay their prices. period. I go to the local library and check out 10 movies at time. FREE. They may not have new releases but if you like old and older movies thats your best bet. For new releases we have the Red Box and or Blockbuster for a buck.

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    Mike n da OC [visitor]

    I am a new cord cutter (returned the DISH receiver today) and I must agree with Nina – DISH was unwilling to do anything for me until I said I would like to cancel. Their response, we can offer you a $5 discount per month if you agree to a one year agreement. I have joined Netflix and using Hulu basic for my favorite TV show episodes. I only need my local channels and have purchased a freevision attena through COSTCO for $35 bucks to cover that. I am FREE of my $65 per month bill and it feels good!!!

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    Shublegruber [visitor]

    I cut the cord back in 1998. I had simply had enough of being force fed endless commercials, all the while, paying for that pleasure. Being a huge movie fan, Netflix couldn’t have come out at a better time. Now with Redbox and so much content available online I believe that more and more people will cut the cord.. I don’t believe that the cable/dish companies have much to worry about any time soon. Ninety percent of the people I know would never dream of giving up the tv.

    David, Football was the one thing that I was really missing from my TV days.. Now, I find tons of the NCAA/NFL games online for free. Most of the time the quality isn’t that great but the price is right!

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    I have cut the cord and its been about four months now I really had cable to watch the Dallas Cowboys game but they don’t show those games here in Colorado so i use the money and go to a sports bar its a whole lot funner plus I enjoy sitting at home and having a bucket of popcorn and watching movies on highdef alot more