Cord-Cutting Explodes: 22 Million U.S. Adults Will Have Canceled Cable, Satellite TV by End of 2017

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Research firm eMarketer cuts TV ad-spending forecast on accelerating pay-TV declines

Winter is here for cable and satellite TV operators.

American consumers are cancelling traditional pay-TV service at a much faster rate than previously expected, according to research firm eMarketer.

In 2017, a total of 22.2 million U.S. adults will have cut the cord on cable, satellite or telco TV service to date — up 33% from 16.7 million in 2016 — the researcher now predicts. That’s significantly higher than eMarketer’s prior estimate of 15.4 million cord-cutters as of the end of this year. Meanwhile, the number of “cord-nevers” (consumers who have never subscribed to pay TV) will rise 5.8% this year, to 34.4 million.

“Younger audiences continue to switch to either exclusively watching [over-the-top] video or watching them in combination with free-TV options,” said Chris Bendtsen, senior forecasting analyst at eMarketer. “Last year, even the Olympics and [the U.S.] presidential election could not prevent younger audiences from abandoning pay TV.”

Overall, 196.3 million U.S. adults will have traditional pay TV (cable, satellite or telco) this year, down 2.4% compared with 2016, eMarketer predicts. By 2021, that will drop to 181.7 million, a decline of nearly 10% from 2016. The number of pay-TV viewers 55 and older will continue to rise over the next four years, while for every other age cohort the subscriber tallies will decline.

By 2021, the number of cord-cutters will nearly equal the number of people who have never had pay TV — a total of 81 million U.S. adults. That means around 30% of American adults won’t have traditional pay TV at that point, per eMarketer’s revised forecast.

There’s a caveat on these numbers: eMarketer’s estimates for pay-TV viewers do not include “virtual” internet TV services, such as Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu’s live TV service, or YouTube TV. But industry analysts say over-the-top TV subscription services so far have not offset declines in traditional pay television. Moreover, the cheaper OTT packages typically include fewer channels, so the growth of “skinny” TV bundles implies net household losses for many cable networks.

Seeing the writing on this wall, several TV programmers have launched or are prepping direct-to-consumer streaming services themselves. CBS in 2014 launched All Access, while Disney has set early 2018 for the debut of a no-cable-needed ESPN OTT package (although that will exclude NFL and NBA games). In addition, five media companies — A+E Networks, Viacom, Discovery, Scripps Networks Interactive and AMC Networks — reportedly have joined forces to create a non-sports streaming bundle of cable programming to be priced at under $20 per month.

For the TV biz, there’s another worrisome trend: People are watching less traditional television. For the first time, in 2017 average TV viewing in the U.S. is expected to drop below 4 hours per day, eMarketer predicts.

Average time spent watching TV (excluding digital) among American adults will drop 3.1%, to 3 hours 58 minutes this year. Digital-video consumption, meanwhile, continues to climb. U.S. adults will consume 1 hour 17 minutes of digital video per day on average in 2017 (excluding time spent viewing video on social networks), up 9.3% year over year, according to eMarketer.

With the U.S. pay-TV base eroding faster than anticipated and average TV viewing time dropping, eMarketer cut its TV ad-spending forecast for 2017 by a little over $1 billion.

This year, TV advertising will increase just 0.5%, to $71.65 billion (versus the firm’s previous $72.72 billion forecast). As a result, the TV sector’s share of total U.S. media ad spending will drop to 34.9% (vs. 36.6% in 2016) and is expected to fall below 30% by 2021.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that 22.2 million U.S. adults were expected to cancel pay-TV service in 2017; in fact, eMarketer’s estimate represents the cumulative number of cord-cutters projected by the end of the year.

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  1. They need to cut their prices but most of all cut out most of the damn commercials. I’m not paying to watch commercials.

  2. David R Visse says:

    No surprise here. If Cable companies want to survive, they need to immediately drop their price to a no-brain $25 a month for unlimited channels. This would stop the immediate bleeding and perhaps win a few back. Grow revenue in added service and hard good sales. The marketers of cable companies are completely incompetent, and get what they deserve. Having access to peoples living rooms and still failing, is unbelievable. They need to hurry, as this “problem” snowballs….as soon as your neighbor comes over bragging he cut the cord, shows you his 4k reception off his over-air antenna and all the content he is streaming, you feel like an idiot when you pay your $100 cable bill each month.

  3. bluecat57 says:

    A more meaningful measure would be “households” instead of “adults.” While adults watch a lot of TV, so do children. And cumulative numbers would be more meaningful than annual numbers. Percentages would also help.

    I understand that the point of the article is that the number of “adults” “cutting the cord” is accelerating. At the current rate (without an increase), it will only take about 9 years for the rest of the “adults” to “cut the cord.” Much sooner if the rate of increase continues. While technology changes fast, I’m not sure cable will disappear in 9 years. And at some point, before those 9 years are up, subscriptions will have dropped to a level where it is no longer profitable to off “corded” TV.

    Amazon and others have started “a la cart” services recently, but even those (to me) are a little pricey. But I have no idea what “corded” TV costs now since I cut the cord a decade ago. I will simply wait for the shows I want to watch to finish, or almost finish, their season and then sign up for one month, binge-watch, and cancel my subscription. There simply aren’t enough shows or movies that I want to watch on subscription channels for it to be worth the money. I have Amazon Prime, a VPN service and an HD antenna and 300 GB of recorded TV, and I still can’t find anything I want to watch.

  4. Shai Dorsai says:

    Last year at about this time I quit Pay TV and cut the cord. No more Dish or DirecTV or cable.

    One of the reason was simple: I was extremely tired of paying for channels I NEVER watch. 200 plus channels to choose from and I usually watch only 20 At the Most. You want me to watch the Home Shopping Channel? Pay ME to watch it. i do NOT need the Hockey, Tennis or Golf channels. I do Not want to watch the Yankees, Expos, Cubs, White Sox, etc. MLB was only watched off-season. ESPN and its associated channels were rarely watched. You show a list of channels available and I’ll show you which channels I refuse to watch.

    Then one day I missed a show that I wanted to watch. I forget why I didn’t set the DVR to record. I went on the Internet and found the program. A 60-minutes show was listed as having a viewing length of – as I recall – 42 minutes. 18 minutes went where? When you include the starting titles that means that a third of the 60 minutes was commercials. I Have to pay to see commercials?
    (bleep) that.
    The very next weekend I went around and looked for an indoor OTA antenna. Bought one in the very first store that I went to.
    I love it.
    The few channels I can’t get via antenna I can get via the Internet. Make that VERY few channels I want to watch I can get via the Internet.

    No more channels I never cared for and no more football players kneeling during the National Anthem.

  5. davetcourt says:

    *I am speaking as a Canadian, so some of these comments might translate a bit differently south of the border

    It is easy to see the impact of chord cutting on cable companies. A more complicated question is what this means for the future of t.v. as a whole. This question I think has to do with consumer expectation surrounding how and what we are willing to “pay” for when it comes to entertainment, along with perception of what “good” t.v. means for modern audiences.

    It seems people are upset about three things when it comes to cable:
    1. The cost
    2. The inability to choose what we want to watch, or paying for what we don’t want to watch.
    3. The lack of quality on Network/Cable television

    When it comes to cost, statistically speaking cable still offers you the best value for your dollar (when considering the number of shows and the length of the seasons). Just to put this in perspective, I currently pay $25 a month for basic cable plus two channel packages and one pick and pay option. Internet costs me $30 a month while a subscription to Netflix alone (which requires internet) costs $12 a month (in Canada we don’t have Hulu, CBS All access or Amazon).

    The problem with the question of “cost” is a two fold picture. First, consumers have come to measure the cost of cable subscriptions against the Netflix model- $9.99 a month for a perceived “all channels under one roof” model. The problem is this expectation (that Netflix has fostered for their benefit) was never fair or realistic. Sooner or later the shows that were helping to make Netflix rich were going to get pulled, which is what is happening right now, and competition was going to emerge. And what happens when competition emerges? Additional streaming services. Which means paying more to access the shows we want to watch. And of course the more we pay for streaming streaming services the less we will be willing to pay for traditional cable.

    Which brings me to point number 2, the idea of “choice”. If we grant that traditional cable is on its way out, the problem right now is that streaming services are still disorganized. Organization does have benefits. First, the traditional cable model has long been interested in distributing its costs and packages for the benefit of smaller cable channels. These have been the first to suffer under chord cutters. Second, it affords competition equal opportunity. To this point, we can look at Netflix specifically. When a single (channel, company, service?) is afforded the opportunity to acquire a massive amount of debt in efforts to outspend their competitors it creates an unfair playing field in the short term. This is especially true when the competition is still playing by the rules of an older (ad generated) model. So what does this mean? We might feel we have gained choice, but here is what is important to remember. Netflix is different than a cable company. A cable company is an organizing entity while Netflix is similar to a cable channel. This means by chord cutting and paying $9.99 a month we are exchanging an opportunity to watch multiple “channels” for the chance to watch a single network. Which is all fine and good, but when it comes to the perception of cost and choice this neither lowers cost (based on what we get for our dollar) for the consumer nor increases choice/variety.

    Which brings me to my last point, the perception of “good” television. The common mantra tends to go like this- Network/Cable television is bad, streaming services are good. This is of course a false dichotomy. There are plenty of good Network/Cable shows. Netflix was built on the backs of these shows. And on the other end, Netflix itself has no shortage of bottom of the barrel television.

    There is truth, however, to the fact that while trends are shifting, producers, directors and actors have been placed more and more in flux, and lately the last and final haven of networks/cables (the writers) are starting to follow suit. This means quality on Network/Cable does suffer. What it doesn’t mean is that viewers abandoned cable/Network shows because of a lack of quality. Rather, it is a bi-product of chord cutting.

    A couple of final notes:
    1. At some point streaming will get organized, and I think it should get organized. The frustration of traditional cable costs and the ad generated system aside, this benefits viewers in the end when it comes to choice, quality and easy access. When it gets organized, talent and writing teams are able to gain some structure (financially speaking). And if getting organized looks a little bit like the old cable company model- this is because the model works. The alternative right now is an increasing number of streaming services that all cost $9.99 a month and that all have to be managed apart from one another.

    And just a quick note to be fair to cable companies- for anyone who still subscribes the traditional way cable companies are making it easier and easier access a variety of ways of viewing and accessing shows.

    2. As streaming gets organized, consumers need to temper their expectations. It is not realistic to expect an “all under one roof” model for $9.99, nor do I think it is fair to expect that we should be entitled to get our shows for free. Given that art has value, it has to be financed some way, and the truth is subscription based services like Netflix have a cap and thus are not sustainable outside of raising the cost of subscription or limiting the amount of shows they produce. The model that cable/Network is based on is sustainable because it is based on a more diversified revenue flow. However If people want a more affordable service without ads they need to be wiling to adapt to a different revenue system that still requires us to pay for the services that we are consuming.

    3. I personally still pay for cable. For the price I like having all the viewing options. Sometimes I prefer to watch live, often I enjoy having both the PVR and On Demand access that cable offers me. And now that cable allows streaming services to function like channels, it allows me to feel like I don’t have to be jumping all over the place to log on to different services. And given that the vast majority of what I watch is still on Network/Cable, it is still worth it to me.

    4. As streaming gets organized, consumers need to remember that paying a la carte means less variety. If the revenue of the popular streaming services aren’t being used to divvy out to smaller and more unique services those services won’t survive.

  6. MovieBabble says:

    It makes complete sense why people do it. Who wants to spend tons of money for channel packages when they’ll only watch 3 or 4 of them on a consistent basis. Streaming services and TV alternatives like Sling allow for people to basically customize exactly what they want to watch and pay for. Cable and satellite should have realized this along time ago and adapted. Too late now.

  7. mike green says:

    I’m one of those households. We dropped a very expensive Verizon cable account, bought a digital antenna, ordered Sling and Netflix. Couldn’t be happier. we were tired of ever increasing fees, hundreds if channels that we didn’t want, no control. The tipping point came when the local fox AFFILIATE, not even the network, blacked out their channel because Verizon wouldn’t charge u more for their local signal. The Fox network had just strong armed an increase months before. Every channel demanding a small increase is not sustainable. We were paying for ESPN ( a lot each month btw) and not watching it or having a choice to drop them. The same with the local Boston sports channel NESN. So we are out and VERY happy about it. As for the networks creating their owning streaming channels, good luck! We are not replacing our cable bill with a bunch of streaming service bills. Big time Star Trek fan, NO interest in the CBS service. I am sure they are going to charge people every month AND add insult to injury by shoving commercials at them at the same time. Many of the giant corporations (like CBS) only exist because they were granted the ability to broadcast over the public airwaves. programming was free to watch and they made their profit on commercials. Got greedy and now they are paying the price.

  8. moderateGuy says:

    Overpriced, overliberal, #fakeNews. Well deserved fate.

  9. Seyan Itall says:

    Cut the cord a couple decades ago. TV, whether broadcast or cable has gotten so lousy, I discovered living real life instead of watching others act like they are living real life.

  10. David K says:

    cut the cord many years ago, used to flip around between channels, now it’s Netflix, HBOnow or Amazon? Cable is dead, who needs all of those channels with a bunch of repeats. Their packages especially don’t make sense if you are not a sports fan.

  11. Rachel says:

    Well it doesn’t help when they just move channels from your package whenever they feel like. I was “locked in” for a year with a Spectrum package only to find my Viacom channelS had been moved up a tier halfway through. NOT GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE AND THIS IS THE END RESULT.

  12. xlt danforth says:

    It’s about time 80% of cable programming is a total wasteland !

  13. Bart Brown says:

    Seriously, the Cable channels are more than 75% garbage , who needs them less who wants to pay for them

  14. Sandra greene says:

    I disagree with the 55 and older increasing. Most cable companies have priced us out of the market. I cut the cord two years ago so I could continue to cruise annually or head to Disney world with the grand kids. Most of the residents in my 55 and over apartment complex have followed my lead. It frees up 1200$ a year for me as we only have one company choice and they raise rates every 6 month with new fees

  15. Janet Tait says:

    My husband & I cut the cord to cable when we bought our new home in Oct 2017. We installed a regular old antenna on our roof and are enjoying watching free tv. We are able to pull in all major networks plus about 20 + channels.j

  16. Yo says:

    There’s too many ads. There’s nothing worth watching. And I can’t justify spending so much on it each month.

  17. While this story is based on projections and speculation, our report on cord-cutting is based on hard facts.

    “Cutting to the Chase: Disconnecting from Speculation and Plugging Into the Facts About Cord Cutting”

  18. I go to rid of Cable two weeks ago. Kept it Internet only. I told them I haven’t turned my tv on in 6 months.Of course, they tried to offer me cheaper package deals. Umm, I haven’t turned my tv on in 6 months? Why would I want a different package that I won’t watch either?

  19. DF says:

    I wonder how many news stories in Variety from two years ago reported that industry experts expect cord-cutting to be no big deal.

  20. sillyotter says:

    The comments showed me that Variety has a surprising number of Fox “News” zombies and “Get off my lawn” types among its readers.

  21. Susan says:

    Ok I have been reading through the comments and majority of the comments are about politics can’t people just stay on topic without being political or is that so hard.

  22. JH says:

    Oh and to all you sports fans – you can get ESPN and multiple sports packages/channels on Sling TV. (Including somelocal tv channels, history, a&e, etc.) they have the blue package & the orange package, or both. It’s great! If you’re a local news junkie and want to watch your local news there is an app (channel) on the Roku channel store called news on where you can select the region of the country you’re in and you can find a local news station that way you can also choose an app (channel) called Livestream and search for your local tv station call letters – although this does not offer many selections. Weather junkies can watch weather now (from the app store) very similar to the weather channel- weather nation from Canada but gives USA weather all day, you can stream music on Pandora, watch music videos on VEVO – watch Sky news from the U.K., CBSN (from cbs news – similar to headline news) and of course watch any kind of video on the YouTube app. Who needs cable ???

  23. Kathy says:

    Tv commercials are downright obnoxious, so many ads during a show. 5 minutes of the show and 15 minutes of ads grrrr. Popup ads are like little flies and mosquitoes

  24. JH says:

    We cut the cord many moons ago. Now we stream everything- we don’t miss cable one bit. Buh-bye CONcast. We have a Roku 3 and use the phone modem (why use cable – right?) we have more channels from the Roku channel store than we could ever watch. we have Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu & now have Sling TV. It’s great that we can pick the old or new shows that we want to watch – when we want to watch them & if you’ve got to go run an errand, you can pause the show & pick up later where you left off. You can’t do that with cable (well yes you can if you rent a DVR box – but that’s so old school). Our bill is a fraction of what it used to be. Cut the cord. Be adventurous. This is 2017 and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to say Buh-bye to CONcast!

  25. Tamara says:

    It serves these cable companies right…they run off of pure greed! Hook the consumer in at a low reasonable rate and then with in a year they double the rates!!! Fucking ridiculous! Gee…cant ever say when my pay check has doubled. I am proud to say I dumped Dish about a year ago and I do not miss it at all! Antenna…and Netflix does me fine!

  26. I never, ever had cable until this year and I am so disappointed. I do like our internet connection that comes with it, but the TV stinks. The slew of unavoidable kid programing (brain candy) and other crap is a mountain of clutter I have to sift through in hopes of finding one thing I might want to watch, but usually can’t. None of the shows anyone really wants to watch are included. Seems dumb not to have at least one prime station like HBO. I did better streaming and using our fire stick, and waiting for DVDs through the library. Well, now I know. Come Dec, I’m gone.

  27. Cynita says:

    I am so fed up with cable TV. At $180 a month, my Comcast bill is the largest one I have next to rent. And like other posts said, I watch maybe 10-15 of the 100’s of channels I’m paying for.

    I recently contacted Comcast to try to negotiate a better deal and it was a waste of time. It’s all or nothing. Either you get a crap package with Internet and the local channels that used to be FREE or a crap package with 100’s of channels you will never watch.

    Ideally I would like a package with Internet, my local network channels, HBO, and maybe 5-6 cable channels like AMC, IFC, and Justice channel (the true crime shows are a guilty pleasure!). I can’t be the only one out there that would prefer an option like this.

    I have a Chromecast and I heard that you can buy something that plugs into the TV and will cast basically anything for about $100. You just have to pay for Wi-Fi. At around $50 monthly for a super fast connection that sounds like a great deal. I’m not technologically savvy but it’s time to put on my big girl panties and do the research to get it hooked up before Comcast makes it so I can’t afford panties at all! Fyi, that read a little raunchy, not my intention!

  28. Thomasena King says:

    I just cut the cord today…ten dollar a month internet and the amazon fire stick is great for live streaming of the same shows we paying over an hundred dollars a month for…saving myself 2000.00 a year…feeling stupid i didn’t do this sooner…

  29. Eileen says:

    These vultures think we ‘t live without pay TV. They need to wake up. My life does not revolve around hours ON TV every day.

  30. Eileen says:

    I still have my analog tv. I use my cellphone for everything. ATT offers internet access for $10 for people on SSI/Food stamps. I get a wopping $16.00 a month. Hey l can handle that ATT! Guess being disabled has perks but l would prefer to work.

  31. nerdrage says:

    It’s the Titanic effect. People think it’s business as usual long after they hit the iceberg. Things seem normal for a while and then when the ship starts to sink, it goes fast.

  32. Ashley West says:

    People are tired of subsidizing left-wing propaganda (CNN, ESPN, MSNBC)

  33. Lenny Caputo says:

    OMG. I am looking to do the exact same thing, CUT Cable.

    If you want my money then you will have to appeal to ME and MY conservative demographic.

    I do not want to subsidize CNN anymore. In fact ESPN has become quite leftist as well. When I watch sports I want to do exactly that, watch sports, I do NOT want to be talked down to politically during the pre-game or post-game.

    I will be dumping cable soon, right now I’m trying to iron out all the details but it will hopefully happen by the end of 2017.

    No more paying for an industry that considers me a deplorable.

    • nerdrage says:

      Cord cutting is more about the impatience of everyone, especially people under 40, with too many ads, and lack of control over how shows are scheduled.

      But in this transition from broadcast/cable to Netflix/Amazon, I have been curious about two things: news and sports.

      I figure Disney can handle the sports thru an ESPN streaming service (which begs the question, how do they pay the bills since sports can’t be globalized the way Netflix can globalize drama and comedy?)

      For news, I think we’ll see the emergence of streaming service echo chambers. People don’t really want to hear a wide range of points of view. They just want their own prejudices fed back to them.

      If I were starting a streaming news service, I’d be maximally cynical and create say five different streams, with news skewed to the far left, middling left, middle of the road, middling right, and far right. I’d even name the service The Echo Chamber, why the hell not? I’d let people select their own type of bias but also give them thumbs up/thumbs down icons in case they don’t even know their own mind and need help categorizing their bias correctly.

  34. Michele hornback says:

    I cut the cord. And went to antenna and love it I control what channels i want and I pay no monthly bill…..and have free time and don’t have to watch or have extra channels that I don’t care about…

  35. I always watched a lot of TV and movies. But last year I cut the cord, and now I only stream international services. I am fed up with a business that does nothing but bash half of the citizens in this country. I am done helping to support them. I hope like minded Independent people follow suit. Don’t reward trash.

  36. BangStick says:

    Hint to Hollywood:

    Stop bombarding us with leftist propaganda!

    The vast majority of Americans are NOT GAY! And at least half of us are NOT DEMOCRAT!

    We don’t want their lifestyle or political ideology pushed in our faces on every frikken show!!

    Simple, non political entertainment is all we seek.

    Till then….quit rippin’ us off!

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  38. Only the Basics says:

    It would be nice to parse out CATV subs who subscribe to only the basic tier. That’s what I have, only because I’m out of range of major TV nets. If I was in rage of Broadcast TV, I would good night all cable.

  39. Sabrina bass says:

    Too many commercials for the content

  40. mrunpc says:

    In the beginning there was “pay TV” and it was good and it was COMMERCIAL FREE…(in other words, NO COMMERCIALS). Get it? But over time the network “gods”, treating viewers like the “frogs in the pot slowly coming to a boil” scenario, thought they could start slipping ads in…just a little at a time. Combine that with ever SUCKIER, politically correct, far left biased programming/shows and VOILA, the tipping point was reached.

    Who the HELL wants to P A Y (ever higher fees) to watch crappy shows, laden with crappy ads? H E L L O ! Only the desperate who have no life whatsoever. Hey, people! Guess what? There IS a LOT more to L I F E than PAYING to watch pure unadulterated garbage every day/night.

    Cut the cord, get a life, contribute, do something constructive, find yourself and you’ll be amazed what you’ll come up with…seriously. I cut the cord some time ago and never looked back and haven’t missed the crap for a milisecond.

    And good luck in your newfound life.

  41. Ronald seliger says:

    You still need internet

  42. joe 812 says:

    And when we leave we are ticked off feeling like cable corp has screwed us, yes Comcast i speak of you!

  43. Sean-O says:

    Cable companies just won’t listen. A la Carte TV is what most people want, not 2001 channels of cable crap. I have a small set of channels that I like and watch most of the time and I don’t want to pay for other 80% of the extra channels that I never watch.

  44. rbblum says:

    The emerging basics: News, live events and a video library,

  45. I am Next, I have direct TV and at $110 per month it is time to change, i have Roku and looking at sling…

  46. truth_nigga says:

    Sorry have NO time to support any liberal performing monkeys and their absurd lifestyle. They believe their own hype and self importance. Hollyweird incestuous dogma has grown tiresome and is traitorous, There is much better programming throughout the world, not just the crap and pap issued by the networks.

  47. John Dendy says:

    Most of the channels are garbage. I watch maybe 8 or 10 of the hundred or so I have.

    If the cable companies don’t wise up allow me to specify what I want, I’m gone

  48. Simon says:

    300 channels, nothing but crap to watch. We cut the cord 5 years ago. There is nothing on that is so exciting that I can’t wait till it comes out on Netflix or YouTube.

  49. I cut the cord to send a big middle finger to Univision and all the Spanish channels for which I was obliged to pay. I refuse to subsidize Latinos anymore. With luck, Jorge Ramos will have to return to Mexico where his political views will probably get him killed.

    • Terry Miller says:

      Ala Carte Cable is the simple solution

      CNN/ESPN and the other purvayers of DNC Talking points don’t need subsidies

    • Boycott Propaganda says:

      Me too, cut the cord 3 years ago. Flushed the degenerate, offensive Anti White Christian mocking programming down the toilet. The Antifa personas; on MSNBC, CNN, MSM, NPR hateful, race hucksters, salivating about more burning, looting tearing down Historic Statues, erasing European heritage. A big straight up MIDDLE FINGER to The Alphabet channels, Cable News, degenerate sexually confused 50% homosexual sitcoms, Promotion of criminality and Alien Invasion . I can stream Tucker on Youtube when I want, and Animal channels, Crime shows, Vudu is free, some old family friendly shows. I hope to see a higher 75% of U.S. Homes cut any form of Cable or Satellite. No more Box office movies either, stopped going over 5 years ago..Goodbye Hollywood, free at last, you’re in the “NO GO Zone” take your degenerate filth and Communist Hateful Anti American Agit Prop and shove it!

      • Dante says:

        You, Sir, are hilarious!

      • mrunpc says:

        My sentiments EXactly…and well put I might (not) “ad”. Political correctness is nothing more than Communist suppression of free (Conservative/Christian/Patriotic) speech. Even the freaking ads are full of multi-cultural BS, portraying minorities, especially blacks, as fine upstanding, upper class citizens, when crime statistics overwhelmingly illustrate otherwise.

        Just look at recent reports of looting in Houston and now Florida after the devastating hurricanes. In almost EVERY case, the perps are b l a c k. And yet the Commies running cable TV gloss it over or ignore it completely. Only a fool or people in serious denial can’t see what these Commies are doing to our country by protecting, hiding and even promoting criminal, anti-American elements on every front.

        In addition, something like 90+ % of the coverage (news and otherwise) is negative about President Trump while the same programming hacks NEVER criticized their “messiah”, Barack Hussein Obama about anything. And they wonder WHY Trump was elected?


      • Ken says:

        Not only that 30% or more is advertising!

  50. mhafch2014 says:

    I live 2 miles away from AT&T internet service. There is no cable coming out here either. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for overpriced satellite tv or internet service.

    If the cable companies and internet companies would not refuse to service rural communities while focusing on larger cities, they would make more money from people who wanted their services.

    In the end, I just mirror the shows I watch from my phone to my tv and nobody gets money but my cell phone provider.

    Greed put the cable companies on the losing end.

    • mhafch2014 says:

      Update: I called the nearest cable company this morning out of curiosity. They require $40K, to run cable 4 miles down the road to my neighborhood before they start charging me monthly for internet or tv services.

      They want me to subsidize their service before they charge me for internet or television service. Not taking into account that there are many people out here who want their internet service. They would be in the black within 6 – 12 months.

      Once again, their greed is costing them in the long run.

    • Dante says:

      Wow, a perfect insight into the reasons the US is going down the toilet.

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