Just saw this:
“More than 400,000 American homes have cut the cord and ditched their cable and satellite pay-TV services since the start of 2012. The figure includes 169,000 subscribers shed by Time Warner Cable last quarter, marking the service provider’s tenth consecutive quarter of customer losses. It also includes the 52,000 net subscribers DirecTV lost this past quarter, and 176,000 customers who left Comcast.”
Note that’s merely in the first half of the year, more or less. Clearly this at least partly because of the economy. However, it’s also because of attempts to force people to upgrade, which is why I dumped my Comcast cable when they took away the few channels I was interested in and raised the price to get those channels from like $25 to $75 a month. Should they continue to hemorrhage viewers, it could finally result in one or both of the two changes that should have happened long ago: the option for a la carte channel selection, and the forced monopolization of one cable company per area.
Personally, it was a tad weird not having TV at first, and at certain instances it remains somewhat inconvenient. However, as expected I’ve weened myself from the glass tit pretty quickly. I barely notice now that I don’t have it.
Of course, I still have my Internet connection and my DVDs.