As you know, I'm a big fan of cutting the cable TV cord to save money, and I know plenty of ways to do it without missing out on your favorite shows. In fact, I sell the Komando Indoor Amplified HD Antenna that lets you pick up FREE HDTV network broadcasts for sports, local news, syndicated programs and prime-time shows.
When streaming gadgets and services first came along, TV providers didn't seem too concerned. After all, who would ditch cable when it gives you hundreds and hundreds of channels to watch? So cable companies sold packages of channels in different tiers of prices. They would bundle a few channels they knew most subscribers would want with dozens of other less-popular channels. Want ESPN? Fine, you can have it but you also have to pay for a bunch of channels you'll probably never watch.
But now as a growing number of Americans are cutting the cord, and four out of 10 homes have a Netflix subscription, I think the cable networks finally starting to wake up to reality. The simple truth is that even with hundreds of channels, studies show most people only watch 17 different channels each month on average. And many of those channels that are watched include the major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS Fox and NBC, that are available free, over the air with an antenna. That's a lot of channels they're paying for that no one is watching in their homes.
Once cable service is finally getting the message that maybe people want to pay less to get only what they actually watch, and choose which channels they have. But is it too little too late?