Giving Up: Bay area residents drop cable

Three million Americans are cut the cord on cable. Husband and wife, Brett and Carrie Kinney, dropped it in February. The Lake Alfred residents now use Apple TV to stream content from apps like Netflix and Hulu.

“We’ve always had cable,” Brett said. “It was almost a necessity. What? We can’t go without it.”

After months of research, they dropped their subscription and it saves the couple about $110 a month.

“People are realizing they’re paying a lot per month to get the six or seven shows they watch on a regular basis,” Brett said. “How many times have you sat down to watch TV and there are 200 channels but nothing to watch?”

Although, they admit, they’ve missed a few live shows like the Country Music Awards, they think it’s worth it. Slate.com, a daily web magazine, claims it can calculate how much you would save from dropping cable. Simply type in how much your internet and cable package costs and then what streaming services you would use every month.

Aside from streaming, the Kinney’s also have an antenna to watch over the air programming.

“I get more than seventy channels on certain days,” Brett said. “We can see Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville stations from here.”

While the Kinney’s wouldn’t consider themselves big sports fans, they believe the Watch ESPN app, would allow them to watch any games they wanted. Aside from sports, another issue with letting go of cable, is even though many networks post episodes online, or even stream, you can’t always get new shows on Netflix.

“I compare it to this,” Brett said. “if a move is coming out that I want to see in the theater do I always see it on premier night? Probably not. So I’m willing to wait a few weeks for shows. There’s no harm done.”

Even with all this talk of cutting the cord, it’s still a small percentage of American households. According to Clearvoice Research, cord cutters make up only 2 percent of the US. Even so, subscriptions for Netflix went up 20 percent in the last year.

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