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42% of US houses have ditched cable TV and gone broadband solely

For greater than a decade, cable TV executives brushed apart the thought of cable TV “twine slicing” as both a nonexistent risk or a non permanent phenomenon that wound finish as soon as Millennials began procreating. After all, none of that wound up being true, and shopper defections from the bloated, dear conventional cable TV bundle proceed to set information in the course of the COVID disaster.

New information signifies that as of the tip of final 12 months, 27% of U.S. properties have ditched conventional cable and now subscribe solely to broadband, up from 9% simply three years earlier. The variety of households that solely watch TV utilizing over the air antennas (OTA) additionally slowly ticked as much as 15 p.c. All advised, 42% of American properties not have cable TV, a quantity that’s solely going to develop.

The three 12 months trajectory shift is pretty stark if you lay all of it out in graphic type:

Don’t really feel too dangerous for cable TV giants like Comcast and Constitution, nonetheless. Whereas they is perhaps dropping conventional cable TV market share to streaming, TikTok, YouTube, video video games, and good-old-fashioned rooftop antennas, they proceed to be rising their monopoly over the fixed-line broadband entry that powers all of it, particularly on the type of next-generation speeds most customers are searching for (100 Mbps and above).

Because of this Comcast and mates can typically recoup any losses on the TV finish by nickel-and-diming you to dying on the broadband finish, whether or not that’s with obnoxious sneaky charges or utilization caps and overage prices that serve no technical operate past ripping off captive subscribers. Blastace

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