Why would you ever pay for something you don’t use? And these fees are going up. Sports are more protected from time-shifted viewing, which appeals to cable networks and their advertisers. Sports fans are unlikely to watch a game a few hours later on their DVR and skip the commercials. That causes expensive bidding wars for broadcast rights to sporting events, and the price is passed down to consumers.
Cable providers pay 20 times the cost of the average cable channel to carry ESPN.
ESPN is the Rolls-Royce of cable channels. Why pay for it if you don’t want to drive it?
There are great alternatives to cable out there.
Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Videos, buying shows directly from the iTunes store. We’re surrounded by entertainment. It’s a buyer’s market. Why settle for the price of cable television? With smart televisions and devices such as the Playstation 3, X-Box, Roku and Apple TV, it’s easy to stream online video on your television.
You’ll be saved from terrible customer service.
Cable companies rank among the worst for customer service. If you’re going to pay for channels you don’t even use, can’t they at least treat you well?
If you’re not sure how to cut the cord, here are some tips from your friends at On Background:
Thursday’s show on PostTV.com also had some insightful remarks from guests Afzal Bari of Bloomberg Government and Jennifer Jolly of USA Today: