Update: Wow! I am surprised by the number of people who have indicated that they have canceled or are canceling their cable/satellite subscriptions. Now, certainly, my peer group isn’t representative of the bulk of the target TV market. However, if this is any indication of things to come in the larger market, then cable/satellite TV is simply screwed!
We canceled DirecTV today.
They, of course, wanted to know why and whether or not offering us a lower price would keep us in the fold, etc,etc,etc…
Nope. Why? Because broadcast TV sucks, whether delivered by cable, satellite, or over the air. It is a decidedly anti-consumer environment.
I want to watch what I want to watch when I want to watch it. Period.
And, for that, I have a DirecTV receiver with TiVo built in. Yet, 9 times out of 10, the TiVo fails to record all of a show, missing the first or last 30 seconds to 2 minutes because the stupid content providers or DirecTV have time skewed everything just a bit.
That and the constant stream of commercials made the viewing experience unpleasant.
We save money, get to watch what we want when we want, and don’t have to worry about a stupid commercial interruption or dealing with the never ending battle between content providers and TiVo.
In tweeting about this, I immediately had two responses from people canceling their cable subscriptions for similar reasons. And I know a number of others that have had the never ending Cable Card Doesn’t Work adventure.