Sources: CUB's Guide to Cutting Your TV Costs

Introduction: Statistics about Pay TV

“Changing Channels: Americans View Just 17 Channels Despite Record Number to Choose From.” (2016, May 16). Retrieved December 05, 2016 http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2014/changing-channels-americans-view-just-17-channels-despite-record-number-to-choose-from.html

“The Pay-TV Funnel.“ (2016).  http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/research/notes09_2016.pdf

Leichtman Research Group | Press Releases. (2016, September 23). Retrieved December 05, 2016, http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/092316release.html

Pressman, A. (2016). “The Average Cable TV Bill Has Hit a New All-Time Record.” Retrieved December 05, 2016 http://fortune.com/2016/09/23/average-cable-tv-bill/

Schoen, J. (2015). “How Do Cable Companies Make Their Money?” Retrieved December 05, 2016,  http://www.cnbc.com/2015/04/20/how-do-cable-companies-make-their-money.html

Spangler, Todd. “Cord-Cutting Keeps Churning: U.S. Pay-TV Cancelers to Hit 33 Million in 2018 (Study).” Variety, 25 July 2018 variety.com/2018/digital/news/cord-cutting-2018-estimates-33-million-us-study-1202881488/.

Spangler, Todd. “Stream Nation: U.S. Consumers Spend $2 Billion Monthly on Streaming Video Services.” Variety, 20 Mar. 2018, variety.com/2018/digital/news/deloitte-streaming-survey-consumers-2-billion-monthly-svod-services-1202730159/.

Thompson, D. “If Cable Is Dying, Why Is It Still Making So Much Money?” Retrieved December 05, 2016  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/05/if-cable-is-dying-why-is-it-still-making-so-much-money/276072/

About cutting the cord:

“Cut the Cord to Save Thousands.” http://www.komando.com/tips/12040/cut-the-cord-on-cable-to-save-thousands/3

Ewoldt, John. “Antenna Sales Are Rising, in Another Sign of Churn in TV Watching.” Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2018, www.startribune.com/antenna-sales-are-rising-in-another-sign-of-churn-in-tv-watching/491230121/.

Fowler, G. (2016, November 30). “The Cable-Cutting Dream Is Kind of a Myth.” Retrieved December 05, 2016  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cable-cutting-dream-is-kind-of-a-myth-1480536397

Gass, N. “Cutting the Cord Presentation.”  Retrieved January 04, 2017 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rCjVxuXix4iUux0a-QH2Byskr46YizFClgw23LYh0kM/edit#slide=id.g11faf8ddc6_0_5

Katzmaier, David. (2016, December 7) “10 Things to Consider Before You Cancel Cable TV, Chicago Tribune.” Retrieved December 9, 2016  https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-things-to-consider-before-canceling-cable/

Ramsey, D. (n.d.). “9 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Cable. “ Retrieved December 05, 2016 https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/9-cost-effective-alternatives-to-cable

Willcox, James K. “Take Control of Cable TV!” Consumer Reports, 27 June 2018 www.consumerreports.org/tv-service/take-control-of-cable-tv/

Willcox, James K. “The Cord-Cutting Decision Is Tougher These Days. Here’s What You Need to Know.” Consumer Reports, 29 July 2019 www.consumerreports.org/tv-service/cord-cutting-decision-what-you-need-to-know/?fbclid=IwAR0cy7FZjT_Pcnx7TztC-ic5jtqa3z_oD6yOgeXjgtckqteiOfLvCKwhEJ4.

About cutting your cable/satellite bill:

“How Much Should I Be Paying for Cable TV?” Top 16 Cable TV and Internet Providers in Fort Worth, TX, 28 Sept. 2017 www.cabletv.com/blog/how-much-should-i-pay-for-cable-tv/.

Bowsher, Karla. “How to Cut Your Cable Bill in Half.” Money Talks News, 28 July 2019 www.moneytalksnews.com/4-ways-to-cut-tv-costs-to-25-a-month-or-less/.

Branter, Chris. “7 Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill.” U.S. News & World Report, 21 Nov. 2018 money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/articles/7-ways-to-lower-your-cable-bill.

Molina, Brett. “Five Steps to Cutting Your Expensive Cable TV Bill.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 12 Jan. 2018, www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/budget-and-spending/2017/11/06/five-steps-cutting-your-expensive-cable-bill/558650001/.

Oswald, Ed. (2016, November 11). “5 Ways to Reduce (or Eliminate) Your Cable Bill, Gear & Style CheatSheet.” http://www.cheatsheet.com/gear-style/5-ways-to-reduce-or-eliminate-your-cable-bill.html/?a=viewall

Passy, Charles. (2016, January 31). “The Foolproof Way to Lower Your Cable Bill.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-foolproof-way-to-lower-your-cable-bill-2014-02-21

Renzulli, Kerri Anne. (2016, March 21). “7 Tips for Slashing Your Cable Bill from Guys Who Do It for a Living.” http://time.com/money/4253989/cut-cable-bills-tips-tricks/

Sheehy, Kelsey, et al. “9 Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill.” NerdWallet, 20 Mar. 2019, www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/7-ways-to-lower-your-cable-bill/.

Torabi, Farnoosh. (2015, March 9) “This Is How You Get Your Cable Company to Lower Your Bill.” Retrieved December 9, 2016  http://time.com/money/3737173/how-to-lower-cut-your-cable-bill/

Tuttle, B. “3 Moves to Cut Your Cable Bill Right Now.” Retrieved December 05, 2016 http://time.com/money/3655841/cut-cable-bill-comcast-time-warner-dish-sling-tv/

Weston, Liz, et al. “9 Bills Where You Can Cut a Better Deal.” NerdWallet, 26 Feb. 2019, www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/bills-you-can-negotiate/.

Willcox, James K. “Take Control of Cable TV!” Consumer Reports, 27 June 2018, www.consumerreports.org/tv-service/take-control-of-cable-tv/.

About your cable/satellite bill:

“How to Decipher Your Cable Bill.” (n.d.). Retrieved December 05, 2016 http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-to-decipher-your-cable-bill

“See if Mediacom Is Available in Your Area.” MediacomCable – Acceptable Use Policy mediacomcable.com/products/television/.

“Spectrum TV™ Gives You More HD than Anyone.” Top 16 Cable TV and Internet Providers in Fort Worth, TX | CableTV.com www.cabletv.com/charter/cable-tv.

“Xfinity Cable TV Plans.” Top 16 Cable TV and Internet Providers in Fort Worth, TX | CableTV.com www.cabletv.com/xfinity/cable-tv?kbid=110215.

ATT.com

Charter- Understanding Your Bill. Retrieved December 5, 2016 https://www.charter.com/browse/content/charter-home

Comcast.com

DirectTV.com

Dish.com

RCN.com

The Consumerist. (2016). “The Consumerist Guide To Understanding Your Comcast Bill.”  Retrieved December 05, 2016 https://consumerist.com/2016/02/01/the-consumerist-guide-to-understanding-your-comcast-bill/

Understanding your bill. https://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/billing/understand-your-bill/

Verizon.com

Xfinity. “Understanding Your Bill.” Watch TV Online, Stream Episodes and Movies | Xfinity Stream, 2 Nov. 2018, www.xfinity.com/support/articles/new-bill-design.

About HD antennas:

“Best TV Antenna of 2019.” Reviews.com, 4 Jan. 2019 www.reviews.com/tv-antenna/.

Bouma, Luke. “5 Reasons Why an Antenna Should Be a Part of Your Cord Cutting Setup.” AntennaWeb.org, 28 Oct. 2018, antennaweb.org/News/Content/RememberToRescan.

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/highest-rated-outdoor-hdtv-antennas

Karp, Gregory. (2014, October 31) “Simple Antenna Can Help Kick Costly Cable TV Habit.” Retrieved December 10, 2016 https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-things-to-consider-before-canceling-cable/

Kindig, S. (2016). “Choosing the Best HDTV Antenna.” Retrieved December 05, 2016 http://www.crutchfield.com/S-kHDU41aat9E/learn/learningcenter/home/antenna.html

Kindig, Steve. “How to Choose the Best HDTV Antenna.” Crutchfield, 6 Sept. 2017 www.crutchfield.com/S-CyWNIpQseON/learn/learningcenter/home/antenna.html.

Knapp, Mark. “The 12 Best TV Antennas of 2019.” Lifewire, 25 June 2019 www.lifewire.com/best-tv-antennas-to-buy-4078201.

Pendlebury, Ty. “Best TV Antennas for Cord-Cutters, Starting at Just $10.” CNET, 13 Aug. 2019 www.cnet.com/news/best-tv-antennas-for-cord-cutters-starting-at-just-10/.

Willcox, James K. “Is Now the Time to Get a TV Antenna?” Consumer Reports, 19 Sept. 2018 www.consumerreports.org/antennas/is-now-the-time-to-get-a-tv-antenna/.

Willcox, James K., and Claudio Ciacci. “HDTV Antenna Review: Top Picks From CR’s Latest Tests.” Consumer Reports, 6 Apr. 2018 www.consumerreports.org/antennas/hdtv-antenna-reviews-indoor-tv-antennas/.

About streaming devices:

“Apple TV HD 32GB.” Apple, Aug. 2019 www.apple.com/shop/buy-tv/apple-tv-hd/32gb.

“Fire TV Cube, Hands-Free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HD, Streaming Media Player.” Amazon, Aug. 2019 www.amazon.com/Fire-TV-Cube-hands-free-with-Alexa-and-4K-Ultra-HD-and-Alexa-Voice-Remote/dp/B0791T9CV7/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=amazon%2Bfire%2Btv%2Bcube&qid=1565101369&s=gateway&sr=8-1.

“Fire TV Recast, over-the-Air DVR, 1 TB, 150 Hours.” Amazon, Aug. 2019, www.amazon.com/Fire-TV-Recast-over-the-air-DVR-1TB-150-hours/dp/B074J1GPB8/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=amazon%2Bfire%2Btv%2Brecast&qid=1565101404&s=gateway&sr=8-1.

“Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Streaming Media Player.” Amazon, Aug. 2019 www.amazon.com/Fire-TV-Stick-with-Alexa-Voice-Remote/dp/B0791TX5P5/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=amazon%2Bfire%2Bstick&qid=1565101309&s=gateway&sr=8-2.

“Installing Apple TV” https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205358

“Installing Fire Stick.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3_Tsy7zgOo

“Streaming Media Device Buying Guide.” Consumer Reports, 2 Apr. 2018 www.consumerreports.org/cro/streaming-media/buying-guide/index.htm.

“Streaming Media.” Streaming Media Device Ratings, 2019 www.consumerreports.org/products/streaming-media-devices/ratings-overview/.

Honorof, Marshall. “What Is Google Chromecast?” Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Guide, 2 Aug. 2019 www.tomsguide.com/us/what-is-google-chromecast,news-17637.html.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/buying-guides/streaming-media-player-buying-guide/pcmcat333300050010.c?id=pcmcat333300050010

Pendlebury, Ty. “Best DVRs for Cord Cutters.” CNET, 12 Feb. 2019 www.cnet.com/news/best-dvr-for-cord-cutters-who-use-an-ota-antenna-tivo-tablo-fire-tv-recast/.

Roku. Roku, Aug. 2019, www.roku.com/products (Roku Express, Premiere, Roku TV, Ultra, Streaming Stick).

Willcox, James K. “Guide to Streaming Video Services.” Consumer Reports, 3 July 2019 www.consumerreports.org/streaming-media-devices/guide-to-subscription-streaming-video-services/.

About basic streaming services:

“How Much Does Netflix Cost? Pricing Breakdown of the Streamer’s Plans.” Digital Trends, Digital Trends, 2 Nov. 2018, www.digitaltrends.com/movies/netflix-cost-pricing-plan-breakdown/.

Amazon.com

Bowsher, Karla. “How to Cut Your Cable Bill in Half.” Money Talks News, 28 July 2019, www.moneytalksnews.com/4-ways-to-cut-tv-costs-to-25-a-month-or-less/.

Cosgrove, Jaclyn. “Amazon Prime’s Price Is Jumping to $119 a Year – but There Are Ways around Paying That Much.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2018, www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-prime-membership-20180427-story.html.

FandongoNow.com

Hoopladigital.com

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-best-free-movie-streaming-services-netflix-alternatives-for-2019-crackle-pluto-tv-tubi/

https://www.consumerreports.org/broadband/internet-fast-enough-for-streaming-broadband-speed/

https://www.lifewire.com/watch-free-movies-online-1356647

Hulu.com

imdb.com

Netflix.com

Pluto.tv

Sonycrackle.com

Vudu.com

Willcox, James K. “How to Decide If Cord Cutting Is Right for You.” Consumer Reports, 8 Mar. 2019, www.consumerreports.org/streaming-media/how-to-decide-if-cord-cutting-is-right-for-you/.

Willcox, James K. “Where to Stream Movies Free.” Consumer Reports, 8 July 2019, www.consumerreports.org/movies-tv/where-to-stream-movies-for-free/.

About cable-replacement streaming services:

Katzmaier, David. “Sling TV: Everything You Need to Know.” CNET, CNET, 30 June 2018, www.cnet.com/news/sling-tv-everything-you-need-to-know/.

ATTWatchTV.com

DirectvNow.com

Fisher, Stacy. “Cord Cutting Guide 2019: Save Money With These Cable TV Alternatives.” Lifewire, Lifewire, 24 July 2019, www.lifewire.com/cable-tv-alternatives-save-money-4138322.

Fubo.tv

Hulu.com

Honorof, Marshall. “Your Guide to Cable TV Cord-Cutting.” Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Guide, 11 July 2019, www.tomsguide.com/us/cord-cutting-guide,news-17928.html.

Pendlebury, Ty. “Best Live TV Streaming Services for Cord Cutters.” CNET, CNET, 11 Aug. 2019, www.cnet.com/news/best-live-tv-streaming-services-for-cord-cutters/.

Philo.com

Playstation.com

Sling.com

Timmerman, Michael. “How to Cut the Cord and Never Pay for Cable TV Again.” Clark Howard, 19 Aug. 2019, clark.com/technology/tvsatellite-cable/cord-cutting-cable-tv-alternatives/.

TV.Youtube.com

Willcox, James K. “Cable vs. Streaming Live TV Services: Which Should You Choose?” Consumer Reports, 29 July 2019, www.consumerreports.org/tv-service/cable-vs-streaming-live-tv-services/.

Glossary:

“A Glossary of Cable TV Terms and Definitions. A Clearer Picture.” Glossary Of Cable TV Terms And Definitions, www.glossary-of-terms.net/glossary-of-cable-tv-terms.html.

www.cablesatellitesupply.com. (n.d.). Retrieved December 05, 2016, from http://www.cablesatellitesupply.com/Cable-Satellite-Supply-Glossary-s/1889.htm

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