Sources: CUB's Guide to Cutting Your TV Costs

Introduction: Statistics about Pay TV

Carlson, Edward. “Cutting the Cord: NTIA Data Show Shift to Streaming Video as Consumers Drop Pay-TV.” National Telecommunications and Information Administration. 21 May 2019.

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“Changing Channels: Americans View Just 17 Channels Despite Record Number to Choose From.” (2016, May 16). Retrieved December 05, 2016

“The Pay-TV Funnel.“ (2016).

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McCarthy, Niall. “74% Of U.S. Homes Have A Video Streaming Service.” Statista. 29 Aug. 2019.

Pressman, A. (2016). “The Average Cable TV Bill Has Hit a New All-Time Record.” Retrieved December 05, 2016

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Spangler, Todd. “Cord-Cutting Keeps Churning: U.S. Pay-TV Cancelers to Hit 33 Million in 2018 (Study).” Variety, 25 July 2018

Spangler, Todd. “Stream Nation: U.S. Consumers Spend $2 Billion Monthly on Streaming Video Services.” Variety, 20 Mar. 2018,\

Starry The Download, “Cord Cutting on the Rise: 9 Stats and Trends,” 11 Dec. 2019.,the%20day%20to%20watch%20TV.

Thompson, D. “If Cable Is Dying, Why Is It Still Making So Much Money?” Retrieved December 05, 2016

Westcott, Kevin; Loucks, Jeff; Ciampa, David; Srivastava, Shashank. “Digital media trends: A look beyond generations.” Deloitte.

Walson, A. “Average monthly cost of cable/satellite bill in North America 2017, ”  2019, Aug. 9.

About cutting the cord:

“Cut the Cord to Save Thousands.”

Ewoldt, John. “Antenna Sales Are Rising, in Another Sign of Churn in TV Watching.” Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2018,

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Katzmaier, David. (2016, December 7) “10 Things to Consider Before You Cancel Cable TV, Chicago Tribune.” Retrieved December 9, 2016

Ramsey, D. (n.d.). “9 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Cable. “ Retrieved December 05, 2016

Willcox, James K. “Guide to Streaming Video Services,” Consumer Reports. (22 Oct. 2020)

Willcox, James K. “How to Replace Cable TV for Only $25 a Month,” Consumer Reports (21 Sept. 2020)

Willcox, James K. “Take Control of Cable TV!” Consumer Reports, 27 June 2018

Willcox, James K. “The Cord-Cutting Decision Is Tougher These Days. Here’s What You Need to Know.” Consumer Reports, 29 July 2019

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

Bowsher, Karla. “How to Cut Your Cable Bill in Half.” Money Talks News, 28 July 2019

Branter, Chris. “7 Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill.” U.S. News & World Report, 21 Nov. 2018

Molina, Brett. “Five Steps to Cutting Your Expensive Cable TV Bill.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 12 Jan. 2018,

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Passy, Charles. (2016, January 31). “The Foolproof Way to Lower Your Cable Bill.”

Renzulli, Kerri Anne. (2016, March 21). “7 Tips for Slashing Your Cable Bill from Guys Who Do It for a Living.”

Sheehy, Kelsey, et al. “9 Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill.” NerdWallet, 20 Mar. 2019,

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Tuttle, B. “3 Moves to Cut Your Cable Bill Right Now.” Retrieved December 05, 2016

Weston, Liz, et al. “9 Bills Where You Can Cut a Better Deal.” NerdWallet, 26 Feb. 2019,

Willcox, James K. “Take Control of Cable TV!” Consumer Reports, 27 June 2018,

About your cable/satellite bill:

“How to Decipher Your Cable Bill.” (n.d.). Retrieved December 05, 2016

“See if Mediacom Is Available in Your Area.” MediacomCable – Acceptable Use Policy

“Spectrum TV™ Gives You More HD than Anyone.” Top 16 Cable TV and Internet Providers in Fort Worth, TX |

“Xfinity Cable TV Plans.” Top 16 Cable TV and Internet Providers in Fort Worth, TX |


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Understanding your bill.

Xfinity. “Understanding Your Bill.” Watch TV Online, Stream Episodes and Movies | Xfinity Stream, 2 Nov. 2018,

About HD antennas:

“Best TV Antenna of 2019.”, 4 Jan. 2019

Bouma, Luke. “5 Reasons Why an Antenna Should Be a Part of Your Cord Cutting Setup.”, 28 Oct. 2018,

Karp, Gregory. (2014, October 31) “Simple Antenna Can Help Kick Costly Cable TV Habit.” Retrieved December 10, 2016

Kindig, S. (2016). “Choosing the Best HDTV Antenna.” Retrieved December 05, 2016

Kindig, Steve. “How to Choose the Best HDTV Antenna.” Crutchfield, 6 Sept. 2017

Knapp, Mark. “The 12 Best TV Antennas of 2019.” Lifewire, 25 June 2019

Martinez, Greg. “Homemade Ways to Boost TV Antenna Signal” Long Range Signal, 6, Oct. 2020.

Pendlebury, Ty. “Best TV Antennas for Cord-Cutters, Starting at Just $10.” CNET, 13 Aug. 2019.

Willcox, James K. “How to Get Better Indoor TV Antenna Reception,” 12 Sept. 2019.

Willcox, James K. “Is Now the Time to Get a TV Antenna?” Consumer Reports, 19 Sept. 2018.

Willcox, James K., and Claudio Ciacci. “HDTV Antenna Review: Top Picks From CR’s Latest Tests.” Consumer Reports, 6 Apr. 2018

About streaming devices:

“Apple TV HD 32GB.” Apple, Aug. 2019

“Fire TV Cube, Hands-Free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HD, Streaming Media Player.” Amazon, Aug. 2019

“Fire TV Recast, over-the-Air DVR, 1 TB, 150 Hours.” Amazon, Aug. 2019,

“Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Streaming Media Player.” Amazon, Aug. 2019

“Installing Apple TV”

“Streaming Media Device Buying Guide.” Consumer Reports, 2 Apr. 2018

“Streaming Media.” Streaming Media Device Ratings, 2019

Honorof, Marshall. “What Is Google Chromecast?” Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Guide, 2 Aug. 2019,news-17637.html.

Pendlebury, Ty. “Best DVRs for Cord Cutters.” CNET, 12 Feb. 2019

Roku. Roku, Aug. 2019, (Roku Express, Premiere, Roku TV, Ultra, Streaming Stick).

Willcox, James K. “Guide to Streaming Video Services.” Consumer Reports, 3 July 2019

Xfinity Flex. 

About basic streaming services:

“How Much Does Netflix Cost? Pricing Breakdown of the Streamer’s Plans.” Digital Trends, Digital Trends, 2 Nov. 2018,

Bowsher, Karla. “How to Cut Your Cable Bill in Half.” Money Talks News, 28 July 2019,

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,

Willcox, James K. “How to Decide If Cord Cutting Is Right for You.” Consumer Reports, 8 Mar. 2019,

Willcox, James K. “Where to Stream Movies Free.” Consumer Reports, 8 July 2019,

About cable-replacement streaming services:

Katzmaier, David. “Sling TV: Everything You Need to Know.” CNET, CNET, 30 June 2018,

Fisher, Stacy. “Cord Cutting Guide 2019: Save Money With These Cable TV Alternatives.” Lifewire, Lifewire, 24 July 2019,

Honorof, Marshall. “Your Guide to Cable TV Cord-Cutting.” Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Guide, 11 July 2019,,news-17928.html.

Pendlebury, Ty. “Best Live TV Streaming Services for Cord Cutters.” CNET, CNET, 11 Aug. 2019,

Timmerman, Michael. “How to Cut the Cord and Never Pay for Cable TV Again.” Clark Howard, 19 Aug. 2019,

Willcox, James K. “Cable vs. Streaming Live TV Services: Which Should You Choose?” Consumer Reports, 29 July 2019,

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