November 3rd, 2016
Cable prices are rising, and cord cutting is real, according to a survey by Leichtman Research Group.
The average monthly cable bill is now up to $103.10, an increase of 4% from last year, according to the Consumerist. That rise surpasses the current U.S. inflation rate, which is about 1.1 percent.
Meanwhile, the cord cutter movement is slowly gaining steam. More than 82 percent of households subscribe to cable, satellite or fiber pay TV. But that number is down from 2011 when 87 percent were cable TV subscribers.
Cord cutters have more choices than ever. In metropolitan areas, a $10 antenna can snag local TV digital signals out of the air for free, but it won't work very well for people in rural areas.
Hulu, at about $10 per month, offers movies and network television shows one or two days after they air.
Netflix, $10 per month, offers movies, television, and original programming.
Sling TV, $20 per month, offers live sports and a variety of other channels.
These options depend on a high -speed internet connection, however, and that can add to the price of television.
One easy change consumers can make is buying their own DVR.
Cable boxes run about $20 per box per month, but a DVR can be purchased for $100 to $175, according to cableboxandmodem.com. These boxes require $3 cable card, which cable companies are required to sell.