Traditional TV subs will decline by 247,000 in Canada this year, predicts report


  • Jonathan Yorkowich

    I’m cutting my cable as soon as my contact is up. Android box is better

    • KiwiBri

      A few years ago I dropped my cable package.. paid an early termination fee for the PVR package I had. ($210) but figured I saved the$70/Month I would have spend any way after 3 months.. still smiling with OTA and netflix

  • Jason

    We cut cable 3 years ago and never looked back. Last year Bell offered us free fibetv (not completely free but they gave discounts on phone and internet so the tv is basically free) which I’m sure is just to bump up the subscriber number to make it look good to the board. We rarely even watch it, its sooooooo annoying to sit through 4 minutes of commercials, most of which repeat every 4 commercials. You can’t even use the fast forward on a number of channels (which is something they prominently advertise).

  • WeirdG

    I stripped my OptikTV package down to the bare minimum. The only reason I even keep it around, is because it’s cheaper for me to have OptikTV and unlimited Internet together, than just unlimited Internet on it’s own.

    A DNS location service or VPN has given me way more content than before. I mostly use a Roku and Kodi for my viewing pleasures.

  • Benoit Bourdua

    Count me among those. I’ve (finally) bid goodbye to Videotron just yesterday.

    There’s this new web service that’s appeared a few days ago… hell of a package.

    • Gail M.

      What is the name of the new web service. I need to get rid of my subscription this year. But still need access to sports.

    • Benoit Bourdua

      Youtube TV. It’s pretty darn good.

      There are geo restrictions but nothing that a bit of work won’t help you get around.

  • Andrew

    With an Internet package and free Over-The-Air HD TV, I don’t see the need for a TV subscription. I haven’t had a TV subscription for at least a few years.

  • yerallnuts

    And by continually cranking up their subscription rates they are accelerating the process themselves.

  • Ipse

    Funny this article came out when I started watching SOME of the playoffs on CBC (OTA). I can’t believe the amount of ads and how dumb and repetitive they are. Add to that lousy news and ancient movies and you’ll see why I cut the cord 5 years ago.

  • DownwithRobellus

    Just having basic cable with Rogers or Bell cost over $35.00! Thought as technology adapted price would go down but this scumbags for us to rent or buy an over priced Netbox. Just so you can record your show WITH the ads.

    Can’t wait until they start losing more customers…

  • Brad Fortin

    I thought about getting TV a few months ago. Then I realized that it would double my bill and decided Netflix and YouTube are more than good enough.

  • Stephen_81

    I’m still a subscriber, just actually upgraded to their 4K box yesterday… and as I write this I realize I forgot to bring my Nextbox3.0 back to the store today . Truthfully I treat it like the movies, I pay $10/h or so to see a Movie at the theater, I probably am paying approx $5/h for my cable content since I don’t watch much per month, but I do like that my images are clear on my screen with cable.
    If I had to be concerned with my monthly bills, Cable would be first to go! but I still can’t happily replace cable for streaming services yet.

  • vn33

    Cut the cord 6 years ago … use some of that saving to bump up my Internet speed & subscribe to Netflix. I’m good with the hockey playoffs, and whatever else available throughout the year on OTA TV.
    Having said that, anyone can offer some suggestion for online sports? My friend is on the verge of cutting cable, but is addicted to (North America) sports. Thnx in advance!