Cord cutting in Canada is slowing down


  • Stephen B Morris

    I know that I am about to cut a cord if Bell continues their foolishness.

  • I might consider it. We watch a lot of CraveTV and Netflix. Within a year, most content gets moved to those two services. There are three major issues my wife and I haven’t been able to work out.

    First, she prefers to be able to watch local news on the TV, even though we rarely do. Especially after the fact recorded on on demand. I cannot find a way to watch the local CTV station’s evening news.

    Second, she likes to watch major sporting events, like the Olympics.

    We do not pirate content. We like the shows we watch and want them to be supported, that way the keep being made. But basically, I need a way to stream live TV, and only two channels. The local CTV station, and CBC. Between those we get news and sports.

    Bonus points if we can record the evening news to watch if we miss an important segment.

    Then it’s just sacrificing immediate watching. We have to wait until the content goes online to watch it. This isn’t mostly an issue, but it is still somewhat of a concern. Delayed gratification is hard to pull off these days.

    • We do all our CBC watching through their app and our Chromecast. Works perfectly!

      And for local news I find Google does a better job than relying on one particular source.

      Sports is the biggest problem, with all the exclusive deals and black outs there’s no cheap or easy watch what you want to watch when you want to.

    • Local News: My wife is interested in local, feel good news stories. Stuff that is only of interest to people in the community, and literally is not carried on any other channel.

    • I think Olympics might be easier. That’s all she wants to watch. This last Olympics, I think the app was almost good. So the next Olympics might work great streaming.

    • DB

      In addition to the CBC apps, depending on your location, there’s often HD over the air (OTA) transmission as well. That’s what works for me in Calgary; a combination of streaming apps, Netflix and rabbit ears on the TV.

    • Luiz Amaral ★彡

      I don’t know where you live. I live in Toronto. My wife and I cut Rogers a few years ago. We like movies, series, news and I love sports. Like you, we don’t have problem paying for content. But I don’t accept paying for ads; and paying a lot.

      Now we have a 10 bucks antenna on the balcony for OTA. We get a lot of channels: CBC, CTV, TVO, FOX29, CW, NBC, ABC, YesTV, CBS, OMNI, Global, CityTV, PBS… all in HD (better image than cable). Even a kid’s channel.

      So, we have news with OTA, we have Netflix (more than enough), now Amazon Prime Video (as we pay prime), and SportsNet Now. A bit expensive, but it’s worth it. For Olympics and World Cup (soccer), CBC streaming is better than any channel, cable or not.

      We cut the cable and won’t comeback. Neflix is here showing that it is possible to have good content without ripping off the consumer. We will pay for content, not ads.

      Edit: grammar

    • KiwiBri

      Watch the Olympics on the app on your phone or tablet and cast to your tv. I did that for the 2014 winter games. Worked well

    • Marshall Davidson

      I think with the exception of CP24 and its roving-style of reporting on local news events, the traditional supper time newscast is really a thing of the past. CTV is endemic of this with their hour long noon news in Toronto and then another hour long evening news, both of which basically repeat the same content over again. Nothing new ever seems to happen here worthy of this much coverage over several channels. Global, CBC and CityTV included. This is also why we saw the death of the morning and evening editions of newspapers.

      But more importantly the news these guys announce is either yesterdays news or something I heard about hours ago through reading news on my phone or other notifications. Its an antiquated way of getting informed and more or less is a platform for some individuals to act like celebrities of a sort because they anchor or report news but really…the 70’s and 80’s are dead.

  • Pip Boy

    Sports remain the main strength of cable, and with recent features such as SN Now, and some more flexibility from the cable companies (e.g. good price for bundles with no contracts) they can retain customers.

    The math is simple: if you like hockey, baseball and basketball you’ll need to pay $120 US for MLB TV, over a $100 for NHL (kind of free if you have Rogers internet, but you don’t get all of the games), and no way to watch Raptors games. A basic package with sports is around 50 CAD, and you get SN Now and TSN Go so you can stream the games as well.

    • ticky13

      What are you talking about? NBA has League Pass as their streaming service.

    • Pip Boy

      But they block the Raptors games (if you’re in Toronto)

  • JD

    Oh we didn’t slow down. We just went further underground.

  • Dan man

    Was paying 90 dollars a month just to watch the Chinese channel and 1 channel…switched to IPTV now I pay 17 a month for like a lot more. I don’t watch TV just wanted the channel because my grandmother watches it.

  • Aleph Ruehl

    I cut the cord and for the last year have used Netflix, YouTube and a few other apps on Apple TV, though primarily the former. The problem with Netflix however, is the lack of content in general and specifically, for those of us in QC, French language content.

    • FrankOliver

      Even Amazon prime has more french content than Netflix.

  • Stephen_81

    I haven’t been a cord cutter because it was just easier to pay Rogers for Cable than it was to hunt for the content I wanted, But they just sent me a notice my bill is going up 10% I probably wouldn’t have even thought about my Cable part of the bill and continues to pay Rogers but now they’ve drawn attention to how much I’m paying and want to take more. I’m going to be reviewing my cable consumption in the house for the next 2 weeks to decide if we can become a cord cutter. ONLY because of the random 10% rate hike.

    • I’ve never subscribed to cable and just jump between monthly subscription apps when a show hits that I actually want to watch (though I always keep a Netflix subscription).

    • Stephen_81

      When my son was born 8yrs ago, we got cable, I always had it in University, OTA provided 3 or 4 channels, and I spent 150 nights a year in hotels so my Free to Air Satellite was to much work for the wife to maintain. and really the $50 per month we had been paying provided all we needed, I didn’t get netflix until much later, again I traveled a lot, and with a 2yr old running around Treehouse was all we had on, I guess I got netflix about 4 years ago, but still saw no need to drop cable, I like being able to turn on a sporting event and watch it. But if I’m going to pay more without getting more, that is where I need to evaluate if Cable is worth the money. It likely isn’t