Originally Posted by snidely
your logic fails me!
It's not that Deezul's logic fails you, it's that Deezul's "logic" isn't logic at all. It's dishonest nonsense that sounds like it came from an MSO.
Of course many people are stuck with Comcast, at least for Internet, because they are the only provider in many areas. Many people are hoping that 5G will be a real option for home Internet. We should know about that by the end of the year.
Even if you're paying Comcast $75/mo, you still come out ahead cutting the cord, since their Triple Play bundle might be $150/mo, but then there's another ~$30/mo in various fees tacked on that aren't there with internet-only.
Deezul, I should also add to your previous post that the management and discovery problems don't go away, even with the biggest mondo-bundle of cable. Even if you have HBO, Showtime, and Netflix in your mondo-bundle that's $250/mo or whatever it is, you've still got Hulu and Amazon out there, and Netflix and Amazon are still living in balkanized, siloed worlds from a content and management perspective. Even on X1, you still don't know when a new show is available on one of those services, so it only partially fixes the management issue, and X1 doesn't support some other apps, so you still end up with the X1 box and another box.
Originally Posted by Deezul
YOU don't need to subscribe to multiple streaming services, but plenty of people want to watch Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, Jack Ryan, and Game of Thrones, That's 4 services right there.
That's completely nonsensical logic to use against cord cutting, as if you have Comcast and want to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO, you still have to subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO. Sure, you can bill HBO through Comcast, but it's still $15/mo extra unless you have the mondo-bundle, in which case you're pay way more than any cord cutter ever would in the first place, and still don't have Hulu and Amazon.
And since PQ is a big deal, let's assume it is for this other subscriber. UHD for Netflix - $16, Amazon Prime - $10, Hulu with no ads & HBO - $27. That's $53.
You don't need the UHD plan to get HD, and Netflix's HD is far, far better than Comcast's "HD" that looks barely DVD-quality. That being said, it doesn't really matter, since Netflix is only included in the Comcast mondo-bundle, so for the vast majority of customers, it's still extra above and beyond Comcast. So let's be honest with the calculations here. If your Triple Play bundle is $180/mo after all the crap fees they tack on, and internet-only is $75/mo with no crap fees, you're still adding $53/mo to either one, so your logic is not logic, it's a lie.
And Google has stopped their fiber role out, so maybe AT&T or Comcast is available with fiber in your area, but if not you're going the Cable route for Internet. A decent speed for me is $50 a month, and that's for the first year, with a data cap. $25 more to remove the cap. Now I'm at $128 a month for four services and Internet. But I have someone who wants to watch sports. I can either go up to a $50 a month Hulu plan that includes live TV, and hope I don't want regional sports channels, or Go for the two year plan from Comcast that's $70 a year for TV and Internet. But I still keep those streaming services. So again, I'm at $123 for the first 2 years with a double play, or $151 for just Internet and those streaming services with live TV from Hulu.
If you're going to insist on replacing the cord, you end up at about a wash for a single TV, and a slight savings for multiple TVs. But that's not the discussion. The discussion was actually cutting the cord and just using OTA and OTT SVOD services. However, even if you replace the cord, you can cancel and re-subscribe at any time, so you can cancel in the off season of whatever sports you watch and re-subscribe the next season, potentially saving a LOT of money. $70/mo is a teaser rate, and it's not going to last. The regular rate is something around $150/mo for the mid-range Double or Triple Play. And don't forget $12/mo or whatever Hulu is these days on top of the Comcast bill to get their OTT SVOD library if Hulu is your thing.
Remember when 3G was supposed to be the fastest available phone Internet, and everyone had unlimited bandwidth? Don't expect unlimited bandwidth to be available on 5G, or if it is, it's going to cost. I would suspect that no 5G provider is going to offer unlimited at all - they don't want to get bit in the ass again. Or if they do offer "unlimited" it will be throttled at some point, and it will be clear from day one that you agree to throttling when you reach your caps. The radio waves only have so much bandwidth before you start having interference or saturation.
Verizon already did do Unlimited 5G. Whether it will last remains to be seen. Since they're trying to draw customers away from cable, I'd say they will at least have larger caps and a more lenient capping policy than cable to compete.