A Decline of the Use of Cable

Alexus Hernandez, Staff Writer

Cable TV is a system that delivers television through a coaxial cable onto the TV and is only available to the consumers who pay for the programs. It was invented in 1948 by John Walson Sr. in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. Throughout the year’s cable tv has advanced and added more options which caused many people to begin to subscribe to the programs. Now with the advancements of the program, it has also caused a rise in the price to subscribe for cable tv.

During the late 2000s cutting off cable became more common, but there was a huge acceleration for cutting cable from 2019-2020 due to the pandemic. In 2019, Idaho had the highest rate of cutting the cord which was at about 72%. The main reason for many cable companies to lose subscribers was due to people starting to shift their use of cable tv to many streaming services. Some popular streaming services that many people have started using are Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, Disney +, and etc. People have also cut off cable because the prices for cable tv became so high. People don’t want to pay for channels they will not be watching so rely on streaming services to watch their favorite shows and movies.  There has been a rise in live tv streaming services which has increased by about 43% from 2019-2020. Now that many people are using live tv streaming services they have made prices for consumers affordable which has drawn way more attention to the streaming services. Now with the shift of entertainment services, internet prices have also been affected, the prices for the internet have gone up due to more people using streaming services.