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More People are Cutting the Cord on Cable

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Tech Expert Phil Leigh hasn't ditched his cable yet but uses Apple TV for more options. Tech Expert Phil Leigh hasn't ditched his cable yet but uses Apple TV for more options.

Phil Leigh, a tech expert, says he's not quite ready to drop his cable. But he admits it's a growing trend.

"There are 500 channels and only three or four people watch," Leigh said. "There's a lot of video on the Internet people want to watch. People are finding it on their iPhones finding it on their computers and they're thinking why can't I watch this on my TV?"

Leigh uses Apple TV. The device lets him see content from his iPhone, iPad, or computer on the TV screen. He can get movies and shows through Netflix and Hulu, pull them up on his iPad then watch them just like normal.

"We're accustomed to Google," Leigh said.  "We Google everything. That's the way people want to find new video content in the future."

Camille Moore dropped cable about a year ago and cut her bill in half by only paying for Internet.

"It's so much easier," Moore said "Cable becomes obsolete. Anything you want you can get on Netflix and YouTube."  

Is the discount worth it?

Say you pay $100 for cable and Internet. The lowest speed Internet is about $40. Then tack on a Netflix subscription and that's $8 a month. You could save up to $50 a month. Leigh says that's not common and most people would save about $30.

"This isn't for everyone," Leigh said. "There's not a lot of new content on the Internet. There also aren't really options to watch live sports legally online."

So many people are dropping cable that Nielsen, a company that tracks TV ratings, is changing the way they do things. Thursday the company announced it will include homes with no cable but that watch TV over the Internet in the ratings process. Nielsen says in the future they'll even include iPads and cell phones in the count.

 

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