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Bye Bye Cable TV?

Bye Bye Cable TV?

September 18, 2023

I remember when my family first got cable TV.

It was early 1982. And while cable had already existed for a while, very few families had it because of the cost. In fact, we were one of the first ones in the neighborhood to get it. I was very excited. Especially because it meant we now had access to the recently launched MTV and could indulge in music videos 24/7. Of course, back then Music Television actually played, you know, music.

The idea that one day cable might be a thing of the past was unimaginable back in 1982. With 21 channels and more being added daily, it was a TV watcher's dream. Especially since, in the beginning, there were very few ads.

Now, here we are 40 years later, and cable may be in its death throes. With the rise of streaming services, the number of people who both subscribe to, and watch, cable TV has reached historic lows. There are many indications that this downward trend may continue to the point where it might not be economically feasible to keep many of the channels running.

So, what does this mean for the average consumer?

While prices have been rising over the years, many people still appreciate the convenience of cable. Sadly, one day, there may be no other option but to switch to streaming. But to the uninitiated, the world of streaming can be very confusing.

Fortunately, MCPL can help. The Library is currently offering an in-person class called Not Quite Cable (check MCPL’s Program Guide or go to mymcpl.org to find a nearby branch) that can help aid the transition from cable to streaming.

We also have videos available both on Facebook 360 and MCPL’s YouTube channel that cover topics related to cord-cutting. Just locate whatever subject interest you and watch the video at your convenience.

If you prefer a book you can hold in your hand, check out Cord Cutting for Dummies or a device-specific book like Amazon Fire TV for Dummies. These can be very informative for those taking their first steps into the streaming world.

Some might be wondering if they can just continue with cable the way they have been. Hopefully, cable will remain a choice for those who want it. But even some cable companies now only offer a Live TV service like YouTube TV instead of a cable package.

In other words, it might be wise to prepare just in case. The important thing is to do good research before you make any decision. The transition from cable to streaming can go smoothly if you are prepared, and MCPL can help.

Pamela M.
Antioch Branch

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