Cable and Satellite TV services are expensive. Most people don't have just basic services. If you have a flat screen HD TV, you want to have programming in high def. In order to get programming that looks great on that expensive television you need the more expensive level of channels. You will end up with a cable bill that will be upwards of $120 a month. Consumers are looking for ways to cut costs.
Companies like Netflix and Hulu Plus offer alternatives to expensive programming that you stream over your internet connection. These are wonderful alternatives to more traditional choices like cable. Both of these companies charge $7.99 a month for their streaming content.
The cable companies like AT&T Uverse aren't going to take this lying down. In fact AT&T is beginning to limit the amount of data you can stream. The more people who begin to abandon cable and satellite programming for streaming content the more the internet providers are going to want to get their piece of the pie.
We are coming full circle with internet fees. When the internet began, companies like AOL offered plans for a monthly subscription rate and any overage of time was charged to customers in addition to the monthly rate. This is what AT&T is planning on doing beginning May 1. They will be charging more charges to people on their Uverse service who use more than 250 GBs of data.
You would think that with more competition rates for services would be getting lower. Instead they continue to climb. When will consumers get a break? The answer is to find ways to lower your costs. Many are willing to limit their television viewing, and plan better for what they want to view on their television.
Tom Bradley of PC World suggests that people use multiple services to cut costs. He suggests that you cut down your cable services, pick up Netflix and Hulu to make up for the programming you lose with your cable service. You can probably save money. At least for the time being, cable and satellite television programming looks like it's here to stay. Certainly we will see some change to how television is delivered to the home. It will be an interesting transition.