2013 Cord Cutter Year in Review

2013 was a big year for for cord cutters and cord cutting.  And just in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights:


Q3 2013 shows record loss for Pay TV

2013 was a bad year for Pay TV as a whole showing  a net loss of  113,000 subscribers in Q3. TWC did the worst, with some of the loss being blamed on their dispute with CBS.


New Year's Eve. photo courtesy kochomeseller on Flickr

Happy New Year’s Cord Cutters!
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Aereo Survives, prepares for Supreme Court

To date none of the major broadcasters have been able to halt Aereo’s slow progression across the US. The broadcasters claim that Aereo is stealing their signal.

Does giving each user their own individual micro antenna make it legal to stream OTA content?  The broadcasters say no and have asked the supreme court to intervene.


Cord Cutter Movement Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary

Or thereabouts. Actually I’ve been looking and have yet to determine the exact origin of the term “cord cutter” or “cord cutting” as it pertains to Pay TV. But it seems to have entered the lexicon circa 2008, commensurate with Netflix launching streaming video and the noticeable slowdown in new Cable TV subscribers.


Netflix Wins an Emmy

Houes of Cards wins three Emmy’s  actually, and the show is not even available on a broadcast or Cable network.   This puts Netflix in a somewhat of a new category as an “internet broadcaster”.  Google and Amazon have projects of their own, further adding to the disruption of traditional Cable.


Beginning of the End for the Blackout Rule ?

As we all know by now, sports is the Achilles heel of cord cutting. Getting rid of the blackout rule won’t solve all of the problems, but would remove one major irritant: not being able to watch home games that don’t sell out.  One of our readers, Teresa, alerted us to the news as it broke on December 18th with an email link to: FCC considers scrapping ‘blackout rule’


Google releases “Chromecast”

Google jumped in  to the streaming set top business  with a $35 device that can stream almost anything, including YouTube from your PC or mobile device  to your big screen.  They sold out almost immediately and if you missed the boat you waited 6 weeks to get one.  It was a huge hit in combination with NFL Sunday Ticket Mobile.


Charter to buy Time Warner Cable

TWC as it turns out has been in the get acquired mode for some time, but rumors broke this year of an imminent purchase by Comcast (#1),  or even Cox (#3). That Charter is now the likely suitor is somewhat of a surprise, see TWC, Comcast and Charter: Merger Mania Nightmare.


Anti-Cord Cutting Campaign #Fail

It’s hard to believe that the  Cable industry itself could come up with such a silly campaign as bad as the Hole Saga campaign, or post such an obviously propagandized piece as this story on Yahoo debating the “The pros and cons of a la carte streaming.”  Better luck next year.



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5 Responses to 2013 Cord Cutter Year in Review

  1. Bob says:

    Roku finally added two channels I’ll watch, History and A and E, accessing content from their websites, they also added Lifetime, hopefully more cable websites will be added in the future.

  2. Len Mullen says:

    Great list. I think a thousand other important things happened this year.

    – Rovi pulling the plug on OTA guides
    – Time Warner announces Roku channel
    – Aereo goes national
    – Skitter caves to lawsuits
    – Fox launches Movies!
    – 59,700,000 Cable Cutters
    – EchoStar returns to OTA with DVR+
    – TWCCBS standoff
    – Simple DVR v2
    – MediaMall improves PlayLater, introduces PlayCast, and released HD addons
    – DB8e antenna released

    For cord cutters, 2013 was an amazing year. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

  3. Greg says:

    Thanks Len for adding to our 2013 list. Happy New Year.

  4. Len Mullen says:

    You’re welcome. I have really enjoyed this blog in 2013. Keep up the good work.

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