Cordcutter Chronicles: News and Trends (Week of November 7th)

November 14, 2016

The Cordcutter Chronicles: Your weekly dose of what’s happening in cord cutting.

  • Large numbers of consumers continue to cut the cord with pay TV.
  • AT&T to give away free streaming gadgets with DirecTV Now sign-up.
  • Black Friday deals being leaked online ahead of the biggest shopping day of the year.

New Data Shows Cord Cutting Continues

Cable and satellite TV companies would love to reverse the ongoing cordcutter trend.

However, despite company promotions and upgraded services to retain customers, recent third-quarter results still indicate cord cutting is occurring with great regularity.

According to Variety, 486,000 customers cancelled their contracts with pay-TV service providers during the past three months.  That’s up from 432,000 at the same time last year.

BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield points out that the biggest providers lost…926,000 subscribers in the first nine months of 2016.

Some companies have managed to retain some customers by offering new services such as Sling TV (owned by Dish), which appeal to cordcutters using mobile and streaming devices to get their entertainment.

DirecTV Now Offers Freebies

Just in time for the holidays AT&T is expected to launch its new streaming TV service DirecTV Now.

At launch AT&T is offering free streaming devices; Apple TVs and Amazon Fire TV Sticks, to subscribers.  Device offers will vary depending upon the length of time subscribed to the new DirecTV Now service.

Black Friday 2016 for Cordcutters

Black Friday deals are already lining up for cordcutters and whether you’re a long time cordcutter looking to upgrade or new to cordcutting, you’ll find a plethora of bargains both online and off.

Rest assured streaming devices, HDTVs, digital over air antennas, gift cards and more will all be on sale.

black friday cordcutters

To help you get a jump start on your holiday shopping, here’s a list of my favorite Black Friday deal sites where you can see ad leaks right now for both in-store and online bargains.

TheBlackFriday.com 

BFAds.net

DealNews.com 

SlickDeals.net

TIP:  After you figure out what Black Friday deals are for you, be sure to check out if Ebates offers cash back on those stores, and if so, shop through them for even more savings.

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