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Five things I learned since we cut the cord

CuttingCordBack in December, I wrote how my family cut the cord. It was basically a financial decision — our cable bill was growing from $120 to $180 a month and that seemed ludicrous considering how few TV shows watched. So we joined the 60M Americans that use only over-the-air signal. Surprisingly, we’ve survived and we’re not going back. In case you’re thinking about it, here’s what you can expect if/when you take this route:

1. The first two weeks without cable are the toughest! When I shared my decision with my oldest, he cried saying his world was coming to an end. And for the first two weeks, it felt that way because we constantly swarmed around the television looking for background or “filler” shows that we would watch whenever the TV was on. Luckily by the third week, we finally stopped looking for them and started doing other things.

2. You will miss your DVR. With cable, I used to record primetime shows and then wait 10 minutes just so that I could rewind them to the beginning and skip the commercials. I could also pause a show whenever there was an interruption. Once I cut off cable, I had two options: attempt to watch it live (and hope that you don’t get interrupted) or wait a day and watch it for “free” online. The frustrating part about online shows is that you have to sit through several 3 minute commercial breaks. It seems no different then cable until you realize that the commercials tend to repeat over and over, and there are only so many times that you’re willing to listen to the Internet Explorer 10 jingle!
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Will Amazon video streaming service for Prime members impact Netflix?

After almost four weeks of speculation, Amazon rolled out their unlimited video on demand service for Prime members. According to the announcement, Amazon Prime members, who already enjoy free two day shipping for a $79 flat annual fee, will now have unlimited access to 5,000 streaming movies and television shows. The move was initially viewed as a direct attack at video streaming service Netflix, which offers similar services at $8/month for unlimited access.

Consumption of video content is primarily conducted on the web. According to a recent report by Nielsen on video consumption, usage in January in the U.S. is up considerably from the same time last year as time spent viewing video on PC/Mac/laptops from home and work locations increased by 45%. And Netflix users on average spend 11 minutes watching videos, which is more than double the amount of time spent by Hulu subscribers.

When considering these numbers, it is clear to see that video on demand services are an integral component of next generation TV or interactive TV (iTV). This begs the question: how will Amazon’s service impact Netflix? To best answer this question, one may want to look at a few factors:
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