Satellite TV is great, but it’s not cord-cutting

What is cord-cutting, anyway?

Cord-cutting, at its heart, is the practice of getting something for free instead of paying for it. Originally the term applied just to those people who got rid of their cable or satellite connections and used antennas instead. Pretty soon, though, the definition of cord-cutting expanded to include streaming over the internet, using free services and broadcaster web sites to get the programming you want. After all, you were paying for internet anyway, so you were still saving money.

Then, the reasoning went, you were paying for Netflix and Hulu anyway, so you might as well include those services in cord-cutting. Again, the idea central to cord-cutting was getting rid of the traditional pay TV provider and replacing him with free alternatives or ones you were already paying for.

Lately I’ve heard people refer to satellite TV as cord-cutting, reasoning that at its heart, cord-cutting is the practice of getting rid of the connection to those most evil of evildoers, the cable companies. After all, there’s a difference between satellite and cable… many of them in fact. The most important is that satellite TV providers generally have very high marks for customer satisfaction while cable companies rank only slightly below Congress and slightly above flesh-eating bacteria on the satisfaction scale. So moving to satellite TV is sticking it to the cable companies, which is also the basis of cord-cutting.

Except, not.

I think we all have to take a step back and realize that if we’re going to talk about cord-cutting, we have to draw a line somewhere. I mean, we can cut that line if it looks anything like a cord, but I digress. Not everything is cord-cutting, because if everything were cord-cutting, then nothing would be cord-cutting.

So I’ll say this. Antenna TV is definitely cord-cutting. Using free streaming services is definitely cord-cutting, because yeah, you’re not going to go without internet, come on it’s not 1955 here. Paid streaming services? Yeaaaahhhhh… I’ll say OK that’s cord-cutting because honestly there’s a huge price difference between a Netflix subscription and a full-on satellite or cable subscription. Although, if you pile Netflix, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, HBO Now, etc., you’ll end up paying a lot, about as much as you’d pay for satellite or cable.

But if you’re paying for “traditional” pay-TV, you’re not cutting the cord. Which, I’ll tell you, is perfectly fine. Honest. There are a lot of people embracing the cord-cutting trend but about 85% of people still do pay for traditional TV delivery, because it’s convenient, because it offers a selection of content that’s hard to find other ways, and because it suits their lifestyle. If you’re one of them, don’t feel bad! You’re not a cord-cutter, but that’s ok.

That’s the cool thing about Solid Signal. If you want to cut the cord, we’re here for you. We have the widest selection of antennas including brands you won’t find anywhere else. We have streaming equipment. We have satellite TV equipment. We even have stuff you might use instead of sitting at home watching TV. We’re all about the choices you want to make and we’re not about putting labels on you. So if you’re a cord cutter, great. If you’re not, great. We love you no matter what. Why not shop a little bit at and get a look at the great stuff you could be buying right now? Cord-cutter or not, we’d love to see you!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.