A new report from Media Technology Monitor says that eight percent of the population has cut the cord to traditional cable or satellite.
That number is up from four percent in 2007.
In the past, so-called cord cutters would watch movies and TV shows on DVD, Blu-Ray or even VHS. However, many are now getting their media content online, subscribing to services like Netflix and iTunes.
About half of these cord cutters were between 18 and 34, and spent an average of 20 hours a week on-line.
Some of these people receive their TV over the air, something that hasn’t been available in Tumbler Ridge for many years. Others just decided not to bother. Still other get their content on-line.
Another report, from Convergence Consulting group, suggested that over the last two years, a quarter of a million Canadians have cancelled their TV subscriptions.
In the States, the number of people expected to have cut the cable is under five percent, according to the Convergence report. This despite having access to more services like Hulu, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. Even the US version of Netflix offers more content than its Canadian counterpart.
While there are no surveys showing the number of people who have cut the cord in Tumbler Ridge, there have been a number of people who have, now that high speed internet has arrived. “I don’t watch a lot of TV,” says one resident. “There are only a couple shows that I watch passionately, and I can get those from iTunes. And there’s enough to watch on Netflix that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. And it is a lot less than I used to pay for satellite.”