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March 10, 2014

Learning to cut the cable

Locals explore television alternatives

Even before the upcoming rate increase by Time Warner Cable, one Oneonta resident said recently that high prices had pushed his family to cut the cable cord. 

Though it is too soon to say if the rate hike will affect the cable provider’s numbers, people interviewed on the subject said there are a number of options for area residents to access television shows and movies.

Paul Agoglia is a retired technology education teacher from Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School. The 62-year-old said he and his wife Barbara had talked about making the change a number of times, but finally took the plunge recently. 

“We noticed prices slowly going up and we were not watching as much TV,” Agoglia explained. With more sports, reruns and reality shows on the cable dial, “we wondered where the money was going,” he said. 

The couple and their son, Adam, made the move away from Time Warner last month — just before the announcement that rates were about to go up. 

Effective March 19, the average Time Warner Cable bill for those not on a promotional plan will rise 6.4 percent, Time Warner spokeswoman Joli Plucknette-Farmen said. For the others (about 70 percent of Time Warner’s customers) the bill will be unchanged — until any promotions expire. 

The rate hike will impact all tiers of services offered by the company, Plucknette-Farmen said. She cited increased costs from television networks and cable channels as factors, as well as the cost of adding new services and expanding existing ones. In the Oneonta region, the monthly rate for the company’s standard definition television package will increase to $80.14 monthly. 

When asked if the increases could lead to loss of subscribers, she said, “We’re confident that we can work with other customers to find a package of our services that match their budget and interests.”

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