80% More People Cut the Cord in Canada in 2015, Thanks to Netflix

According to a new report by the Convergence Consulting Group, 190,000 Canadians cut the cord in 2015 as compared to 105,000 people ending ties with traditional TV in 2014, marking an 80% growth in number in one year, CBC News reports. “It’s almost a doubling of a loss,” commented Brahm Eiley, president of the Toronto-based market research company. He added there are two big factors driving the cord-cutting craze i.e. the power of Netflix and expensive telecom services.

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Eiley predicts that the big drop in 2015 will be “the new normal”, while forecasting that 2016 will see a decline of 191,000 TV subscribers in Canada. The report highlights that Netflix had 4.9 million Canadian subscribers in 2015, a rise of 58% compared with 2013. “Netflix’s growth has not abated in Canada,” said Eiley. “It just keeps adding a huge whack of customers every year”. He also pointed to price as a reason why more Canadians are cutting ties with cable.

“Netflix’s growth has not abated in Canada,” says Eiley. “It just keeps adding a huge whack of customers every year.” Part of Netflix’s allure is that it typically only costs Canadians $10 a month. Another attraction these days, says Eiley, is that the streaming service has added much more content to its Canadian library.

Eiley points out that Canadians pay, on average, lower cable prices than in the U.S. But he says we fork out much more for internet service. “The economy is OK, but it’s certainly not great. People are looking to cut costs,” he says.

The report also shows that that Canadians are bigger cord cutters than Americans, with the U.S. seeing about a 1% decrease in TV subscribers in 2015, while Canada saw a bigger 1.5% decline.

Did you cut cord this year too? If yes, did Netflix make you do it?

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  • Jason

    thinking about cutting the cord. Its tempting when you pay and arm and a leg for about 5 channels…

    Its live TV on those 5 channels that has me at a stand.

  • Brad Fortin

    “Did you cut cord this year too? If yes, did Netflix made you do it?”

    I never got the cord in the first place. Got my first house a few years ago, only installed fibre internet, no home phone or TV. With no data cap it’s easy to live without TV, and most importantly it’s just as entertaining.

  • Francis Paquette

    Yes I did it last month, in Quebec it’s pretty much expensive and with an antenna + Netlfix + Shomi (included in my Rogers cellphone plan) + nhl gamecenter (included with my Rogers cellphone plan) and cravetv, it’s amazing how much content I have.

  • Got a good deal on a new signup with Telus this year, so having TV is costing us marginally more than just internet. But we hardly ever use it, so once the promo period is up I’ll likely cut it and just go internet. I’d say 90% of our TV screen usage is Netflix, 5% Blu-ray and 5% TV.

  • Harold Mitchell

    “The report also shows that that Canadians are bigger cord cutters than
    Americans, with the U.S. seeing about a 1% decrease in TV subscribers in
    2015, while Canada saw a bigger 1.5% decline.”

    Yah, but in real numbers that 1% U.S. is huge compared to our 1.5%.

  • winnertakesteve

    Haven’t had cable since 2009 and I don’t miss it one bit. Been staying with family recovering from an ankle injury the last little while, and even stuck on a couch with a cable tv right in front of me, i have very little interest in anything on it. Eager to get back to my own place where I can stream Netflix over my much more reasonably priced Teksavvy internet plan!

  • Shaun Middleton

    Just cut the cord yesterday! Canceled my cable package and upgraded my internet with Novus to Internet 300 😀 With faster internet and no cable I’m still paying less than what I was before. Couldn’t be happier! I should have done it a long time ago but was afraid to, I dunno why. You just gotta do it! Like ripping a band-aid off lol

  • johnnygoodface

    As Canadian I still hope I’ll be one day able to say too: “With no data cap…” One can dream!

  • Brad Fortin

    Just depends on the provider. Right now I’m on old NorthernTel FibreOP (which is technically Bell Aliant FibreOP) but once they switch everything to Bell Fibe they’ll probably introduce a data cap.

  • jmcd102

    I hope not. Bell Aliant FribeOp is great with no cap.

  • CanucksGoals

    I think sometimes people give Netflix too much credit on people cutting cords. I don’t have Netflix and haven’t watch TV for 2 years now.

    The only flaw in this is family used to gather around in the living room watching one TV together. Now everyone has his or her head facing down looking at the phone and tablet.

  • Gu

    About 3 years without cable. $10 for netflix $10 for hulu and $5 for unblock-us. thats my cable bill. have everything i need on demand using apple tv. Cant understand people who pays mora than $100 to rogers cable

  • clipperjr

    How has Netflix been with your VPN? Does unblock-us still work now that Netflix has been cracking down on watching cross border content?

  • Lakh Jhajj

    I wanna watch US Netflix and Hulu directly on Apple TV How do we use vpn with Apple TV. Can u help. Thank you

  • 1His_Nibs1

    All this means is if your cable TV provider is also an Internet & cellphone plan provider they’ll just recoup their losses by most likely increasing your cellphone bill, Internet bill & subscription services like Crave & Shomi. You know you’re going to pay one way or another