Cable Blackout Fuels Cord Cutting LA Times

With the dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS leading to a blackout of CBS stations in Los Angeles and other cities, some consumers are opting to cut the cable cord entirely, reports David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times.

Alan Ehrlich of South Pasadena, Calif., was one of those who cut their cable connections because of the blackout, the story notes.

"I've heard stories of people cord-cutting," Ehrlich said. "I always wondered how hard it was, or if I would miss cable." He added that setting up a high-definition antenna was "easy. Any 5-year-old could do it."

The antenna allows him to receive local channels, as well as digital channels broadcast locally by TV stations, the story reports. He also kept the Internet portion of his cable service, and signed up for Amazon Prime to watch movies and TV shows.

More people are doing the same thing, Lazarus writes. The U.S. pay-TV industry lost about 316,000 customers in the 12 months ended June 30, according to Moffett Research.