The cord cutting trend is gaining as people cut off expensive paid providers. This is laying the ground work for more service providers to get ripped for the same reasons. The reason we were forced to use cable was because they had an effective monopoly and the only way to really use their services involved renting hardware and buying services. Now think about your home alarm system. I pay ADT a silly monthly fee to “monitor” my house. Of course I also have to use their hardware and if I want to add a feature they just tack on some inflated upfront fee and increase my monthly bill. Meanwhile the system is almost identical to what it was twenty years ago. Ok, I can use a FOB or my phone to deal with it, but I’m using that silly panel more than I wish I were. Anyway, we’re poised to have a home automation movement. And here’s the thing: You’ll pay a one time upfront fee for the hardware and get a lot more for a lot less money, including things like home automation. Want a leak detector? Ok, one time hardware fee. The “monitoring” was always a myth, right? The system ought to be able to automatically provide you with information and in an emergency contact the right authorities. For the price I pay ADT, if someone broke into my house I wouldn’t have a single image of them. I’m not even sure if i could add a remote door lock to it (presumably i could) but i know i would be getting ripped off.
Cord cutters will catch this wave. Get a system that fits your needs at a lower cost yet better functions. The systems are almost there…give it another year or two.
Slomin and ADT – you’re on notice to innovate or lose.