More Canadians hang up on traditional phones and cutting traditional TV

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A new study says more Canadians are abandoning traditional forms of phone and television service.

The Convergence Consulting Group says about one-quarter of households in Canada won’t have a wired phone by the end of 2014 and rely solely on wireless service, up from 22.4 per cent in 2013.

The Toronto-based consulting group also says households are increasingly switching to new sources for their television, but the trend isn’t as far advanced.

Convergence Group says online television services such as Netflix will reach almost six per cent, or 665,000 households, by the end of this year — up from about four per cent.

It says traditional TV service providers — cable, telecom, satellite and IPTV — are also facing negative subscriber growth this year, as viewers find alternatives and the market matures.

Convergence Group  is estimating that just 2,000 Canadian TV subscribers were added in 2013, down from additions of 37,000 in 2012.



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