Cutting the cable cord: Why TV watchers are switching to streams

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sunday night, HBO Go crashed during the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones due to the increase of streaming users.

People who tried to log on and watch the popular show might have seen an error message. By the second half of the show, the service was back. However, watching half a show can be frustrating when you have paid for the full service.

Those who streamed the show are part of a group trend of people who are saying "no" to cable for one reason: the cost. Normal costs of cable can increase in price with user fees, such as the Tennessee Franchise Fee.

"All you really need is Hulu and Netflix," Carrie Swanson, a streamer, said. "People my age don't really watch cable any more. If you want the local channels, all you really need to do is get bunny ears and you're fine."

Local 8 News reached out to a few cable providers, who said if your bill isn't what you want it to be, you can question the fees that show up. Providers may drop your price per month if you are paying for fees you shouldn't be.

Providers said the best thing you can do to keep your costs low is keep an eye on your bill to make sure nothing unexpected pops up.