Cable TV or Streaming TV
Having cable tv for a very long time, I became hooked on my favorite shows and movie channels but that bill was enough to make you seek out other means of tv watching sources.
With Cable tv, the services are very reliable. In fact, that is the most attractive feature of cable television companies.
When you stream tv, you are literally at the mercy of your internet connection and speed.
If you plug in directly, at least you can cut down on the buffering or skipping during high viewing times when a lot of people are trying to jump on the same stream.
Over the past few years, traditional cable companies have seen their overall subscribership drop.
What does that mean for you? Options. The pricey, one-size-fits-all cable package is history. Viewers will be able to choose from an ever-expanding menu of service on the Internet. And cable companies are going to fight to keep their market share with new products like mobile apps and cloud-based DVR programming
The user can watch whatever they want, whenever they want on whatever device they want
What I’d get with Internet streaming:
- Greater flexibility: Unlike most cable companies, streaming services offer the ability to sign up and cancel without termination fees. For less than $10 per month, I could sign up for Hulu Plus or Netflix, browse what they have to offer, and if I don’t like it, I can cancel.
- A different viewing experience: On Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video, I can subscribe to my favorite shows. That means the service will let me know when new episodes are available and make them easy to access by placing them prominently on my customized home screen once I sign in. Things work a little differently on Netflix. The service uses the content I watch and recommends similar TV shows and movies based on my ratings.
- No Internet, no viewing: For anyone who uses a satellite cable provider, stormy weather often calls for watching a DVD because of poor signal reception. When you rely on streaming services for some or all of your entertainment, power outages will be your nemesis. You can’t stream when your Wi-Fi router loses power.
What you’d get with cable:
- More shows: I admit that I channel surf, and occasionally I do stumble upon shows that I was never actively looking for. That’s a nice perk of an otherwise expensive cable service. Is it worth it? Not for me. When it’s my turn to pay the cable company, I think access to 100-plus channels will be the first thing to go.
- Sports: ESPN and other major sports networks are a staple of basic cable packages. If your quality of life would suffer without access to NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL games in real time, then you’re going to need to keep that cable intact. My interest in professional sports, however, extends only to the annual CrossFit Games, the FIFA World Cup, the Olympics and the Super Bowl.
- A little bit of streaming: In some cases, a cable subscription will get you online programming from ESPN and other major networks that may restrict Web access for other Internet users. But you may not want to rely on that capability: Watching a 20- or 40-minute show in an Internet browser doesn’t make for an ideal user experience.
Think it through
Do some homework first. Make a list of deal-breaker shows or channels and check to see if they’re available on streaming services. You should also call your cable company to ask about your options if you want to downgrade.
If you’re totally new to streaming, it makes sense to test the services before you make any big changes. Canceling cable can be complicated and, if you’re under contract for a one- or two-year commitment, expensive. However, it’s very easy to sign up for most streaming services and cancel them without financial penalty if you discover their content to be totally out of line with your tastes.
It also pays to take a look at the back of your TV. If you find a USB drive there, then Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV offer quick, low-cost options for getting streamed content onto a screen bigger than your phone or tablet. You should also consider higher-end devices like Apple TV or Roku, and my personal favorite The Dragonbox.
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