You may not realize it yet, but your cable television could be putting you back in time…Well, maybe not exactly just yet, but cable could soon become a thing of the past thanks to streaming options such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO GO.
In fact, cable television has seen a rapid decline over the last eight years. Between the end of 2010 and mid-2018, cable television subscribers dropped from 105 million to 93.4 million. So what are you still doing with that cable box? If you’re not sure whether or not it’s time to cut ties between yourself and your cable company, this is the post for you. There are many misconceptions that you can’t access everything you want to watch on streaming platforms, but for the most part, it’s simply not true. In this article we’re discussing advantages and disadvantages of breaking up with your cable company.
If you’re a diehard sports fan, you might be shocked at the idea of slashing your cable connection. But the truth is, there are many ways you can catch up on your games without having to deal with your tyrannous cable company. You can stream NFL games, watch the World Cup, and even tune into recaps when the game’s up using streaming services, gaming consoles, and mobile applications.
And if you’re not a sports enthusiast, not to worry, there’s a space for you in streaming as well. From reality TV shows to award-winning series, there are plenty of options to get your screen time in.
Many cable companies enforce contracts with subscribers that lock them into year-long commitments that make it hard (and expensive) for customers to cancel their service. One of the major advantages of opting for a streaming service is that most offer free cancellation on a monthly basis, which is super convenient for times that you might not need service or just want to reduce your bills.
Fewer options for cable packages
Many cable providers create packages with internet, TV and phone services, which can be convenient if you need all three, but kind of a nuisance when you’re trying to cut down on expenses. Streaming services are a great option if you want to minimize your cable bill, but oftentimes you have to find a new internet provider when you end service with your cable provider. Depending on the internet service in your area, you could actually end up paying more to eliminate your cable bill.
Keep in mind, that you can negotiate your bill with your cable company. Oftentimes, cable providers can match a rate if you find a lower option — so it’s worth a try if you want to stick with your current setup.
Streaming services can add up
One of the big problems with streaming services is that they don’t all have the same TV and movie options. You have to go to Hulu for “Handmaid’s Tale,” Netflix for “Stranger Things,” and Amazon Prime for “Downton Abbey.” Not only does this complicate how you navigate your remote, but the subscription costs can certainly add up.
The good news is some streaming companies are partnering with other services to create package style systems to help users save on the services they enjoy. Hulu, for example, has partnered with Spotify to offer a bundle for TV and music streaming. This is a great way to save on two services you might have paid for separately before.
Delayed show releases
If you’re the kind of person that has to watch your favorite show week after week the very moment it comes on, you might have a harder time separating from the cable company than other TV watchers. While Netflix thrives on binge-worthy television series, their options for live shows are few and far between. However, depending on which shows you’re currently watching, you may be able to find other options to watch. In 2018, Hulu rolled out a live TV option that allows subscribers to tune into channels such as ABC, CBS, TLC, Disney, Discovery, and Food Network. You can even watch The Bachelorette live using Hulu with Live TV.
Ultimately, the decision to cut out cable comes down to your individual preferences, but it may be worth comparing your options if you’re interested in freeing yourself from traditional cable.