Cable television is currently in the midst of a battle with several different entertainment mediums and markets, and the challenger that is leading that fight is Netflix.
“Even if cable companies won’t admit it, they’re working hard to stay relevant against growing competition from Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and many other online video services.”
As this battle rages on, and you try to pick a side of the battle to support, let’s look at the pros and cons of each service.
Cable Television Pros:
The biggest factor that gives cable any chance of survival is its presentation of live events, such as sporting events, live news, and live events such as New Year’s Eve Celebrations, competition finales and many more. Many of the events are available solely on cable, and even for the rare exceptions of being allowed to stream the events online, you still need a cable subscription to be able to view it. A lot of the events, such as sports, are shown on a delay, meaning that the ending may have already happened before you see the ending, making it very difficult to avoid a dreaded spoiler.
Even though streaming services like Netflix are constantly adding more and more items to their library on a regular basis, cable television still has much more content available. Thousands of channels full of shows, movies, news, music, and much more is available at the touch of a remote.
Cable Television Cons:
Cable is not cheap. Sure, companies offer a deal that may appear to be too good to be true for the first year, but those prices will skyrocket at the beginning of your second year for the two year contract you must sign up for. Also, when you buy and pay for a cable account, you do not get to pick and choose which channels you want or don’t want, so you are forced to pay for channels you may never watch.
Streaming Service Pros:
You decide what to watch, when to watch it, and how much you want to watch. Unlike with cable television, which has a set schedule for their programming, you can watch as much of whatever show you want (that is available on the streaming site, of course) whenever you want.
With most services starting out at under $10 a month, it is definitely a much more affordable entertainment outlet compared to cable television. This is a major selling point to the younger audience.
Streaming Service Cons:
Even though internet connections are becoming more and more readily available each day, this is becoming less of an issue. That being said, if there ever is an issue with an internet connection, your ability to use streaming services goes out the window… Unless you want to use up all your data.
So after looking at the pros and cons of cable television versus streaming services, it seems pretty clear to me as well as an ever-growing majority of people that streaming services like Netflix are the way of the future, and with some tweaks, could definitely overthrow cable television as we know it.
“Over the past few years, traditional cable companies have seen their overall subscribership drop. Telecommunications research firm MoffettNathanson estimates the loss at roughly 3 percent per quarter from the first quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, Internet streaming continues to expand. CBS and HBO announced new streaming services in October, and DirecTV started offering non-subscribers its NFL Sunday Ticket service over the Internet.”
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.” (Jones S. 2014) – Adam