It’s been predicted for years, and now the predictions are coming true. Cutting the cord is becoming more popular around the world.
Learn why so many people are abandoning traditional cable TV and opting for streaming services instead.
Read these 7 reasons to cancel the cable to see if it’s right for you.
1. T.V. Content is Increasingly Available Online
A lot of the shows you watch are already on the popular streaming services. Some networks even post shows on their own free sites (Comedy Central, CBS, etc.).
Another option that’s becoming popular is Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). IPTV offers regular television programming through the internet instead of the traditional cable service. SIPTV, for example, offers much of the same content as your cable provider, but it’s on demand as well as broadcast live.
2. Original Content Not Available on T.V.
Many of the top streaming services are producing their own content. The shows and movies they’re making are offered exclusively through their service.
Netflix, for example, is now spending 25% of its content budget on original programming. Many of their shows, like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, have been hugely popular.
3. Variety of Streaming Services
In the early years of streaming services, the options were limited. Netflix and Youtube didn’t even become popular streaming services until around 2005 for example. And at that time they offered a small fraction of the content they have now.
Today, we have a huge variety of options, including:
- Amazon Prime
- HBO Now
- Starz Play
- And many more
4. Variety of Streaming Devices
If you cancel the cable, you’re going to need a streaming device. Fortunately, there are a lot of different options. Read reviews and test them out when you get a chance to see which interface feels the most natural to you.
Here are several to consider:
- Amazon Fire
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- And more
5. Everything Is On Demand
Why should your busy schedule affect what shows you can watch?
It shouldn’t. When you’re streaming content online you can watch whatever you want, when you want to. It just makes flipping through channels to see “what’s on” sound silly.
The only time you should be running on your TV’s schedule is when you’re trying to catch premieres and live broadcasts as they air. Don’t worry, the Super Bowl will be streaming live online like it is every year.
6. Watch from Anywhere
You can access your streaming accounts from multiple devices. So you can watch the same content at home or on the go.
Watch your favorite show on Hulu from your flat screen when you’re settled in for the night. Catch the next episode on your laptop when you’re already in bed. Then stream another one on your phone during your lunch break the next day.
7. Cancel the Cable to Cut Cost
The average cable bill in the U.S. is over $100 a month.
That means you could buy a basic subscription to HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Showtime, and Starz and still save about $25 a month.
In most European countries, you would have to be a little more selective with your subscription choices, but you can definitely still save money.
Start Streaming and Other Tech Upgrades
Consider these 7 reasons to cancel the cable and decide if it’s right for you.
Do you want to leave the cable bundle behind for the streaming services that work best for you? Are watching on demand and cutting cost priorities?
Also, keep in mind, your video service is just one way the tech choices you make affect your life. Read more on other ways that you can improve on your use of software to improve your life.
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