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Cutting the cord is growing in popularity, but it may not be all that it is cracked up to be.

Is streaming the future?

April 11, 2023

Streaming just keeps gaining popularity, but is that a good thing?

Out with the New, in with the Old

With streaming TV services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime taking the world by storm, cable TV is becoming more and more foreign in the average household. The days of scrolling through channels on cable may be limited, which could leave a huge hole in the world of TV and the passionate fans of countless pictures.

When choosing between cable TV and streaming services, old fashioned cable is still the way to watch.

When it comes to subscriptions of any kind, price is often the leading factor that determines decisions. While most individual streaming services are cheaper than cable as a whole, people are often left unsatisfied with just one streaming service and feel that they need multiple subscriptions to account for all their favorite movies, shows, and channels. In order for viewers to have access to all the entertainment they desire, they may be left breaking the bank on multiple subscriptions.

There’s a common consensus that streaming services are much more convenient and accessible for viewers, but the opposite can also be said, especially when it comes to shows. With cable, fans can watch episodes of their favorite shows as they air, but with streaming services like Netflix, fans often have to wait until entire seasons are aired to watch. It can take upwards of a year for a show to air an entire season, and with social media and gossiping fans, spoilers are bound to get around.

If that wasn’t enough, the convenience that streaming services do have could all be thrown out the window if God forbid you have a weak wifi signal. There’s truly nothing worse than seeing that spinning loading cursor in the midst of watching something on the edge of your seat.

You should ditch streaming services and stick to good ole cable TV because you’ll end up saving money and can watch with more convenience. Out with the old and in with the new is becoming a common saying in today’s society but when it comes to TV, the old ways are best.

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What, where and when you want it

Growing up, the thought of streaming services was a pipe dream. We watched what was on TV, or if there was a movie we really wanted to see we would go to Blockbuster or Redbox. But those selections were limited. Fast forward 16 years since Netflix first started streaming in 2007. Streaming allows you to watch what you want, where you want, when you want, and has become the preferred method of watching for millions around the world.

Streaming has so many positives. The world continues to evolve, and the way people watch their favorite shows and movies has evolved too. With streaming, your options are almost endless. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, and so many others, the chances of a show or movie you want to watch not being on one of them is close to none.

Streaming also creates so many more opportunities for more services to create their own originals. Netflix has Stranger Things, Amazon Prime has The Boys, and every other service has their own. These shows are getting some of the best reviews while being unavailable for anyone who only uses cable.

I get the argument for cable, I grew up with it. The last thing that tied me to cable was the ability to watch sports. However, in recent years streaming took that over too. Amazon Prime has Thursday night football, AppleTV+ has Sunday night MLB games, Hulu has live sports, and with ESPN+ you can watch almost every other game.

As more households keep gradually phasing out cable and replacing them with multiple of their favorite streaming services, the popularity of them will only continue to grow. Cable is in the past, streaming is the future. 

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