Thinking about cutting the cord? So what’s stopping you? Are tied to certain programming only available on cable? Or do you find that you really only watch a few programs from only a few different stations? We cut the cord over five years ago and haven’t regretted it yet. Yes, we still watch television, but we either get our programming from streaming sources online, or purchase disc sets from Amazon. For much of the “need to know” programming, the free, over-the-air channels still work well.
But most of our programming now comes from Netflix and Amazon Prime – and really, both have the same content available for about the same price. Netflix has started to introduce more original programming. With Amazon Prime you get free two-day shipping. And both offer 30 days free trials. Some of our content is from YouTube (yes, quality shows can be found on YouTube), and some miscellaneous streaming sources from over-seas.
Cable companies are starting to realize the masses are changing their viewing habit. Many cable companies are thinking about changing the model from the pay for bundled TV programming to becoming multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs). Basically means, these cable companies are looking to distribute content programming like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and others. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Well, yeah, it’s great for the end-consumer, but will reduce the money cable distributors make. So great for us, not so great for them. This will also create greater competition to supply content at a cheaper price (or will it?).
For now, cable companies aren’t worried about losing money to cable cutters. In fact, may cable cutters that still use cable for their internet service still get basic cable services for free, simply because it’s oft times cheaper to leave the service on than to pay for an installer to go out and install a filter which blocks the TV channels. Plus, having TV subscribers look better on the bottom line rather than showing the increase number of Internet only cable subscribers.
Strange, huh? We all want content, but we just don’t want to pay for 499 channels we don’t watch just so we can see that 1 channel. So as a consumer would you be willing to pay more for that one channel with content you want to see?
And when you figure in the cost, you’ll find you will pay less for the programming you want to view, than getting that monthly cable bill. Most cable subscribers pay an average of $720 per year in the U.S. for some 180 channels. The average viewer may watch programming from 15 to 20 of those channels. For great programming from a variety of streaming sources, you would most certainly pay less.
Even sports fans can find MLB and NFL related content online. You’ll may still have to use over-the-air broadcast to catch that live up to the minute game, but many of the streaming sites have delayed content ready to view.
So really, what is keeping you from cutting the cord? Is it the convenience of that magic box that sits next to your big screen and the all-in-one content resource? Aren’t you tired of having to watch 18 minutes of content and 12 minutes of commercials every ½ hour? Or are you really afraid you’ll miss something important?
Cut the cord; find some decent streaming content online. Save some money and thank me, later.