We are approaching the 4th quarter of 2018 and I’m starting to think my cable plan won’t make it to 2019. My husband and I have been grappling with “cutting the cord” for months now. We don’t want to make a hasty decision that we will regret, but we also are unhappy with our current cable plan. We’ve tried to employ some scare tactics throughout the years with our cable company, but that seems to only be a temporary fix. Cable companies are quick to lower fees to appease disgruntled customers, but even quicker to skyrocket payments back up to a premium at the first chance they get. But, I do love having every channel known to man at my fingertips. To cut the cord, or to not cut the cord?
Here is my top list of pros and cons to cutting the cord:
Less channels: Your typical cable package carries 150+ channels; while your typical streaming package includes about 50+. Picking and choosing certain channels is not yet a feature of leading live TV streaming services.
Internet is required: An internet connection isn’t necessary to watch cable tv but forget about streaming if you don’t have an internet connection. Not to mention, if you want reliable streaming, you need a very high-speed internet connection which costs more. A faulty connection can especially be an annoyance for those streaming live TV. Nothing like missing the game winning basket or live performance from your favorite music artist.
Much Cheaper: Your typical streaming package costs around $40, while you can pay anywhere from $100-$200 for your cable package. Depending on your viewership needs, some people may need to subscribe to more than one streaming service. But, there are no costly cable boxes or equipment fees.
Flexibility: No annual contracts necessary like required with big cable companies. You can sign up and cancel with no termination fee. You can also watch your favorite shows, movies and live events from any phone, computer or TV.
Pay for what you actually watch: I mentioned in the cons section that currently streaming services do not allow you to pick channels a la carte and there are less channels to choose from. But, looking at this from a different angle, who is really watching 150+ channels? I know I scan only approximately 8-10 channels on a regular basis.
At the end of the day, I think the cable vs. streaming debate comes down to a case-by-case basis. It depends what your households' TV viewing habits are like. I think with a little research, everyone can sit back and be confident in their decision to either keep cable or cut the cord!