Many people have accepted that cable TV is in a coma, others guarantee that it’s hanging around for the long stretch – us included. While there are many streaming platforms like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime that offer their subscribers amazing content and all the new TV series and movies. The flexibility offered by the streaming platforms is the reason why people are switching to streaming services. But the reality of the situation is that the vast majority essentially aren’t prepared to cut the cord. People who are still using traditional cable TV services outcast the numbers of people using streaming services. There are around a 100million households in America that are using cable TV services. We think that the era of cable TV is dying but when we see the facts and figures, we find out that Comcast which is one of the biggest cable TV service providers in America experienced a 17% increase in their net income.
There are many reasons why cable TV is not going anywhere. Streaming platforms like Apple TV do not offer the same kind of variety that you get with traditional TV services. When we talk about streaming platforms, people take streaming services as complimentary. There are many people in America who have traditional cable TV services but they also have subscriptions to many streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Around 85% of people who are using streaming services are also getting cable TV or satellite services.
Many people say that the prices of traditional cable TV services are going up but then we see services like Optimum TV that come at every economic price. You get the option to choose from multiple plans and if you are a new customer, you will be getting promotional plans with a price lock-in of a year or two with amazing features which you don’t get with the streaming services.
With streaming platforms, you might get access to amazing movies and TV series. You might be able to watch all episodes of ‘Vikings’ in one go but you won’t be getting access to live sports events. There are few things that you get only with cable TV services.
One of the pleasant advantages of utilizing cable TV is that you will have amazing video quality that isn’t reliant upon different components and the best part is that you get that consistently. While streaming TV can be helpful, you will run into quality issues that rely upon the speed of your Internet and the number of others who are utilizing the internet in your home. If there would be multiple users in your who’d be streaming or doing other activities like gaming on multiple devices, the quality will go down as the internet speed will be shared among all the devices connected to your internet connection. You’ll run into issues with buffering, or the signal going to a foggy and inferior quality wreck. That will result in frustration. What’s the get in watching something which has a poor quality? You will also get embarrassed if you plan a movie night at your place and your internet goes down, you will watch buffering wheel because everyone connects their devices to your internet connection.
With cable TV services, you never face issues with the quality. The cable companies assure you that you will be getting the best quality consistently. With the cable TV services, you get to watch the channels in 4k quality, and even if the internet is down, you can still watch your favorite TV shows as the internet outage cannot stop you to enjoy live sports events. If you are getting TV services via the cable connection, even bad weather won’t affect the TV signals as the lines are installed under the ground.
Live sports and events
There is another reason why people prefer to get traditional TV cable services; you won’t be able to watch live sports and you won’t get access to live sports events. With the traditional cable TV services, you get to have a live sports option. Assuming you need to watch a local sports event, the best shot you will have is cable TV. You won’t be able to do that on a streaming platform. If there is a live sports event and you want to watch that, you will have to pay some bucks to watch the live sports event on a streaming platform, which means that every time there is a live sports event, you are paying some bucks. If your internet stops working while watching the live event, you won’t be able to do anything or if multiple users are connecting devices to your internet connection, the internet speed will be divided among all the devices and you will face issues. If you are into sports and you live to watch all local sports, you should totally get cable TV services. With the on-demand choices, you can even watch a match or an event that you missed because of some work. Assuming you need to watch the live award show as it’s occurring, you won’t have the option to watch it until after the show is done.
With the cable TV service, you get amazing DVR service and you get enough storage that you can record multiple shows simultaneously. If you want to watch an episode of a TV series or you want to watch a movie but you hate when the ads pop up on your screen, you can record the show and can watch it later. You can forward or rewind the show. The best part is that if you have a DVR service on all your smart TVs, you can record shows on one TV and can watch it on another. For those people who have jobs and are busy with some work or they are studying, the DVR service is the life savior for them. Record the show and watch it anytime.
Summing it up
With the streaming service, you will have to pay for the internet connection and you will have to make sure that you get an internet connection that doesn’t just offer high-speed internet but also reliable services. You cannot afford to have internet service that comes with poor speeds. Once you get internet services, you will have to make sure that you have a smart TV or a smart device on which you can do the streaming and then you will be getting access to streaming services. There’s a lot with the streaming services. With the cable TV services, you just need a cable connection and you can watch all your favorite channels.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.