Cable TV vs Live Streaming – Is the Choice Determined by Costs?
For millions of TV lovers, the choice between watching favorite entertainment programs is one between cable TV versus online streaming. There are various factors determining how one makes their choice between cable and streaming, but lately it’s been seen primarily as a financial decision.
Money.com wrote last month that more people are opting out of costly Cable packages now that live streaming includes the options to watch TV. It says however that the advantage of live streaming services over cable TV is shrinking because they keep raising their monthly subscription fees. YouTube and Hulu are reportedly the latest that have announced increase in subscriptions.
Cable Compare published a detailed breakdown of advantages and disadvantages of the two types of TV viewing options. Their post shows the current average cost of cable subscription versus that of live streaming services. The difference is clear with cable coming as more expensive at about $80 monthly minimum to a combination of live streaming channels costing about $12 minimum per channel.
Seemingly Live Streaming offers a greater flexibility of keeping costs low by letting one choose only select channels to get a combined monthly subscription well within affordable budget.
But costs, though important, aren’t everything in choosing either cable or live streaming. Other factors do play their part in the decision-making. The availability of high-speed internet for example is a key requirement for live streaming. So it depends on the area you live in and your best internet options—for which you of course pay separately.
So what’s your current choice of watching entertainment programs—Cable or Streaming? Share via comments below and do let us know why you prefer the choice you made.