Is there an alternative? Yes. In fact, there is a growing list of alternatives to paying monthly money to the cable TV company. Alternatives? Well, yeah, kinda mostly sorta. Unless you go OTA– over the air with an old fashioned antenna, you’re still going to pay by the month for your television viewing habit.
Why spend $100 to $200 a month on cable TV viewing when you can spend, uh, um, well, $100 to $200 a month on alternative television sources? As of today, I pay the cable TV company about $150 a month, but a chunk of that is for internet access. So, if I ditch cable TV but just keep internet access, that price goes up.
Then I have to add all the streaming services just to get back to what my cable TV company gave me.
What extra services do many of us pay each month over and above what we pay to cable TV? Well, the list is growing. There is Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, CBS All Access, Hulu, and whatever Star Trek Discovery is on (I don’t pay attention to the source as much as what the source delivers). Add up all those third party viewing sources and we’re back to paying somebody about the same amount of money each month.
What else needs to be added to the list? Apple TV, of course. Google Chromecast (or whatever it’s called now), Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku and half a dozen other viewing sources. I added up what I wanted, including basic cable via Google’s YouTube TV and the monthly price tag ended up about the same, sans internet access.
What’s the point of cutting the cord unless you cut other streaming sources, too?
Even Google’s YouTube TV is little more than cable TV circa 1999, but with streaming and a DVR. And few local channels.
I’m not here to defend cable TV but it has advantages. One monthly payment gets you 300 or so channels, but not Netflix or Amazon Prime or whatever Apple will be peddling online at the end of the month. Those are extra cost, too.
Maybe the best thing you can do is cut the cable TV cord, get fast and unlimited internet access, then sign up for all the third party viewing sources you think are worthwhile, add an external TV antenna to get local stations, subscribe to YouTube TV, watch more YouTube, pay extra for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, CBS, HBO, and others which seem worthy to your time and money, and then join the cable TV cord cutting lifestyle.
Jared Newman decided he could debunk all the reasons why people are against cable TV cord cutting and ended up debunking nothing.
I’ll never understand why so many industry observers are so quick to pooh-pooh something that is bringing tangible benefits to millions of people in the form of a wealth of content at a lower cost. Maybe it’s time to start listening to those folks’ success stories instead of putting forth the same weak arguments ad nauseam.
“Wealth of content at a lower cost?”
A wealth of content is like beauty. It’s in the eye of the beholder. YouTube alone has a wealth of content and most of it is pure crapola. All the good viewing sources come with a monthly fee and when you add them up they’re about the same price as monthly cable TV, sans the local channels.
Yeah, I know. Television as we know it is changing into or morphing into a multi-faceted multi-source multi-confusion media with 20-million channels and nothing to watch.