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Streaming vs. Cable

Streaming vs. Cable

As technology keeps advancing for the future, we're always introduced to something new, the music platforms have changed the game and explain that later on down the line, but for now I want to talk about the future of streaming services for TV/movies and is it over for cable/satellite providers? 10 years ago we didn't even have streaming services, Netflix was just getting started and they knew they were going to take over, but really all we had was YouTube, YouTube was for everything at the time, you could search for your favorite music videos, songs and movie trailers, I still remember the day of watching the Comic Con Iron Man trailer, I Am Legend and the mysterious Cloverfield trailer which was titled 1-18-08 at the time.

YouTube has changed since then, I mean really changed, it's still the largest website for videos to watch on. I never thought YouTube would die out I just thought they wouldn't change while some new platform shows up, but it didn't happen, YouTube progressed and now it's a streaming service for music and now cable, for music and no advertisements/commercials between videos you can sign up for YouTube Red for $10 a month, it might be a joke to some subscribers of Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal but YT Red is right in the competition and they know how streaming services work and how the public listens to music these days, as far as TV, with YouTube TV you can 40+ channels for $35 a month, that doesn't sound like a bad deal right now, the only problem is so far it's only available in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, so as of right now it's still going through several tests, but give it about 2-3 more years and YouTube TV might have a lot of people interested.

Another service is called Sling TV, Sling surprised some people last year, compared to YouTube TV, Sling is far more superior with better options, you can get 30+ channels for $20, 40+ for $25 and 50 channels for $40, but that's now all, you can even add packages from comedy for kids cartoons starting at $5, if you want a sports package that includes NBA TV, NFL Redzone and many more, it's an additional $10, movies channels like EPIX is $5 and premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz run from $9-$15, depending on what you choose and what to add to your subscription, you would still be paying less than providers like Comcast/Xfinity, Dish Network, Time Warner and At&t U-Verse/DirecTV. Cable providers are way too high anyway, you're going to end up paying almost $250 for cable if not over, not to mention they want to try to con you into getting a landline phone and internet service, for one, I haven't seen a landline phone since 2008, and two, why do we need all three? You're better off just paying for the best Wi-Fi Internet service and subscribing to Sling TV if you can. Now that these companies are seeing you can get cable for cheap, they are starting to merge together, At&t and DirecTV have already started, and now the interesting part is this, Google now has it's own cable and gigabyte Wi-Fi internet service called Fiber, since 2013, but they're still testing areas around the U.S., and while they're still testing markets those other providers jumped on the fiber bandwagon.

Hulu now has it's own TV service that runs for $40 a month with 50 channels, Xbox and PlayStation are now getting into the live TV game and their plans are looking better and cheaper than cable too, it's amazing. I'm not going to throw any names out there, but there are the "illegal" streaming outlets too, I'm sure everyone is familiar with the apps or the firestick use, and it's even websites you can log on to watch movies and TV shows, and all you need for that is a strong Wi-Fi connection. Now the trick question is, do you really need cable with these other alternate ways to watch TV nowadays, for the illegal way, the answer is no and kind of a yes, you can watch any movie, live sports, TV show you want without paying extra and its saving you hundreds of dollars which is the best option, but if you need to watch a show instantly, especially with Twitter and live tweeting with your followers in this day of age, you can still get cable, just start off testing with Sling, Xbox, PlayStation, or Hulu before you get to Comcast and At&t. Streaming is going to get better and better in the future and these cable companies are going to be smart and try to play catch up as much as they can and of course merge together, I'd give it about 5-10 years until we see something drastic with cable and streaming services, and like always, as long as the right deal is in place, anything can happen.

 

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