It seems like only yesterday that we all were arguing about switching to streaming services and ditching cable TV. Now there is a switch in the conversation and people are now wondering if it is now time to revert to cable TV.
We surely have questioned this ourselves. With the streaming services turning into cable TV and offering a quite similar experience, it has become a little hard to stick to the decision where we thought that we were done with cable TV.
There are several factors contributing to this dilemma, and we are here to elaborate on these. Read ahead to find out why we think that reverting to cable TV might not just be an unnatural move, and it was just about time.
1. The Rocketing Bills
Remember when we argued about the affordability of streaming services, and how cable TV felt like overburdening our pockets? Boy, we were naïve to jump to a conclusion.
Yes, we do admit we enjoyed this time when they were affordable, and it is debatable if they still are. But, with new services coming out constantly, and the race for better content, the prices are seeing an evident hike.
Especially now with streaming service-exclusive content, it feels as if you need to have more than one streaming platforms to keep your quench your thirst for your favorite titles. With the need for bundling services, the entire premise of streaming services not burdening the pockets sounds moot.
Affordable TV services such as Cox cable, offer extensive HD channel lineup and surely make us wonder about the budget-friendliness that is left within the world of streaming services.
2. Lack of Sports Content
Even now with years of streaming platforms, we are still dwindling to few choices when it comes to getting sports content. One of the things that cable TV still has got supremacy over.
Even when you want to access a channel-specific app such as ESPN+, you do need a cable subscription. Have you got this option with streaming services? Yeah, that’s a no. There are merely a couple of sports streaming platforms and they feel like pocket rips. This makes that street a no-go.
Hence, the concern for sports lovers remains and continues for cable TV to keep the viewers in the bag.
3. Unexpected Price Hikes
Cable TV providers are still cultured when compared to streaming services. No worries about sudden price hikes. At least not during the contract period. And the best part of all. If you do ever have to go through the inevitable price hikes from a cable TV provider, you can always negotiate!
On the other hand, streaming services increase the prices with a sudden notification, or in some cases sneakily! Yes, we are aware of those all. These unexpected price hikes cause utter inconvenience. Also, only imagine possibly ever negotiating with the streaming services. Not happening.
4. Better Quality Content
Cable TV thrives on providing HD content to the viewers, whereas the HD quality for a streaming service is dependent on your internet connectivity. Oh did we mention how streaming is not possible entirely without the internet, which also adds up to your bill?
However, when it comes to cable TV, just one of the best providers will guarantee your HD viewing with its quality service and equipment. Therefore, you cannot compromise on that.
Nevertheless, we would like to call this factor a draw. With streaming, you get the option to stream at higher quality, but the only ensuring factor is a high-speed and steady internet connection. Whereas, cable only boils down to the provider and quality cable.
Taking the above factors into consideration, it is safe to say that it would not be wrong for cord-cutter to take some steps back on their decision, and revert to cable TV. It does seem like a wise decision. However, it all still would come down to one’s personal preferences, (blend them a little with what we’ve stated above), and that will only be the right choice.
Don’t know about you, but well, we aren’t paying for live TV streaming either that adds up to the same price of cable TV. Especially when you keep in mind how you yet have to pay for the internet separately.
What is your pick? Let us know in the comments below!