Article 72: Dumping Cable?

Is it time to dump the Cable Box?

Welcome back to the Modern Nerd ladies and gentlemen. To those who live their lives on the internet, this is not such a foreign concept, but to the masses you might call me crazy. I am crazy, but that isn’t the point. The point is a question, how much do you pay for cable? Whatever package you have, by whatever provider, it might be costing you too much.

I am not going to try to persuade anyone of anything this week, but this concept was introduced to me this week and I decided to give it some thought, and it is my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

What do you actually watch?

If you keep up to date on the latest and greatest episodes of premium cable television because it makes for great conversations, then this might not persuade you of anything. But hear me out, as getting those shows for free online might not be as hard as you think. Networks like ShowTime, HBO, AMC, and more offer streaming of their shows from their site, some for free, some for a small fee. But if you halve your cable bill into internet only, you will be able to pick and choose the premium content you get, for less than the cost of a full cable subscription. So don’t fear, you can watch the end of Breaking Bad like the rest of the world without cable.

SmartTV’s can Stream as well as Watch

If you are a regular reader, then you know about all of the pieces of technology that can stream Netflix, Hulu, or other services to your television just as easily as you watch TV. DVD players, stream boxes, and SmartTV’s all offer services like this right now, for free. All you need is an internet connection and a subscription to your favorite media service.

But I watch Sports….

No longer is sports the defining factor about cable, as the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL all offer premium subscriptions available to stream live or on demand, so you have more flexibility and more freedom to watch games on your own time. Football season is just not heating up, so I know that I would not be able to get through no cable without NFL Sunday Ticket. Even though as an example this subscription is around 50 dollars a month, that is not nearly as much  as a cable package that includes NFL RedZone or a package that allows me to watch ALL of the games.

Just another Point of View

I’m not advocating giving up your cable service. It really depends on your own watching habits and what you want to have available to you online or on TV. However, streaming content and internet services are finally giving us as consumers more options, which makes us all win. Thanks for reading. Check out our page on Facebook, and subscribe to the mailing list to get all of the Computer Fixer’s blog posts, including the Modern Nerd, which is updated every week.

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