Netflix : More TV streaming options makes ditching cable easier and harder than ever
But deciding on what service may be harder than ever.
"There's a lot of new information to process when it comes to cutting the cord," said
Traditional streaming services such as
YouTube, Hulu and PlayStation all launched live television streaming products this year. DirecTV added a live streaming service last year and satellite competitor
Prices range from
The tech website CNet published a comprehensive channel-by-channel guide to streaming services available here .
M Science, a research firm that tracks the streaming and television markets, broke down pricing, number of channels and options in a chart published in its June report.
"We haven't reached this inflection point where people in mass are cutting the cord," Barrett said. "But, we're definitely approaching a point where those services are no longer additive. They will become more cannibalistic."
Live TV streaming services will eventually cut into the traditional cable revenue but not yet, Barrett said. Plus, cord cutters, for the most part, need a cord from companies like Comcast and Charter for high-speed internet. Comcast and Charter are further insulated from live TV streaming services by their ability to compete on price through bundles and other offers, Barrett said.
"At some point it will become disruptive to Comcast and Charter as well," Barrett said.
Price is the main driver when people decide to cut the cord, both Barrett and Brillhart said. Those perceived savings may disappear with the increased cost of high-speed internet service and streaming services and add ons.
Brillhart said you save money over cable, perhaps as much as
"The objective when you're cutting the cord is to get what you want and not necessarily reassemble your cable package," Brillhart said.
Brillhart, who talks to his customers about their TV habits before suggesting different streaming options for them, offered a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether to cut the cord and what to choose.
1) Keep an open mind. You probably won't miss the channels you don't get as much as you'd think and will find new channels and programs to fill those holes.
2) Prioritize. You should talk to everyone in your household and make a list of what you watch and how important it is.
3) Research. Information on all the streaming services in online. Check them out and try them out. Most services offer free trials and unlike cable, you can cancel anytime.
Brillhart said some people are afraid they will lose out on the buffet of channels and programs offered by cable. He said to think of streaming as a personal chef, ready to prepare whatever you want.
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