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Cable TV Vs Online Streaming – What to Choose?

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cable tv vs online streamingTrying to select a cable company is one of the tasks new settlers have to do on priority but is often forgotten, as a result of which they have to spend many weeks without cable or internet. Going through all the available options may be overwhelming, leading more and more people to streaming services. Which option is better for you – online streaming or the good old cable TV? Here is a comparison that may help you to take a decision.

Cable TV


More Shows: Are you an expert in channel surfing? Are you having a list of shows that you watch on over twenty channels? If your answer is “yes”, you might want to choose the good old option of a cable company. Most cable companies provide packages that range from 20 to more than 200 channels.

Sports: Almost all cable packages provide ESPN and other leading sports networks. Can’t imagine life without IPL matches on Sony Six live? You better stick to cable.


Cost: Cable packages may be expensive. They may offer packages that will lure you for the first year. But expect a rise in the prices after the first year. Also any rise in prices imposed by networks on cables reflects in your monthly bill. So, there are chances that your monthly subscription will increase even before the end of your contract.

Online Streaming

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Flexibility: While with cable companies you may be locked into strict annual contracts (in some places), streaming services are pretty flexible. You can register and cancel anytime you wish, with no penalties or termination fees.

Affordability: Online streaming services are significantly lower in costs than cable service providers.

Customization: With online streaming services, you can typically subscribe to the shows you like and the service also alerts you as new episodes are posted. They are also “smart” and recommend sporting events, TV shows and movies based on your viewing history.


You Require High-Speed Internet: This may not be a huge ‘con’, but don’t forget that you will require high-speed internet for uninterrupted streaming. It’s pricier than standard-speed internet.

No Internet – No Viewing: If you are getting poor service or your internet has stopped working, you cannot view anything.

So, for deciding whether to choose cable or online streaming, shop around and design your own hybrid package. There are a number of pocket-friendly solutions for those who like channel surfing yet enjoy the luxury of streaming as they wish. Select a lower end cable package and pair it up with streaming service of your choice.

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