TV watchers are dropping their cable left and right. After a few months without it though, some viewers end up crawling right back to the cable company. Cutting the cable is not for everybody. If you go the Internet only route, you will definitely miss a few things. Here are some things you might want to take into consideration if you’re thinking about cutting cable.
Lack of Sports Options
If you’re a sports fan, cutting the cable can really limit what you are able to watch. This is especially true if you like a local sports team. Even if you purchase a service to watch your favorite sport via the Internet, local teams are likely blacked out. Actually, almost any game you can watch via cable is likely blacked out.
Waiting a Long Time to Watch Shows
You can watch great shows like “The Walking Dead” or “Mad Men” using streaming options, but they are often an entire season behind. You’ll have to deal with the chance of people spoiling shows before you have seen them.
Access to Premium Channel Content
Shows that are on premium cable like “Game of Thrones” are expensive to watch on Amazon or iTunes at $3.99 per episode. You could download them illegally, but it’s time consuming and sometimes the files are tampered with. There’s also that chance you could be brought to court. Maybe one day HBO and Showtime will make their content available cheaper and sooner than they do now, but until that day, premium cable lovers have very few options.
Your Internet Connection is Inconsistent or Slow
If you live in a bigger city, chances are your Internet is pretty speedy. If you live in an area that has spotty Internet that is slow or goes down all the time, streaming content from the Internet will only be a practice in extreme frustration. Read my post on how fast of a connection you need for Netflix for more information.
You Can’t Get a Good Signal Via Antenna
Most cable cutters attach an antenna to their TV so they can watch local over-the-air channels. If you live in an area where you can’t get a good signal though, you’ll be left out of this option. If you watch a lot of broadcast television, you might be better off receiving those channels crystal clear via cable.
Well, there you have it. 5 reasons you may not want to cut cable. What do you think? Is cutting cable right for anybody. Leave a comment below.
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