Pros and Cons of Cutting Cable TV

4/24/2017
Pros and Cons of Cutting Cable TVWhatever your viewing preferences are, TV offers a bonanza of options. Love romantic comedies? Zombie shows? Offbeat foreign films? You can find all that – and much more! But, if you subscribe to a cable package, you may be thinking about cutting the cord.

Here are some pros and cons:

Pro: Money Savings
Cutting the cable cord can save you $50 or even close to $100 a month. By comparison, you can get Netflix for less than $10 a month. If you want more options than you get with Netflix alone, check out Amazon Prime for $10.99 monthly and enjoy other perks such as a free monthly ebook read and quicker shipping on product orders. Netflix and Amazon together cost less than cable and offer a lot of content; however, if you bundle your cable with phone and Internet service, your savings may not be as great. You should still save money, though.

Pro: Time Savings
How does having no commercials sound? If you cut the cord and switch to a service such as Netflix, you don’t need to sit through commercials. That said, if you record most of your cable shows, you’re probably already used to an experience without many commercials.

Con: Missing Sports
If you watch a lot of sports on TV, you may want to keep your cable package. Services such as Netflix and Hulu don’t offer live sports. On the bright side, you can live-stream many sporting events for free. A similar principle applies to live news shows.

Con: Delayed Access
If you’re not good with waiting to watch your shows, you may want to keep cable. This way, you can watch new episodes every week and not worry about spoilers. On the other hand, if you are patient and love binging, Netflix might serve your needs just fine.

Con: Shaky Internet
If your ability to get reliable Internet is shaky, then you cannot depend on being able to watch Netflix, Hulu, and the like anytime you want. With cable, TV should always be there when you want it.

Alternatives to Cable
Common alternatives include Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime; however, you can also try services such as Sling TV, iTunes, and VUDU. And, even if you are not a Prime member, you can pick and choose shows and movies to watch on Amazon for a limited time.

If you want to save as much money as possible, cut the cord, and forget about paying for a service such as Netflix. Instead, rent DVDs from the library, and take advantage of free TV services, including some live streaming and The CW app.