Technological innovation has become widespread among the public around the globe. Constant advancement in the industry is the main reason why developers come-up with upgrades and updates – a relevant example is the television. Traditional television is considered the main past-time of every family in their home. Well, it is indeed a fact but with some few exceptions – the demographics. That’s why; the emergence of cable TV became huge in the past years and perhaps until today. But earlier this decade, the birth of online streaming television has become a “thing”. With the availability of streaming popular movies and TV shows online through various outlets, television watching has come to a whole new level. Anyone might be familiar with Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime as the popular streaming services; these are the new strategies that made the traditional cable a little isolated in the recent years.
But of course, we can’t disregard the power of cable TVs as the best option for prime adults. Both online streaming and cable TV has their own strengths and weaknesses. Choosing between the two which is better might be subjective. So let’s dig-in more and go through the details and decide for yourself which is better.
ONLINE STREAMING TV
1. Free-for-Glee mostly
Most of the films and TV series in the streaming outlets are free of charge. People don’t need to worry about charges since payable exclusive services are being labeled, so premium subscriptions are just optional.
2. Easy and Handy
You don’t have to be a hardware or software geek just to learn how to stream your favorite flicks. The settings itself are just user friendly and basic. Hence, first timers don’t need to be anxious. Everyone can click the right button and enjoy.
3. Comfy Anytime and Anywhere
No need to get stuck in your old house sofa just to watch your old home TV. Be free and get out of the box “literally”. Feel comfortable and indulge yourself while streaming the latest TV series every time and anywhere. No one can hinder your popcorn plans 24/7 – flexibility, check!
4. Get Updates!
Listing the schedules for updates of your followed TV series is needed no more. When it comes to online TV streaming, you just simply have to subscribe and get timely updates by time to time.
5. You’re the boss!
Yes ma’am and sir! What the user wants, the user gets. No need for you to wait for the next episodes and movies in the next day. All the episodes are being compiled online collectively. If you’re a premium member, the world won’t stop you from streaming and streaming. Enjoy the VIP experience and exclusive offers in your favorite online TV outlet. Payment is also a “little” lesser compare to cable TV.
1. Consistency of Internet Connection
In order to stay updated and experience the personal-theatre, stability of internet connection is a must to enjoy uninterrupted streaming. And the internet required is quite expensive than the standard one. Not a treat, just a fact.
2. Wires here and there!
Certain accessories are also vital just to buffer-up the set-ups of your internet TV. Purchasing the main item isn’t enough yet – Ethernet wiring, power line adaptors and wireless receiver are highly needed as well. These items are very fundamental. It’s like a heart connected to the nerves.
3. Spoilers Alert!
There are some instances that a certain TV series from the broadcast TV are still yet to be out on the online streaming. So you don’t have a choice but to watch your old TV patiently before the spoilers come to attack your curiosity. That would be cruel though.
4. Sports is “No” in the Online TV
Ball is life. Bad news for the ball-sports enthusiast since sports coverage is broadcast for the general public mainly. Which means that Cable or Normal TVs got the benefit to show it first nationwide before it gets an update on the Internet TV.
5. No Internet, Goodbye online TV!
If you don’t have the internet connection required, you will be watching a full blank screen without blinking – that bad, indeed.
TRADITIONAL CABLE TV
No need for new tricks. The remote comes in handy for your convenience. Features are 95% almost the same as the non-cable TV. Everyone in the family can click the right buttons and enjoy.
2. “Two is better than one” bundling
Most cable TVs comes in two services with one payment. Usually, it is an internet or phone services that might be useful for the whole family. Single payment will put you at ease because of cheaper bills for two services together as a bundle.
3. Cheaper Price?
In the recent years, cable TV services became cheaper and cheaper as expected. This is because of the stiff competition in the market. Plus FCC mandatorily requires that all cable companies should supply a basic cable package which makes the service cheaper. But this excludes the notorious scale of increase monthly.
4. Precaution Ready
Cable TVs are very stable when it comes to safety in their service. During unexpected calamities like typhoons and heavy raining, traditional air-wave broadcasts and modern satellite television will automatically cut-out. If the overall system is at fault, cable will be disconnected. For instance, broken cable or router.
5. Feel at Home
The cliché goes that “there’s no place like home”. Well, the home atmosphere is still the best experience since you don’t expect to bring your cable TV while riding a bus or having a hike. The indoor feels is soothing and warm while watching your favorite anime shows with your siblings.
1. Privacy at Risk!
The bundle promo of your cable TV with Internet can be a real hassle sometimes. Not much of a benefit since your internet will have lesser privacy. Why? The cable internet doesn’t change its IP address because of its stability, that’s why people can track your visits easily.
2. Repetitive Advertisements
Of course as a normal or cable TV viewer, you have to deal with it typically. This is not so shocking since every standard TVs have this but compare to online streaming where Ads are limited or even blocked. Thus, you have to wait for the advertisements to finish.
3. Ghost fees ahead!
The luxurious offer of cable TVs can be a huge mishap or an overstatement. The one year offer might be sugarcoated for you to bite it. But in the long run, hidden fees or other tax fees will shook you up and scream.
4. The TV is your boss!
Of course, you can click whenever you want on the remote control but you don’t expect the cable to follow your wants. The cable TV owns the rules! Everything are fixed, organized and scheduled, so there’s no way for you to whine. You have to wait until your favorite series will be played.
With the following pro’s and con’s of both Online Streaming TV and Traditional Cable TV, it’s up to your choice whether what to choose. In the end of the day, your personal convenience will matter the most.