To Cut the Cord or Not?
Cord-cutting continues to be a big thing these days. If you haven't heard the term before, it refers to consumers dropping cable or satellite TV service and using streaming services and broadcast TV (the kind where you use an antenna) instead.
I get it. Right now, I have cable, and I supplement it with several streaming services, and I know a lot of people do the same. For about the past 18 months, I've been going back and forth with myself about whether or not to drop cable. It's not exactly cheap, and hasn't been for some time. Cutting the cord would save me a not-insignificant amount of money every month. So why haven't I done it? What's keeping me from making the call? It might be the few shows I can't find on a streaming service that keeps me from cancelling, but that argument gets weaker and weaker when I get the bill each month.
According to new Neilsen results, for the first time, more people watched movies or TV shows on their TVs using streaming services instead of cable or satellite. My question is: Does this actually mean anything in the long run?
There are changes coming to the streaming world. Netflix is working on a service plan that is cheaper, but has ads. With the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, HBO Max and Discovery+ will merge into one streaming service. Not much is known about it at the moment, other than it will happen sometime next summer. As a result, there are a lot of currently unanswered questions, such as 'How much will it cost?' or 'What is it going to be called?'. I'm keeping an eye on these, and as I find out more, I'll pass the information along.