What I'd get with Internet streaming:
· Greater flexibility: Unlike most cable companies, streaming services offer the ability to sign up and cancel without termination fees. For less than $10 per month, I could sign up for Hulu Plus or Netflix, browse what they have to offer, and if I don't like it, I can cancel.
· A different viewing experience: On Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video, I can subscribe to my favorite shows. That means the service will let me know when new episodes are available and make them easy to access by placing them prominently on my customized home screen once I sign in. Things work a little differently on Netflix. The service uses the content I watch and recommends similar TV shows and movies based on my ratings.
· No Internet, no viewing: For anyone who uses a satellite cable provider, stormy weather often calls for watching a DVD because of poor signal reception. When you rely on streaming services for some or all of your entertainment, power outages will be your nemesis. You can't stream when your Wi-Fi router loses power.
What I'd get with cable:
· More shows: I admit that I channel surf, and occasionally I do stumble upon shows that I was never actively looking for. That's a nice perk of an otherwise expensive cable service. Is it worth it? Not for me. When it's my turn to pay the cable company, I think access to 100-plus channels will be the first thing to go.
· Sports: ESPN and other major sports networks are a staple of basic cable packages. If your quality of life would suffer without access to NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL games in real time, then you're going to need to keep that cable intact. My interest in professional sports, however, extends only to the annual CrossFit Games, the FIFA World Cup, the Olympics and the Super Bowl.
· A little bit of streaming: In some cases, a cable subscription will get you online programming from ESPN and other major networks that may restrict Web access for other Internet users. But you may not want to rely on that capability: Watching a 20- or 40-minute show in an Internet browser doesn't make for an ideal user experience.
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