A trend for TV watchers is catching on. Many families are cutting cable and picking up online streaming instead.
Like many people Dayton Headlee likes to watch TV, but what he doesn’t like is the cost of cable, so he did something about it. “Just with the rate hikes and poor customer service I decided it was time to look at other options and I looked at Netflix and getting sports streaming online and it was a much better deal."
Instead of paying $120 a month for cable, he pays around $10 dollars a month for Netflix. He’s able to watch a wide variety of shows and movies whenever he wants. Brett Bailes with Nebraska Furniture Mart said it’s a trend that’s catching on and TV manufacturers are noticing. “You’re really hard pressed these days get a TV without built in WiFi or it being a smart TV itself."
If you’re not in the market for a new TV, you can also purchase streaming media boxes like Roku and Apple TV that will do the trick. Also, most Blu-ray players will give you the online capabilities. “You are able to go in and download your favorite internet applications like Pandora, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter,” said Bailes.
There is a downside though, you can’t watch TV shows live, but Headlee says he’s still happy with his decision. “Not being able to watch stuff live sometimes is a downer, but saving a hundred bucks and getting a much better selection of what to watch is definitely worth it.”