Streaming vs. Satellite TV. Which is better based on cost?
According to the Motley Fool, streaming services have outpaced cable/ satellite TV in America. They believe that a major reason is sporting events. I believe a major reason is cost.
I was with DISH Network for many years but finally left when my bill went over $150 a month, yet I still wasn’t able watch the Cat-Griz Football game without adding additional channels. I had over 300 channels of which I used about 10 of them. The channels I wanted were all part of a different level, so I had to get the top level to see all of my favorites. If I wanted to see the Cat-Griz game I need to add an extra sports channel that came with another 10 channels that I had no plan to watch. I had subscribed to Dish for over 20 years at the time of cancellation. In my opinion, loyalty meant nothing to the company, it was all about the profit.
I don’t disagree with The Motley Fool on the thought of sports partially driving streaming service. Look at what the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Network has done. They provide a streaming service that airs most if not all high school and middle school sporting activities. You can buy a short term subscription or an annual subscription and follow any team in the United States. The service isn’t perfect, but I have enjoyed many a game from the comfort of my home. The other advantage of streaming is the mobility. I can watch from my cell phone, laptop or any device that has access to internet. The service travels with me wherever I go.
I currently subscribe to several streaming services including Hulu, Netflix and the NFHS Network. My monthly cost is now $29. I still have well over 300 channels to choose from and yes, I still only use about 10 of them on a regular basis. Now that I think of it, I spend most of my time listening to 560 KMON. I recommend you do that as well.