Monday, September 8, 2014

Have You Cut the Cable Cord? - #HelloBetter

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Although I use my Apple iPad Air to watch movies from time to time, I still haven't cut the cord on cable. I have been pondering lately, though, if there are other options that would best suit me.

Many Americans have decided to cut their landlines and instead use mobile devices at home. In addition to cutting phone landlines, many Americans have also decided to cut their subscriptions to cable or satellite TV, as they have found alternate ways to stream movies and TV at home via smartphones and tablets.

This fall season, you can rely on your mobile devices for entertainment purposes within your homes. There's the option to use your mobile technology to stream entertainment, even if you still use cable and / or satellite TV.

Americans who no longer subscribe to cable or satellite TV have increased 44 percent in the past four years to 7.6 million households, according to an Experian Marketing Services report.

A recent U.S. Cellular survey revealed that 79 percent of respondents use a smartphone daily. Of those, 84 percent have cable or satellite TV, but 34 percent have considered dropping it for alternate services. Furthermore, 15 percent are likely to discontinue cable or satellite TV in the next year. Smartphones and tablets, such as the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Apple iPad Air, are popular devices to watch downloaded or streaming video. Using a mobile device with 4G LTE speeds is a great way to help you keep up with your favorite shows wherever you are. Smartphones and tablets have reduced the need to fully depend on a remote control to find your favorite TV show, sporting event or a movie.

With the fall TV season set to debut soon, here are tips and questions to help viewers decide if it’s time to tune out cable or satellite TV:

Determine what TV shows you watch. If your list is small, Google Play and iTunes sell individual TV episodes for $1.99 to $2.99. Season passes are available at a discount rate.

Hulu Plus and Netflix offer monthly subscriptions that begin at $7.99, and you can watch HD shows on all of your devices including your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Are you already a subscriber to at least one of the above mentioned monthly subscription sites? Then you may be interested in purchasing a streaming media player such as a Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire, which allows you access to thousands of channels, subscriptions services, convenient ways to rent or buy movies, watch on demand shows and play games.

Are you always on-the-go and can’t watch your shows when they initially air? Being able to stream them wherever you are from a tablet or smartphone with an inexpensive subscription may be a more efficient way to see your favorite storylines.

Do you watch a variety of comedies, dramas and sporting events on a wide range of channels? While alternatives are available, it may be better to keep your cable or satellite service to ensure you can continue to watch everything you want.

What is your usual method or way of watching TV shows or movies?


Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

i usually watch my shows on my tablet or phone and mostly recorded stuff. i haven't watched live tv in years!!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I watch almost everything on the ipad. BUT for the kids and Rick I keep the satellite.