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Do you primarily rely on the internet or cable television for TV programs?

February 19, 2018
  • Internet
  • Cable television
  • I don’t watch TV

In today’s digital age, the debate between cable TV and internet streaming has become as hot as a summer blockbuster! Whether you’re Team Netflix, a die-hard cable enthusiast, or someone who’s sworn off television, everyone has a platform they swear by. But, as the debate rages on, the ultimate question is: Do you primarily rely on the internet or cable television for TV programs? According to a recent poll, Americans are leaning one way or another, and we’re here to give you the rundown on all three options. Let’s dive in!

The Rise of Internet Streaming: Convenience at Your Fingertips

“It’s all about on-demand and personalization. With streaming, we’ve moved from a ‘what’s on TV’ mentality to a ‘what do I want to watch’ mentality,” says Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix.

Ah, the internet—where binge-watching was born and where you can rewatch all six seasons of “Friends” without anyone judging you (except perhaps your dog, who would like to go for a walk sometime this decade). A study from the Leichtman Research Group found that 78% of all U.S. households have a subscription to an on-demand video service like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. That’s almost 100 million households!

Why Choose the Internet?

  1. Unmatched Convenience: Stream your favorite shows anytime, anywhere. In your PJs or on the treadmill, the choice is yours.
  2. Content Variety: You can traverse the world without leaving your couch, from award-winning originals to international shows.
  3. Cost-Effective: Streaming can be cheaper than a cable package depending on your subscription.
  4. No Commitments: Month-to-month subscriptions mean you’re not tied down.

The Cable TV Vanguard: Tradition Meets Reliability

“Nothing beats the immediacy and reach of cable TV. When big events unfold, it’s where millions instinctively turn for real-time updates,” says David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery, Inc.

But let’s not write the epitaph for cable TV just yet. Believe it or not, a Nielsen report found that as of 2019, approximately 76.2 million American households still subscribed to cable. Yep, you heard that right. Cable is not only surviving; it’s holding its ground.

Why Choose Cable?

  1. Live Programming: For sports enthusiasts and news junkies, nothing beats real-time coverage.
  2. Reliability: No buffering, no downtime—just continuous entertainment.
  3. Comprehensive Packages: Often includes bundles with internet and phone services.
  4. Nostalgia Factor: Those who grew up with cable TV may find comfort in the familiar setup and channel surfing.

The ‘No TV’ Mavericks: A Life Beyond the Screen

“I find that when I’m not watching TV, I’m probably doing something more constructive,” says Marie Kondo, best-selling author and organizing consultant.

For some, the answer is neither cable nor internet streaming; it’s a life liberated from the small screen. According to a survey by Pew Research Center, about 1 in 5 American adults do not watch television at all.

Why Choose No TV?

  1. Productivity: Time away from the screen can be used for hobbies, learning, or spending quality time with loved ones.
  2. Mental Health: Less screen time could reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
  3. Cost Savings: No subscriptions or packages to worry about. That’s extra money for a rainy day!
  4. Active Lifestyle: With no TV to tie you down, you’re free to explore the great outdoors or hit the gym.

So, Where Do You Stand?

Whether you’re streaming the latest true-crime series, tuning into the nightly news on cable, or soaking up a book instead, your choice is valid. Remember, in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a life-or-death decision—it’s about how you prefer to unwind after a long day or spend a lazy weekend.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Are you Team Internet, Team Cable, or Team ‘No TV at All’? There’s no wrong answer here—just personal preference. Happy viewing—or not viewing!

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