Why haven’t we cut the cord and become like the younger generation who lives on their phones? Jeffrey and I have done the math a few times and to get what we want the money we would spend comes in at about the same amount.
Yes, we could ditch cable TV and slap an antenna in an upstairs window, but that only gets the local Atlanta TV stations, about two dozen, and we would still need internet access. It’s more expensive if you don’t bundle it with cable TV.
Even with high speed internet access we would still need to subscribe to one of the growing number of streaming TV services just to get back what we had on cable TV– only less of it. David Katzmaier has a good list:
- AT&T Watch TV ($15 a month)
- Philo ($20 a month)
- Sling TV ($25 a month)
- Hulu With Live TV ($45 a month)
- PlayStation Vue ($45 a month)
- Fubo TV ($45 a month)
- DirecTV Now ($50 a month)
- YouTube TV ($50 a month)
You get what you pay for. More money means more channels and cable TV seems to have the most options for more channels. Worse, to get the channels we want to watch we probably need to subscribe to at least three of the streaming services, and suddenly the monthly price tag isn’t that far from what we fork over to the cable TV company.
Apple’s new Apple TV app doesn’t help matters, either. Granted, it’s a single location to dig through multiple video sources; from cable TV to streaming video channels and networks, but the interface is far more cumbersome than the cable TV company’s remote control, despite Apple’s promise.
Just the premium channels you want. Thousands of movies to buy or rent. Popular streaming services. The biggest cable TV providers. And original shows and movies from Apple TV+. It’s personalized and expertly curated, so you’ll discover the best of what’s on. And it’s all in one place. On all your screens. It’s simple — the new Apple TV app is the ultimate way to watch TV.
That sounds great. But do the math.
All these disparate video sources– that’s what television has become these days– come with an ever increasing price tag. We made a list of what we like to watch on cable TV, then added up the same video sources without cable TV, and depending on the sources, the monthly price tag isn’t much different– other than we have to pay more for internet access if we don’t bundle with cable TV.
Can you really cut the cord? We don’t think it’s a no brainer unless you want to view less, then it becomes drop dead easy. Dine on YouTube videos using unlimited data on a cell phone and you’re good to go. But YouTube is only one part of video or television diet.
Cutting the cord is not as easy as cable TV critics would lead you to believe.