Entertainment Trends: Streaming Apps offer More Control than Affordability

Maybe you remember the days when you had to physically walk over to your TV and turn the dial if you wanted to change the channel. And if you can recall the time when a remote control was considered a “luxury,” then you probably also know that you only had about 12 channels to choose from at the time.

The days of the first television sets are long gone. Today, we have thousands of channels, all existing somewhere in the digital aether. And thankfully, you can access many of these channels with modern streaming devices.

But what are the advantages of modern streaming versus traditional cable and satellite TV? And are they really more affordable than traditional entertainment? Well, in today’s world with all of our entertainment options, it’s not so much about affordability as it is about control.

Here, we’ll explore the benefits of streaming services and what they offer.

You’re at the Mercy of Cable TV

Most users are unaware, but years ago, broadcast companies were given content requirements mandated by a social contract. All this contract stipulated was that broadcasters would be allowed access to public airwaves as long as they provided free content.

Over the years, consumer interests grew and television ads began popping up more frequently, and as a result, airtime became much more expensive.

For example, just a 30 second ad during the Superbowl costs millions of dollars. And the price also goes up during peak television events such as during the Academy Awards. But what does that mean for the consumer?

As a television user, cable TV doesn’t cater specifically to your tastes and interests. As such, they can provide whatever content they choose. And even if you’re paying for it, you still have no control over what you’re able to watch or how many ads you’re exposed to.

Cutting the Cord

When you cut the cord and start utilizing streaming services, you’ll be able to choose exactly  what you want to watch. And if you select a paid streaming service, you’ll never have to watch any ads.

To put in another way, cutting the cord allows you greater control over your entertainment. And as long as you have an Internet connection, you’ll be able to view TV and movies that you enjoy specifically without having to surf through hundreds of garbage channels day after day.

With streaming services, you’ll be able to select the apps that offer you the most value. And some of these apps such as HBO Max, Netflix, and Amazon Prime offer originals and exclusives not available on any other channel.

What’s more, some streaming services also offer early release and in-theater movies that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. And with the increased cost of going out to the movies, this is an attractive option.


Maybe you’re a college student and you want entertainment in your dorm room. Well, your options might be limited depending on where you’re attending school. But as long as you have an Internet connection, you can stream your favorite movies on streaming apps, even though you should probably be studying.

No matter where you live or what tastes you have in entertainment, we now have the technology to enjoy our favorite shows and movies on just about any device.

With a wireless connection, or by using your service data, you can use streaming apps to watch all of your favorite shows no matter where you are or what you’re doing. And this places you in greater control because you simply cannot watch your entertainment wherever you like with a traditional cable or satellite service.

Getting your money’s worth is one thing. But having a greater amount of control over what you watch along with when and where you decide to watch it is worth making the switch from traditional TV to modern streaming services.


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