When you try to decide between video Services, you are likely to be faced with a choice between services that include cable television cable and various streaming services. We’ll break down the differences between them to help you find the best way to entertain you and your family.
In the next section we will compare cable providers, such as Comcast or Spectrum, with the streaming providers most similar to them. Independent services that only display their own content are not included, such as Netflix or HBO (although premium channels like HBO may be part of the general offers).
- General results
- Content selection: Cable has more, but streaming should satisfy
- Service availability: Free choice with streaming, not with cable
- Content transmission technology: Cable generally reliable, while streaming depends on the Internet.
- Price and contracts: Streaming is likely to give you what you need for less
- the final verdict
- More expensive, but with more content.
- Selection of providers limited by area.
- Requires dedicated decoders.
- Dissemination of content independent of the Internet.
- Some discounts available with packages.
- Less expensive, but still providing must-have content.
- Complete selection of providers anywhere there is Internet.
- Compatible with a variety of different devices.
- It depends on a quality Internet connection.
- Premium plugins available for an additional cost.
Although both cable TV and video streaming services deliver the same result (entertaining video on your screen), the way they do it is significantly different. Cable providers broadcast video content across their dedicated networks, and have longstanding relationships with content providers. The pay TV industry was built on this structure, and the product you receive reflects it. Cable television tends to be more reliable and offers more content, at the cost (literally) of being more expensive.
Streaming providers, on the other hand, are newcomers to the video market and are not subject to the same rules. They can offer their services across the country, and can be used with a wide variety of devices. They are not tied to legacy infrastructure, which is a blessing and a curse. They can offer through any connection to Internet, but they are also completely dependent on that connection, and have no control over its quality. They usually offer cheaper plans,although they contain fewer channels.
Content selection: Cable has more, but streaming should satisfy
- Generally offers more channels.
- All channel variants are likely to be available.
- Premium channels available for an additional fee.
- Premium music channels available.
- It offers most of the main channels.
- Main channel variants available.
- Some premium channels may be available as add-ons.
Let’s cut to the chase… When it comes to content availability, cable still has an edge over most streaming services. Its range of channels is usually in the hundreds, and in particular, will contain most (if not all) of the channels “variants” networking like sports. Their ability to deliver content to you is based on package deals with major content networks, and while these may cost less per channel, you don’t have the luxury of choosing. However, they are likely to include all the major channels that most viewers need. For example, the 4 major chains will be present, as well as the channels of most popular cables
On the other hand, streaming services offer less in terms of total number of channels. However, they are likely to include all the major channels that most viewers will need. For example, the Big 4 networks will be present, as will the popular cable channels. Unless you watch a very wide variety of channels or have something unique on your must-have list, most streaming services will have what you want.
In the above context, cable channel se refers to channels that are not broadcast over the air. For example, while most television markets have a local station that broadcasts NBC, there is none that transmits HGTV. These types of channels were originally only available on cable, which lent them their name before the competition from satellite providers.
Service availability: Free choice with streaming, not with cable
- Industry structure remains largely monopoly
- Smaller providers have largely consolidated to form a few big players
- There are some competitive providers, but traditional operators have the advantage
- No restrictions on service based on location
- Both new and established tech companies have deals
- More and more companies are joining the streaming segment
If you’re considering cable service, chances are you won’t have to do much research on the company. The structure original industry cable was that of a monopoly. Every supplier The cable company had an exclusive license to provide the service in exchange for building the network for a specific geographical area. Changes in the industry since then have allowed some competitive providers compete (RCN Cable is an example), but the number of these competitors is likely to be small.
In contrast, streaming service providers offer a nationwide service. Your access to, for example, hulu or sling It will not be limited depending on your place of residence, as long as you can have a good Internet service. However, you may be limited in the number of devices they can stream from a given service at a time.
Content transmission technology: Cable generally reliable, while streaming depends on the Internet.
- Transmission medium, all content is live.
- Requires vendor set-top device.
- Video service may be available in case of internet outage.
- Disconnect devices can mimic on-demand functions such as pause/rewind.
- Content is delivered on demand to each device.
- Usable on any compatible device connected to the Internet.
- It depends on the Internet to receive the content.
Streaming video services do exactly what their name suggests: the user makes a request and the provider sends the video content to him at that moment, using his Internet connection. One of them is portability, that is, the ability to view the service on any Internet-enabled device (including iOS/Android computers, tablets or phones, and video game consoles).
Another is mobility, that is, you can see the content anywhere you have Internet access. This also means you can pause or rewind easily programming, iEven if it’s broadcasting live. It also means that your experience depends entirely on the quality of your internet.
Cable is a transmission medium, in the same way that cable is a transmission medium. But the basic idea remains the same: all content is broadcast live.
Most of the decoders moderns can imitate functions like pause and rewind, automatically recording the current program. But to what extent depends on the provider, and this will reset if you change channels. Speaking of which, you’ll need a set-top box from your provider to use their service.
Price and contracts: Streaming is likely to give you what you need for less
- The entry levels are more expensive, but contain more content.
- Various levels of channels and premium channels are available.
- Additional costs may include advanced decoders.
- Discounts may be available if bundled with Internet/Phone service.
- A one-year contract is typically required, which may come at a discount.
- The entry-level streaming service is cheaper, but offers fewer channels.
- Most streaming services have fewer packages to choose from.
- Premium channels may be available as add-ons.
- No contracts.
As you can guess from the previous sections, the bottom line here (no pun intended) is that cable is more expensive than strandaming. The amount of the bill will be higher with the cable, unless you contract the cheapest plan (for example, the author’s local cable provider offers a package that includes Internet over $42.49 a month).
To some extent, you get what you pay for, in terms of more channels, but this figure can go up if you select a box of DVR super capable, or lower if you combine it with other services such as the Internet or telephone. However, keep in mind that the bill usually increases after the first year, when the contract expires, along with the promotional price.
However, you can count on a much better deal flexible with streaming providers. Plans are typically monthly, which can be canceled online and will automatically end before your next billing date. And as mentioned above, streaming providers They do not usually have levels as expensive as those of the companies of cable. You just have to make sure that all channels essentials are available for broadcast.
the final verdict
There are a couple of considerations to keep in mind when making this decision. Technologically both are relatively equal. For example, while streaming providers are probably more flexible about the devices you can use, many cable providers also offer dedicated apps for watching video. For example, although cable providers are probably more flexible about the devices that can be used, many cable providers also offer specific apps for watching video.
But you really have little to lose if you at least try streaming first. There’s no additional equipment to buy, and if you don’t like the service you’re getting, you can end it at the end of 30 days (or try another provider).
That said, there are two specific situations where you should consider the cable. The first is if the internet in your area is of poor quality, which means streaming will always be blocked or buffered. The second is if there are a large number of people in your house watching different things at the same time.