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The future of TV

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October 22nd, 2013
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It costs a pretty penny to enjoy the fine programming cable has to offer. However, with the recent trend of video on demand, there are more options to view the shows you want at a more economical price. Whether you have cable, satellite, or a fiber-optic service like Verizon Fios, you’re probably paying over $80 a month for your service.

If you’re looking for a way to cut back on this expense, you should consider “cutting the cord.” Streaming content from the Web onto your TV is one of the most effective methods of watching new programming.

Netflix

There have been several new advances to make cutting the cable cord easier and more popular than ever. Netflix is probably the most common substitute (or supplement) for traditional TV watching. Netflix is a subscription service where television shows and movies can be streamed through any device that gets an Internet signal, such as Internet TVs, computers, mobile devices, etc. A membership for Netflix can cost as little as $8 a month and gives users access to hundreds of popular titles. In 2013, Netflix went a step further and released two new original series. Both House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black received critical acclaim akin to HBO and Showtime series. However, unlike premium channels, Netflix series’ seasons are provided all at once instead of weekly.

Online options

Hulu is a website that houses clips and full episodes of popular and classic television shows as well as blockbuster films. Some of the material on Hulu is free of charge including webisodes, trailers, and clips. However, most full TV episodes and movies require a subscription to Hulu Plus. A Hulu Plus subscription will also run you about $8 a month. Amazon.com also offers video on-demand services. As an Amazon Prime member, you can either rent a program or you can purchase a digital copy to own.

Devices

Streaming media can be played on a multitude of devices. Netflix and Hulu Plus are all smartphone or tablet apps that can be streamed wirelessly or through a data network. There are also a multitude of products that can be purchased that make streaming content to your TV seamless. Apple TV, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation, Roku, and many types of Blu Ray players are devices that can be used to stream mobile media. Prices for these devices can range from $50 for a Roku, to $200 and over for a PlayStation.

End of big cable?

It is possible to stay up-to-date on movies and TV shows without the added expense of cable. Internet streaming makes it possible, and in HD no less! However, if you’re a big sports buff and are not willing to miss your team’s big game—you may be stuck with cable a little while longer. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy streaming commercial-free TV programs!

jessie.helene@erickson.com

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