Originally Posted by TitusTroy
these Live TV streaming services are becoming less and less of a deal with all these price increases...the whole point of people cutting the cord was to save $$...if they're going to pay close to the same amount then most people will just stick with traditional cable TV...
I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Before going with streaming, I had Directv Satellite. I was paying on average, (Depending how much whining I did every couple months); about $150 per month. A good month of whining and I'd pay $130. I bad month of no whining, I'd pay $170. That included many of the premiums like HBO, starz, etc.
Even today, to get what I had with Directv Satellite, it would be $49.99 for youtube, $23.99 for HBO and Starz, and $20 for Philo (because NO OTHER provider, youtube, hulu, vue, etc. have ALL the channels I want). The total price would be about $94.00. That's still a savings of $40-$60 depending on the whining to Directv Satellite.
So for me, I'm still saving money. Plus, I don't have to knock snow off the dish during snow storms which I've had to do every year for the past 20 years. This year has been great. As long as the internet is up. So I'm happy with streaming. Would I prefer that prices remained low? Sure, who wouldn't. But I am very knowledgeable in business and economics. I understand what's happening.
What many don't understand, is the reason streaming was cheaper than cable and satellite, wasn't because of the technology; but because cable and satellite had a captive audience and customer base. They charged a lot, because they could. Their infrastructure has been paid off for decades. Now, with streaming in the mix, cable and satellite have been forced to lower their prices. As such, that is hurting people going to streaming. It's not worth just saving $10-$20 a month. Eventually, streaming will be the norm. But not because of cable/satellite and their prices. But because most people (Especially the younger generation) is mobile. How many people under $30 have a HOME PHONE. It's mobility that's going to make streaming tv the norm. BUT, it's going to cost what cable does eventually. The thing keeping cable and the phone companies alive is "INTERNET". Cellular simply can't handle the bandwidth requirements most people have for streaming video and music. Maybe 5G will improve that, but for now, a hard line cable or DSL or Fiber internet is needed to get the consistent 100mb (NO DATA CAP).