But for those of you who actually have cable, making the choice to switch to Netflix is a brilliant idea.
I have officially joined the Netflix band wagon as well but haven’t started paying yet because you get to have a free trial for one month. Netflix costs $7.99 a month. For $7.99 a month, you can watch Netflix on your computer and on two viewing options. I chose to be able to watch Netflix on my iPhone/iPad and my Blueray DVD player. For a little more, you can add more viewing options as well. Compare that $7.99 to $20 to $65 a month with a large cable provider like Telus for the first six months. After that, you’re on your own and the price is even more expensive.
I remember paying over $120 for both cable television and Internet so believe me, I was quite relieved to not have to pay for cable television anymore, especially since I watch no television now, except for the occasional How I Met your Mother episodes.
So Who’s Joined the Netflix Bandwagon?
According to a recent survey done by Price Water House Cooper in June, Netflix is the number one alternative to cable television, with 41 percent of the people polled to be using Netflix for television shows and movies. After Netflix, comes satellite television and then Amazon Prime with 26 percent and 18 percent respectively.
So a lot of people have joined the Netflix bandwagon. I assume that some people are using cable television and also subscribing to Netflix in addition to acquire more programming options.
How to Cut Cable and Join Netflix
If you need a “how to” on cutting your cable and joining Netflix, here’s an easy read from Yahoo on joining Netflix. It’s really quite easy, if I can do it, you definitely can (and I am very technologically challenged- it took me a long time to realize that I just needed an HDMI cable to connect from my Blueray DVD player to the television instead of using both an HDMI cable and the yellow, red, and white round cables that I was accustomed to using).
Another way to enjoy increased programming is getting an VPN so that you have access to Netflix from the United States (which is infinitely times better, though I must say that Canada has improved dramatically from when it first started). You can check out the Canada.com article on how to set up a VPN in order to get U.S. Netflix. How it works is that it tricks your computer into thinking that the Internet it is using is based out of a different country– like the United States for example.
The Achilles Heel of Streaming Television
One of the only (and probably largest reasons) reasons why you may not want to cut your cable television and join Netflix is if you regularly watch live sports on cable. Unfortunately Netflix doesn’t have live sports programming. One way to get past this hurdle is to hang out with your friends at their place. More socializing and less money spent on cable, what’s not to like about that? Obviously I am being a little facetious but you get the point, I suppose. If you want to read a great post from Mark at My Own Advisor about his reasoning for sticking with cable, check out his post in defense of cable television.
In addition, you’ll also miss local broadcasting, but personally I catch up on all things local via Twitter and also through the free newspapers so ubiquitous throughout the city.
It’s all about Compromising
Like all things in life, it is all about compromising. You get to save a substantial amount of money on television programming and movies, but you sacrifice seeing the latest, newest episode and any live sports or local programming.
Personally it wasn’t much of an issue. I didn’t have to compromise much because I was used to not having any cable television anyways. I only use Netflix when I have people over, as I don’t have too much time to spend on television myself.
Readers, have you cut the fat (cable) and made the switch to Netflix? What are your thoughts?