Watching TV programs and online videos has risen to a whole new level with online streaming services. The technology has allowed followers of popular TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” to watch the programs on their preferred time.
The popularity of online streaming gave rise to more service providers, particularly in the U.S. where TV programming has become much more exciting than in years past. This generation of viewers has access to a wider variety of programs in free and cable TV like never before, and so more companies are trying to capitalize on the trend by offering more TV-compatible devices. That’s why we’re now enjoying online streaming media devices such as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku.
Online streaming has given millions of television and video viewers a lot of benefits, leading them to switch from cable to streaming. Here are some of the advantages of online streaming:
- Opportunity to watch according to their desired schedule: Some people find it hard to catch their favorite TV shows on their original time slots because of work and schedule conflicts. Online streaming allows them to watch TV shows anytime after the original air time.
- Access to cable shows even without a subscription: Cable TV programs are available in online versions, and people may be able to watch these programs even if they don’t have a cable subscription package.
- More features and options: The technology has produced a lot of online streaming service providers and compatible media devices. Some providers even offer a list of available packages with bundled options to give you more ways to enjoy TV watching.
In a nutshell, online streaming has revolutionized the way we watch TV and videos. However, it’s important to know that the streaming technology also has some negative effects. Here are some of the biggest drawbacks of online streaming that you might not be aware of:
Compared to a traditional television and free TV programs, using online streaming services will probably cost you more. For starters, you need an Internet package or a bundle with cable and Internet to enjoy video streaming. You will also need to buy a media streaming device that will project the streaming feed to your TV, and probably a new digital TV in case you currently own an analog unit.
Many cable subscribers are already considering to “cut the cord” according to The Guardian, but some are hesitant because of the need for a reliable Internet connection. Online streaming is only as good as the Internet speed. While this may not be a problem for cities with highly upgraded online networks, some far-flung areas in the U.S. may not enjoy a fast and stable Web speed.
If you’re considering switching from cable to streaming, check your service provider for the stability of the Internet connection.
No offline version
Online streaming can give you the best picture quality and a seemingly endless series of videos to watch, but you will need to be connected to the Internet all the time. In other words, you won’t be able to enjoy TV shows and videos offline. You may have the option to download the videos for offline viewing, but that will take time and much of your disk space.
Despite the negative points against the service, it cannot be denied that online streaming will soon dominate TV and mobile screens.