Cable television was seen for decades as the main source of home entertainment. While it seems laughably small now, the fact that cable could provide dozens of channels meant so many more possibilities than the basic 13 you could get on old TVs.
However, changing times have eaten away at cable’s dominance. While premium services like HBO and Showtime meant that you could watch uncut movies at home in the early ’80s, home video’s rise during this same period meant you could do the same thing via VHS/Beta and Laserdiscs, and well before the twelve months it typically required those same movies to make it to cable.
However, the arrival and increasing popularity of the internet has been the real enemy that cable companies face. At first, surfing the net just meant a new and enjoyable distraction that caused people to spend less time in front of their televisions. However, when streaming video became more reliable and better quality, people realized that they could then run this into their TVs and see content for free.
Of course, streaming is not always free, but when a service like Netflix charges only $9.99 per month and offers thousands of possibilities, the $100+ that many people pay for cable quickly seems a lot less desirable. While it’s true that cable still offers a multitude of choices, and remains the only way to see certain things, many people are happy to do without in order to save money. Let’s face it: how many channels do you actually watch out of that gigantic cable package?
This had led more and more people to “cut the cord” and drop cable altogether. This seemed unheard of as little as a decade ago, but the changing nature of technology has made cheaper alternatives readily available.
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