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Why Netflix is Better than Cable

Updated on October 16, 2015
Netflix has gone overboard to bring more kid oriented programs. Lots of cable programs are directed at a more adult audience.
Netflix has gone overboard to bring more kid oriented programs. Lots of cable programs are directed at a more adult audience.

Netflix is a wonderful option for viewing the same programming found on cable television. Along with Netflix the marketplace has designed other comparative plans such as Amazon Prime and Vudu.

Most are similar priced and offer the same kinds/types of programs as Netflix.There are some small differences such as how soon the latest DVDs or movies from the theater's are on file. In some cases Netflix offers an early peek for an additional low fee.

The marketplace has created a Roku player which is specially designed to run Netflix and similar programs

The price of everything is up while our median income is down. The penny is being pinched and it looks like something has to go. The little extras like paid television programming through cable are being reconsidered as a necessary expense when reviewing the family budget.

For many people with cable installed for a number of years or even decades, they are shopping for cheaper alternatives. One suggestion has been Netflix as an alternative to cable. Is Netflix better than cable? Depending on what the family is searching for in television, countless discover it certainly is.

Differences between the two

Cable is sold as a package deal. There is not a lot of selection of which channels you get based on which ones you like or do not like. The package is bundled and sold to the customers as is.There is a lot of equipment needed to run it. It is rented to the customer on a monthly basis. Even having paid rental for years, the customer never owns a cable box or remote control.

There are a number of packages to choose from. HBO, Showtime and basic cable are different packages and each is more expensive than they were several years ago. Most basic cable packages are close to $100 month without all of the extras. Different additional packages are able to be added for a fee while Netflix is running less than one tenth of this price each month on average.

Netflix is a wonderful process that streams movies and full seasons of your favorite television shows. Streaming is done through equipment already owned by viewers. Using a BluRay player, laptop, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox and several other devices with software factor installed makes it possible to view the programs.

Benefits over cable

There are several advantages a viewer gains by purchasing Netflix over cable;

a) Cable makes requires a commitment to a time frame of at least a year with most packages. Early cancellation fees of hundreds are a possibility if the contract is not honored to the full extent.

Netflix is a month to month charge. Cancellation is at any time and a free trial month is typically offered.

b) With cable there is no option for watching whatever you desire at whatever time works best. The one exception is the "on demand” feature. However, "on demand" usually has television shows or movies that are already playing on cable on some other station. There is not a broad choice of options and subscribers pay to watch. Generally if you want to watch a movie "on demand" you pay at least a $5 rental. The rental is only for a limited time of one day

Netflix means watching how much of any show whenever it is convenient for you. The extra payment for the special DVDs or movies is only $1.99 at most.

c) You cannot start and stop a program with cable without buying or renting a monthly DVR for each television in your home. Additionally, the DVR only holds so much info. The program must be prerecorded for the start and stop feature to work.

Netflix doesn’t require a DVR to start and stop movies and programs. No extra charge for more equipment.

d) There is a lot of down and not available time with cable.

Netflix has a better track record for being available for customers

e) In addition to your cable package you are paying extra taxes and fees which turn out to be fairly expensive each month.Hidden fees are abundant with cable programming.

Sales taxes are the norm for the Nextflix. Though, the small fee for the monthly service makes the tax amount even smaller. No hidden fess are found.

f) Netflix subscribers are more satisfied with this type of viewing pleasure than cable subscribers. Even those paying for Amazon prime service or Vudu in addition to it are still only putting out a small percentage of what cable runs each month.

In conclusion

On average Netflix costs the subscriber over 90% less than cable each month with more movies and television shows to choose from.

One question many current cable subscribers have had is what to do about their packaged bundled of television, telephone and internet service when they switch to Netflix. The answer is simple. Many cable companies realize they are losing customers to Netflix and have solved the problem for us. They are offering the telephone or internet service without the cable television service. You can also move your internet service to a different provider that has speeds and quality as good as cable’s with current technology. Several years ago you wouldn’t be able to find that which is why cable received a lot of the customers they have today. Many customers were looking for great internet service and took cable service as part of the deal, but their priority was the internet service. Times have changed.

Numerous people that are trying to find an affordable alternative to cable have switched their viewing pleasure to Netflix and not looked back. For many subscribers Netflix is simply a better buy for their television viewing needs.

The growing technology of a app or site to replace cable is in the making

Technology is in pursuit of a replacement for cable television. It was invented as a new form of entertainment television and many feel its time to replace it. The cost has actually become prohibitive for countless people. Paying for something which is useless or fails to meet the needs of the customer is foolish.

The attraction for cable is the hundreds of channels dancing before the customers eyes. What is never realized until it is too late is the possibility of viewing more than 10 in the course of a month and for countless folks a year. A number of the channels offered up are never seen by the consumer. Individuals loving the game of golf, love the golf channel. The opposite is true for the gentleman glued to the fishing channel. Ask the golf guy if any time has been spent on the fishing channel. The answer is no. The same is said for the fishing man.

The monies saved by simply combining Netflx with an app like SlingTV gets the job done and then some. There is no equipment to buy or rent from the company along with getting exactly what is being paid for.

Watching on demand to an extent is a possibility. Netflix is virtually an on demand application


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    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      We had Netflix until they suddenly went up with their prices 60%. Starz Entertainment will end its deal to provide movies to Netflix, I think that's in Jan. What will happen. As it is now most of their movies are old and not up to date. So I guess we will keep our Directv and run into town if we want to rent a movie. I refuse to rent a movie from Directv they are so expensive.

      Great Hub good information. Voted UP

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a very useful hub with great information. I don't think most people realise by how much they are getting 'fleeced' by some companies.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My husband and I dropped cable almost two years ago and haven't looked back. We love using Netflix and Hulu instead and using the extra money for other things.

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      tamron 6 years ago

      I pay a $100 a month for Direct TV and we were talking about using Netflix. Vote up & Stumble

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I agree with much of what you say. However, I live in an area where the stations a far away and without cable I don't get anything. However, Netflex is something I have thought about instead of some cable features.

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      JSParker 6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Voted Useful! I had never thought of substituting Netflix for our TV provider, which is Dish Network. We currently have a $5 deal with Netflix for 2 movies a month. However, since my partner has to have access to MSNBC, I guess we're stuck with either satellite or cable for our TV. But things do change. Useful information. Thanks.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      You have convinced me. I am paying way too much for nothing.