An End to Cable?

An end of an era approaches.

NEW YORK, NY – Ready to clip the cable cords? Traditional television may be.

Cable users are declining, and turning instead to online streaming.

This means that television streaming services of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, Crackle, and soon to be HBO (2015) are reigning in as top online streaming services over traditional cable.

With cable packages ranging from 50 through 100 dollars per month, can online streaming services beat out this traditional TV?

Time Warner (with DVR service) Cable: $79.99

Time Warner offers more than 200 channels including all of the major networks and range from ABC family, MTV, Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV, and many more.

Pluses: High Definition on demand and DVR services

Netflix: $7.99 per month, without commercials. 


Cast of Orange is the New Black


Watch Modern Family on HULU Plus

Netflix offers a wide array of programs and films, with updated shows and seasons continually changing. Netflix streams original hits like Orange is the New Blackseason three reportedly coming summer 2015, House of Cards, and Arrested Development.

Netflix’s extensive library (good bye social life) also includes hit series like Gossip Girl, Lost, Breaking Bad, Weeds, Parks and Recreation, and recent additions of Gilmore Girls and Friends.

Cons? A series’ season can air only after the next season is on T.V. This means impatiently waiting for season nine of Supernatural.

Hulu Plus: $7.99 per month, with commercials. 


Hulu plus offers shows immediately after airing on T.V, such as The Voice, Revenge, and Modern Family.


Hit series Downtown Abbey

The content is new, but current? Not so much. Hulu Plus does offer a varied selection of shows, but some series remain un-updated.

Amazon Prime:$99 per year or $8.25 per month, without commercials. 


Amazon Prime streams a variety of hits like Downtown Abby, American Horror Story, and Glee. It even streams select HBO shows, and original series.



Other perks of this service include, “Access to more than 500,000 Kindle books and free two-day shipping on Prime-eligible Amazon products.”

CBS All Access: $5.99 per month, with commercials. 


For CBS fans, watch shows like Two and a Half Men, Cheers, I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch or another of the 6,500 titles offered.


Watch Seinfeld legally on Crackle

Disappointments? Some CBS hits are missing. Leslie Moonves, president of CBS comments on content in NYT’s interview, “It is an important part of our future. Our job is to do the best content we can and let people enjoy it in whatever way they want. The world is heading in that direction.”

Crackle: Free, with commercials. 

While select episodes of Seinfeld are available, there is not a large variety of shows.

Perks? It is free.

HBO: ? 

HBO has not released its availability and pricing yet, but HBO’s CEO, Richard Pepler claims HBO’s move is “transformative” for the company.

Is cable still needed?

In Your Guide to Cord Cutting cable user comments, “I feel like cable is the one company that punishes loyalty.”

“With every cable company, my bill continues to go up the longer I am a customer. Anywhere else, be it Kroger or at hotels or with airlines, I’m rewarded the longer I stay a customer” the user argues.

2015 may be the year to cut the cable chords. Will you #cutthecord?

Studies Writing & Rhetoric and Media & Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges 15', William Smith Rowing, from Clifton Park N.Y; Section editor.