What is Cord-cutting? Should You Do It?

By: The BitMar Team.

As the name implies – and according to Wikipedia – "cord-cutting" refers to the practice of canceling traditional Cable, or Satellite, TV subscriptions, with the purpose of using Internet-based streaming services, to access content. In this article, we will explore the 'ins-and-outs' of cord-cutting; and why it has become such a popular option, for many.

The Cost of Cable, and Satellite, TV:

Cable, and Satellite, TV providers have been a staple, in American households, for decades. However, with the rise of Internet-based streaming services, like: Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, more consumers are questioning the value of traditional TV subscriptions. One of the primary reasons, is: cost. Cable, and Satellite, TV subscriptions can be quite expensive, with some providers charging over $100, per month, for basic packages. Add-ons, like: premium channels, and DVR service, can drive the price even further.

Streaming Services: The Alternative to Cable/Satellite TV:

Internet-based streaming services, on the other hand, offer a lower cost alternative. For example, Netflix offers a range of plans starting at just $8.99 per month, while Hulu's basic plan is $5.99 per month. Amazon Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $119 per year, or $12.99 per month. Other services like Disney+, HBO Max, and Peacock, offer additional options to stream TV shows, and movies.

These services offer a wide variety of content – from classic movies, and TV shows, to original content; produced exclusively for their platform. Many services allow users to create personalized profiles, providing a more tailored viewing experience. They also offer the ability to pause, rewind, and fast-forward through content – something that traditional TV does not always allow.

Streaming Devices:

Streaming services can be accessed through a variety of devices – such, as: smart TVs, gaming consoles, and other streaming devices, like: Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Some services even offer apps, for mobile devices; allowing users to stream content on-the-go.

Advantages of Cord-Cutting:

Cord-cutting has become a popular option, for many consumers – for several reasons:

1. Cost savings: As previously mentioned, streaming services are generally less expensive than traditional TV subscriptions; allowing consumers to save money on their monthly bills.

2. Flexibility: With Internet-based streaming services, consumers have the flexibility to watch what they want, when they want, and where they want.

3. Personalization: Streaming services allow users to create personalized profiles, providing a more tailored viewing experience.

4. No contracts: Unlike traditional TV providers, many streaming services do not require long-term contracts; allowing consumers to cancel at any time.

5. Ad-free options: Many streaming services offer ad-free options, for an additional fee; providing an uninterrupted viewing experience.

Drawbacks of Cord-Cutting:

While cord-cutting offers many advantages, there are also some drawbacks to consider:

1. Internet speed, and data caps: Streaming services require a stable Internet connection. Unfortunately, some providers may have data caps; which could limit the amount of streaming that users can do, each month.

2. Content limitations: While streaming services offer a wide variety of content, there may be some TV shows, or movies, that may not always be available on these platforms.

3. Multiple subscriptions: To access all the content that most users want, they may need to subscribe to multiple streaming services; which could add up to a similar cost, as a traditional TV subscription.


Cord-cutting is a growing trend among consumers who are looking to save money on their monthly bills, while still having access to their favorite TV shows, and movies. Streaming services offer a lower cost alternative to traditional TV subscriptions—providing greater flexibility and personalization. While there are some drawbacks to consider, cord-cutting is a viable option for many consumers who may want to take control of their TV viewing.

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