There’s no question that streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have disrupted the must-see TV model and have cable companies biting their nails. As cable companies fight to keep up with apps that provide streaming mobile content, I decided that it was as good a time as ever to take to the uTest Community to test the hypothesis that streaming is booming – Would you cut the cable cord for ‘smart’ programming?
The results were pretty clear – a whopping 69% of uTest Community members surveyed are either considering or have already cut the cable cord in favor of television programming that is streamed to their devices.
I have kept my satellite TV subscription for a couple of years, but I rarely watched it. Too much reruns, too long commercial breaks, too many bad channels…nothing good the time I wanted to watch something….now I can binge-watch Lillyhammer, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Arrested Development and much more. – Caio B.
My wife and I are cutting the cord next week. We are almost always on Netflix or watching a movie from our collection or streaming, or just playing a video game. – Pablo B.
We killed cable several years ago and we primarily use Amazon Prime and Netflix now. As for watching football, we have a Roku player with the PlayOn channel and I am able to watch all the NFL games and even local channels without issue. – Jennifer D.
We’re moving to a Roku setup with a Plex media server and Netflix. It’s looking really good so far. – Paul A.
While the community overall is smart programming-leaning, some noted its limitations in variety:
If there was a way to ensure that the programs I like to watch would be available on Netflix and Hulu, I would do it. However, sometimes I like to channel surf because it allows me to see new programs that I wouldn’t have watched otherwise. I’m not sure if that’s possible on services like Netflix and Hulu. – Margaret T.
I’d love to, except I’m a sports fan. Once there’s a good solution for watching live sports without a cable subscription, I’m in. – Josh F.
If the uTester Community is any indication of the already numerous reports of folks making the switch, cable companies may be forced to strike back soon with their own streaming services.
What do you think? Do you rely on the comfort of cable or would you be prepared to go streaming for life? We’d like to hear from you, so sound off in the comments below.