Disney’s set to take over the airwaves as their new streaming service is considered a direct competitor for Netflix. Should you cut the cord to cable and make the switch?
The Rise of Streaming Services
According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), cable television is still a viable entity — but for how long? Cable companies continue to rake in the profits, but business owners and individuals can attest to the high cost of maintaining cable access. This is one of the reasons that over 613 million people are subscribing to streaming services to “cut the cord” on cable while still retaining access to their favorite media content. However, there’s a secondary issue with this shift, and that is the amount of bandwidth required to actually stream services in the same way that people are able to binge-watch their favorite shows on cable. Unlike cable, there is a finite amount of network capacity with streaming services, and there’s a significant amount of America still struggling to gain the high-speed access that they need for even light surfing, much less heavy-duty streaming.
The Dark Side of Video Streaming
There’s nothing worse than settling in to watch your favorite sports team on ESPN streamed via the video service Sling and finding that your video is continuously buffering. While you might check your network, you’re just as likely to find that the Sling service is the real culprit. When you marry a lack of bandwidth on the provider side with any sort of latency on your network, you’re in for a pretty frustrating viewing experience. The same is true of video conferencing — you need to know that you have the network bandwidth that you need to make the experience a pleasurable one, instead of simply being an irritation.
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