An Alternative to Cable TV: Streaming Internet Video

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Streaming video content over the internet continues to grow in popularity with consumers for a variety of reasons, including the widespread availability of high speed internet, attractive video content, easy to use video streaming devices and the rising cost of cable television service. Some consumers use streaming video to enhance or supplement the typical offerings available from their local cable provider. Others take a more extreme approach and use streaming video as a means to eliminate the need for a cable television subscription altogether. Presently consumers cancelling their cable TV subscriptions are still considered a minority of all subscribers; nevertheless their steadily increasing numbers have earned the moniker of “cord cutters.” Those looking to ditch cable TV can also find a growing number of online resources that will ease their transition to cheaper online television viewing.
A high speed Internet connection is required to stream video. The Netflix Help Center recommends an Internet connection speed of 5.0 Megabits per second (Mbps) for HD video ("Internet Connection Speed Recommendations") Today most American households have access to broadband speeds capable of high-definition video. According to Anne Neville of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 98% of Americans have access to broadband speeds of six megabits per second and 83% to speeds of twenty five Mbps or more (Neville). These speeds are more than adequate for HD quality video streaming. With the current broadband initiatives in place this should continue to improve in coming years, along with the possibility of even greater speeds. Beginning in November 2013, Cox Communications began offering increased Internet connectio...

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...tinue to grow in popularity with many consumers. Their reasons for embracing this technology will differ. Some will find the reason is convenience, others for content, and a growing number for the cost savings. Those who are willing to invest a little time and effort can reap the benefits of enhanced content or significant savings if they are willing to cut the cord.

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"Internet Connection Speed Recommendations." Netflix Help Center. Netflix. Web. 25 Feb 2014. .

Neville, Anne. "Working to Provide a Better National Broadband Map." NTIA Blog. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 20 Feb 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. .

Federal Communications Commission. REPORT ON CABLE INDUSTRY PRICES. 2013. Web. .

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