With all of the choices that exist, picking the video on demand or streaming service that’s right for you can be a daunting (and potentially pricey) task.
With price points below $10 a month, services like Netflix and Hulu probably won’t put a noticeable dent in your bank account, but with newer services like Sony’s Playstation Vue, which starts at $50 a month, or AppleTV, which will reportedly start around $25 a month, the final bill could be as much, if not more, than what you’d pay a cable company for a TV/Internet bundle. Consumers also have to factor in the standalone price for a broadband Internet connection, since most cable companies charge higher prices for standalone services than they would if you purchased them as part of a bundle.
So how do you get the best bang for your buck when it comes to streaming services? Is there one combination of services that will satisfy most average TV viewers or does it depend more on what you watch and how often you watch it? Is there anything traditional cable companies can do to keep up with the growing number of streaming services?
Shalini Ramachandran, staff reporter for the Wall St. Journal covering streaming television and the broadband industry.