7 Reasons Why Streaming TV Beats Cable

The Glory days of Cable TV might be coming to an end following the sustained adoption and acceptance of TV streaming services.

Recent statistics released by Nielsen show that close to 40% of all households in the US have adopted one or more of the many variants of video streaming services (Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu). The significant rise (up from 36% in 2013) is expected to follow this upward trend, and it’s not hard to see why; apart from the huge price disparity between cable TV and TV streaming services the last decade has witnessed significant growth in digital solutions. Faster broadband speeds, exponential growth in the mobile scene, and seamless integration of the different classes of electronic media have potentiated the rise of on the go entertainment (especially amongst millennials), a critical feature inherent in TV streaming services and lacking in cable TV.

It is quite clear that TV streaming has taken a dominant stand in entertainment delivery, a fact evident by the exponential growth and promulgation of streaming outfits like Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Amazon, etc. Even traditional Cable TV networks like HBO and CBS seeing the potential of TV streaming have incorporated one or more streaming services to their current lineup of cable TV channels.
But what actually sets TV streaming apart from Cable TV.

1) Flexibility like no other

With cable TV subscription comes a sense of commitment. Cable TV networks offer subscription packages that extend for a very long time (usually one year). During this active period, any attempt to unsubscribe or discontinue the package usually attracts a fine that is most times more expensive than the actual TV subscription. With Streaming services, the opposite is the case, as I can decide to subscribe to Netflix’s service at a meager sum of $10 and opt out at any point in time with fear of reprimand.

2) Pricing structure

Like I stated above for a price of approximately $10 you can get a monthly subscription to Netflix or any other streaming service for that matter. Cable TV, on the other hand, will set you back at least $44 each month. While some school of thought might argue that cable TV offers more value in terms of number of channels; the question is how many of those channels do you actually watch. From experience, very few people benefit from the overly extensive brochure of channels offered by cable TV networks

3) A personalized viewing experience

Most streaming platforms (detailed comparison of streaming TV services) allow users to modify the viewing experience to fit their specific needs. Users can subscribe their favorite TV shows to receive updates and alerts when new episodes debut. Using specialized algorithms streaming services will also suggest other shows and programs based on your favorites and search history.

4) Versatility

With streaming services, users can hop from their TV, proceed to their laptops and virtually any mobile device to watch content, in stark contrast to cable TV, which showcases its content on just one platform, the TV. This versatility has afforded users access to on-the-go entertainment, where they can view content even when they are on the move using mobile devices.

5) Customer Service

For ages, one of the banes of cable TV was the customer service it accorded. Queries are most times not attended to, and even if there were required an extended period to resolve. This reputation is one majority of streaming services look to avoid. As such customer inquiries and queries are handled promptly, resolution of client issues whether software or infrastructure based also follow a speedy resolving pathway.

6) Bad weather is no longer an issue

Gone are the days where bad weather predates an interruption of content delivery characteristic of satellite-based cable TV. Because streaming services utilize the internet, the only concern for its users is decent bandwidth (and with some providers offering modems capable of reaching speeds of up to 400mb/s this is no longer an issue).

7) On-demand content

Unlike cable TV where shows are aired at specific times and feature a protracted schedule of sequential release of episodes, TV streaming allows you to watch whatever show at whatever time you deem fit provided your streaming service offers it. A feature that scores high points with binge watchers (like me)
Consequent of the giant strides witnessed in the field of mobile and 21st-century digital technology, it is quite clear that TV streaming is the entertainment portal of the future. Except cable TV incorporates a true game changer, the future looks bleak as TV streaming bolstered by an ever increasing subscriber base is set to take center stage in the field of content delivery.

Top 10 Comedies on Netflix in 2016

Comedy is subjective, and when it is in film, it can be strange and varied at the same time. Since what might appear as funny to one person may elicit a different reaction in another, making comparison in comedy films and television shows is not among the easiest thing in the world.

For one to have an opinion about comedy, they must be really in the mood for something cerebral, or else it will be just another show being aired on the television. But unlike in the olden days when making comparisons between comical shows, in the present times, with the advent of streaming services such as Netflix, it really is easy to know what is indeed hilarious from the ones that bears only the name comedy, and without content matching the name.

Over the years, Netflix has proven to be one of those legendary inventions and has managed to bring people countless of hours of easily accessible shows, and not just comedy alone. Making an outright choice of the top comedy movies and television shows may thus be some sort of a hurdle, but with a little bit of digging, we have managed to unearth some of the most celebrated comedy and television shows for the year 2016 on Netflix. Below is a list of the top comedy movies and television shows on Netflix for the year 2016.

Mascots

For a certain group of comedy fans, the works by Christopher Guest will always be the best. Guest has established himself as the gold standard for pseudo-documentary comedies and with Mascots, Guest managed to explore the competitive world of professional mascots that took all comedy lovers with awe. Though they may not be real things, the demonstration of Mascots by Guest imbues the show with mismatched couples which brings about a unique weirdness that the fans have come to love. In as much as it may not be the best by Guest, it is one of those movies which will be remembered by comedy enthusiasts as amongst the best in 2016.

Magic Mike

Magic Mike was released in 2015 in Los Angeles and it quickly became one of those comedy movies that aired on Netflix in 2016. The world of male trippers is something most people are yet to come to terms with. In this movie, the director, Steven Soderbergh welcomes to you to a surprising nuance of Magic Mike. Mathew McConaughley gets a lot of fun when he displays his bare oiled chest to a bunch of horny women whom he teases on whether or not they are “lawbreakers”. The movie, however, takes a turn towards what is commonly referred to as dark comedy, where we see a delicate balance between the gyrating thighs, the adoring crowds and the easy money. The movie did not just kick start the McConaissance, but also it proved that Channing Tatum had skills that extended well beyond dancing.

The Big Short

In the 2008, there was in impending collapse of the economy. For some, it was a time to count losses and hope that things would somehow work. But for others, it was an opportunity to make money while the rest make the losses. This is a comedy movie about a Wall Street guru who realized that a good number of subprime home loans were in danger of defaulting and took a step to make a killing.

Steve Burry decided to bet against the housing market by investing a whopping $1 billion of his investors’ funds. His actions, however, did not go unnoticed. Banker, Jared Vennett and hedge fund specialist Mark Baum as well as other greedy opportunists joined hands with him and together they made a fortune by taking full advantage of the looming economic collapse in the United States. This movie was a perfect demonstration that sharp comedies still had a place in modern megaplex. With a talented cast, an Oscar winning screen play and an unorthodox structure, this is the kind of movie that won’t encourage you to turn off your brain.

Dope

Dope is originally a 2015 comedy movie, but also it is one of the most adored comedy films on Netflix in 2016. As a matter of fact, Dope has earned cult status in online streaming. The film is about a high school senior, Malcolm and his friends Diggy and Jib, who are all young nerds trying to school and survive in a pretty rough neighborhood. Their encounter by chance with a drug dealer known as Dom gives them a ticket to the drug dealer’s nightclub birthday party where violence ensues and the trio runs away with a stash of ecstasy that was secretly hidden in Malcolm’s backpack. What follows then is a wild adventure where the trio tries to evade armed thugs who are keen on getting their hands on the stash on Malcolm’s backpack. The movie as something fresh and extremely funny and it deserves a spot in the top 10 movies and television shows which aired on Netflix in 2016.

Donald Trump The Art of The Deal The Movie

The movie was directed by Jeremy Konner and it was one of the most watched comedy movies in Netflix in 2016. You may consider the movie to be too long for what it is trying to achieve, but is a caustic-pseudo adaptation of the 1987 memoir of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America. Starring Johnny Depp, The Art of the Deal is a 50 minute sprint of the president’s formative years in business, but laced with a unique kind of comedy that will make the entire duration of the movie go so fast. It is one of those comedy movies that will get you glued to your seat right from the first minute to the last.

Band of Robbers

Band of Robbers was directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee. If you think that the talent in front of the cameras in this movie is strong (featuring Mathew Grey and Hannibal Buress), then wait until you see the talent behind the camera. The Nee directors know their stuff, irrespective of whether they are setting a punch line or they are composing love shots for in widescreens. They have made this film to be so hilarious and beautiful at the same time.

Orange is the New Black

In this television show, Piper Chapman seems to having life of her dream as a public relations officer as well as a fiancé and is definitely planning to settle down when her past life catches up with her. During her mid thirties, she is sentenced to jail to serve in a minimum security prison in Connecticut to pay for her crime of associating with a drug baron ten years earlier. While in prison, she is forced to trade power suits for prison orange. As a result, she tries to adjust her life in the prison system and life behind bars in general and she also manages to make friends with a lot of eccentric, unusual and funny people she meets inside the prison. The first episode of this Netflix original series aired on July 2013 and still goes strong even in 2017.

BoJack Horseman

This is a television show about a humanoid horse that is lost in booze and self loathing who decides it is time to make a comeback. In one of the sitcoms which he featured during the 90s, he was a star where he played the role of an adoptive father to three orphaned kids. 18 years down the line, BoJack is keen on regaining his dignity. With the help of a feline agent ex-girlfriend and a human sidekick, he embarks on a journey to make it happen. But a lot has changed in Hollywood since then, and now he has to get used to things like Twitter. This original series from Netflix has lots of references to drugs, sex and alcohol. It is thus a television series you wouldn’t sit down to watch with the little ones.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy Chmidt is rescued after 15 years in cult and decides to take control of her life one more time by be venturing to New York she faces life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. From a sudden desire, she makes the decision to rent a room from Titus, a wannabe Broadway actor, who does street performances in Times Square to make ends meet. The pair then realizes that they are well suited for one another and Titus embarks on an arduous task to reintroduce Kimmy to normal life. He tries to do so by offering her inspiration that she should never give up. Together, they vow to make it through life, no matter what life throws at them.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

The Gilmore Girls are back and Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham are eager to revise their roles as Rory and Lorelai, the coffe loving, fast-talking daughter-mother duo together with other cast members of the original Netflix series. This television series takes you to a trip back to Stars Hollow for a whole year with one episode every season.

Top 10 TV Shows on Hulu in 2016

There is no arguing that Hulu has the best show selection compared to any other streaming service online. Though the likes of Amazon and Netflix might heat things up in the world of streaming televisino, Hulu has consistently proven to be the best and now that it has started offering an ad-free version, it is expected that it will cement its position as the top streaming service in the country. And the good news is that it not only avails a wide selection of shows, but also the quality of the shows is also something to be admired, making it be the ultimate choice for all individuals in need of television entertainment. With all the quality and entertaining shows available, here are the top 10 show on Hulu in 2016:

10. Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica can be described simply as a show by flawed people fighting for their survival. This is one of the best sci-fi series you will ever watch on Hulu. With the crew not encountering any aliens during its exodus, it is a show about religion against science, family against conscience, freedom against security and lots of tension with no ready easy answers. Battlestar Galactica is nothing but an epic tale where there are few villains with the number of the heroes being even fewer.

9. Parks and Recreation

When Parks and Recreation first aired, it was like a mirror of The Office, but during the third season, things turned around and the student all of a sudden became the master. Parks and Recreation have flourished over the years due to its blend of unique and interesting characters in modern comedy. The adored comedy achieved the near-impossible and became of the most popular shows on Hulu when the series was almost coming to an end in 2015. But just like other great comedies, the time to take a bow is never definite, and due to this, Leslie Knope together with her crew of friends kept the masses laughing right to the end of the series and still kept millions glued to Hulu in 2016.

8. I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy is one of the most iconic sitcoms of our times and it is a show whose well structure as well as the passion it elicited from the ardent fans keeps it going strong in 2016, despite the fact that the last new episode aired way back in 1957. I Love Lucy was the first show to be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and it has been named one of the best shows of all times by several publications, including TIME and TV Guide. The wacky adventures of Ricky Ricardo and Lucy have influenced several series that aired after this show and it is also a fact that a huge part of the sitcom genre has drawn most of its staple from I Love Lucy.

7. The Shield

If you were a fan of The Wire, you will agree that The Shield is also at the same level. The Shield is a perfect illustration of what grimdark stuff is like before the world became accustomed to the current definition of grimdark. In this show, you won’t find the normal good guys and the bad guys trying to square it out according to their convictions, but what you find here is just a bunch of good guys who sometimes tend to do bad things and bad guys who sometimes tend to do good things. The television series is full of doom enough to make Bard himself give a cunning smile, and it is also full of dubious morality.

6. Fargo

Fargo was created by Noah Hawley and stars Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. During its heydays, the show was a legend, a myth, and a tall tale all bundled up in one. Since every great myth requires a great villain, Fargo had the best villain of the year and this came in the pairing of the antagonist Lorne Malvo Billy Thornton. From the show, it was evident that Malvo was only human, but the fans were fully prepared that the show would reveal something extra ordinary about him. Towards the end of the show, Malvo’s outcome becomes more apparent and fans couldn’t help but expect that he would rise again. For the entire ten episodes of the show the character Malvo, metarmophosized from the unknown to a character larger than life. Perhaps it was the intrigues of such a character which made it become a favorite for the fans, making the show be one of the top shows in Hulu in 2016.

5. The Office

The Office by Ricky Gervais has earned reputation for being a perfect sitcom considering the way it balanced sentimentality and cynicism. It is the story of a comedy that is dark, brutal, heartbreaking, and oppressive. It highlights the heartbreaking abyss of modern capitalism, which for many people implies dreaded white collar jobs which do nothing but eat our time and puts our souls on slow death. During its peak, David Brent, an incompetent and pompous narcissist sees himself as some kind of guru, yet in the actual sense, he is a moron. It was amazing to see how Gervais was able to reach the heartstrings with the slow budding romance between Dawn and Tim which later on turns into a classic soap opera, with the capacity to make the viewers ache. The pudding in the comedy was in its design where it never gave anything quite easily. The difficult settings and the disappointments always ensured that the viewers were kept in constant suspense and anxiety throughout the show.

4. Arrested Development

Arrested Development is the story of a wealthy family that lost everything and a son who had no choice but the keep the whole family all together. The show debuted six weeks after the first episode of Two and Half Men, but unfortunately, it didn’t manage to gather a good fan base necessary to keep it alive. But still, the creator, Mitch Hurwitz added a lot of awesome stuff in the three short seasons. These include stuff such as the chicken dance as well as other twists like “It’s Not Easy Being White”. The design of the show could be somewhat compared to Seinfeld, where every loose thread would perfectly be constructed to lead to the next act. It can be said that Arrested Development elevated self referencing postmodernism to a whole new level, no wonder it remains a darling in the hearts of millions of television show lovers, even years after the last episode aired, and one of the top television show being watched on Hulu in 2016.

3. Cheers

Just like with other long running sitcoms, the Cheers aired during the 90s was fundamentally different from what was aired in the 1980s. It featured less about the dating life of Ted Danson’s Sam and had a lot of what would be considered as ensemble device, with characters who were all loved at that particular moment. It was during the final episodes of the show when the characters got to shine and the final episode received mixed reaction then, however, nostalgia has made it secure a place into the list of the top show on Hulu.

2. Seinfeld

Seinfeld is one of those television shows on Hulu which millions of Americans don’t mind watching every time and again. Since the 76 million viewer finale, the show has been in continual reruns and syndications and this is a further prove of how beloved the show has remained, even in 2016. Though it ended close to 16 years ago, the show is still a moneymaker for most networks. Its adoption of pop culture was on a level of its own and so was its deviation from the typical sitcom conventions. In Seinfeld, love triangles and long term relationships were practically unheard of. Characters never gave apologies to one another and they never learnt from their mistakes. The creators of the show were instead keen on creating a story depicting the everyday lives of people who perceived themselves as average or generally decent.

1. The Simpsons

When it was at its creative peak in the mid 90s, there was no doubt that The Simpsons was the better written show on TV. The density of the jokes was something to be admired. If you were to go back and watch an episode from shows like “Who Shot Mr. Burns,” one thing which you will notice to be standing out is how insanely fast things have been moving. You will notice that there is literally a joke after every second and the jokes have been beautifully crafted. You are also certain to find all of the humor types, ranging from the ubiquitous references to pop culture to wordplay, slapstick, parody and silly iconic characters. You will agree that there is no TV character which has been quoted the number of times as Homer Simpsons has been quoted since the early 90s. It is thus easy to understand why The Simpsons sits pretty at the top of the top 10 shows on Hulu.

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