Watching TV should eliminate stress and play a role to help us unwind. Then cable came along with hundreds of channels and new networks popping up like mushrooms on the TV. More choices such as streaming means more fun, right? So how much time do you waste flipping through channels or sit and watch as someone else does it? As I see it, streaming tv is not all that it is cracked up to be with so many choices forced upon us. Instead, it just causes us more frustration than ever trying to decide.
This is why I pulled the plug on my cable service. I couldn’t take it. And you know there wasn’t much on! It’s sad to say that as the options grew on cable so did the amount of mediocre TV. Being the case, I just ordered what I needed from the library to replace what shows I really wanted to watch. Now they are sprouting streaming services. It used to be just Netflix and Amazon Prime or the paid Hulu services.
Once again, streaming TV options are making life more complicated. Now we have to sift again through all the choices. Do we really need them all? According to one marketing poll, nearly 60% of Americans use one form of streaming service. Out of that group, a large majority of those polled are fed up with the constant rise in those type of subscriptions and services.
Even Xfinity got into the act, and they are a cable company who’ll give you a free box if you are an internet only customer. The box is the Xfinity Flex. Currently that one requires you also have a leased xFi Gateway. Hence, nothing is really free when you get down to it. I got excited for a bit until I saw the catch. As it seems, there is more to it. Roku has been around and then Apple has it is Apple TV. And you probably have a smart TV with this built in. Do you see where this is going?
How many streaming services and boxes are we expected to have? I know one person with Amazon Prime, Netflix, and cable service with just about every premium channel and still she complains there’s nothing on? Maybe there are tons of stuff to watch. At the same time, what fun is it when you can’t find something right away and needing to surf through a jungle of channels with informerials and reruns of shows I have already watched over and over again?
I don’t know about you, but streaming TV and all those options hardly solves bringing up more choices in what to watch. Instead, it just complicates life with too many needless choices.