If you’ve thought about “cutting the cord”—that is, dropping your cable or satellite provider in favor of on-demand streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu–you’re not alone. According to a 2018 report from eMarketer, the number of people doing just that jumped to 33 million people last year and is expected to keep climbing.
According to the report, the primary factor fueling this shift is the rise of on-demand streaming platforms and their original content. Platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are spending billions of dollars to create binge-worthy shows and Hollywood-caliber movies, so consumers are no longer tied to cable and satellite for quality programming. Throw in the ability to customize solutions that fit your needs, all without the customer service woes and hardware fees that legacy providers are known for, and it’s easy to understand this trend. With better options now available, there’s just no reason to pay for channels and services you don’t want.
To learn more, we spoke with Mike Oborny, President – Residential of Texadia Systems, the Dallas-based audio-visual design and integration firm that specializes in commercial and high-end residential solutions.
According to Oborny, it’s helpful to know your current setup and understand your options before deciding to cut the cord. For example, streaming video requires a robust internet connection with at least 75 mbps upload and download speeds, plus a device with strong processing capabilities, like the Roku Ultra. “Roku has been the most welcoming to new apps, whereas Apple TV has been somewhat reluctant to offer competing technologies like Vudu or Amazon Video,” says Oborny.
Streaming movies and TV series is one thing, but if you’re a sports fan, you’ll need to ensure you don’t miss out on live games. Oborny says that YouTube TV has become a frontrunner in DFW because it offers all the local broadcast channels in addition to ESPN and Fox Sports. “By installing a Roku Ultra with YouTube TV, you can ditch satellite and cable without the stress of missing your favorite teams,” he adds.
Texadia Systems will help you find the right solution for your needs and budget—whether you’re a power-user looking for all the sports, movies and TV shows you can handle, or a cost-conscious consumer with a small checklist of must-haves.
Now, you could try sorting through all of your options on your own. But better yet, leave those intricacies to the professionals. Texadia Systems will help you find the right solution for your needs and budget—whether you’re a power-user looking for all the sports, movies and TV shows you can handle, or a cost-conscious consumer with a small checklist of must-haves.
Of course, technology is always changing, and so are peoples’ needs. But neither is an issue for Texadia clients. If you find a new show you just can’t live without, or a new platform you want to try, no problem—they’ll set you up. “We actively listen to our clients to learn their specific needs, which allows us to find the right technology to meet their desired features and budget,” says Oborny.