There is a format war raging in homes and apartments across the country. People are declaring their stance on the best way to watch televised entertainment in the modern age. While many still lift up a premium cable package as the superior experience, there are those who have abandoned tradition and taken to the web. Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services are enticing some to drop cable completely and simply watch everything online. There seems to be no clear victor in this struggle, but strong cases can be made for both sides.
Sometimes, there is simply nothing better than a long binge watching session of a series you love. Being able to enjoy all the tension and drama of a mid-season cliffhanger, and then click a button that immediately resolves all your questions can make you feel all-powerful. For accessing the content you want when you want it, there is no better way to access entertainment than through streaming. With 4G cellular networks across the nation you can even access your favorite shows and movies from virtually anywhere. Streaming is about having content readily available to you on your schedule, as well as at four in the morning when you are one episode away from finishing all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
While immediate access to content is wonderful, the importance of having access to live television should not be understated. With premium packages that include features like Red Zone and Sunday Ticket, watching live football has never been better. Additionally, social media has made waiting for a season to appear on Netflix akin to being ostracized from your friends. People want to be able to react to the most recent Game of Thrones episode the moment it occurs, and if you decide to wait until the DVDs are released, you will not only miss out on great discussions with your friends, you could potentially have your viewing experience ruined by a stray tweet that you could not ignore in time.
Ultimately, the reality is that we live in a time rich with entertainment possibilities. It is fully possible to both have your cake and eat it as well. Choose the options that best fit your viewing habits and schedule, and allow others to do the same.