I’ve been thinking about my chosen TV entertainment scheme and how it matches up to what I might be getting by just subscribing to cable. Here’s a table that I made up to help me.
|AppleTV+Netflix Instant Watch||Cable|
|Watch my six favorite TV shows||Yes||Yes|
|Watch any time||Yes||Yes with DVR option|
|Streaming radio stations||“Hundreds”||“Over 40″|
|Easy remote/onscreen interface||Yes||No|
|New-release movie rentals||Yes||Yes most packages|
|Back catalog movies||Yes||No|
|Catch up on previous seasons of TV shows||Yes||No|
|Idle channel surfing||Not really||Yes|
|A la carte purchasing of current TV shows||Yes||No|
|Project iPhone/iPad to TV||Yes||No|
|Pro sports option||Yes, but no NFL||Yes|
|Shortcomings never tempt you to piracy||No||No|
|Free updates with new features||Yes||No|
|Eliminates need for disc rentals||Pretty much||Not really|
Note that I really place high value on things like commercial-free viewing, a la carte purchasing and integration with iOS devices. And I don’t place a lot of value on things like channel surfing or pro sports. Your mileage may vary quite a bit.
The cherry on top is that, depending on movie rentals, specific cable packages and other factors, I estimate that going my route saves me 50% or more over cable.