Disclosure: This post is produced as a member of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. I will occasionally receive product and perks to facilitate my posts however all opinions are my own.
There are an infinite number of reasons to cut your cable and realistically very few reasons not to.
The only thing I really miss about cable TV is the current shows and a handful of US programs that never get licensed to Canadian Netflix. Which is disappointing.
The overall reality though is that the choice of programming is significantly better.
I will give you an example. When we had Cable, I had a PVR. On that PVR I recorded shows I wanted to watch but were to busy to watch at the time. However, what was happening was that the PVR was getting full. I would constantly have to delete old shows. (that I never got around to watching) Just to save these new shows. Many of those shows, I have now caught up with on Netflix (there are still a few that I have not watched yet).
The cost is also significant.
Depending on where you live, and the Canadian Content rules, you may be required to pay for a significant number of channels that you will never watch. Now as someone who has worked in the film industry in Canada, I understand this concept. However, one of my biggest issues with this regulation was always that it meant that we were not pushing our local talent to create to the best of their abilities.
I worked on hundreds of shows while in film in Toronto, but very few that actually were classed as Canadian. In fact many of our best and brightest in Canada actually work mostly on US productions, because the product is better. A significant part of this issue is rules that make creating quality Canadian product, difficult. We then prop that weak content up with Canadian Content regulations that create the false impression that these shows are good.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great Canadian Comedies (Corner Gas, Republic of Doyle) and Flashpoint, one of the better cop dramas. They need to be recognized and held up as the standard of what we should be creating.
When it’s compared to up to 12 dollars a month you currently pay for the top level of Netflix service. Cable honestly does not make the financial grade.
Timing and choice of content are another issue.
There are shows available on Netflix that would never have been available on Canadian TV. One show I recently watched was a very interesting Korean TV show called Black. It involved a Grim Reaper, A police officer and a young psychic. It was actually quite an impressive show. Something that I started watching by accident and yet found to be incredibly well created. And because it was subtitled, easy to follow. But, also something that would never have made local prime time.
I also can choose to watch what ever show I choose from their lineup, whenever I want, not based on a companies choice of what time they feel is best for the show, but the time I feel is best for me.
I can not even begin to count the number of shows I have binge watched on Netflix since we switched. Currently I am almost finished Sense8. The truth is that with the exception of a few shows that did not make the grade or which took a serious dive in quality in later seasons, I almost exclusively watch all available episodes of a show. This is seldom an option when you are trying to watch shows on cable.
Overall, Netflix is significantly cheaper, much more convenient and often has better shows and a far better selection then any cable network I have heard of. Make the switch today.