These days there are a whole load of TV boxes available.
Example XiaoMi TV box, UBOX, Chromecast, etc
I find that the Cable TV business model entirely outdated. But some folks still choose to subscribe to this and pay an additional ... I don't know an additional how much is it?
Essentially, all you need is internet. Then you can watch almost everything.
You can either stream it via the box itself, you can use your laptop and plug the laptop to the TV and display it on the TV, or you could stream it on your phone and push the images onto the TV. So many ways and yet many folks are still paying good money for a monthly subscription.
Many excuses which I hear are from the older generation. Typically 40+ and above, such as.
1) I like the time schedule.
Apparently many people like the time schedule which allows them to watch whatever TV drama it is at maybe 8pm-9pm. Or whatever time schedule they are watching their favourite show.
2) I don't know how to use.
No seriously, just learn it. You can use an iPhone or any other phone. Ask your son/daughter/grand kids to teach you. You can save maybe SGD10 per month at least and that equates to SGD120 per year and you learn a new skill.
3) I don't know what are the new shows to search for.
Another common problem. Some folks are so used to watching whatever it is on TV. There used to be a time when the broadcasting corporations would just broadcast shows and users could only just watch what was being shown. Now, people are able to search for what they want to watch and watch it whenever they want. However, some people have not progressed to this phase and they cannot be bothered to find out the latest show to watch so that they can stream it.
Like in point 2. Just ask your son/daughter/grand kids I'm sure they will be happy to oblige.
It's really amazing how folks are still stuck on Cable TV. It's like no one else is using a Nokia phone anymore right? With new technology, people should be moving forward and not stick to their old ways. Somehow the demand for cable TV still persists and this allows the telcos to charge for the services.
This is similar to this example.
There is a cow, you are allowed to milk the cow at any time to drink the milk. But you must learn how to milk the cow.
Alternatively, you can go to the guy sitting beside the cow, who will sell you the same milk. He only opens at a specific schedule so you have to buy when he's around.
Quite a obvious answer but many people are still buying the milk.
Oh and on a side note, I have a stupid TV plugged to a XiaoMi box. I find this is cheaper than buying a smart TV straight out.
The XiaoMi box isn't a great box. But it serves my purpose. I usually stream on my handphone and just project it on the TV. I hardly use the apps on the XiaoMi box except for maybe Youtube. I have no recommendations for which box to buy. I'm not too interested in the different boxes cos I don't watch much TV. The XiaoMi box is good enough for me.
Anyway, seriously, just learn how to use the box. Any box. And cancel that subscription.
It saves you money.