A glimpse into the future of TV


Jamie Frank

Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO are but a few of hundreds of streaming services currently offered to people around the globe. As technology evolves, cable television may become a thing of the past. 

According to a survey of high school students, the number of people who use Netflix and Hulu outranks those who use cable TV. In the past, the number of people who used streaming services was very small in comparison to those who purchased cable TV. 
The most cost-efficient plan Netflix offers is $9 a month, and that allows one person to watch at a time. HBO is $14.99 per month, and Disney+ is $6.99 per month. These prices don’t seem so bad, right? Well, as more services become popular, their price tags can fluctuate.
For example, Netflix used to only cost $7.99 a month. With the demand for TV shows increasing, Netflix had to raise the price for a subscription because they needed funds to purchase the rights for movies and TV shows to provide subscribers with more options in their entertainment. The constant worry is that streaming services will continue to increase in their prices, and this could result in some people resorting back to cable TV.

“I love cable television,” junior Alexa Suric said, “When Netflix comes out with a show you [can] binge it all in one weekend, but with cable you have can have that anxiety of what’s going to happen next week. It gives me time to come up with theories about what will happen next week.”

The earliest forms of cable television have been around since 1948. That’s over 70 years of cable TV. Originally, film started in black and white and later evolved to color. Now, movies and TV shows are produced in 4k, one of the most visually stunning resolutions available today in film.
Students of SPF clearly love using streaming services for the convenience they offer; however, cable television also has its perks. Watching shows live can prompt creativity due to the wait time between the release of episodes. 
Television continues to evolve with the ever-changing world of technology around the globe, but it’s unclear what the future of entertainment will entail.