[Opinion] Television streaming platforms are full of barriers compared to shows on regular cable

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Streaming platforms limit the access of content for many consumers. This restricts average consumers from being up to date with popular programs. Graphic by Julia Landy

Brady Freidkes

Currently, many streaming services are taking down cable packages with a wide variety of shows on apps like HBO Max, Hulu, DisneyPlus and more. This has a negative effect on individuals as streaming services are a barrier to many tv shows for people who can’t afford to pay monthly fees. 

The main point of streaming services is to replace a cable package that does include subscriptions. However, over a certain period of time, the pricing of the streaming services varies, making it difficult for people to openly expand their television access via apps that are required to be downloaded and paid for during the course of 12 months. 

There are numerous disadvantages, with one big factor being that the majority of streaming accessibility comes from the internet. This can cause issues as individuals must have stable internet connections in order to run services properly.

Whether these platforms are enhancing this issue, it’s still occurring very frequently. If streaming services can’t secure these privacy issues it is a major risk. Regardless of the money, another consequence of streaming services is the health of individuals.

According to the Washington Post, “A 2018 study, researchers found that prolonged sitting for binge-watching can increase risk of developing conditions that can be fatal.” Another study from the Washington Post concluded that time on streaming services can lead to depression and anxiety. 

There are different perspectives on this topic, but the overall point is that streaming services encourage the development of dangerous conditions. 

To follow up, streaming services have a large potential for harm.  These companies need to examine the ongoing issues that keep occurring and more importantly how the pricing is increasing immensely. 

At the current moment, the ratings for streaming services could keep expanding, but could rapidly decline if health and money issues do not get resolved for people interested in streaming services over regular cable.