It is no longer in doubt that subscription streaming services are the most popular way for people to consume entertainment. In fact, many television shows are now available exclusively on popular streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus. How did subscription streaming services supplant traditional Pay TV services and achieve this dominance?

Geographic Limitations

This is the arena where subscription streaming services totally blow Pay TV out of the water. Pay TV providers have ‘coverage areas’ in which their services are available. If you move outside the coverage area, however, you can no longer access their services. This particularly affects cable TV providers. Subscription streaming services, by contrast, are hosted by online platforms, such as, which means they can be accessed from any corner of the globe. All you need is an internet connection with adequate bandwidth and a device that supports video streaming.

Convenience When Signing Up, Cancelling

Whether you are talking about cable or satellite television, Pay TV services cannot match the convenience provided by streaming services. When signing up with a Pay TV provider, you have to sign a complicated contract and wait for a technician to come and connect your home to the service. Opting out of the service is also a hassle. Meanwhile, you can sign up for a subscription TV service within minutes and immediately start enjoying the service. No contracts. No technicians.

No Additional Fees

One of the most frustrating aspects of having a Pay TV subscription is the numerous additional fees charged to your account. Most notorious of these charges is the ‘equipment rental fee,’ which is charged for the decoder they provide. Some also charge extra for providing access to certain channels, usually sports channels. With streaming, by contrast, you only pay the advertised price, while no extra charges are added to your monthly or yearly subscription fee.