All those extra television channels we seldom watch begin to add up. It’s even worse if your cable TV company also sells you internet access. Information and entertainment comes with a big price tag these days. The times are changing. Do a little math and Apple’s newest disrupting technology might save you some money.
AirPlay As Disruptor
It’s not that I don’t like cable television. Service is decent but the local company won’t win any awards. Quality is better than decent, especially on today’s large LCD and LED screens.
What’s the problem? 500 channels and nothing is on. That’s not completely true, of course.
What’s happening is change. We attached an Apple TV to our television and changed how and when and how much and what kind of television we view.
The reason is AirPlay which takes whatever you’re watching on your Mac or iPhone or iPad and sends it directly to the big screen.
Month after month, the cable TV bill gets higher. But month after month we’re watching less cable TV and more of what streams on the internet.
Where is the point of diminishing returns?
Last week we conducted a test in the Mincey household. We decided to go for a week and use only the Mac, iPad, or iPhone and AirPlay for our television information and entertainment. One week. No cable TV.
To ensure that we wouldn’t miss the handful of television shows we watch regularly, we put the DVR to use, but saved the shows for later viewing.
The end result of our test is a mixed bag. We counted a dozen cable only TV shows we want to watch. But the rest of cable’s hundreds of channels go unwatched, but we have to pay for them anyway.
Streaming entertainment and news from Mac and iPhone and iPad through Apple TV to the big screen is the future. We found we love ala carte (a bad word at the cable TV company) shopping and the instant control offered by AirPlay.
What we have grown tired of are all the so-called reality shows (which are anything but reality) which are passed off as modern entertainment (read, inexpensive to produce).
A Mac and a fast internet connection has always been a good source for information, and with AirPlay in OS X Mountain Lion, what the Mac sees can be seen on the television.