TV viewers opting out of cable by use of streaming alternatives

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- As the transition from Time Warner Cable to Spectrum Cable continues with Bowling Green viewers buying encryption boxes to update their cable services, some viewers say cable isn't the only way to watch their favorite programs.

According to GfK's 2016 Ownership and Trend Report, 25% of U.S. homes don't subscribe to a pay TV service.

Back in Bowling Green, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technologies Christopher Royse says he's noticed a trend of cable cord cutting by use of portable streaming devices to watch favorite shows whenever and however with streamers like Roku Boxes and Apple TV.

"When you have a traditional-based cable system, you have to watch it at home. It's really nice if you can be on the bus or on an airplane and actually watch your content anywhere you're at. As long as you have a good internet service provider, you have good high-speed internet access, you ought to be able to access those without any issues," Royse stated.

WKU student Hannah Shaffer says with her busy schedule, she opts to watch her TV programs by the use of her instant streamer, Apple TV.

"We do have cable in the dorms, but, I'm never around stuff I like to watch when it's actually on, so a lot of times I just watch it the next morning on Hulu or I'll binge shows on Netflix."

"I get the best of all worlds just having what I have. All the shows I watch are on Hulu so I can watch them the next day. I might not watch them when they're airing, but if I avoid the internet and avoid spoilers, it's really no different. You just pay for the box, and then, obviously you need your subscriptions for any of the different devices you use on it, but, you don't have to pay a subscription to Apple, which is nice," Shaffer added.

For cord cutters or potential cord cutters, there are several options to stream your favorite content.

For those that don't know where to start, click on the attached links to do some research.

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