How Has COVID-19 Led to An Increase in TV Watching

It’s no secret that the pandemic caused a serious binge-watching outbreak all over the world. With more time and less work, television was the easiest source of entertainment. It’s cheap, readily available, and requires no human interaction. What also helps is that there are a wide variety of options available especially with so many good TV plans. Viewers can watch television series from any time period. Whether they want something nostalgic from the ‘90s or something trendy from the current year, their options are unlimited. It’s no surprise that people turned towards television during lockdowns and quarantine.

COVID-19 Led to An Increase in TV Watching
COVID-19 Led to An Increase in TV Watching

But what’s surprising is that television via online streaming didn’t overshadow television cable. Previously, there had been talk of cord-cutting because of the advent of online streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, but this has been proved wrong. Here’s why the chances of cord-cutting have been reduced while TV’s popularity has risen.  

TV is Cheaper  

Yes, online streaming sites are gaining popularity but they can be expensive. They have a monthly fee along with a subscription cost. And in most cases, these rates continue to increase. In fact, rates for a lot of these sites have doubled ever since they were launched. Moreover, some sites like Amazon Prime and Hulu encourage exclusivity. This means that not everybody can have access to the content on these sites. On the other hand, television has cheap, standard rates. And it’s easily affordable for everyone. There’s a regular rate users pay monthly, and they can even get a good deal from their provider.  

It’s Available to All 

Sites like Netflix and Hulu are not widely available. In fact, Amazon Prime can be accessed by only a limited number of countries. The same is the case with other online streaming sites. This means that most regions are deprived of such sites. But television is available to all. There are no geographical bounds or political issues. Cable television is available everywhere. Even poorer countries have access to it. So in a way, it does not discriminate or limit viewership based on geography.  

TV is Reliable  

How many times have you been frustrated by the amount of time it takes for Netflix to buffer? Or for Disney Plus to load Lion King. Online sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus are affected by the internet. And the internet can be unreliable. It begins to fluctuate on its own or disrupts Wi-Fi connections without any prior warning. There are also chances of it slowing down because of wiring issues you can do nothing about. In such cases, online streaming is frustrating. This is where the popularity of television comes in. It is connected to a stable cable provider and the internet does not affect it. Even if the entire world is going through an internet outage, you can still enjoy your shows uninterrupted with television.  

TV Makes Sports More Accessible  

All sports fans can relate to this one. It’s very unlikely, even today, that you stream a sports event on the internet. Football matches, cricket tournaments, and d everything related to sports is viewed on the big screen. This is because it is more communal this way. More people can watch it together if it’s playing on television. And because watching matches is considered a communal activity, individual laptops ruin the fun. But there’s more. Online streaming for sports can be a real headache. It’s very hard to find a reliable streaming site for matches. Mostly, the process of finding this site can be very exhausting. On the other hand, sports are easily available on television. There are a lot of channels to choose from and most of them are of good quality.  

It Offers Comfort 

In times of uncertainty and confusion, people need a source of comfort. And television is the most popular candidate for this. It offers release from worldly problems and worries. You can switch to any channel and instantly become a part of its world. This is why television also acts as a form of escape.