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The pros and cons of streaming

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

South Africa might be a little sluggish when it comes to internet access, but we’re getting there. More areas are installing fibre, and we’ve recently seen a few affordable streaming services launch in South Africa, including the local ShowMax, and the international Netflix.

With the variety of options available, choosing one can be as tough a decision as choosing business insurance that is right for you. There are a number of factors to consider such as the price, the range of packages, the amount of content, and the quality of the streaming, among others.[1]

But how do you know if streaming is right for you at all? We’ve made the choice a little easier by looking at some of the benefits and disadvantages to streaming your series and movies.


Space saver

When streaming, you’re not using up precious hard drive space to store your movies and series as you do when downloading them. Depending on the quality, a movie can take up anywhere between 4 GB and 25 GB, so once you’ve got a few of these on your hard drive, you’ll find yourself running out of space quickly.

Spoiled for choice

Streaming services will offer thousands of TV shows and movies, so there is loads of choice. The content on offer might include some of your favourite movies from your childhood or the latest episodes of the hottest and most popular series.

Watch when it suits you

Much like our 24/7 online insurance policy management service, you can watch what you want when you want to watch it. You aren’t reliant on the set times of TV shows that traditional television broadcasting boxes you into. You can use it on any device whenever you want, providing you have a stable internet connection.

No interruptions

Because many streaming services offer an ad-free experience, there will be no adverts that will break the tension in the most exciting part of a season finale.[2]

It’s legal

You’ll always be on the right side of the law when utilising streaming services. Reputable ones are 100% legal and legitimate.


Stable connection  

While South Africa is making advances in fast and reliable internet, we are nowhere near the level of service of some other countries; we rank 81st in the world in terms of internet speed.[3] Streaming demands a constant internet connection to function properly, so if you don’t have that, it’s going to be frustrating trying to watch a show or movie while it buffers.

This also means that you must be connected to the internet to watch; there is no downloading to watch later. So, if you’re on a capped package and you’ve run out of data midway through the month, you’ll either need to top up or wait until the new month before being able to watch again.

Not always current

While you’re likely to find the latest episodes of some of your favourite series, it’s unlikely that all of them will be available on a single service. Each one will have different rights to different shows, so you’re not likely to be lucky enough to get all of your favourites.[4]

No sport

If you can’t live without your sport fix, then going full streaming and giving up traditional TV is not for you; subscription streaming services will not be able to offer you live sporting coverage. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have both streaming and traditional TV to make the most out of both worlds.

Dialdirect Insurance is a forerunner when it comes to technology, which is why we’ve made it easy for you to get a vehicle, home, buildings or business insurance quote anywhere, anytime with our online quote system.

[1] http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/151515-netflix-versus-showmax.html

[2] http://globalnews.ca/news/1103160/the-pros-and-cons-of-streaming-your-digital-content-television-music-and-movies/

[3] http://www.thesouthafrican.com/just-how-badly-does-south-africas-internet-speed-rank-in-world-rankings/

[4] http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/151515-netflix-versus-showmax.html