One of the best things about ad-free streaming services such as Amazon Video and Netflix is that there’s no friction when you sit down on the couch. Just hit play, and the video you’ve selected launches without interruption. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

Every few months or so, I see the same argument bubble up against cord cutting. It always goes something like this: Gee whiz, the costs of all those streaming services sure add up.

Not only do these arguments lack any sort of original thought, they’re also demonstrably wrong.