Monday, May 1, 2023

Saving money with streaming services

There are a lot of options when it comes to streaming services. There are a lot of streaming services. Some are free ad-supported television (FAST) services, but some have subscription fees. Everyone is familiar with Netflix of course, but there are many others, and you probably know about all of the major ones:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Prime Video
  • Disney+
  • HBO Max
  • Apple TV+
  • Paramount+
  • Peacock
  • Starz
  • AMC+

There are more of course. These run from $5/month to $20/month.

Then there are services that are pretty much are replacements for cable. Those include:

  • Frndly TV
  • Philo
  • Sling TV
  • Vidgo
  • DirecTV Stream
  • Fubo
  • Hulu+Live TV
  • YouTube TV

They run from $7/month to over $70/month, depending on what services they include.

You may have noticed that cable companies and their lackeys in the media have promoted the idea that streaming is more expensive than cable. They point to the cost of all these streaming services. And if you turn your brain off, you might fall for their propaganda.

There are a few things wrong with their argument. First of all, you probably don't need a live streaming service. You may be used to a service that offers a bunch of channels that offer continuous programming. You know, cable.

But when I started streaming, there were no live streaming services, so I learned real quick that I didn't need live streaming. I didn't need programming that was simply a replica of cable.

Now, sure, you may want to replicate cable. I'm just saying that you have the option to no do that. It's a different way of thinking to make that change, but it's how I like it.

Even if you do want a cable replacement, look at the lower priced ones. They may have everything you want or need. After all, $7 is a lot cheaper than $73.

Then when you figure in the cost of the on-demand services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and the like, you can spend a lot of money.

For me, I use those more than the live streaming services. And I subscribe to them all. Only, I don't subscribe to them all at the same time. I'll subscribe to one this month, another the next month, and so on. Each month I'll binge the service and watch everything I want to watch. At the end of the month, I cancel, then at the start of the next month, I'll subscribe to a different one. I watch everything I want over time, and save a lot of money doing it.

My Streaming Life has a lot of content. It doesn't have a large cost. Life is good.

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