Life af­ter pay-TV

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Here are the view­ing op­tions for UK house­holds con­sid­er­ing whether to drop their main ca­ble or satel­lite sub­scrip­tions.


Cost From £5.99 ba­sic to £9.99 pre­mium per month; vast ma­jor­ity take £7.99 plan

What’s on it About 5,000 ti­tles: 3,600 films and 1,400 TV shows Pros Ac­cess to hot dra­mas such as

The Crown and Stranger Things

Cons Dis­ney has pulled its con­tent from Net­flix in the US and is likely to fol­low suit in other mar­kets. No live sport or shiny floor en­ter­tain­ment shows like Strictly Come Danc­ing


Cost £79 a year for sub­scrip­tion to Prime, which in­cludes Prime Video What’s on it About 7,400 ti­tles: 6,300 films and 1,100 TV shows Pros Hits such as The Man in the

High Cas­tle and The Marvelous Mrs

Maisel. It is mov­ing into live sport in the UK with, next year, some Pre­mier League foot­ball matches Cons Ama­zon has not com­mit­ted the huge sums to con­tent that Net­flix has

Now TV (from Sky)

Cost Va­ri­ety of daily, weekly and monthly op­tions. From £7.99 for a Sky Sports day pass to £7.99 a month for en­ter­tain­ment chan­nels What’s on it De­pend­ing on the pack­age, 300 box sets, more than 1,000 films, live sport and dozens of en­ter­tain­ment chan­nels

Pros Con­tract-free. Deals with HBO and movie stu­dios means it gets films first af­ter cinema re­leases Cons Doesn’t have the huge range of con­tent that Net­flix does


Cost No sub­scrip­tion: a Free­view set-top box sells from about £70 What’s on it The UK’s free-to-air chan­nels and catch-up play­ers such as the iPlayer, All4 and UKTV Play Pros Sim­ple and cheap

Cons Very lim­ited con­tent

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