Are $treaming $ervices the new cable?
Did we cut the cable cord just to be tied, wirelessly, to an ever-growing number of video streaming services – that can end up costing just as much?
It’s starting to look that way. Netflix is raising prices. So is Hulu for its “Live TV” streaming service, a cable-like package of TV channels. Having both plus HBO Now will soon set you back $76 a month. Showtime and Cinemax? That’s another $21 combined.
And on the horizon is Disney Plus, with new Marvel and Star Wars programs, along with Disney’s library of movies and shows.
So much for saving money by ditching cable TV. What’s a cord-cutter to do? It helps to reassess what streaming services you actually use every few months. Cancel or downgrade as needed.
If all you need live is the Oscars each year, get Hulu’s $45-a-month Live TV service for February, then switch to the basic $6 plan the rest of the year. Instead of getting HBO, Showtime and Cinemax, rotate them a month or two at a time.
Maybe even cancel streaming services for the summer and enjoy the outdoors a bit.