Are $tream­ing $er­vices the new ca­ble?

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MONEY&MARKETSEXTRA - By Bar­bara Or­tu­tay

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.

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