Cord-cutting -- canceling your cable subscriptions in favor of streaming services -- was supposed to save viewers money. But the explosion of digital content means that there are more streaming services than ever, with more on the way. The recent launch of the long-awaited Disney+ is just the latest.
Many people looking for TV shows new and old are looking for their ideal combination of streaming services to subscribe to for their needs, and a big part of that is knowing how much all of them are going to cost. With that in mind, what are some of the biggest streaming services available and how much are they going to cost you?
How Much Is Netflix?
The service that started it all, Netflix (NFLX) - Get Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) Report began as a competitor to Blockbuster and wound up the biggest streaming service in the world, pioneering the format with its selection of past content and original shows.
The basic package for Netflix costs $8.99 a month with additional packages for a few dollars extra. The standard package costs $12.99 a month and offers HD video and allows for an extra screen to view. The premium package for Netflix, which offers HD and 4K viewing as well as up to four simultaneous screens, costs $15.99 a month.
How Much Is Hulu?
One of Netflix's most direct competitors, Hulu has expanded its offerings rapidly. Currently, Hulu has four existing plans:
- $5.99 a month for a basic Hulu plan (with ads)
- $11.99 a month for a premium Hulu plan (no ads)
- $44.99 a month for basic Hulu (with ads) and live TV
- $50.99 a month for premium Hulu (no ads) and live TV
From there, you can further customize your plan with add-ons that will cost extra. Adding Cinemax, for example, is an additional $9.99 monthly.
How Much Is Amazon Prime Video?
If you plan on only buying a subscription for Amazon Prime Video, you will be paying $8.99 a month. However, Prime Video is also included if you get an overall Amazon Prime subscription. This costs $12.99 a month or if you choose to pay annually, $119 a year.
The student discounted price for Amazon Prime is $6.49 a month or $59 a year. Also, Amazon offers a discounted Amazon Prime to verified cardholders of EBT and Medicaid of $5.99 a month for up to four years.
How Much Is Disney+?
After a long wait, Disney+ has officially launched with TV and movies from Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report, Pixar, Fox, Marvel, Star Wars, and more. The cost for a Disney+ subscription is $6.99 a month. If you decide to pay annually it will be $69.99 a year. There is also a package that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundled together for the price of $12.99 a month.
There is also currently a deal where Verizon (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report customers with one of their unlimited plans can get a free year of Disney+ if they sign up for the offer before June 1, 2020. New Verizon customers who sign up for Fios Home or 5G Home internet accounts are also eligible for this free year.
How Much Is Apple TV+?
Apple TV+, Apple's (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report entry into the streaming service competition, officially launched Nov. 1, 2019, with nine new original TV shows and more on the way. The price for Apple TV+ is $4.99 a month.
In addition to this, customers who buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or iPod touch after Sept. 10, 2019, are eligible for a free year of the new streaming service. The service is also free for students who have an Apple Music subscription.
How Much Is CBS All Access?
One of the first examples of a major network branching out into the streaming-exclusive world, CBS All Access has tried to lure in new viewers with programming like a new "The Twilight Zone" series and "Star Trek Discovery."
To get CBS CBS All Access, the cost is $5.99 a month for a package with limited commercials and $9.99 a month for a package with no commercials (both have a 7-day free trial). The commercial-free package also allows you to download videos for offline viewing.
How Much Is HBO Now?
HBO Now is HBO's streaming service for those who don't have HBO as part of a cable package or as an add-on to various other services. Just HBO streaming.
For HBO Now, you will pay $14.99 a month, though the first seven days act as a free trial.
How Much Is HBO Max?
HBO Max doesn't come out until 2020, but it has made headlines for its announcements that it will have streaming rights to long-running shows like "Friends" and "South Park" as well as various WarnerMedia properties.
Recently, AT&T T and WarnerMedia announced that, in addition to launching in May of 2020, HBO Max will cost customers $14.99 a month. HBO Now subscribers will get it with their existing subscription.
How Much Is YouTube TV?
YouTube TV offers live TV with over 70 channels to cord-cutters, working on televisions (Smart TVs and streaming boxes like Roku) and mobile devices alike. They also advertise their services as having unlimited DVR space.
The cost for a YouTube TV account is $49.99 a month and allows up to six accounts at once. Certain premium networks and sports networks can be added on for an additional fee.
How Much Is Sling TV?
Sling TV is another popular service for those who have cut the cord but are still looking to stream live television. Sling TV has three packages that bundle various television channels together and offer additional packages within them for added fees to help customize your experience. It can be watched on smart TVs and mobile devices.
Two of Sling's packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, are available for $25 a month ($15 in your first month). Sling Orange offers over 30 channels and can only be viewed on one stream at a time. Sling Blue offers over 45 channels and can be viewed on up to three streams at once. Sling Orange + Blue, the third package, includes all the channels combined for $40 a month ($25 in the first month) and can be viewed on up to four streams at once (only one in the case of a Sling Orange channel).
How Much Is fuboTV?
Offering more channels than Sling or YouTube TV, fuboTV has several packages that offer customers as many as 164 channels of live television to stream on mobile devices, smart TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. Their prices are as follows:
- $54.99 a month for the fubo Standard package (95 channels, 30 hours of DVR space, up to two screens at once)
- $59.99 a month for the Family package (95 channels, 500 hours of DVR space, up to 3 screens at once)
- $79.99 a month for the Ultra package (164 channels including extra entertainment, sports and Showtime packages, 500 hours of DVR space, up to three screens at once)
- $19.99 a month for the Latino Quarterly package (31 channels, 30 hours of DVR space, up to three screens at once)
How Much Is PlayStation Vue?
PlayStation Vue is Sony's SNE live TV streaming service for those who no longer have cable. In addition to watching on your PS4, Vue can also be viewed on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and more.
There are four price plans for PlayStation Vue, with progressively more channels the pricier they are. Access is $49.99 a month, Core is $54.99 a month, Elite is $64.99 a month and Ultra is $84.99 a month.
How Much Is ESPN+?
ESPN+ boasts the streaming rights for myriad live sports events, original programming, and the entire archive of "30 for 30" documentaries, among others.
To get a subscription to ESPN+ is $4.99 a month though, as mentioned earlier, you can also get it bundled with Hulu and Disney+ for $12.99 a month.
How Much Is Showtime?
Showtime, like so many other premium movie channels, can be added to other streaming services for varying additional fees. If you're looking to subscribe just to Showtime, however, that is an option.
In addition to including a free trial period, Showtime's streaming service also gives you the option of monthly payments or annual payments. If you wish to go month-to-month, you will be paying $10.99 a month, and if you wish to go year-to-year you will be paying $109.90 a year.
How Much Is Starz?
Starz is another premium channel that now lets you stream directly from them in addition to the usual offers of adding it to cable packages. That includes up-to-date Apple and Android mobile devices.
If you don't want it added to any package and only want to subscribe to Starz, getting a subscription directly through them is a cost of $8.99 a month.
How Much Is AT&T TV Now?
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, this streaming service's big selling point is that HBO is included with it in addition to various other live TV channels you can stream.
A recent report claimed that the price of AT&T TV Now is going to go up. The Plus package, which has over 45 channels including HBO, will increase from $50 to $65 a month. The Max package, which has over 60 channels including HBO and Cinemax, is increasing from $70 to $80 a month.