Each morning, I wake up, jump out of bed, trudge over to the bathroom and hit the showers. And when all that’s done, I pick up my phone, scan the headlines and see that someone has just announced a new subscription streaming service.
Or so it seems, at any rate. This fall, a landscape that already features the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu will also host new rival services from Disney and Apple. NBCUniversal and AT&T (in the form of HBO Max) are warming up for their 2020 launches as well. And there are even other services in the works, probably forming right as I’m typing this sentence.
I’m beginning to feel like Grampa Simpson drafting a letter that there are too many states. Dear Mr. President, there are too many subscription streaming services these days. Please eliminate three.
This surplus of streaming services poses a bigger problem than the likelihood that I’ll transpose their names at some point. (Huflix? Disney Prime? HBO Mapple Plus?) With the exception of NBCUniversal’s ad-supported streaming service, all of these outfits are expecting money — my money — in exchange for delivering on-demand content to my home.
And that’s their right. But as a cord-cutter who cancelled his Comcast cable service a few months back and continues to bask in the glow of spending far less money on TV each month, I’m unwilling to see those savings get eaten away, bit by bit, as each streaming service tries to claim its slice of my discretionary income. I’ve got to decide which of these services are worth paying for. And I suspect you do, too.
I currently subscribe to Netflix, get Amazon Prime Video as part of my Prime membership and watch the ad-supported tier of Hulu, thanks to a complimentary subscription that comes with my wife’s Spotify Premium account. I’d like to keep my streaming services budget at the $35 or so I’m currently paying out. So if any of these new services tickle my fancy, I’m going to have to figure out what to keep and what to drop.
To help me decide which streaming services are worth my time, I’m considering the following criteria. Maybe it will help you make your own choices about which streaming services you really want to pay for.
Consider the price
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