Are The Streaming Wars so Crazy That You're Paying More on Subscription Services Than Cable?
I cut the cable cord in 2015 a little bit ahead of HBO Nowâ€™s launch and the release of the fifth season of Game of ThronesÂ in April of that year. I was paying $150 for internet plus premium cable with HBO and Showtime. Getting rid of cable made sense to me from an economic standpoint. But I still subscribed to HBO Now the moment it was available.
Six years later I havenâ€™t looked back for one moment. But between the monthly bill of $103 just for internet, plus $15 for HBO Max, $9 for Netflix, $10 for an Amazon Prime membershipÂ â€” thatâ€™s much more than just a streaming service and comes with free delivery of packages too â€” $6 for Hulu and $8 for Disney+, Iâ€™m still saving some money. After all, I did have separate subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime back in 2015 that I paid for on top of cable.
The thing is, even if most months I pay around the same that I was paying for cable, what makes a total difference is having the option to choose. I donâ€™t keep Disney+ year-round, just when The Mandalorian, WandaVisionÂ or Falcon and the Winter SoldierÂ are on. My subscription is currently on hold until LokiÂ hits the streaming service in June. I didnâ€™t subscribe to the Starz channel when I had cable â€” it would have meant paying for it for at least one year â€” and I still donâ€™t do it on a regular basis. But Iâ€™ll certainly subscribe for a few months when new seasons of OutlanderÂ or P-ValleyÂ are on. And then I unsubscribe when they end. I love to have the option to get Paramount+Â for the new season of The Good Fight, Apple TV+ for Ted LassoÂ and Dickinson, and Showtime for the new episodes of Billions.