Are The Streaming Wars so Crazy That You're Paying More on Subscription Services Than Cable?

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I cut the cable cord in 2015 a little bit ahead of HBO Now’s launch and the release of the fifth season of Game of Thrones 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 haven’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 membership — that’s much more than just a streaming service and comes with free delivery of packages too — $6 for Hulu and $8 for Disney+, I’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 don’t keep Disney+ year-round, just when The Mandalorian, WandaVision or Falcon and the Winter Soldier are on. My subscription is currently on hold until Loki hits the streaming service in June. I didn’t subscribe to the Starz channel when I had cable — it would have meant paying for it for at least one year — and I still don’t do it on a regular basis. But I’ll certainly subscribe for a few months when new seasons of Outlander or P-Valley are on. And then I unsubscribe when they end. I love to have the option to get Paramount+ for the new season of The Good Fight, Apple TV+ for Ted Lasso and Dickinson, and Showtime for the new episodes of Billions.