11 of the Cheapest Streaming Services for the Cord-Cutters

11 of the Cheapest Streaming Services for the Cord-Cutters

11 of the Cheapest Streaming Services for the Cord-Cutters was written by Kaitlyn Farley and originally appeared on Wealth of Geeks. It has been republished with permission.

Long gone are the days of running to the bathroom or for a snack between commercial breaks. With so many streaming services, cable feels like an obsolete inconvenience as more people cut the cord to save money, watch TV whenever they want, and ditch ad breaks.

Don’t want to wait until next week to watch that season finale? Well, for most streaming shows, you don’t have to! Stuck on the couch after slipping on ice on a wintry day? Why not binge-watch that new show everyone’s talking about?

But that begs the question: What are the best and cheapest streaming services for cord-cutters? You didn’t get rid of cable to have to subscribe to every streaming service out there, so we’ve found some of the cheapest TV streaming services you can subscribe to without having to get a side hustle to afford!

Note that prices and availability may vary by location and are accurate as of this writing.

Cheapest Streaming Services

1. Peacock

Price: Free for some content, $4.99/month+.
Best for: Fans of current & classic NBC shows, original movies.
What you’ll get: The free version of Peacock will only get you a couple of movies and TV shows. But the $4.99 plan includes live TV like Sunday Night Football, Premier League, and WWE. Plus, you’ll be able to watch new episodes of your favorite shows the day after they air.
Discounts available: None available at this time.
Add-ons: You can pay $10.99 a month to watch content ad-free and be able to download and watch TV shows and movies offline.

2. Hulu

Price: $6.99/month+.
Best for: Fans of Hulu original content, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, FX, ESPN, AMC, and other networks and movie studios.
What you’ll get: Access to most shows from partner networks listed above the day after airing, original Hulu content.
Discounts available: You’ll pay $69.99 for a year of its basic plan if you pay upfront instead of $83.88. Students are also eligible for a $1.99/month program. If you want Disney+ as well, you can get both for $13.99.
Add-ons: Hulu has loads of bundles and add-ons you can choose from, ranging from live TV to adding SHOWTIME or STARZ. You can also bundle Hulu, Disney, and ESPN at a discounted rate, depending on which options you choose (such as ad-free viewing).

3. Disney+

Price: $7.99/month+.
Best for: Fans of Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, Star Wars, and Pixar.
What you’ll get: Access to Disney original movies and TV shows, both classic and new.
Discounts available: None available at this time.
Add-ons: As stated above, you can bundle Hulu, Disney, and ESPN at a discounted rate.

4. Netflix

Price: $8.99/month+.
Best for: Netflix original content, international TV shows and movies, short films, and partner channels (will vary by country).
What you’ll get: Watch on one screen at a time and download content on one device.
Discounts available: None available at this time.
Add-ons: You can add multiple users, download content to watch offline on various devices, and stream in HD and Ultra HD for $13.99-$17.99, depending on your needs.

5. Amazon Prime Video

Price: $8.99/month+.
Best for: Amazon Prime users, fans of Amazon Prime original content, watching new shows and movies from various networks and studios.
What you’ll get: IMDB TV shows (free with ads), Amazon original content, content from partner networks and studios (may vary by region), and one free subscription to a Twitch streamer (you can change who you subscribe to month-by-month).
Discounts available: Prime Video is free for anyone who already has Amazon Prime ($13 a month or $119 a year). Students are eligible for a six-month free trial, and student discounts will change based on which options you choose (such as add-ons or paying for a year upfront).
Add-ons: You can add BritBox, STARZ, SHOWTIME, Epix, etc. You can also rent some movies that are still in theaters.

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6. HBO Max

Price: $9.99/month+.
Best for: Fans of HBO content.
What you’ll get: Access to HBO originals, although you’ll have to watch with ads.
Discounts available: No discounts, but they do offer a one-month free trial.
Add-ons: For $14.99 a month, you can watch ad-free and gain access to Warner Bros. 2021 movie premieres the same day they release them in theaters at no additional cost.


Price: $9.99/month+.
Best for: Fans of SHOWTIME content.
What you’ll get: Access to SHOWTIME originals.
Discounts available: You can save by paying upfront for a year at $99 instead of 10 bucks a month. They also offer a one-month trial period. Sam’s Club members may also be eligible for a discount depending on their membership plan.
Add-ons: SHOWTIME has a ton of bundles and add-ons to choose from, such as student plans and add-ons for Spotify and Paramount.

8. Philo

Price: $25/month+.
Best for: Fans of major TV networks, such as Food Network, A&E, BET, CMT, and AMC who want to record live TV to watch later or stream online.
What you’ll get: The ability to record an unlimited number of live TV programs and store them on your DVR for 12 months or stream shows online.
Discounts available: No discounts currently available.
Add-ons: You can add on several movie networks, Epix or STARZ, at a premium rate.

9. Sling TV Blue

Price: $35/month+.
Best for: Fans of major TV networks, such as Cartoon Network, TBS, HGTV, and CNN.
What you’ll get: 50+ channels to watch live or on-demand later.
Discounts available: $25 off your first month.
Add-ons: You can add premium channels, such as Disney XD or FXX, SHOWTIME, ESPN U, and more for an added cost. They also offer several bundles, such as bundles for lifestyle or sports channels.

10. YouTube TV

Price: $64.99/month+.
Best for: Fans of YouTube and those looking for access to most live cable channels without locking into a contract.
What you’ll get: 85+ channels live or on-demand, unlimited recording storage, and six users.
Discounts available: Free trial and $14.99 for your first month for new users.
Add-ons: You can add HBO MAX, epic, SHOWTIME, NFL RedZone, and over 20 other channels for a premium. You can also add 4K viewing, unlimited streaming, and recordings for offline viewing for extra costs.

11. DirecTV

Price: $69.99/month+.
Best for: Anyone looking for access to most live cable channels.
What you’ll get: 65+ channels live or on-demand and over 40,000 TV shows and movies.
Discounts available: SHOWTIME, STARZ, Epix, and Cinemax free for three months.
Add-ons: DirecTV has many plans tailored to your viewing needs, such as basics and sports for $84.99/month and a “Premier” plan that includes everything in their lower-tiered plans, plus HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and Cinemax for $139.99/month.

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