TV lovers have more budget-friendly options these days than they may realize.
A growing number of streaming services offer TV channels and shows for much less than traditional pay-TV providers generally charge. Some streaming services — including all of the following — even offer live TV.
If you find the many options overwhelming, start by considering the following services, as they all start at $20 per month or less.
Philo is among the cheaper options for cutting the cable cord without giving up live TV.
It offers more than 60 channels for $20 per month after a free seven-day trial — which easily makes it the cheapest live-TV plan in this article. This plan allows you to watch live and on-demand content as well as record live TV.
To learn more: Visit Philo.com.
This longstanding streaming service boasts thousands of TV shows and movies.
Hulu also offers a dirt-cheap plan for folks who don’t need live TV.
Hulu’s under-$20 options include:
- Hulu: This plan gives you on-demand access to Hulu’s library of TV episodes and movies. It’s only $5.99 per month after a free trial, although it does have ads.
- Hulu (No Ads): This plan gives you the same on-demand access to Hulu’s library but without ads. It costs $11.99 per month after a free trial.
- Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle: This plan gives you access to three different streaming services for $12.99 per month.
Of course, there’s always a way to pay more. Hulu’s live TV plans start at $54.99 per month after a free trial.
To learn more: Visit hulu.com.
CBS All Access
If the CBS commercial broadcast network is among the channels you cannot live without, consider subscribing to CBS All Access. It’s cheap enough that you can add it on top of other streaming services that you may subscribe to.
Both of the CBS All Access plans cost well under $20, with the main difference between the two being ads and price:
- Limited Commercials: $5.99 per month — or $59.99 per year — after a seven-day free trial
- Commercial Free: $9.99 per month — or $99.99 per year — after a seven-day free trial.
To learn more: Visit the CBS All Access website.
Despite a few price hikes in recent years, Netflix remains relatively cheap.
Of course, Netflix doesn’t offer a live-TV option like competitor Hulu does. But Netflix is the only service of the two that can say all of its plans cost well under $20 per month.
Netflix’s plans all offer unlimited access to the service’s library of movies and TV shows. The main differences besides price are the highest available video quality and resolution, and the number of screens that your household can watch from at the same time. Their costs are:
- Basic: “Good” video quality, 480p resolution, one screen, $8.99 per month
- Standard: “Better” video quality, 1080p resolution, two screens, $13.99 per month
- Premium: “Best” video quality, 4K+HDR resolution, four screens, $17.99 per month
To learn more: Visit Netflix.com.
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