Hulu and 3 Other Streaming Services Are Cheaper Than Netflix

Hulu is lowering the price of its cheapest streaming video plan — making Hulu one of several companies that offer cheaper plans than Netflix.

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On the heels of Netflix announcing its biggest price hike ever, Hulu announced Wednesday that it will lower the price of its cheapest monthly plan.

The cost of Hulu’s base plan will drop from $7.99 to $5.99 per month, which will make it cheaper than any Netflix plan.

Hulu is raising the price of its live TV plan, however, from $39.99 to $44.99. Hulu’s price changes take effect Feb. 26 for new subscribers and in the billing cycle that follows Feb. 26 for existing subscribers.

Hulu is not your only alternative to Netflix, though. Following are three other examples of streaming services that offer options that are cheaper than Netflix’s Premium plan, which now costs $15.99.

1. Free streaming services

Let’s not forget that one alternative to Netflix — and paid programming in general — is simply to stop paying for it.

There are plenty of free streaming options out there, as we detail in “16 Ways to Stream Movies and TV Shows for Free.” One of these free services even offers live and on-demand access to premium TV channels.

2. Prime Video

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can access Prime Video at no added cost. Access to Prime Video is included in Prime memberships.

Some TV shows and movies available through Prime Video are free — they’re listed on the “Included with Prime” webpage. Other titles you can rent or buy.

Prime members also have the option to buy add-on subscriptions to individual channels.

For example, you can add access to HBO for $14.99 per month or Showtime for $10.99 per month or Starz for $8.99 per month. Visit Amazon’s main “Channels” webpage to view all available add-on subscriptions.

3. CBS All Access

CBS All Access also offers two subscription plans — and both cost less than most Netflix plans:

  • The Limited Commercials plan is $5.99 a month via Amazon Prime. If you are not a Prime member, you can also subscribe via the CBS All Access website.
  • The Commercial Free plan is $9.99 a month via Amazon Prime. You can also subscribe via the CBS All Access website.

For more information about the plans, visit Amazon’s CBS All Access webpage or the CBS All Access website.

What’s your favorite alternative to Netflix? Let us know why by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.

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Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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