Viewers Say This Is the Best TV Service for the Money

A new study reveals which TV providers offer the most value in the eyes of consumers. Does your TV service measure up?

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If you’re looking for a TV provider that offers more value, it’s time to ditch traditional pay-TV for a virtual on-demand service. And you won’t do any better than choosing Netflix.

That’s the crux of the annual “What’s TV Worth” study from Hub Entertainment Research, released earlier this year. The survey sampled the opinions of more than 2,000 viewers and primarily examined the value of TV services.

While Hub Entertainment Research found that each of the “big three” virtual on-demand providers — Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video — offers more perceived value than traditional TV and virtual TV bundles, the three are not equal.

Overall, Netflix has a slight edge over its competitors, with 78 percent of respondents considering it a “good” or “excellent” value. The study found:

  • Netflix: Considered a “good” value by 42 percent of respondents and an “excellent” value by 36 percent of respondents (for a total of 78 percent)
  • Hulu: 38 percent and 38 percent (total of 76 percent)
  • Amazon Prime (which comes with Amazon Video at no additional cost): 38 percent and 37 percent (total of 75 percent)

About 2,300 U.S. consumers ages 16-74 who have broadband internet access at home were polled for the study.

Discovering more options

Of course, Netflix isn’t your only option for ditching traditional TV service. As we noted in “4 Ways to Cut TV Costs to $25 a Month — or Less,” there are several great options for keeping your TV-viewing costs low, and your satisfaction high.

The key to finding the right service is to know your wants and needs:

For example, which TV channels can you not live without? Which features — such as the ability to record shows or watch on multiple screens at once — do you consider mandatory? Write them all down.

Read the article to discover more about four great options.

So, would you agree that Netflix offers the most value for your money? Or would you rate a different TV provider No. 1? Let us know why by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.

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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