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Update: Streaming service price changes on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Apple and others

Update: Streaming service price changes on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Apple and others

There was a time when dropping cable TV, or satellite TV, automatically meant you could save some money. All you had to do was subscribe to the Netflix streaming service and, $10 or so a month later, you could watch thousands of TV shows and movies.

But you've probably noticed that your TV streaming bill now rivals your old cable TV bill. You're paying for more services than just Netflix these days, maybe including HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, Sling TV and others.

That could set you back hundreds of dollars a month. But we have good news.

All these new competitors to Netflix, including Disney's upcoming streaming service Disney+, means you have more options for lower-cost streaming services and some of them will lure your business by offering lower prices than Netflix.


But for now, prices are all over the place. Some services like Netflix are raising prices and some services are lowering prices. Here's an overview of prices of popular streaming services to help you save money each month while giving you plenty of TV shows to binge on and award-winning movies to watch in the comfort of your home.


Netflix has well over 100 million subscribers and rakes in billions of dollars in revenue each month. It's super popular for a reason, with thousands of TV shows like "Friends," blockbuster movies like "Black Panther" and acclaimed original content like the movie "Roma."

In fact, it's so popular that its past price hikes have had virtually no negative effect on its subscriber numbers. That seems to still be the case with its prices for new subscribers going up between 13% and 18%, according to CNBC, including its HD plan going up to $13 a month from $11 a month.


Prices: $8.99 for basic service, $12.99 HD, $15.99 4K.

Note: New subscribers can try for Netflix for free for 30 days.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon's streaming service may be a bit under your radar, if you think of Amazon as only an online shopping site. There are loads of movies and TV shows on its Prime Video service, though, including the Emmy-winning sitcom, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

Prices: You get Prime Video for free when you pay for your Prime membership, which also gives you free shipping on many purchases. You can watch it free for a month-long trial. On its own, it's $8.99 a month after the trial.


Hulu is the pioneer in streaming, although you may not know it. The service is owned in part by Disney, NBC and Fox and launched more than a decade ago to stream their TV shows.

Now, it has 25 million subscribers but it has long been overshadowed by the far more popular Netflix. Still, you might be interested in subscribing for a few reasons, including popular original shows like "The Handmaid's Tale."

It also offers a live-TV package that includes streaming, which is essentially a cable TV replacement for $45 a month. Hulu also recently lowered the prices of its monthly streaming service, which has ads.

Prices: $5.99 a month for streaming with ads and $12 without ads. It's $44.99 for Hulu + Live TV.


"Game of Thrones." Those may be the only words you need to hear to shell out about $15 a month for HBO's streaming service.


But if you're not a fan of dragons and lots of gore and nudity, you may want to subscribe for other shows and movies. That includes the Michael Jackson documentary, "Leaving Neverland."

Price: $14.99 a month after a 30-day free trial.

DirecTV Now

The satellite TV service DirecTV is wisely shifting its focus to its streaming service, DirecTV Now. It just restructured its pricing and packaging, and all its subscribers will see their bills go up $10 a month. It's also added two packages, Plus and Max. The Plus package is $50 and includes up to 46 channels including HBO and local stations, plus a slew of cable networks including ESPN and ESPN2. Max is $70 for up to 59 channels and adds Cinemax and sports channels including ESPN News and ESPNU.

Prices: Older packages including streaming and live TV start at $50 a month for 65 channels, $65 for 85 channels, $75 for 105 channels and $85 for 125 channels.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access is for you if you love CBS shows, including originals like "Star Trek: Discovery," soap opera "The Young and the Restless" and hit shows like "NCIS." You can watch commercial free for about $10 a month.

Prices: $5.99 a month with limited commercials and $9.99 a month with no commercials.

Note: You can stream CBS's 24-hour streaming news network, CBSN, for free on many streaming players.


Sling TV options

SlingTV is best known for showing live TV networks like ESPN, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and many others. It's been around for years and is quite popular, but the company is perhaps a little panicked by all its new competitors.


SlingTV is cutting its prices by 40% for new subscribers for their first three months. Its basic plan is usually $25 a month and you can add on packages like Sports Extra for $5 a month.

Prices: 40% discount for a limited time, start at $15 and go up to $25 a month before add-ons.


Google's upstart YouTubeTV is a cable TV replacement. It costs $40 a month for dozens of channels, including broadcast networks like ABC and cable networks like CNN, ESPN and FX.

Price: $40 a month after a 30-day free trial.

How to get Netflix for free

You can save a lot of money while streaming your favorite TV shows, award-winning movies and original Netflix series your families says are great. It's easy, too.

We have a few tips for you to watch Netflix for free, and it's perfectly legal. Psst! Don't skip No. 3 -- you may already have Netflix for free and not know it.

Tap or click here for tips to get Netflix for free!

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