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How Much Do Streaming Services Cost?

 
 average costMedium: Most Streaming Services Are $5.99-$14.99 a Month 
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Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ are now some of the most popular ways to watch TV shows and movies at home or on the go. Using an app, a streaming providers' vast content libraries can be watched on a television, tablet, or smartphone.Most streaming services offer a combination of original movies and series that are available only on that service, as well as a selection featured TV shows and movies.

Typical costs:

  • Netflix[1] , the most popular streaming platform, offers a Basic plan for $8.99 a month, a Standard Plan for $12.99 and a Premium Plan for $15.99 month. With the Basic Plan, subscribers can watch original series like Stranger Things, and movies like Bird Box, on one device at a time. With the Standard Plan subscribers catch watch content in High Definition (HD) on up to 2 devices at a time. And with their Premium Plan, subscribers can watch shows in Ultra High Definition (UHD) when available, on up to 4 devices at a time.
  • Hulu[2] , which is majority owned by Disney and is the second most popular streaming service, offers plans with commercials starting at $5.99 a month. Without ads, Hulu costs $11.99 a month. They also offer a plan with Live TV for $54.99 a month. Hulu offers original series like The Handmaid's Tale, access to TV series from ABC, NBC and Fox like The Good Place and the Simpsons, and movies like Good Will Hunting.
  • Disney+[3] launched in November 2019 for $6.99 and offers discounts for prepaying for a year or longer, and no additional fees for High Definition. Disney+ differentiates itself with Disney television content like Boy Meets World and Frozen 2, most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies like The Avengers Infinity War, and Star Wars movies like The Force Awakens. Disney+ currently offers the new Star Wars series, the Mandalorian, and plans upcoming series featuring Marvel characters like the Scarlet Witch and Loki.
  • Amazon Prime[4] Video is part of the Amazon Prime Service, which costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year. For students, Amazon Prime costs $59 a year. The Amazon Prime Service includes free one or two-day shipping (on Prime-eligible items) ordered from Amazon.com, and streaming movie and music services. Amazon Prime Video offers unique content like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, series like Sex and The City and the Sopranos, and movies like Mission: Impossible -- Fallout.
  • HBO Now[5] , the standalone streaming service to watch HBO content on TVs and phones, costs $14.99 a month. HBO says multiple members of a household can simultaneously watch HBO on different devices, but that if a subscriber has too many simultaneous screens, they may get an error message[6] . HBO Now carries original series like Watchmen, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Lies and Westworld, and features movies like Blinded By the Light and Us.
  • Other streaming services include YouTube Premium ($11.99 a month), which lets subscribers watch YouTube videos without ads and lets users download some YouTube content onto their phone; fuboTV ($55 a month), Sling TV ($30 or $45 a month) and YouTube TV ($49.99 a month), which lets users watch cable channels; CBS Live Access ($5.99 a month), which shows CBS shows and original series like the Star Trek Picard series; and Rakuten Viki (free/$4.17 a month/$8.33 a month), which shows Asian dramas, including Korean dramas.
Related articles: High-Definition Service, Bundled Services, Online Video Rentals, TV Show Online

Additional costs:
  • All streaming services require Internet Access, which could from home Cable, DSL or Fiber Internet service with wi-fi. Streaming services can be accessed using the data plan on a smartphone, but we don't recommend this unless you have an unlimited data plan -- video can consume an enormous amount of data and watching many movies could use hundreds of dollars of data. Finally, many workplaces and cafes offer free wi-fi, and some people take advantage of that amenity to take in some streaming.
  • Most streaming services' apps can be downloaded directly into a smartphone or tablet using the App Store, like the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads or the Google Play Store for Android devices.
  • To watch a streaming service on a television, either the television needs to be a Smart TV (like many recent HD TVs that are advertised as Smart TVs or Wi-fi ready), or you'll need a streaming device, like a Roku Express ($30), Roku Ultra ($100), Apple TV ($150-$200), Google Chromecast ($35-$70), or Amazon Fire TV ($50).
Discounts:
  • Most streaming services offer a free introductory trial for new subscribers for 1 week to a month.
Shopping for streaming services:
  • You can sign up directly for most services directly at their websites.
  • Netflix[7] offers a free 1 month trial for new subscribers, as does Hulu[8] .
  • Disney+[9] offers a 1 month free trial, as does HBO Now[10] .
  • Streaming devices like the Roku, Chomecast and AppleTV are widely-available at retailers including Walmart[11] , Target[12] , and Amazon[13] .
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streaming movie cost
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Bob J in La Mirada, CA.Posted: November 7th, 2013 01:11PM
Device: WD/TV LiveService: VERIZON w/l
I downloaded "Chinatown" in highest resolution
from VUDU (COST $4.98) using 7.5 gigabytes on
Verizon ($10/gbt) = $75 . Called verizon and
they verified that usage. Using this service is
stupid beyond belief.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.netflix.com/signup/planform
  2.  help.hulu.com/s/article/how-much-does-hulu-cost?language=en_US
  3.  www.disneyplus.com/
  4.  www.amazon.com/amazonprime
  5.  www.hbo.com/ways-to-get
  6.  help.hbonow.com/Answer/Detail/27
  7.  www.netflix.com/signup
  8.  www.hulu.com/start
  9.  www.disneyplus.com/welcome/stream-now
  10.  www.hbo.com/order
  11.  www.walmart.com/search/?cat_id=0&grid=true&query=streaming
  12.  www.target.com/c/streaming-video-tvs-home-theater-electronics/-/N-7hfaq
  13.  www.amazon.com/s?k=steaming+media+players
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