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Netflix subscriptions are among the things that got more expensive in 2018. And now, just a couple of weeks into 2019, the streaming video company is hiking prices again.
U.S. subscription prices will rise by 13 to 18 percent — the biggest increase in Netflix’s 12-year history, the Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing a company statement.
These increases took effect Tuesday for new subscribers and will take effect over the next three months for existing subscribers. The new prices range from $9 to $16 a month, according to the AP report. But you don’t have to pay that much for streaming video.
Netflix is among the oldest and most widely known streaming services, but many competitors have emerged in recent years. Some of the services of these competitors are now just as cheap as Netflix or cheaper.
So, before you let your budget take another hit from rising Netflix prices, shop around. Compare what you’re paying for Netflix or other streaming services with other options out there today.
Following are five examples that are as cheap as Netflix’s $15.99 Premium plan or less. They can’t exactly replace Netflix, as Netflix offers original programming only available on its service. But if you’re tired of price hikes, you should at least look into cheaper options.
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
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.
Philo offers two subscriptions. The cheaper one costs $16 a month — the same as Netflix’s Premium plan now costs — and includes access to 43 TV channels.
To view the specific channels included in either plan, check the list on Philo’s home page.
Still unsure whether Philo is right for you? Take advantage of the service’s free seven-day trial. Visit Philo’s home page and scroll down to the blue “Start Free Trial” button.
This long-standing streaming service offers two plans. The Hulu + Live TV plan will run you $39.99 a month, but the base Hulu plan is only $7.99 a month.
With Hulu’s cheaper plan, you forgo live TV but can watch programming on demand. As Hulu describes it:
“Get unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library with limited or no ads. Enjoy full seasons of exclusive series, hit movies, Hulu Originals, kids shows, and more.”
Additionally, a longer free trial — 30 days — is available for the cheaper plan. Visit Hulu’s website to sign up for a trial.
5. 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.
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