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Netflix fans have probably already noticed that the streamer has implemented another price hike in 2022, less than a year after its previous increase. The basic plan (with no HD) is now $10, the standard plan is $15.50, and the plan that includes 4K is now $20. This makes Netflix one of the more expensive services as 2022 gets started, especially if you choose an option with a higher resolution.
If you’re looking to cut back on monthly costs, that makes Netflix an interesting candidate for the chopping block – but we know you don’t want to give up that streaming goodness entirely. So let’s take a look at some excellent streaming options that are less expensive than Netflix but still provide a whole lot to love, especially if you have your eye on certain series or genres.
Free is definitely cheaper than Netflix fees, right? Peacock is notable because its base version is entirely free – you don’t get access to all of NBC’s content, but you can watch a lot, including popular shows you may have missed. It’s also one of the only apps where you can watch favorites like Parks and Rec, The Office, Modern Family, and others. If you want to unlock everything, including live events like NBC sports games, it only costs $5.99 a month. That’s much cheaper than Netflix.
Discovery+ is home to a wealth of content that will surprise viewers that haven’t checked the service out before. Its specialty is real-life TV, including documentaries, specials, nature series, and even casual reality shows. So if you love relaxing to a cooking show, house restoration episode, antiquing adventure, ghost hunt, true crime episode, or historical documentary, this is the place for you. There are also some excellent deals for Discovery+ right now, like 50% off your first year, but we’re not sure how long they’ll last, so you may want to look now.
Paramount+ is a unique combination of popular movies and shows from well-known channels like CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, and more. If you like skimming through popular titles and finding something the whole family can enjoy, this is one of the best services at this price. Pay for the premium version, and you lose the ads while gaining live sports events from CBS.
Not to be confused with the actual Apple TV box, TV+ is Apple’s own streaming service. Don’t let this one pass you by: While content is still limited, TV+ is home to some very popular new series, including Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Mythic Quest, and more titles that you’ll love to binge. There are also a number of original movies and some excellently made documentaries to check out. If you bundle this with other Apple services you use, you have a chance at saving even more, too.
Hulu is an interesting catch-all for a wide variety of shows, including current season content, and has been developing its own original content with some marked success, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Only Murders in the Building, and How I Met Your Father. In addition to shows from FX, ABC, FOX, USA, and more, Hulu also has a number of highly-acclaimed movies, ideal for seeing what the buzz is all about for titles like Parasite or Nomadland. It also has some live events, including live concerts, that you can check out. The downside to the cheap cost is that the base plan does include ad breaks. Also, don’t forget that Hulu is owned by Disney as well, so it tends to have some of the best bundle options around. That’s especially true if you cut the cable and want a sports app, because you can get Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ (which includes live games) for $20 a month, the same as Netflix’s 4K plan.
Disney+ is significantly less expensive than Netflix for higher-resolution options and has very popular content that you can’t easily get anywhere else, making it an excellent choice if you haven’t tried the service yet. Keep in mind, you won’t just get Disney and Pixar content here: You also have every bit of Star Wars content, almost all Marvel content (excluding only the very latest movies), and National Geographic titles. We probably don’t need to say that Disney+ is also a great choice for kids, and with original shows like Loki and The Mandalorian, there’s more reason than ever to put the app on your binge list.
STARZ may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to affordable streamers, but the service has kept its prices steady while Netflix has gone up, making it officially cheaper in 2022. STARZ remains a great spot to pick up movies of all kinds, past and present, so it’s a great deal for cinephiles, but don’t discount the show offerings, either: You can watch Outlander, High Town, Black Sails, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and many, many more series here, from award winners to cult classics.
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