The Most Expensive Streaming Services Right Now

The Most Expensive Streaming Services Right Now

June 14, 2024



Streaming services are evolving into completely distinct offerings, and some, by including many features, have gotten more expensive than others. This is the case of Fubo for example, who offer movies on-demand but also over a 100 cable channels. 

Below we count down the best expensive streaming services. 

11. DirecTV Cable

DirecTV’s cable packages are some of the most comprehensive you’ll find on the market. The cheapest plan, known as the Entertainment package, starts at $85/month and comes with 200 hours of HD DVR (unlimited on cloud). As for channels, some of the more notable ones include CNN, ESPN, The Food Network, TBS, The Disney Channel, and local networks where available. During your first three months, you’ll also have access to premium channels like HBO and Showtime. DirecTV’s other packages are Choice (which has RSNs), Ultimate (which has even more sports and entertainment), and Premier (which has everything plus premium channels). It may not be explicit about it, but DirecTV does have a 2-year contract, the early termination of which will cost you $20 for each of the remaining months. If this is a deal-breaker, you might want to consider DirecTV Stream, which is the provider’s cordless and contractless alternative.

12. Cox

Cox’s cable package, dubbed Contour TV, is available in three plans, the cheapest of which (called Contour TV Starter) begins at $61/month, exclusive of taxes and installation fees. Contour TV Starter has more than 75 channels including CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS, though availability depends on where you live, so you should check Cox’s locator to be sure. For an extra fee, you can also add premium channels like ESPN and HGTV to your lineup. Over the years, customers have complained about Cox’s hidden fees which usually come in the form of franchise payments and surcharges, but one good thing about the provider is that it doesn’t have an annual contract. You may cancel your subscription without having to pay termination fees.

13. Spectrum TV

Spectrum TV’s cable plans are some of the most popular out there, and for good reason. Its cheapest plan, Spectrum TV Select Signature, offers more than 150 channels (all in HD) for just $65/month. That price stays constant for a year, then it’s subject to change for as much as $25/month. If that still seems like a lot, then you should note that it comes with an ad-supported Disney+ subscription and on-the-go (but not offline) viewing. For $10 more, you could upgrade to the Spectrum TV Select Plus Plan, which has RSNs and a complimentary ESPN+ subscription. Spectrum carries local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC where available, as well as the usual channels like ESPN, CNN, Disney Channel, HGTV, and AMC. You can also add premium channels like Max and Starz for an additional fee. If you don’t mind local channels and live sports, however, you can consider Spectrum’s cord-cutting alternative, Spectrum TV Stream, priced at $40/month.

14. Xfinity TV

Xfinity’s cable plans are a great way to get the basics covered. Xfinity Choice TV, its cheapest plan, is just $20/month though that does add up to more when you pay the necessary broadcast and rental fees. The relatively low price comes with a lean channel lineup that includes ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC where available (the lineup varies across the country) and 20 hours of DVR. Xfinity customers have complained about the provider’s hidden fees in recent years, but on the upside, Xfinity doesn’t require a contract, so you can leave anytime you want without being fined. Another plus is it’s always offering bundles and discounts. And if you’re keen on cutting the cord, you can check out Xfinity’s Now TV streaming service, which is priced similarly to Choice TV minus the hidden fees (and local channels).

15. DISH Network

Generally, Dish Network’s TV plans are pretty similar to most cable packages out there, but many things still set them apart. For one, Dish is available in more parts of the country, and for another, it has a great DVR unit in Hopper 3, which can record up to 2,000 hours and 16 shows at the same time. And when it comes to prices, Dish guarantees it won’t hike prices up for at least two years, and quite uniquely, it gives you the option to remove local channels from your plan, which will effectively reduce the price by $12/month. Speaking of price, the cheapest Dish plan costs $85/month and carries channels like CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, and National Geographic. As of this writing, it also comes with Starz, Paramount+ with Showtime, and Dish’s movie add-on free for three months–after that, this will cost $30/month. Now, from what we could gather, it seems like Dish isn’t exempt from dodgy customer service and wily hidden fees (mostly in the equipment). It also doesn’t offer a lot of bundling opportunities. But if you don’t mind these snags, plus the satellite, then Dish is a great, accessible TV option.


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