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14 Cheapest Streaming Services Right Now

There used to be a time where some streaming services were much better than others. That's no longer the case: streaming services are all different. Depending on which genres, stories, or ways you like to consume entertainment - there is a streaming platform out there for you. 

But if you want a little bit of everything, then things can get very expensive. A while ago I wrote about a technique to make the most out of your streaming subscriptions while saving a lot of money (I calculated I save $375 each year by doing this): rotating subscriptions. 

We all watch a maximum of two to three shows each month, and those are usually on the same platform, so why keep all the other subscriptions if you're not using them? My trick is to get one new streaming platform every month, and cancel whatever one I had the month before. I try to never have more than one subscription at a time. You save money, you reduce your options because you have less to choose from (something called "paradox of choice"), and you're always exposed to new platforms. 

So if you're thinking of something similar, here is a great place to start: choosing streaming services not by theme, but by which one is cheapest. This way maybe you can get something that's a little outside of your usual tastes, but it still won't cost you a lot. Or if you're on a budget and wonder which streaming service to get, this is also for you. 

With over 500 horror, thriller and supernatural fiction titles, Shudder is one for real horror fans. The platform curators offer categories like "Urban Decay", "Slashics", and "Not Your Ordinary Bloodsucker," among many others. 

Rather than horror blockbusters, you’ll rather find rarer movies new and old, including exclusives like The Devils (1971) and originals like Mayhem starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, as well as horror shows and podcasts.

Price: $4.75 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS, Roku, Xbox.

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Peacock is a cross between Netflix, with its large catalog of movies and original series, and a live TV streaming network, with live news and sports. In general, while you'll get a good mix of entertainment, there is a considerable lack of children's programs compared to other streaming services like Netflix or HBO. It's also worth noting that you won't find the classic NBC shows like Friends, Seinfeld and retro seasons of Saturday Night Live. You will, however, find more contemporary shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, as well as movies, news, live sports and short comedic clips, from NBC as well as its partners and rival networks.

Price: $4.99 per month

Device availability: Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roky, Visio TV, Xbox.

Apple TV+’s catalog has almost exclusively original shows and movies, so the catalog is small, with launch titles so far including Dickinson, The Elephant Queen, The Morning Show, Ted Lasso and Oprah's Book Club. It’s also growing: they have promised to release new content while they try to acquire more shows from other networks.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku TV, Samsung TV.

IndieFlix is one for fans of independent film and filmmaking. The library includes over 8000 titles of hidden gems, including independent movies, shows and documentaries from all around the world.   

If you want to support the indie filmmaking community as well, IndieFlix is the first streaming platform to pay filmmakers directly for content watched via the service. As a mission-driven platform, IndieFlix organizes multiple social programs around film.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku.

Top on Indieflix:

If you usually watch a lot of Discovery content, like programming from the Discovery Channel itself or TLC, Animal Planet, etc, then this is the streaming service for you. There is so much to watch, over 2500 series and 55,000 episodes.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, iOS, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox.

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If you're a fan of TV shows, then Hulu has a lot to offer, with a pretty comprehensive list of popular shows from major networks, including classic sitcoms, as well as children's programs like Sesame Street. Hulu is also acclaimed for its ace original programming, with hit shows from comedies like The Mindy Project to dystopian dramas like Handmaid's Tale.

Price: $5.99 per month

Free Trial: 30 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, Nintendo Switch, Roku, Roku TV, Samsung TV, Xbox.

Top on Hulu:

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If you’re into the classics, Epix broadcasts a lot of older films – from Orson Welles movies to westerns like Aces and Eights and iconic horrors like Night of the Living Dead. There’s also a decent selection of contemporary movies including compelling original documentaries, with a fair share of stand-up comedy specials, as well as family-friendly content.

Price: $5.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Roku TV.

Top on Epix:

With over 600 series to choose from, Funimation’s definitely for fans of anime. That said, it focuses heavily on dubbed rather than subtitled animations. It depends on your preference, but consider that you can listen to Samuel L. Jackson in Afro Samurai.

Price: $5.99 per month

Free Trial: 14 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox.