50 Cheapest Streaming Services For Cord-cutting

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. 

Hulu is an on-demand service that is currently only available in US territories. You can get access to Hulu's on-demand content library for $7.99 a month with commercials, and $17.99 without. There's also an option to bundle it with Disney+ for $9.99 a month with ads.

Price: $7.99/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

Philo is a rising star as an affordable live TV and streaming platform you can get for $25 a month. With more than 60 channels to choose from across 3 devices simultaneously, watch series and shows from popular channels without breaking the bank. The only caveat is Philo’s limited options for local news and sports channel streaming and lineup, which would not be a problem for watchers of on-demand content. Philo’s easy-to-use interface, availability on a variety of devices, and unlimited DVR storage make it a sweet deal cord-cutters can’t resist.

Price: $25/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, iPhone, Roku, Samsung TV

Channel lineup: A&E, AccuWeather Network, AMC, American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, aspireTV, AXS TV, BBC America, BBC World News, BET, BET Her, Catchy Comedy, Cheddar News, Cleo TV, CMT, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Crackle, Crime-Investigation, Dabl, Deck the Hallmark, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, FETV, Food Network, FYI, Game Show Network, GetTV, Great American Family, Great American Living, Gusto TV, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Mystery, Heroes & Icons, HGTV, History, IFC, INSP, Investigation Discovery, KIN, Law&Crime, Lifetime, LMN, Logo, Magnolia Network, MeTV, Motor Trend, MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Live, MTV2, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Oprah Winfrey Network, Overtime, Paramount Network, PlayersTV, pocket.watch, Pop TV, RetroCrush, REVOLT, Revry, Ryan and Friends, Scares by Shudder, Science Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Start TV, Story Television, Sundance TV, Tastemade, TeenNick, TLC, Travel Channel, TV Land, TV One, UPtv, Vevo 80s, Vevo 90s, Vevo Country, Vevo Hip-Hop, Vevo Holiday, Vevo Pop, VH1, Vice, WE tv

Sling’s appeal as a cost-effective streaming service with live TV for cord-cutters, and its considerably solid options for channels make Sling TV Orange one of the best affordable streaming services out there. For only $40 a month, you can customize and access more than 30 channels, as well as record shows and movies you love on a Cloud DVR. It also offers 6 channels that are not included in Sling TV Blue, including Disney Channel, CNN, and ESPN. Sling TV Orange’s only caveat is its single-stream option, as opposed to the multi-stream options for Sling TV Blue.

Price: $40/month

Device availability: AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Cox, iOS, LG TV, Mi Box, Roku, Samsung TV, TiVo, Vizio, Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox, Xbox One

Channel lineup: A&E, AMC, AXS TV, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Cartoon Network, Charge!, CNN, Comedy Central, Comet, Disney Channel, EPIX Drive-In, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Food Network, Freeform, Fuse, HGTV, History, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, MGM+, MotorTrend, Nick Jr., QVC, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, Vice

Starz is a cable TV network in the US with an on-demand streaming service of the same name. Currently, Starz on-demand has a monthly price of $9.99 ($3/month for the first 3 months). Starz is available as an add-on channel to Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, and Roku platform. For a similar subscription price, you can also access Starz as an add-on via a variety of online streaming services including YouTube TV and Hulu Plus Live TV, among others. Alternatively, the Starz on-demand app is available for Android, iOS and most other mobile devices.

Price: $3/month

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

When it comes to robust channel options, Sling TV Blue takes the crown for more than 40 channels offered on its platform versus other plans on Sling TV. With its base package of $40 per month, you can access their live and on-demand content and even record your favorites on a Cloud DVR. It offers 17 channels that are not offered in Sling TV Orange, including Premier League live streams, NBC, and NBC Sports Network, among others. Sling TV Blue offers a multi-stream option where you can access channels for up to 3 devices simultaneously, and even record up to three shows at once while you’re away.

Price: $45/month

Device availability: AirTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

Channel lineup: A&E, AMC, AXS TV, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg Television, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Charge!, CNN, Comedy Central, Comet, Discovery Channel, E!, EPIX Drive-In, Food Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Fuse, FX, HGTV, History, HLN, IFC, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Local Now, MGM+, MSNBC, National Geographic, NFL Network, Nick Jr., SYFY, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, USA, Vice

Disney Plus is a streaming on-demand service owned by the Walt Disney Company available in 59 countries at the time of writing. 

Pricing starts at $8 a month in the US, while plans differ from region to region. New theatrical releases cost up to $30 in addition to the subscription fee.  

Disney Plus can be accessed via a full range of services including Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One and is compatible across Apple and PC computers, and Android and Apple phones and tablets. 

Price: $7.99/month

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

Frndly TV offers more than 40 live TV channels, including Hallmark, Lifetime, and A&E for a friendly price of only $6.99. If you’re just looking to cut the cord and reduce expenses, Frndly TV is where you get the bang for your buck.

Price: $6.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

Channel lineup: A&E, AccuWeather, BabyFirst, Bounce, BYUtv, Catchy Comedy, Circle, Court TV, Cowboy Way Channel, Crime-Investigation, Dove Channel, Dove Family Movies, Dove Kids, FETV, FMC, FYI, Game Show Network, GetTV, Great American Family, Great American Living, GRIT, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Family, Hallmark Movies Now, Hallmark Mystery, Heartland TV, Heroes & Icons, INSP, ION, ION Mystery, JusticeCENTRAL.TV, Laff, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Local Now, MeTV, Military HISTORY, Movies!, Outdoor Channel, PixL, Pursuit, QVC, Recipe.TV, Sportsman Channel, Start TV, StoryTV, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, UPtv, VICE TV, Waypoint TV

Apple TV+ is an ad-free on-demand stream from Apple that costs $9.99 per month and is accessible in about 150 countries. The Apple TV+ app is accessible via Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac) and Apple TV. While Android phones and tablets are not supported, you can access Apple TV+ via Android-powered TV devices like Chromecast. It can be accessed via web browser and supported by PC, as well as Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Price: $9.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

Netflix is an ad-free streaming platform that operates on a monthly, or annual, subscription. There are three pricing plans – Basic, Standard and Premium – and the one you choose will determine the number of devices that you can simultaneously use to watch Netflix, in case you want to share the account with someone else. There are three plans, though pricing differs from region to region. First up is the Basic plan, which allows you to watch on one device at a time. Upgrading to the Standard plan allows you to watch shows and movies, and download them for offline viewing, on up to 2 different devices at a time. The top-tier Premium plan lets you watch and download on up to 4 different devices, and comes with the options to watch videos in HD and Ultra HD. Once subscribed, you can watch movies and TV shows directly on your browser via Netflix.com. You also have the option of downloading the app on pretty much any mobile device, including iOS, Android, or Windows. The app also works on computers using Windows XP or later and Macs with OS X Tiger or later.

Price: $6.99/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Changhong, Chromecast, Haier, Hisense, iOS, LG TV, Nvidia SHIELD, Panasonic, Philips, PlayStation, Roku, Roku TV, Samsung, Samsung TV, Sharp, Skyworth, Sony, TiVo, Vestel, Vizio, Wii, Xbox

Discovery+ is a streaming service from the famous mass media company that has an ad-supported plan for $4.99 a month and an ad-free plan for $6.99. This includes content from Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, HGTV, ID, A&E, History, Lifetime, OWN, Travel, Science Network, and The Dodo. But beware, you cannot stream these channels live with a Discovery+, you can only watch their TV shows in playback.

Price: $4.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

More on the streaming services featured in this list

Philo: Once called Tivli, Philo is a streaming service that was first started in Harvard University by a Facebook co-founder. In August 2020, they announced that they reached the milestone of 750,000 subscribers.

Sling Orange: Sling Orange used to be more expensive than Sling Blue but they now both cost $40 each, or $28 if you get both of them ($55/month if you get Sling Orange+Blue)

Sling Blue: Sling Blue used to be cheaper than Sling Orange, but they now cost the same - $40 per month. If you get both of them, they cost $55 for the bundle, so around $27.5 each.

Disney+: Disney Plus launched to much anticipation in 2019 and gained over 10 million subscribers within its first day on the market. Currently, Disney Plus sits alongside Hulu and ESPN Plus as the Walt Disney Company's three primary streaming platforms for the US market. In 2021, Disney Puls reported 100 million subscribers worldwide.

Frndly TV: Frndly was launched by a former executive of the popular Live TV platform Sling TV. The idea was to offer a Live TV streaming service that doesn't require parental control, with the main draw being the three Hallmark channels.

Apple TV+: Apple TV+ launched in 2019 but, due to its lack of a competitive catalog, it failed to keep up with other streaming services. In a bid to stay in the game, in mid-2020 Apple reportedly began a more aggressive push to license older TV series and movies from third-party providers.

Discovery+: Discovery Plus launched in the U.S. in January 2021, after a trial run in India and Europe. In April 2021, they announced that they have reached 15 million paying subscribers.

All live TV streaming services as ordered by price

Every streaming service offering live TV channels, from the cheapest (free), to the most expensive.

Which Live TV streaming services have recently increased their prices?

Here are the last 10 streaming price increases:

  • Sling TVFebruary 12th, 2024.Sling TV raised the price of Sling Blue from $40 to $45
  • Sling TVFebruary 12th, 2024.Sling TV raised the price of Sling Orange + Blue from $55 to $60
  • Fubo TVFebruary 1st, 2024.Fubo TV raised the price of every plan by an average of $5 (Pro costs $79.99, previously $75.99)
  • DirecTV StreamNovember 5th, 2023.DirecTV Stream raised the price of every plan by an average of $5 (Choice costs $108.99, previously $99.99)
  • Discovery+November 2nd, 2023.Discovery+ raised its subscription price from $6.99 to $8.99
  • Apple TV+October 23rd, 2023.Apple TV+ raised its subscription price from $6.99 to $9.99
  • NetflixOctober 18th, 2023.Netflix raised the price of every plan by $2 to $3 (Premium costs $22.99, previously $19.99)
  • Disney+October 12th, 2023.Disney+ raised its ad-free plan price from $10.99 to $13.99
  • HuluOctober 12th, 2023.Hulu raised its ad-free plan price from $14.99 to $17.99
  • ESPN+October 12th, 2023.ESPN+ raised its subscription price from $9.99 to $10.99

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