Skip The Monthly Pay-TV Bill: Cheaper Alternatives To Get Your Movie and TV Content

In the last article, you learned about the free alternatives to watching movie and TV content online. In this article, you’ll learn about the different pay TV and movie services available for you to take advantage of.

Cable and satellite TV have gotten extremely expensive, which is why many people have opted for the various online alternatives and cut the cord entirely. These monthly subscriptions and al a carte purchases from Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and more that make cord-cutting a worthwhile experience.

Where To Get Al A Carte Content

1 – Amazon Instant Video

Amazon allows you to rent or purchase over 150,000 movies and TV shows. It cost $6 to rent content, and $20 to purchase content.

2 – iTunes Store

If you want movies, TV shows, or even music, the iTunes store from Apple has everything you could want. The day movies are released on DVD, they’re released in the iTiunes store. It’s got nearly all TV shows ever made – you can purchase a season pass to save yourself money or buy individual episodes. If you own an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to stream anything you have in your iTunes library.  The cost for TV shows is $2.99 per episode; movies cost $19.99. The costs for the Season Pass will vary based on number of episodes and location.

3 – Google Play

This service has thousands of TV shows and movies that you can rent and buy to view on any Google-compatible device. Movies cost no more than $19.99 with a $1.99 per episode cost. Like iTunes Store, you can get a Season Pass that also varies based on number of episodes and location.

4 – Can I Stream It

If you’re unable to find a movie or episode you want, you can use this site to find online sources and compare the different prices.

Cheap To Use Monthly Subscription Services

There are several monthly subscription services that you can take advantage of if you’re looking to get rid of your high monthly cable or satellite TV bill.

1 – Hulu Plus

When you want to watch major network TV shows – FOX, ABC, NBC, and BBC – then Hulu Plus is, by far, one of the best available services out there. It cost $8 a month or $96 a year.

2 – Netflix

If you want to stream movies and TV shows, Netflix is certainly a worthwhile option. It also has a number of original shows for viewers to take advantage of – “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards”. It can be viewed on nearly all devices, with new content hitting every Friday of each month. It costs about $9 a month or $108 a year.

3 – Amazon Prime

A subscription to Amazon Prime nets you access to over 40,000 titles including its original series “Transparent” and HBO’s backlog of TV miniseries and shows. The cost for this service is $99 a year (less than Netflix’s $108).

4 – Sling TV

Satellite TV company Dish moved into the future of cord cutting with its new service Sling TV. With this package, you get 10 channels that you can stream on your TV, computer, tablet and phone – live. The current 10 channels being offered include Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, HGTV, TBS and TNT. Its price per month is $20.

Now, it will soon offer other channels including AMC on its basic package. And, there are add-on packages that you can include – sports package, news package and children’s package.


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