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Streaming Services That Rival Cable

According to Statista (2021), around 78% percent of US households have some sort of streaming or on-demand service. With all these options, it can be hard to choose the right streaming service for you.

It seems like, with every passing day, a new streaming service is born. According to Statista (2021), around 78% percent of US households have some sort of streaming or on-demand service. With all these options, it can be hard to choose the right streaming service for you. So today, we are going to be looking at some streaming alternatives to cable. Click on the service’s name to get more information straight from the source!

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Heavy Hitters

Here, we have a category of leaders in the streaming industry. Many of them have shows from cable, current, or past seasons and their own original series. The pricing and plans mentioned are as of December 2021; they are also approximations and do not include taxes or fees.

Netflix

The number of plans: 3

Price range: $9 – $18/month

Live TV available: No

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: None

Hulu

The number of plans: 4

Price range: $7 – $71 /month

Live TV available: Yes

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: Tons, ranging from ESPN+ to Showtime, there is also a Disney+ bundle

Amazon Prime Video

The number of plans: 1

Price range: $9/month

Live TV available: Yes

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: Similar to Hulu, there are many add-on channels such as Starz or AMC+

Disney+

The number of plans: 1

Price range: $8 /month

Live TV available: No

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: Users can bundle with ESPN+ or Hulu

Apple TV+

The number of plans: 3

Price range: $5 – 15+ /month

Live TV available: Yes

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: Bundles are similar to Amazon Prime ranging from Stars to Lifetime Movie Club

YouTube TV

The number of plans: 1

Price range: $65/month

Live TV available: Yes

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: They boast several bundles, including HBO Max, Epix, and many sports packages

More like Cable

This category focuses more on services that have a large presence in the cable sector. Many of these providers are already on cable and have moved to streaming to keep up with current demand. These prices and plans are also as of December 2021; they are also approximations and do not include taxes or fees.

Paramount+

The number of plans: 2

Price range: $5 – 15/month

Live TV available: Yes; in 99% of the United States

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: The only bundle shared on the Paramount+ website is with Showtime

HBO Max

The number of plans: 2

Price range: $10 – 15/month

Live TV available: No; unless bundled with Hulu with Live TV or through a cable provider

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: None

Discovery+

The number of plans: 2

Price range: $5 – 7/month

Live TV available: No

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: None

Peacock

The number of plans: 2

Price range: $5 – 10/month

Live TV available: No

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: None

Showtime

The number of plans: 1

Price range: $11/month

Live TV available: No; unless bundled with a streaming service or through a cable provider

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: Users can bundle with Hulu or Amazon Prime Video

Starz

The number of plans: 1

Price range: $9/month; current offer is $5 for three months

Live TV available: No

Add-on subscriptions/bundles: Users can bundle with Hulu or Amazon Prime Video

Niche Streaming Services

Now, these streaming services are more niche but still deserve recognition! First, Dropout is full of College Humor skits and Dimension 20 episodes. It is excellent for those interested in improv. Second, Crunchyroll and VRV are great for anime or other animated series. These services are full of fantastic shows such as Bravest Warriors and One Piece. Third, Shudder is geared toward horror enthusiasts. Viewers can watch new indie hits or classic thrillers. Finally, CuriosityStream is full of documentaries and educational content. Here, we have a category of leaders in the streaming industry. Many of them have shows from cable, current, or past seasons and their own original series. The pricing and plans mentioned are as of December 2021; they are also approximations and do not include taxes or fees.

Dropout

The number of plans: 3; subscription/tiered payment

Price: $6/month; however, year-long and six-month subscriptions are also available

Content: College Humor Originals

Crunchyroll

The number of plans: 3

Price: $8 – $15/month

Content: Anime

VRV

The number of plans: 1

Price: $10/month

Content: Animated series

Shudder

The number of plans: 1

Price: $6/month

Content: Horror, thriller, and supernatural movies

CuriosityStream

The number of plans: 4

Price: $3 – $9/month or $15 – $53/year

Content: Educational documentaries and shows

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