The IndieWire Guide To Streaming on a Budget

IndieWire | 8/21/2019 | Staff
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There’s no shortage of shows to binge in the era of peak TV, but figuring out where the good stuff is streaming can be tricky, especially for viewers on a budget. There’s a dizzying array of streaming services on the market, and choosing which platforms are worth subscribing to can be further complicated by multi-tiered pricing options and licensing deals that mean your favorite content could abruptly disappear from a platform.

With that in mind, here’s a guide on the streaming services that could offer you the most bang for your buck, depending on your budget. Obviously, viewer preferences are subjective and pretty much all of the major platforms have at least a few original shows worth watching. Therefore, this guide is less about platforms with one or two recent breakout hits and more about services with a solid quantity of high-quality new and legacy content, reasonable pricing, and long-term value.

Market - Months - Disney+ - Apple - TV+

It’s also worth noting the streaming market is going to look quite different in just a few months. Disney+ and Apple TV+ are expected to debut in November, at $6.99 per month and $9.99 per month, respectively. Disney and Apple are spending significant amounts of money to make their services stand out in the increasingly crowded TV industry. HBO Max and the still-unnamed NBCUniversal streaming service will further shake up the industry when they launch in 2020. But until then, the following services will offer more than binge-worthy content to keep you glued to your screen:

If your budget is $10 or less per month:

CW - CW - Seed - Pluto - TV

The ad-supported The CW, CW Seed, and Pluto TV are all free, which is a pretty good price, especially for viewers on a tight budget. No registration is required, which is another plus. The CW has the exclusive in-season streaming rights to upcoming shows such as “Batwoman,” Nancy...
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