With the amount of quality content available on streaming services, we no longer need a cable subscription to be able to enjoy movies and TV series. Even though most of the major platforms cost less than $20, we might become victims to streaming service hoarding and have two or three memberships around which we bounce.
However, having services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now could start to add up. You might feel like you have to start pulling the invisible cord on your streaming habit. The only smart way to juggle multiple services is by opting to sign up for a cheaper-costing platform to provide extra content along with your Netflix account, or you can sign up for two services for the price of Netflix's monthly rate.
We are talking services so cheap, you only have to refrain from one Subway footlong sandwich once every 30 or so days to cover the cost.
Here are five streaming services you should subscribe to that will cost you under $5 per month.
•Streaming service for: Comedy fans
• Content: Launched by NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, Seeso is an ad-free streaming service for all things comedy. Because of its owner, you can expect to stream episodes of hilarious NBC shows like SNL, The Office and 30 Rock, as well as new original series like Bajillion Dollar Propertie$. The library of content also includes movies and stand-up specials.
• Price: Seeso only costs $3.99 per month after one month free.
• Stream On: It's only available in the U.S. for now, but subscribers can stream on the Web, Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
• Streaming service for: Horror addicts
• Content: While we all love to laugh, there are many of us who prefer a good scare when it comes to streaming titles. Look no further than Shudder, the service dedicated strictly to horror films, to bring chills down your spine. We're talking slashers, supernatural films and even disturbing ones like The Human Centipede. These are found through categories that bring the user to a subgenre for easy browsing, or by searching for a specific movie.
• Price: You won't be screaming when you see your credit card statement. After a 14-day free trial, Shudder only costs $4.99 per month. If you don't want to spend the almost five dollars, you can also sign up for another horror streaming platform called Screambox that costs $3.99 per month.
• Stream on: Desktop, via apps for iOS and Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Roku platform.
• Steaming service for: Millennials
•Content: This platform from the digital studio Fullscreen features a library that includes movies, scripted series and specials that are all aimed at millennial viewers. These include series like Daria and Saved by the Bell, original series like the reboot of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl starring YouTube star Grace Helbig, the high school drama Filthy Preppy Teen$ and the docu-series My Selfie Life that follows people's personal stories such as someone who shared their 200-pound weight loss story on Instagram. Users can also create and share GIFs on the platform with their friends.
•Price: After a free month trial, Fullscreen costs $4.99 per month.
•Stream on: The Web, smart TV, Google Chromecast, iOS and Android.
• Streaming service for: Those who love British TV
• Content: Acorn TV is the streaming service that is dedicated solely to bringing U.S. viewers content from across the pond. The platform features over 1,800 hours of programming and 60 exclusive shows that stream commercial-free. Series include mysteries, dramas, comedies and documentaries such as BBC's Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime and Doc Martin. New titles hit the platform every week.
• Price: It costs just $4.99 per month after a free month trial to watch all the British content your heart desires, or $49.99 a year.
• Stream on: The Web, iOS, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Roku.
•Streaming service for: Sappy movies and series
•Content: Feeln is the on demand video subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. That means this streaming service is filled with rom-coms and feel-good family flicks. There is an expansive library of movies (new ones just released for Mother's Day streaming), including exclusives like The Reality of Love starring Bradley Cooper and classics like Marilyn Monroe's Some Like it Hot. Series include Heartland and She's Crafty, along with original series like the upcoming new drama The Eleventh starring Cloris Leachman.
•Price: You can start streaming Hallmark-like content for $3.99 per month. Bring that price down to $1.99 a month if you sign up for the annual plan that costs $23.99.
•Stream on: iOS, Android, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Roku and Xbox 360.
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