There are lots of great shows and movies across dozens of streaming services, but even subscribing to five of them could cost you more than $50 per month. (Just look at the latest pricing news for Disney Plus.) We’re going to show you a trick that can help save you money. Think about this: You subscribe to one or more services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus or HBO Max, stream until your favorite series ends its season run, then look for the next thing to watch. But is it worth keeping multiple subscriptions active if you’re not actively watching anything on them? I don’t think so.
Rotate your streaming services
For cord-cutters, leaving pricey cable packages behind in favor of streaming is a win for the wallet. Because we’re able to sign up for monthly plans, it’s easy to jump into a streaming service and jump out when prices increase or content dries up. According to Deloitte’s 2022 Media Trends report, the biggest reasons people cancel their streaming subscriptions are because of pricing and lack of fresh content. Media companies call this behavior “churn.” We’re calling this the rotation method. The benefits? You save cash and avoid content droughts. Let’s say a hot title like House of the Dragon or The Real Housewives is set to premiere on a service. Note the total episode count and wait until they’re all available at once on a platform. You cancel HBO Max, Disney Plus or other service and then, once the episodes are available, resubscribe to catch up on your faves. My monthly guide on which streaming services to cancel can help you keep up.
The downside? You won’t have immediate access to every show you want to watch and will have to wait until the full season airs. And since many streaming services release new episodes weekly, rather than all at once, you might not be caught up at the same time as your friends. If you’re someone who prefers to watch episodes immediately when they drop, you may decide it’s worth it to have multiple subscriptions at a time. If you have patience, however, you can save some money.