Once upon a time, streaming services were heralded as the antidote to the rising cost of TV subscription packages, providing affordable options for those who wanted high-quality, varied entertainment, without paying an exorbitant monthly bill. However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and now the world of streaming is a mess, with an almost overwhelming number of options, all of which seem to be increasing in price.
So how can we go back to the happy days before Netflix started losing money and started running ads? Well, the power is in the hands of the consumer in this case, because although these services work on an ongoing monthly subscription, there is nothing stopping you from canceling at will. We suggest taking the time to review your streaming services and find out how often you use them or if the content there appeals to you. The advantage here is that you won’t pay for a month of Netflix, Disney Plus or any other service when you have nothing to watch; And the best thing is that you can reactivate your subscription at any time.
So the question boils down to: which ones should stay and which ones should go this September? Netflix immediately springs to mind, once the king of the streaming world, and now struggling to keep its head above water amid fierce streaming wars. Unless you plan on watching an excellent fantasy drama. The Sandmanor sci-fi hit Strange things so there’s really no good reason to keep Netflix at the moment, especially with subscription prices for the premium tier rising £2/$2/AU$3 over the last year. The same goes for Paramount+, unless you’re a star trek fan or interested in yellow stoneyou could save some money by getting rid of it.
Now (formerly Now TV) is complicated, since dragon house is streaming, with new episodes weekly, but if you’re not a game of Thrones fan, then Now might not be a priority on the streaming list. Apple TV+ has interesting content, with the final series of Watch It will be released weekly this month, but the content remains exclusive to Apple, so beware of the limited but undoubtedly high-quality selection.
Now for something more upbeat, streaming services worth your money this month. Amazon Prime Video immediately springs to mind, with arguably the most ambitious streaming series we’ve seen hit the platform this month. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power It serves as a prequel to the beloved fantasy epics of the early 2000s, and early reviews say the series is off to a good start. Amazon has invested a billion dollars in this new series and, with the support of the prestigious IP, it is sure to be a spectacle. Elsewhere on the service is the explicit but in-depth superhero series. Boys which concluded its most recent series in July, and Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending (and time-bending) action flick Beginning It will arrive in service on September 9. Prime Video has also just received a user interface overhaul that makes the platform more efficient and seems to have ironed out some of the issues we’ve had with the service recently. Prime Video has other perks too, as it includes all the benefits of Amazon Prime, and with another Prime Day rumored to be coming soon, there may be more to Prime Video than some big-budget action.
However, if fantasy epics aren’t your thing, then we have an alternative. Disney Plus is another streaming service worth keeping this month, especially if you’re a fan of Marvel and/or Star Wars. Courtroom drama meets comedy and ultimate destruction in she-hulka new series set within the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, with new episodes releasing every Thursday in September.
The Marvel fun doesn’t end there, though, with Thor: love and thunder coming to Disney Plus on September 8, and the X-Men-inspired horror film new mutants streaming now. At the end of this month, September 21 to be exact, a new Star Wars will debut the series titled Andor, based on the brilliant star wars rogue one. Other recent additions that make Disney Plus worth keeping this September are those from Pixar. toy story cleave, Light-year, and the most recent entry in the Predator franchise, Prey.
Taking the time to clean up your streaming services shouldn’t take long and could save you a lot of money this month. Netflix’s premium plan alone costs £15.99 / $19.99 / AU$22.99 a month, an expensive waste if there’s nothing on the platform to watch. At a time when everyone is feeling the pinch, don’t feel obligated to keep that subscription running. Next month may change, with new content constantly hitting the services, maybe a modular-style streaming world could work for you.
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