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Streaming services cost as much as cable thanks to Disney

When Netflix first started streaming movies and TV, they had the best content from some of the leading networks and movie studios. Over time many of the studios and networks have started pulling their movies and shows. Netflix, Hulu, and Prime had all started combating the removal of content by producing their original movies and series. Now you need to buy Netflix for House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and a handful of other shows. You need Hulu for the Hands Maid Tails, Live TV, and content from Fox and other networks. Then you’ll likely have Prime for the free two-day shipping, which means you get a library of movies and show for practically free. That’s not to mention if you subscribe to YouTube Red for the ad-free viewing or original content. Then you also have the networks offering their subscription services like CBS All Acess or Disney’s soon to be streaming service.

Disney will pull their movies and TV shows from Netflix in 2019, signaling a shift in the industry and for the company. Disney currently has films like Sing, Mona, Star Wars, Cars 3, and dozens of other titles. ESPN, a Disney owned property, also had dozens of documentaries and other shows on Netflix. They’re losing a lot of movies and tv that populated the kid’s sections and enticed sports fans. Don’t worry though, as I said Disney is going to launch a streaming service with titles like Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and the new live action Lion King.

Streaming services like PlayStation Vue have a decent selection of sports including ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox Sports and others. Disney’s new service will likely include some sports content. Apart of the announcement, Disney also announced they purchased a majority stake in BAM Tech, a spin off of MLB Advance Media.

Your monthly streaming bill is starting to add up

I am already subscribed to Hulu, Netflix, YouTube Red, Amazon Prime, and want to add in Dinsey’s new streaming service in 2019. Each service cost around $10 a month, adding up to $50 or $60 a month, plus the internet which is $90 for me. That’s a total of $140 on the low end or $150 on the higher end. That’s as much as a cable bill each month. The point of these streaming services or skinny bundles was to keep cost low. We had a goal of paying for a few services and get all the content we want on demand. Now the streaming channels are becoming unbundled, and the prices are adding up. If you add in HBO, Show Time, CBS All Access, and other channels you could pay upwards of $200 a month! That’s as much as a premium cable plan.

Let me know what you think! Are you looking forward to a Disney only streaming service?