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Cut costs by cutting the cable cord

Online streaming services offer a way for individuals to reduce bills

By Brandon Williams and Cassy Plowman
On October 30, 2017

Many college students today are becoming “cord cutters”, consumers who have turned away from cable subscriptions and instead toward streaming services as a cheaper alternative for television and film entertainment. 

A study by the Leichtman Research Group found that the top six cable companies lost around 115,000 video subscribers in the first quarter of 2017. 

The perks of viewing fewer commercials and picking and choosing to pay for only desired content instead of packages of channels that might not even be of interest are just two reasons some people are making the switch. 

The accompanying infographic is a comparison of some of the most popular options available, all of which offer trials or have limited free access. Many of these services have some overlap of their libraries so the list includes original content as well.


Cost: $5.99/month for the first year, $7.99/month after, $11.99/month (no commercials), Hulu with Live TV $39.99/month, Hulu with Live TV (no commercials) $43.99/month 

Biggest Draw: Hulu contains a large selection of currently running shows from popular networks like ABC, NBC, Comedy Central and others. Live TV adds Live and On Demand TV channels including ESPN, Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. 

Notable original content: The Handmaid’s Tale, 11.22.63, Quick Draw and several others.


Cost: $10.99/month for Amazon Prime, $100 for a full year, $50 per year for students

Biggest Draw: Amazon Prime includes an abundance of perks such as free two-day shipping on select items as well as select deals for students and access to a large library of media from books, music, videos, movies and audio series. Subscribers also recieve Twitch Prime, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and 30 minute early acess to lightning deals.

Notable original content: The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Bosch, The Grand Tour


Cost: Starting at $6.95/month for premium (offering 720p and 1080p HD and no ads) and $11.95/month for premium+, which adds entries to exclusive contests and early access to beta test new features. 

Biggest Draw: Crunchyroll is a streaming service for anime and manga fans with its biggest perk being simulcasting (releasing anime episodes and manga chapters one hour after they are released in Japan). 

Notable original content: CrunchyCast is the official podcast of Crunchyroll that provides news, interviews and opinions on geek culture. 


Cost: $7.99/month for the basic plan (no HD), $10.99 (for HD), $11.99/month for the premium plan (4K HD available and can be accessed on four screens simultaneously) 

Biggest Draw: Netflix has one of the biggest available streaming libraries, including television shows, feature films and documentaries.  

Notable original content: Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Marvel cinematic television series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders).





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