As the cost of living continues to rise, people are looking for ways to save money. One way to do that is to cut back on luxury streaming services.
It has been revealed that one million people across the UK canceled their streaming service subscriptions between January and September 2022. Kantar research shows that the number of households across the UK with at least one premium streaming plan has fallen by around 937,000.
The main reason people are cutting back on these services, like Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+, is because of the significant increase in inflation and energy bills across the country this year alone. The Daily Express reports that Dominic Sunnebo – who is global insights director at Kantar’s worldwide panel division – discussed the trend, saying: “There are a number of dynamics at play in the market, such as the cost of living crisis and subsequent ‘cord-cutting’, as well as a degree of ‘content fatigue.’
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But anyone who cancels their memberships will lose out on exclusive releases like Stranger Things, the new Lord of the Rings series and countless other content. But for anyone who loves a good movie or box set can watch these on some free apps.
And just because they’re free doesn’t mean they lack the poignant quality of paid services, ChronicleLive reports.
The app, launched by Amazon earlier this year, replaced the old IMDB TV service. The app was renamed in an attempt to highlight that it is free, attracting more viewers.
Like Prime Video, Freevee is home to a number of exclusive shows and movies that you won’t find anywhere else – such as the massive Bosch Legacy series, a follow-up to Bosch based on Michael Connelly’s books. Some of the original content on the app includes TV Judge Judy, teen spy drama Alex Rider (which boasts an impressive 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score) and a documentary about pop superstar Post Malone.
You can tune into Freevee through your browser, on Fire TV as well as Google TV and Android TV devices, and through the official Android and iOS app.
This is one of the most popular free streaming apps out there with more than 25 million people registered to use the service. It can be accessed on a number of different platforms such as Android, iOS, Fire TV, Android TV, PlayStation, Xbox and much more.
Plex can be accessed through your browser, and it might not seem like there’s a lot to choose from, but there are some great shows. If you love reality TV and cooking shows, you can watch the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s first show A Cook’s Tour on Plex.
While if you’re looking for something a little more fiery Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen is also available. There are also a number of great options such as Ricky Gervais’ Extras, the acclaimed crime drama Happy Valley (which is also available to stream on Netflix) and fellow BBC series Silent Witness.
BBC iPlayer, All4 and ITV Hub –
Anyone looking to watch live content on any of these platforms will need a TV licence, but there’s a huge range of exclusive dramas and box sets to make the most of.
BBC’s iPlayer hosts all-time classics such as Doctor Who, Gavin and Stacey, and People Just Do Nothing – with an added option to catch live classics such as Eastenders, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and QI. The ITV Hub offers the same features as the BBC’s iPlayer, allowing punters to keep up with out-of-hours Coronation Street and Emmerdale, while also tucking into brilliant box sets such as Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Doc Martin.
Finally, All4 runs a similar system, allowing viewers to watch live TV while catching up on shows they may have missed. Here you can find big British hits such as Taskmaster, Made in Chelsea, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Gogglebox.
Other free apps
If none of these appeal to you, there are plenty of options out there. Rakuten TV and Pluto TV can be tuned easily by going to their websites or by downloading the official apps.
With apps like Pluto TV, Plex, and Rakuten TV, you may have to do a bit of digging to find something that appeals to you, but there’s bound to be something there that catches your eye. And since you don’t have to pay a dime to access these services, you have nothing to lose by checking them out.