Cord cutting should be the smart way to free yourself from exorbitant cable bills. But you add a Netflix here, an HBO Max there, throw in some Hulu and Apple+ and your favorite sports network, and pretty soon you’re paying $100+ every month. What is a smart streamer to do?
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That was me two years ago. Today, my total cost for video services is half of what it was then, and I never run out of entertaining things to watch. In this post, I’ll show you how I did it and how you can do the same.
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T-Mobile, for example, offers a long list of streaming discounts. With a Magenta or Magenta Max plan, you get “Netflix on Us,” Apple TV+ (for at least six months), Paramount+ (for one year), and a $10 discount on the monthly subscription cost of YouTube TV. That adds up to more than $30 a month. (And yes, the Magenta 55+ plans qualify.)
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Verizon throws in a free (ad-supported) Hulu/Disney+/ESPN+ bundle with it its top two unlimited plans. You can also get six months of Discovery+ and Apple Music depending on which subscription you have chosen.
AT&T includes a free HBO Max subscription with some of its unlimited plans.
In all cases, you must cancel your existing streaming subscription and then re-register using your mobile provider’s portal to take advantage of these discounts. But the savings may make it worth the small hassle.
If you know you’re going to subscribe to HBO Max every month, for example, why pay $10 (for the ad-supported plan) or $15 (for the ad-free plan) every month when you can buy an annual subscription which effectively gives you two months free?
Not all providers offer this option (Netflix, for example, is monthly only), but it’s worth checking out for whatever service is on your list.