If you’re trying to cut down on your streaming service expenses, you’re not alone. With so many services out there, all with different content, costs can really add up. But if you’re familiar with friends and family sharing accounts, then you know how easy it can be to reduce your monthly expenses.
That said, not all streaming services have family plans, and some are more complicated to set up and use than others. And with so many devices being used to stream, product protection is vital in ensuring you never have to miss out on your favorite shows and movies. An extended warranty plan can protect your favorite streaming devices against all types of accidents, damage, wear and tear, and more.
To help you get a jump start on choosing the right match for your family (or friends, or roommates), we’ve compiled a list of the best streaming service family plans out there.
Although Netflix password sharing has recently come under fire, you can avoid service disruption with a family plan. The company recently raised monthly subscription fees to the following:
- $9.99/month: Single device.
- $19.99/month: Four concurrent streams and access to 4K.
While this might sound like a lot, when you get the family plan you’re saving nearly $20 per month, compared to four people paying for single-device plans. Netflix is one of those essential streaming platforms, especially when you consider its original content that continues to receive exceptional praise and attention.
Hulu has an extensive content library along with its own original content. When something isn’t available on Netflix, there’s always a good chance it’s available on Hulu. It's a great platform to combine with other subscriptions.
Hulu allows you to create as many user profiles as you’d like, but only two people can stream at the same time. The membership tiers are priced as follows:
- $7.99/month: With ads.
- $14.99/month: No ads.
- $82.99/month: Hulu + Live TV, no ads.
If you opt for Hulu + Live TV, access to Disney+ is included with your membership, as well as ESPN+ with ads. So, if you’re already paying for cable and a Disney+ subscription, you might be able to cut out two entire bills when you sign up for Hulu.
Apple TV+ has gained more popularity in recent years, and many households are taking advantage of the Apple family sharing plan. This plan allows one member to act as the household manager and invite five other users to join. It works across all devices and means that any iTunes or App store purchases are paid for under the same account. This platform will allow up to 6 simultaneous streams, which is more than most, so if you’re already an Apple household, this might be the way to go.
- $6.99/month: up to 6 users.
YouTube TV family sharing is another cable-replacement option. It includes national and local networks, a large collection of on-demand movies and shows, unlimited cloud DVR storage, and more.
This platform allows for six members to join as users, but only three people can stream at the same time. This isn’t such a problem if you use other streaming services and don’t all end up on YouTube TV at the same time.
Cost: $64.99/month with up to 6 household users.
Protect your plan!
When choosing a family streaming plan, you’ll want to think about the size of your family and what type of content you’re getting. You might want to go with the family plan that offers the most concurrent streams, and then choose cheaper “individual” options for more specialized streaming services. This way, you’ll minimize the risk of overlap and users being kicked off.
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