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Did you enjoy the Emmy Awards Monday?

Emmy_Awards 8-12-22I don’t watch much television. Although I analyze the Academy Award nominated movies each year for violence and sexism, I think TV, generally, is a wasteland.

I listen to National Public Radio during the day, then try to find something on cable TV to watch in the evening that isn’t too violent.

Now, there are all kinds of streaming services. I have Amazon Prime to watch Academy Award nominated movies; Peacock, which comes with Comcast cable; and Hulu, because it had a deal for three months for $1 a month.

I switched to T-Mobile recently and just checked and learned I have Netflix, standard.

Emmy winners that I watched:

“Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show”

“Saturday Night Live”

Winners I may check out:

“Abbott Elementary” – ABC

“Squid Game” – Netflix

“Dopesick” – Hulu

“The Dropout” -- Hulu

I’ll skip:

“Ozark”

“Euphoria”

This review sure brings out what’s been happening for years: streaming services are replacing cable TV in programming.

Over the past several years, streaming services have seen a surge in popularity — 78 percent of U.S. households have at least a Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu subscription, compared with 69 percent in 2018, and 52 percent in 2015, according to research by Leichtman Research Group Inc.

One in four households spend more than $75 per month on streaming subscriptions, and one in 10 have “no idea” how much they spend, a FinanceBuzz survey showed.

To navigate the complex world of TV streaming, see the Consumer Reports article “How to Save Money on Streaming Services.”

Some tips include:

  • Decide if you want to cut the cable.
  • Make a list of your streaming services and review them every month to determine if you’re still using them enough to justify the cost.
  • Hop from service to service, quitting a service after you’re done watching a program or series.
  • Choose a cheaper tier, often one with ads.
  • Stream shows and movies for free on free streaming services such as Freevee, Pluto TV, and Tubi. Also look for deals, such as the one I got from Hulu for three months for $1 a month.

 

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