Poll: How much do you pay each month for TV and films?

November 12th, 2015


I’m currently paying about $85 each month for access to movies and TV in my home. That edges up to more than $100 per month ($1,200 per year) when I factor in cinema visits. Some of my colleagues spend far less, usually between $0 (using a “shared” Netflix account) and $20 for both Netflix and Hulu accounts.

In the US, the average monthly bill for cable is $99.10, according to the Leichtman Research Group, a 39 percent increase since 2010. I’ve waited far too long to cut the cable cord (and almost 50 percent of my monthly bill) out of a misplaced, residual fear of missing out on some live event in the future. Sadly, without a “Spotify for TV and film” I have no choice but to subscribe to an a la carte menu of services.

My monthly bill breaks down like this:

  • $40 for about 60 channels of cable I rarely watch with the ability to rarely watch them from any connected device.
  • $8.99 for Netflix which is set to go up to $9.99 per month in May.
  • $11.67 ($139.99 per year) for unlimited access to every NFL game. If you live outside of the US and crave American football then you should absolutely subscribe — it’s fantastic.
  • $4.99 to test Mubi; the small, indie-focused film streamer that rose to fame after Paul Thomas Anderson game them the exclusive on Junun.
  • $8.25 ($99 per year) for Amazon Prime which gives me access to Amazon Video (and the Epix content Netflix recently lost). I originally signed up just to watch Transparent, an Amazon Original.
  • $10 on average for iTunes or Amazon Prime Video rentals to fill the gaps in streaming services.

I also download the occasional torrent for "free" which leaves me wracked with guilt for having joined the tyranny of evil men. But like Jules, I’m tryin’ — I’m tryin’ real hard to be shepherd.

So, that’s me, what are you paying each month to bring TV and movies into your house?

How much do you pay for TV and movies at home?
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