August 2023 Streaming TV Is Light, Skip Services to Save Money

August 2023 Streaming TV Is Light, Skip Services to Save Money

The Art of Churning: Maximizing Streaming Services for Entertainment and Savings

Streaming has become an integral part of our lives, providing a wide range of entertainment options at our fingertips. However, the cost of multiple streaming subscriptions can quickly add up, leaving us questioning whether it’s worth the expense. In this article, we will explore a budget-friendly strategy called “churning” and provide recommendations for which streaming services to keep or cancel in August.

To start, let’s take a look at the current streaming landscape. If you’re an anime lover or looking for one-off movie releases, Hulu and Netflix are your best bets this month. Hulu offers exciting shows such as “Reservation Dogs,” “Only Murders in the Building,” and “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Personally, I’m excited to stream Max for “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake” since beloved characters like Jake, PB, and other originals are set to make an appearance. While August may not be the most eventful streaming month, it’s an opportune time to save your money and prepare for the exciting releases coming in September and October.

Now, let’s dive into the concept of churning. Churning is a strategy where you subscribe, cancel, switch to a different platform, and then resubscribe as needed. With this approach, you can save money by rotating streaming services based on the content they offer. It’s crucial to remember to turn off auto-renewal for your monthly subscriptions to avoid any unexpected charges. However, churning might not work well if you’re sharing accounts with individuals outside your household, so consider discussing and coordinating with your crew to make the most of this strategy.

To assist you in making informed decisions, here are our suggestions for which streaming services to keep or cancel in August:

Streaming Service Keep Cancel
Hulu X
Netflix X
Apple TV Plus X
Disney Plus X
Max X
Peacock X
Starz X
Prime Video X
Paramount Plus X

Keep these streaming services in August

Hulu: Anime fans can continue enjoying shows like “Zom 100” and “Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War.” Lollapalooza will also livestream from August 3rd to 6th. For exciting premieres, keep an eye out for the fourth season of “Breeders” (August 1st), the third season of “Reservation Dogs” (August 2nd), and the third season of “Only Murders” (August 8th). Furthermore, a new K-drama titled “Moving” will be released on August 9th, and FX’s “A Murder at the End of the World” will premiere on August 29th.

Netflix: While the selection may be smaller, there are still several titles worth streaming on Netflix this month, including “The Lincoln Lawyer” season 2, part 2 (August 3rd), the live-action movie “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead” (August 3rd), “Heartstopper” season 2 (August 3rd), “Zombieverse” K-drama series (August 8th), and many more exciting releases.

Disney Plus: Two highly anticipated debuts on Disney Plus are “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (August 2nd) and “Star Wars: Ahsoka” (August 23rd). If you’re not interested in Star Wars content, you can consider canceling after watching “GotG.” Additionally, the full first season of “Secret Invasion” is now available to binge.

Prime Video: August brings three book adaptations to Prime Video: “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart” (August 4th), “Red, White & Royal Blue” (August 11th), and “Harlan Coben’s Shelter” (August 18th). If you haven’t already, don’t miss out on “Good Omens” season 2.

Paramount Plus: If you’re a fan of “Big Brother,” “Special Ops: Lioness,” or “Billions,” keep your Paramount Plus subscription. The highly anticipated debut of “Billions” season 7 will be on August 11th.

You can cancel these services this month

Starz: Apart from the mid-season finale of “Outlander” airing on August 11th, there aren’t many ongoing titles on Starz this month. Consider resubscribing in September for “Power Book IV: Force” and other binge-worthy shows.

Max: Unless you’re interested in “Winning Time” season 2 (August 6th), “Rap Sh!t” season 2 (August 10th), or “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake” season 1 (August 31st), you can cancel your Max subscription for now. Notably, Kim Cattrall will appear in the season 2 finale of “And Just Like That” on August 24th for all the “Sex and the City” fans out there.

Apple TV Plus: “Hijack” concludes its season, while “Physical” premieres its final season on August 2nd. If you’re into aliens, “Invasion” returns on August 23rd through October. However, waiting until September or October will allow you to subscribe for the highly anticipated “The Morning Show” season 3, “The Changeling,” or “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Peacock: In August, the highly anticipated “Super Mario Bros. Movie” will be available on Peacock. Consider whether this film, along with Love Island and Bravo’s reality shows, justifies the subscription price increase starting at $6 per month.

To maximize your savings, it is worth considering waiting until a bingeable number of episodes are available on a particular platform. This allows you to subscribe for one month and catch up on all the episodes instead of paying for several months. For instance, “Star Wars: Ahsoka” will release eight episodes, with the finale dropping on October 4th. Instead of subscribing for multiple months, wait until October to stream the entire series. Similarly, “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake” has ten episodes streaming into September, and “Only Murders in the Building” airs weekly with ten episodes running into October. By waiting and binge-watching, you can save money while enjoying these fantastic shows.

Before making any decisions, take a moment to assess the monthly cost of each streaming service. Paramount Plus starts at $6, Apple TV Plus is $7, Netflix ranges from $7 to $20 (plus fees for additional members), Disney Plus costs anywhere from $2 to $11 depending on bundles, Max is priced between $10 to $20, Hulu starts at $8, and Starz is available for $9. Peacock now offers a base rate of $6 per month. Use this information to calculate the overall cost and determine which services align with your budget and entertainment preferences. Set calendar reminders to alert you when it’s time to churn, resubscribe, or cancel.

In conclusion, by strategically churning streaming services and being mindful of the content they offer, you can create an enjoyable and cost-effective streaming experience. August may be a relatively quiet month, but it sets the stage for the exciting releases coming in September and October. So, save your money, and get ready for forthcoming adventures in the world of streaming entertainment.