The vast majority of today’s young adults have at least one streaming service account, whether it be Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Disney+. These over-the-top (OTT) platforms have become the majority’s go-to services to save themselves from boredom, whether they’re at home or during long travels. However, it can be costly, especially if you’re subscribed to many streaming services all at once.
So, we’re here to help you make the most out of your streaming service subscriptions by providing these tried and tested tips. Let’s dive into them!
Focus on one streaming service
The first and most obvious way to make the most of your streaming service subscriptions is by focusing on just one. Multiple streaming services make you more likely to end up watching the same movie or show on different platforms. This is because each service has different content libraries.
If you want to get the most value out of your streaming services (and save money), focus on just one and unsubscribe from the rest. This way, you can explore that service’s content library entirely without worrying about duplicates. Of course, you can always resubscribe to other services later on if you find that you’re missing out.
Assess your preferences in movies and TV shows
Do you prefer watching a specific type and genre of content more often? You might want to check the streaming services you’re subscribed to. For example, if your kids are taking Spanish classes and often notice them watching Spanish videos, you can subscribe to Go Latino TV to maximize their learning and streaming experience all at once. However, if you’re in a house full of kids who love Disney films, then Disney+ is a no-brainer.
Take advantage of free trials
Most streaming services offer free trials for new subscribers, which is usually around 30 days. If you’re planning on subscribing to a new service, take advantage of this by signing up for the free trial and bringing as much content as possible. This way, you can determine whether the service is worth your money before paying for it.
Most major streaming services offer free trials, so if you’re a new user, grab it while you can. Unfortunately, some streaming platforms have discontinued this feature because users are abusing it by creating new email addresses, making it appear that they’re new users.
Look out for bundle deals
If you find that you just can’t live without multiple streaming services, then another way to make the most out of your subscriptions is by taking advantage of bundle deals. Many streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Disney+, offer bundle deals with other services, such as ESPN+ and Hulu. This way, you can get all the content you want without paying for each service individually.
Take advantage of the download for the offline viewing feature
Most streaming services are heavily reliant on high-speed internet. But what can you do if you are stuck in an area with poor or no connection at all? Download movies and TV series you want to watch beforehand. Fortunately, many streaming service providers are now offering this feature, but some platforms only allow limited downloadable content, so choose wisely.
Downloading movies and TV shows can also reduce your data consumption if you are outside the house. You can enjoy watching in school, at the office, or on the subway.
Trust the algorithm
If a service lets you rate content you have already consumed, do so. To rate a show or movie on Netflix, for example, all you have to do is give it a thumbs up, double thumbs up, or thumbs down. Do not spend hours clicking through every movie and TV show; if you happen to come across anything you have seen, it only takes a few seconds to mark it as “liked” or “disliked” as you browse.
That way, each service will have more information from which to make more accurate recommendations. As you watch more, they will get a better sense of your preferences.
Streaming services can be overwhelming, especially since you are exposed to a vast library of content, all for you to watch and enjoy. So, make sure to make the most out of your subscription by following these tips. This way, you can maximize your streaming experience while saving money.