It’s fall, and October streaming has all the sports, spookiness and dramedy you’d expect. Price changes are hitting Disney Plus and Hulu on Oct. 12, but don’t let that stop you from watching new releases like Loki, Goosebumps or Bob’s Burgers. This month has lots to offer for TV and movie fans alike.
Plenty of international content is hitting Netflix in October, too, including new K-dramas, anime, Lupin and Elite. Let’s not forget Max is launching a live sports tier beginning Oct. 5, so if you’re a cord-cutter who loves the NBA, keep your subscription: it’s free until February. But there are horror and Halloween titles on just about every streaming service, so your overall budget may reach the moon if you like a good jump scare.
Every month, you may need to weigh whether to cancel a streaming service because of cost and the content that’s currently available. In these iffy financial times, I’d like to offer one strategy: Churn like ice cream.
How do you churn? Subscribe, cancel, roll with a different service, then resubscribe, keeping your favorites in a rotation. Rotating streaming services can be a money-saver when Netflix, Disney Plus, Max and others don’t have the content you want to watch at a given time. Just remember to shut off autorenewal for your monthly subscriptions. This method may not fly if you’re sharing your streaming accounts, but if you can work out an arrangement with your crew, go for it.
Here are my suggestions for which streamers to keep or cancel in September, based on new shows and movies (I didn’t consider live TV streaming services) coming to each platform. Your tastes may be different, but if nothing else, I urge you to at least consider the concept of rotating for savings. It’s easier than you might think. And remember, a VPN can also be a useful tool when you’re streaming.