March Offers Plenty of Streaming Fun, but You Don’t Need Every Service – CNET

It’s going to be hard to put the remote down this month. You can choose to stream NCAA March Madness games, Disney Plus’ new animated X-Men series, the Oscars, primetime TV shows that are returning with new seasons (like Grey’s Anatomy) and a string of films and original series.

Netflix releases its 3 Body Problem adaptation from Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and it’s also dropping Damsel, a feature film starring Millie Bobby Brown, a live tennis match and a new series called The Gentlemen. Disney Plus brings you Taylor Swift’s Eras movie, Invincibles returns to Prime Video and The Regime arrives on Max. Meanwhile, The Harry Potter franchise teleports to Peacock beginning March 1. 

While some streaming services have more new films and shows to offer than others this March, new seasons, new movies and interesting new shows can make it hard to ignore what’s on TV. But you probably don’t want to spend money on every platform.

Every month, you may need to weigh whether to cancel a streaming service because of cost and the content that’s currently available. With that in mind, I’d like to offer one strategy: Churn like ice cream, which is to say, rotate. 

Wondering how? Try subscribing, canceling, watching other services and then resubscribing, ensuring the services you want are on rotation. Rotating streaming services can mix things up and save you cash 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 it out, go for it. 

Here are my suggestions for which platforms to cancel or keep in March, 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. Embracing it is easier than you might think. And remember, a VPN can also be a useful tool when you’re streaming. 

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Wonka streams on Max this month, too.

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A still image from season 2 of the TV show Halo, showing the Master Chief standing next to a tree in a woodland area, holding a gun. A still image from season 2 of the TV show Halo, showing the Master Chief standing next to a tree in a woodland area, holding a gun.

You can binge Halo season 2 on Paramount Plus, then cancel the service. 

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Wait things out to save money

Waiting until most or all of the episodes of your favorite series are available on a platform is a wise strategy if you don’t get FOMO. That way, rather than pay for a service for several months to cover the six- to 10-week run of a show, you can catch up on everything by subscribing for one month. And then repeat the cycle again. This works well if you don’t mind being a binge-watcher. 

For example, if you’re keeping Max for Curb Your Enthusiasm (10 episodes) or Tokyo Vice (also 10 episodes), why not hold off until April or May after they wrap? The new X-Men series on Disney Plus has 10 episodes that will be released weekly, and Palm Royale on Apple TV Plus will air its 10 episodes into May. Avoid paying for two or three months of these services when you can wait to watch these shows in full anytime in the spring.

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Palm Royale will run weekly episodes on Apple TV Plus.

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