Movie theaters had their share of blockbuster summer movies in 2022, but streaming services could claim some victories, too. Netflix wasIn July, Disney Plus . had In June and while both systems will have more to offer in the coming weeks, August is the time for that to roar. why? Four words: The Game of Thrones prequel is arguably the most anticipated show of the year.
Every month I give advice on which streaming services to cancel and which to keep, based on their new releases and current content mix. This is because, in thisYou might think about it . I would like to present my strategy: .
what does that mean? Subscribe for a while, cancel, choose a different service, re-subscribe, and keep your favorites in turns. Feel free to pick one or two must-haves of the year and treat yourself to additional streaming providers like seasonal add-ons. The positive side is that you will save money when you Netflix,And HBO Max and others don’t have the content you want to watch at a particular time. Just remember to turn off the auto-renewal of your monthly subscriptions. Churning might not be an option if you share your accounts with people outside of your family, but if you can arrange an arrangement with your streaming coterie, go for it.
Here are my recommendations for streaming shows to keep or cancel for August, based on new TV shows and movies (I haven’t thought of that)And the ) Access to each platform. Of course your tastes may be different, but if nothing else, I urge you to at least consider the concept of going into thrift. It’s easier than you think.
Rotational service flow for August 2022
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Keep streaming these services live in August
HBO Max: HBO Max takes the crown in more ways than one this month. With the fourth season of Westworld ending on August 14, The Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon ignited the Targaryen family saga on August 21. Be available in 4K this month), bypassing those episodes or seasons you don’t want to rewatch. In addition to a slew of films arriving at Max in August, The Princess, a new documentary about Princess Diana, came out on August 13. And remember: Season 3 of Harley Quinn airs August through September.
NetflixThe most anticipated releases include the first season of The Sandman, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s popular graphic novel series (August 5). There’s also Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (August 5); Riverdale Season 6 (August 7), the final season of Locke & Key (August 10), Never Have I Ever Season 3 (August 12), Day Shift starring Jamie Foxx as a vampire hunter (August 12), and the Full Metal Alchemist anime: The Revenge Scar (August 20). and Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg team up on the comedy Me Time, which arrives on August 26.
Disney Plus.: This service will be essential for many of you who have children, especially withArrive on August 10. It will be released on August 17 with nine episodes running through mid-October. The appearances of MCU heroes Wong and Daredevil may tempt you to set the time now versus waiting for the gluttony in October, but it’s up to you. On August 10, I arrived in five shorts. For Star Wars fans, The two-episode premiere drops on August 31, but you can also watch it in September or later. The show contains 12 episodes for the first season.
Stars:Season two ends on August 14th, so if you want to cancel after that, look no further. The biggest new arrival for Starz is Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 2, which was produced by 50 Cent, and if you’re prone to FOMO due to missing the August 14 premiere, hold on. However, the series’ 10 episodes will air in October, so the best value is to wait or pay Starz three months to watch it weekly – if you can find a deal. Starz is $9 per month after their $3 promotion ends.
Rotate these banners for the month of August
hollow: In general, keeper If you like network shows, Hulu usually gets at least one original per month. For August, the 10-episode second season of Reservation Dogs begins August 3, and Predator prequel Prey arrives on August 5. . TheThe mini-series, Mike, premieres August 25. If none of these float on your boat or if you’d rather catch up on everything after all episodes are available, skip Hulu this month.
Prime video: If you have a standalone Prime Video subscription, you can cancel it this month unless you want to watch a fileThe series (August 12) or the movie Thirteen Lives directed by Ron Howard (August 5) about the Thai soccer team Cave Rescue. Those of us who have the streaming service included with our Prime membership might want to stream the titles above or Samaritan from Sylvester Stallone (August 20). Hip-hop fans interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at Lil Baby can watch the documentary Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby when it premieres August 26, or wait until September to start broadcasting.
Apple TV Plus: Not much happens with Apple TV Plus. The streaming company will drop the animated feature Luck on August 5 and Season 3 of See will arrive on August 26. Last month, we suggested waiting until August to watch every episode of For All Mankind. If you’re a fan, Season 3 ends on August 12.
peacock: WhileAnd Love Island USA is currently streaming on Peacock, they are/are the only noteworthy new release. Horror movie star Kevin Bacon as a preacher runs a gay conversion therapy camp. If you’re not interested in these new reality TV titles or episodes, cancel or switch to a free account for August. However, things should pick up for the peacock by the fall.
Paramount Plus: If Big Brother, the new Beavis series, and Butt-Head TV (August 4th) don’t invite you to the service, you can put Paramount Plus on ice for now. For Evil fans who have held off your subscription until all episodes of Season 3 are available, you can subscribe in mid-August to stream the entire season.
Save more money by waiting for things
If you’re not someone who routinely gets FOMO, a smart way is to wait until the bulk or all episodes of your favorite series arrive on a platform. This way, instead of paying for two or three months of service to cover your 6-10 week viewing period, you can catch up on everything by subscribing for one month. Then repeat the cycle again.
For example, there are 12 episodes of Andor coming to Disney Plus. The final episode airs in November, so all episodes of the show will be available to stream at that time. Even though it premieres on August 31 and runs all fall, why pay for four months of Disney Plus when you can wait to watch it in full anytime in November? If this is the only series you want to watch during this period, then it makes sense to be patient in order to save money.
Think about how much you pay per month for each streaming service you have, and do the math. Netflix ranges from $10 to $20, Disney Plus ranges from $3 to $8 depending on packages, HBO Max costs $10 or $15, Hulu starts at $7, and Starz costs $9. Others have a base rate of $5 per month. If you decide to stop, set a calendar reminder for yourself to ping when it’s time to resubscribe or cancel. We’ll see you in September for another broadcast breakdown.
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