Between Netflix, Disney +, HBO GO, HULU, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, etc what is the real cost of all of those services?
MarketWatch wants to help you find those answers. The site createda calculator that determines exactly how much the average cord-cutter will pay for streaming services in his or her lifetime (or, at least, over the next 50 years). It also calculates how much a subscriber could earn if they invested that money instead.
Streaming subscriptions add up fast. Disney+, for example, is $6.99 a month, though it’ll reach a lifetime cost of $7,095 when adjusted for inflation. The basic version of Netflix, now $8.99 a month, will likely cost a hefty $9,124 over the next five decades.
Then again, subscribing to one or even a few streaming services is still generally much cheaper than cable. After all the fees are added in, the average monthly cable bill is a whopping $217.42, according to Consumer Reports. That shakes out to a lifetime cost of about $220,000 after inflation and a “true” cost of more than $1 million if you’d invested that money instead of paying monthly bills to Comcast or Verizon.