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What your favorite streaming services will cost you in 2024

If you’re planning to watch the final season of “Jack Ryan” or eight seasons of “House” ad-free on Amazon Prime next year, prepare to dig a little deeper into your pockets.

In September, Amazon announced that it would soon add ads to Prime Video, its streaming service, and this week announced the date that change would take effect: January 29. Customers who want to avoid ads would have to pay an extra $2.99 ​​per month.

Less than a decade ago, the streaming era took off with the promise of allowing users to cut the cord from expensive cable bills and enjoy an enjoyable, ad-free viewing experience. But as we enter 2024, Amazon isn’t the only service bringing back ads or raising prices.

The studios and streaming companies that make all this entertainment say they’re struggling and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to attract new customers. The result is higher prices or cheaper packages that include ads.

There are other measures as well. This fall, Netflix announced a price hike and said it would begin cracking down on users who share their passwords with people outside their household for free.

To help you make a choice in the new year, here’s what some of the major streaming services will cost and what they’ll offer. (All prices are in US dollars and apply to US accounts.)

Amazon executives said the inclusion of the video service helped keep people subscribed to its Prime memberships, which include free shipping.

In 2022, the company completed the purchase of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – and, importantly, its extensive catalog of films and TV shows, including titles like James Bond, available on Prime Video.

The current price for an Amazon Prime membership is $14.99 per month (or $139 per year). Prime Video alone costs $8.99 per month. For ad-free viewing, Amazon will add $2.99 ​​per month to your bill starting January 29. And be careful: if you opt for a free trial, Amazon will automatically start billing you once it ends.

In 2019, Apple announced that it would begin creating its own TV shows and movies at a hugely prestigious event in California. The streaming service offers Apple originals – “Severance” and “Ted Lasso” – and a subscription can be shared with up to five people. There is no advertising.

A monthly subscription to the streaming service costs $9.99. Apple also offers three months free when you purchase one of their devices.

For $7.99 per month, subscribers get content with ads. For $13.99 per month (or $139.99 per year), you can stream Disney+ ad-free and download content when you’re offline.

Its offerings include Pixar and Disney films as well as “Star Wars” and Marvel films and TV shows, 34 seasons of “The Simpsons” and about 7,500 episodes of older Disney-branded shows.

Warner Bros. Discovery unveiled this combined streaming service in April, renaming the old HBO Max. An ad-free experience will cost you $15.99 per month. An “Ad-Free Ultimate” version for $19.99 allows users to add more devices to the account as well as up to 100 downloads. For a $9.99 per month add-on, you can also watch live sports.

Max offers the “Harry Potter” films, classic HBO shows such as “The Wire,” “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City,” as well as newer releases, such as “Barbie.” The streamer has also ordered a “Harry Potter” TV series.

For $17.99 a month, you can watch Hulu’s extensive catalog — titles include “New Girl,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Fargo” — without ads. If you’re willing to watch ads, it’s $7.99 per month.

Hulu also offers the option to add live TV to your package, as well as content from other streaming services such as Disney+ and ESPN+, although the latter comes with ads. These options range from $75.99 to $89.99 per month.

Raise your hand if you remember receiving DVDs from Netflix in the mail in the early 2000s. In 2010, Netflix began selling its streaming service for $8 a month and offering one DVD at a time for $2 additional.

Netflix now offers a $6.99 per month, ad-supported subscription that the company says “lets you enjoy movies and TV shows at a lower price.” A standard plan (no ads) costs $15.49 per month. To access more devices, the cost goes up to $22.99 per month. Adding additional people who are not included in your subscription will cost you an additional $7.99 per person per month. Netflix sent out its latest DVD in September.

Among its offerings: “Gilmore Girls,” “La La Land” and international series like “Squid Game.”

In 2021, CBS rebranded its streaming platform, which it announced as “a big day, a new day, a new beginning.” That announcement came with promises of a “Frasier” reboot and a revival of the “Rugrats” animated series.

Lots of other Paramount content can be found elsewhere. The company sold the rights to the “South Park” library to HBO Max, and series like “Jack Ryan,” produced by Paramount, went to Amazon.

Paramount+ Essential will cost you $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year) and includes “limited commercial downtime.” The service also offers a bundle with SHOWTIME in a package that costs $11.99 per month (or $119.99 per year).

The premium subscription to NBC Universal’s streaming service will cost you $5.99 per month and includes original content, movies, live sports and more. A Premium Plus subscription costs $11.99 per month and offers – for the most part – no ads as well as the ability to download content.

Some of the shows you can watch include “Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Downton Abbey” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” as well as Bravo content like the “Real Housewives” franchise.

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