The big streaming rip-off: MailOnline’s calculator reveals how much you spend on subscriptions to services such as Disney+, Prime Video and Netflix – some Brits now spend £3,000 a year

From Netflix to Hayu, there are now dozens of streaming services available to TV lovers in the UK.

These services were once touted as a cheaper alternative to a Sky box, but many now come with high prices that quickly add up.

Just this week, Netflix announced it was increasing its prices for millions of customers in the UK, with some now facing monthly charges of up to £17.99 – an increase of £2 per month.

Research has shown that three quarters of Brits now have at least one streaming service, while more than half have three or more.

So how much do you spend on TV subscriptions? Use MailOnline’s streaming cost calculator below to find out.

Some of the UK's most popular streaming platforms for films, TV, ad-free viewing of terrestrial shows, reality TV and sport - but taking out a subscription to these services will cost you £110.92 per month

Some of the UK’s most popular streaming platforms for films, TV, ad-free viewing of terrestrial shows, reality TV and sport – but taking out a subscription to these services will cost you £110.92 per month

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How Netflix subscriptions are rising in price

United Kingdom

Basic plan: Increase by £1 per month to £7.99 per month

Default: Unchanged for £10.99 per month

Bonus: Up to £2 to £17.99 per month

US

Basic plan: Up to $2 to $12 per month

Default: Unchanged for $15.49 per month

Bonus: Up to $2 to $23 per month

The calculator covers 30 of the most popular TV subscription services in the UK, ranging in price from £3.99/month to £34.99/month.

To use it, click in the search box and enter the name of a service.

Click on the name. The costs are shown in the box below.

Continue adding all the services you use to see your total spending per month.

At the lower end of the scale are Discovery+ (basic) and Channel 4+, both of which cost £3.99/month.

However, if you want to access the most comprehensive Discovery+ packages, you’ll need to pay £5.99 for Discovery+ Standard and a whopping £29.99 for Premium with TNT Sports.

Other options at the cheaper end of the scale include MGM (£4.49/month), StudioCanal Presents (£4.99/month), Hayu (£4.99/month) and Shudder (£4.99).

Unsurprisingly, however, the more popular services incur higher costs.

With around 12.9 million users in Great Britain, Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular platforms and attracts exclusive shows such as “The Summer I Turned Pretty” and “Good Omens”.

However, a monthly subscription will set you back £8.99/month.

Netflix users were upset when it was announced this week that subscription prices were increasing

Netflix users were upset when it was announced this week that subscription prices were increasing

With around 12.9 million users in the UK, Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular platforms and attracts users with exclusive shows such as The Summer I Turned Pretty (pictured) and Good Omens.

With around 12.9 million users in the UK, Amazon Prime Video is one of the most popular platforms and attracts users with exclusive shows such as The Summer I Turned Pretty (pictured) and Good Omens.

While you can sign up for Prime Video alone for £5.99/month, you won’t benefit from the other benefits that Prime comes with, such as: B. Same day or same day delivery.

At £7.99, Disney+ is currently slightly cheaper – but not for long.

From November 1st this price will automatically increase by £3, meaning users will now face a monthly bill of £10.99.

If you can stand the annoyance of ads, you also have the option of purchasing a new ad-supported tier for £4.99/month.

Meanwhile, Netflix users are upset after news broke this week that subscription prices are increasing.

In the UK, the price of a basic plan increases by £1/month to £7.99.

The ad-free Premium plan now costs £17.99 in the UK – an increase of £2.

The standard subscription still costs £10.99 per month.

However, it is NOW TV that has the most expensive offering in the UK.

NOW Sports, which offers unlimited access to 11 Sky Sports channels, will cost you £34.99/month.

Individually, these subscriptions might not sound too expensive, but when you start signing up for multiple services, they really start to add up.

If you sign up for Netflix (Standard), Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, you’ll currently pay £27.97/month, which equates to £335.64/year.

On the other hand, if you’re a big TV fan and opt for all 30 services, you’ll spend £266.21 every month.

Disney+ is currently slightly cheaper at £7.99 - but not for long. From November 1st this price will automatically increase by £3, meaning users will now face a monthly bill of £10.99

Disney+ is currently slightly cheaper at £7.99 – but not for long. From November 1st this price will automatically increase by £3, meaning users will now face a monthly bill of £10.99

That equates to £3,194.52 per year!

Oli Townsend, deputy deals and features editor at MoneySavingExpert.com, told MailOnline: ‘Subscribing to one streaming service at a time, watching what you want, then canceling and switching to another can help you save quickly each month. “

“As the cost of streaming rises for many, it is a good time for consumers to think about how much value they are getting from their subscriptions and look for alternatives if they want to reduce costs.”

“It is important to regularly check your bank accounts for recurring payments to streaming services as these are sometimes forgotten and difficult to detect.”

“Some banks display such payments in a separate section, often referred to as “subscriptions” or “scheduled payments.” Therefore, be sure to check whether you are using the platforms you are currently subscribed to.

“Use the handy free online tool JustWatch to check which streaming service has the shows or movies you want to watch, so you only pay for a streaming service you actually use.”

“If you’ve subscribed to one but are having trouble finding something to watch, remember that if you pay monthly, most let you cancel at any time for free.”

THE HISTORY OF NETFLIX PRICE RISES IN THE UK

May 2014: Netflix announced an increase in its monthly fee for streaming films and TV shows from £5.99 to £6.99.

The price increase was immediate for new subscribers, but was delayed by two years for existing members.

But Netflix allowed subscribers to continue paying £5.99 a month if they opted for a lower resolution “SD” quality service.

May 2016: Netflix is ​​increasing its monthly price for basic UK users from £5.99 to £7.49 per month.

There was a similar price change for US customers, whose subscription fee increased by $2 (then about £1.40).

Anyone who signed up when Netflix launched in the UK would have received the standard package for £5.99 a month.

But in an email to subscribers, Netflix wrote: “When we increased prices for new Netflix members in 2014, we kept your price the same for two years.” Your special price ends now and your new price is £7.49 per month .

October 2017: The company increased prices in both the UK and US for the first time in two years.

The standard package price increases by 50p to £7.99 per month.

The Premium package rose to £9.99 per month, an increase of £1.

Netflix said at the time that the price change reflected the additional content added to its service.

May 2019: Netflix confirms that for UK customers the price of the standard plan will rise from £7.99 to £8.99.

The premium rate has also increased by £2 to £11.99.

January 2021: Netflix is ​​increasing subscription fees for UK users as the country enters its third lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The standard package, which gives access to one account across two screens as well as HD, has increased by £1 per month from £8.99 to £9.99.

The Premium package – with access to four screens per account and Ultra HD – increases by £2, from £11.99 to £13.99.

The basic package remained the same price.

March 2022: Netflix is ​​increasing prices for the second time in just over a year.

The Basic and Standard plans rise by £1 per month to £6.99 and £10.99 respectively, while the Premium tier rises from £13.99 to £15.99.

October 2023: In the UK, the price of a basic plan increases by £1 per month to £7.99.

The ad-free Premium plan now costs £17.99 in the UK – an increase of £2.

The standard subscription still costs £10.99 per month.

Drew Weisholtz

Drew Weisholtz is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Drew Weisholtz joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: DrewWeisholtz@worldtimetodays.com.

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