Bundles are a great way to get a lot of content with one subscription. But with so many bundles and bundle-like offers from streamers, it’s hard to keep track of which ones are worth your time.
In this article, we look at the best bundle packages for cord-cutting.
Many cord-cutting services started around $35/month but have been raising their prices to reach near-cable levels (Youtube TV is now $65). Not Sling. They stayed true to their cord-cutting roots, offering you two plans to choose from (Blue and Orange), which are each packed with live TV channels. It's one of the best price-quality offers in the cord-cutting game, with a great interface to boot and wide availability. It's tough to beat.
Paramount+ is the streaming platform for CBS content: it has all their on-demand library as well as their live TV offering. From shows like NCIS and Hawai Five-O to exciting recent releases like The Good Fight, it's a good subscription to add to your catalog of staples. On its own, it's a bit thin.
Netflix leadership was famous for saying "we need to become HBO faster than HBO can become us" - and as fate would have it, HBO finally did make a service that can compete with the streaming giants. It's all the HBO original content, from The Wire and The Sopranos to Westworld and Games of Thrones. It also functions as a bundle: classic movie buffs will be happy to find content from The Criterion Collection on HBO Max. Kids and adults alike will also appreciate animation content from Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibli, and Crunchyroll.
You can get it as an add-on to most streaming services that allow add-ons (such as Sling and Amazon Prime), but you can also get it as a standalone service. Shows like Dexter, Shameless, Homeland, and Weeds all were made by Showtime, and a subscription will get you those plus many more.
Hulu with live TV is an interesting bundle: you get on-demand content from one of the leading streaming services in the US, plus a channel lineup that will rival any cable provider. One weakness of the service is that it doesn't have a traditional "TV guide", so if you are used to a cable experience, there is some adjustment to do. However, that's still pretty minor.
The OG of streaming, Netflix famously started as a DVD rental company and has evolved into taking over the streaming world, and more recently, losing a little bit of prominence to other streamers. There are talks now of introducing ads, and abandoning the model of making the entire season available immediately that once made them famous. Still, for all their originals such as Stranger Things and Ozark, Netflix is a good value for the money. Although that value seems to shrink every day with more offers and streaming services getting released
The biggest draw is of course the non-streaming perks: Amazon Prime is a good bundle both to watch movies and shows and to get your purchases delivered quickly. And while you have the streaming part as a bonus, it's not exactly useless. Originals like The Boys, Jack Ryan, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are only available to stream here. They've also recently started venturing out to sports and offering channels that allow you to stream games from MLB, NBA, and the NFL.