TV and video streaming: Which streaming services do you use and how much does it cost?

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In 2023, more providers will be streaming films, series, sports and videos than ever before. Today's Sunday question is to find out how the community on ComputerBase deals with it. What services are you subscribed to? How much does that cost you per month? And what strategies are you using to reduce costs?

Table of contents

  1. The streaming industry is on the move
  2. How, where and what is the community streaming?
    1. How high are the costs? And how do you lower it?
    2. Physical medium or streaming freedom?
  3. Participation is expressly desired
    1. The last ten Sunday questions in the overview

The streaming industry is on the move

The range of streaming services is constantly growing. Over the past few years, numerous producers of films and series have started their own streaming service and accordingly reduced or even discontinued the offer on competing platforms. And apart from that, there are also numerous new developments: Tariffs are changing, are being supplemented by advertising-financed offers, as was the case recently with Netflix, or are simply more expensive. In the case of the sports streaming service DAZN, this has now led to the consumer center planning a model declaratory action and looking for those affected. The fees for shared accounts planned at Netflix are also a hot topic at the moment: Corresponding paid-sharing models are already being tested in South America and should also come to Europe in 2023. In short: the industry is on the move.

But how do viewers deal with it? The following surveys are intended to give a picture of which streaming services are the most popular within the community on ComputerBase, what monthly costs you are willing to spend on films, series, sports and videos and how you respond to the increasing number of providers and the increasing cost responds. As part of the annual community survey on hardware and software used at the turn of the year, around four fifths of the readers stated that they had subscribed to at least one streaming service – and the vast majority even signed up for several subscriptions.

Streaming question from the 2022 Community Survey Do you subscribe to a streaming service (Netflix, Spotify, etc.)?

  • Yes, one – 27.2%, 28.9%, 27.5%, 23.9%, 18.9%
  • Yes, multiple – 28.3%, 34.9%, 41.0%, 49.3%, 62.6%
  • No – 44.5%, 36.2%, 31.5%, 26.8%, 18.5%
  • Abstention (show result)

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The information behind the dashes in the respective answer options refers to the results from the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. The current community survey 2022 runs until January 26, 2023.

Music streaming services were explicitly included. Today's Sunday question is again exclusively about the categories of films, series, sports and other video offers. The following Sunday questions will be dedicated to the streaming of music and games.

How, where and what does the community stream?

First of all, of course, it is of interest: Which streaming services do you actually use? The first survey is intended to give an overview of which providers are popular in the community on ComputerBase. Specifically, it is about whether you have accessed the offer of one of the streaming services listed below at least once within the last 12 months – how often and how regularly does not matter.

Which streaming services have you used in the last 12 months?

  • Apple TV+
  • ARD Plus
  • Crunchyroll
  • DAZN
  • Discovery+
  • Disney+
  • Joyn
  • MagentaTV
  • Netflix
  • Paramount+
  • Plex
  • Prime Video
  • RTL+
  • Sky
  • YouTube Premium
  • Waipu
  • WOW
  • Abstention (show result)

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If you rely on providers who are not mentioned in the possible answers, you can name them in the comments. A complete listing would have gone beyond the scope here.

How high are the costs? And how do you lower it?

Then it should be about how much money you spend monthly on streaming films, series, sports and videos. But first, among the streaming services mentioned in the previous question, are there any that you use but don't pay for yourself?

Are there any services that you didn't pay for yourself?

  • Yes, exclusively.
  • Yes, too.
  • No.
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The following is about all subscriptions that you are currently using continuously and for which you pay at least a portion: How high are the total monthly costs?

How much money do you spend monthly on streaming movies, series, sports and videos?

  • Less than 10 euros
  • 10 – 19 euros
  • 20 – 29 euros
  • 30 – 39 euros
  • 40 – 49 euros
  • 50 euros or more
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In this context, it is undoubtedly of interest which strategies you use to reduce the monthly costs for streaming films, series, sports and videos. Do you share subscriptions with other paying users? Or do you not treat the offers as an ongoing subscription at all, but only book the offer of a streaming service selectively when new films and series that you are interested in appear?

What strategies do you use to reduce streaming costs reduce?

  • I unsubscribe while waiting for new movies and series.
  • I share my accounts with other people from other households.
  • I subscribe via VPN in countries with cheaper conditions.
  • I get more favorable conditions through vouchers or bundle offers.
  • I'm switching to cheaper tariffs.
  • I set sail and hoist the black flag.
  • Abstain (show result)

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The advertising-financed tariffs mentioned at the beginning can play a role here. Users pay a lower price, but in return they have to live with advertisements – is the concept an option for you?

Are paid tariffs with advertising an option for you?

  • Yes – if costs can be reduced in this way, why not?
  • No, I think that's rude.
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With Netflix, for example, the price of the 720p tariff can be reduced from 7.99 euros per month to 4.99 euros per month, provided users are willing to spend an average of 4 to 5 minutes during streaming minutes of ads per hour.

Physical medium or streaming freedom?

Finally, it should be about whether you are off the Streaming also – or even exclusively – uses physical media to watch films and series.

Do you still buy films and series on DVD or Blu-ray?

  • No, I haven't (anymore) bought DVDs or Blu-rays in the last 12 months.
  • Yes, I stream, but I've also bought DVDs or Blu-rays in the last 12 months.
  • Yes, even exclusively – streaming is out of the question for me.
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A frequently cited disadvantage of DVD and Blu-ray, or an advantage of streaming, is that with the latter, users are independent in their choice of end device: films and series can be viewed not only on the TV set with a Blu-ray player connected, but also on a PC or notebook with a DVD drive, but also on tablets or smartphones. Do you use it?

On which display format do you regularly stream films and series?

  • television
  • projector
  • PC Screen
  • Notebook
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
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Participation is expressly desired

As always, the editors are happy to receive well-founded and detailed reasons for your decisions in the comments on the current Sunday question. If you have completely different views that are not covered by the polls in the article, please post them in the comments. Ideas and suggestions for additions to the content of the current or future surveys are also welcome.

Readers who have not yet taken part in the past Sunday questions are welcome to do so – the surveys always run for a period of 30 days and the only requirement for participation is a free ComputerBase account. In particular, there are still exciting discussions going on in the ComputerBase forum about the last Sunday questions.

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