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 created a 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.