I subscribe to Netflix and Prime, and use my cable provider for a $50/month high-speed internet connection to stream movies. Like most people, I am prepared to swear on a stack of bibles that Netflix and Prime's thousands of programming choices are inadequate.
So lately, rather than add on an array of financially crushing monthly subscriptions (like Hulu, Showtime, HBO, etc.), I have simply been taking advantage of free trials, and often subscribe to the premium channel for a month beyond the free trial. For example, I subscribed to HBO (available on Prime via subscription). I got a free week's trial, and then let the HBO subscription run for an additional month, at a cost of $16 including fees and taxes. During that five weeks, I have watched the very best of HBO's current catalog. Maybe 50 movies/series episodes. Then I cancelled.
Now, I'm subscribing to Hulu (the commercial-free premium version); I got a one-MONTH free trial, and may or may not subscribe for an additional month for a modest (~$12) fee. Hulu has lots of great programming.
Showtime and many other premium channels are available directly on your smart tv, or via Prime. You can cancel and re-start at any time.
In short, I am paying $12-15 for a month's programming from premium movie channels, but I also am getting a trial period (at least the first time around). AND I am getting a plethora of programming choices.
Anyone else doing this? Anybody have a way of improving this strategy?