Netflix has been a game changer for the movie industry and streaming as a whole. It is one of the apps that people feel they must have. And for good reason, as they house a number of award winning movies and original content. But with the increase in the number of streaming service available, is it time to downgrade Netflix?

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Though I will admit I have enjoyed a lot of the content housed on Netflix, I must admit that I have not been on Netflix in quite a few weeks. In fact, the content on there now I either own (movies), watched, or am not interested in. And with Netflix notifying me that the price is about to increase, I am reminded that I am paying monthly for a service in which I am not currently using. With HBO Now, I pay for a subscription for the few months that I plan on watching Game of Thrones, and in that period I make use of that time by catching up on shows that I missed when it was not subscribed. It may now be time to do the same with Netflix.

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With the current yearly subscription being about $160, in a vacuum this is not a bad price for a service if you use it monthly. But when there are a number of other streaming services biding for your time, we are left with a situation that can lead us back to what we left with big cable. A large monthly bill for services and channels you cannot consume. And the best way to possibly avoid this is to maybe set aside a spending budget for streaming. This will force me to have to choose which streaming platforms to keep and which to drop during a certain month. Of course this will mean staying on top of which shows will be uploaded on a particular platform, and deciding when I will have to wait to watch it. Let’s see how this journey goes.

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