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6 tips to streamlining your streaming

With so many streaming options, it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re paying for. Here’s some hacks for optimising your services to ensure that you’re getting the best value for your money.

1. Evaluate your viewing needs

To avoid paying for services that don’t provide value to you, assess your streaming needs and prioritise the services that align with your preferences. Determine which types of content you regularly watch and which streaming platforms offer them.

2. Take advantage of free trials

Many streaming services offer free trials for new subscribers. So before you commit, always test out the service before subscribing. Remember to set a calendar reminder so you cancel before the trial period ends if you decide not to continue.

3. Compare plans

Streaming services usually offer different subscription plans with varying features and prices. Compare the available plans to find the one that best fits your requirements. Consider factors such as the number of devices allowed, video quality and simultaneous streaming options.

4. Manage your data usage

Because streaming consumes data it could impact your internet bill. To avoid excessive data use, you can usually switch your streaming service to a lower resolution which can also have the added benefit of a lower subscription fee depending on your streaming service.

5. Monitor your subscriptions

When it comes to streaming you shouldn’t set and forget. Instead, regularly review your subscriptions to see if you’re making full use of the services you are paying for and cancel any you no longer use or that duplicate content available on other platforms.

6. Consider free alternatives

There are plenty of free streaming services that offer high quality content too. For instance, check out on demand options offered by free-to-air channels like SBS On Demand or film libraries like Beamafilm or Kanopy which you can access with a local library membership.

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