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Netflix vs Apple: which streaming subscription offers best value for money?

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Amid rising energy bills, the announcement that Netflix will hike its prices – with its basic package increasing by £1 a month to £6.99 – seemed to pass without too much fuss. But, as the cost of living crisis hits, many households will be looking at which subscriptions to prioritise.

But with more of us subscribing to multiple streaming services (thanks, in part, to those spontaneous lockdown purchases) these extra costs have a habit of adding up – until you suddenly find yourself shelling out more than £50 a month on entertainment. All of which begs the obvious question: which streaming service gets you the most bang for your buck?

Interestingly enough, the filming location company Giggster just published its own comparison report into how the various streaming platforms do when it comes to value for money. In terms of releases from the past year and historical Oscar winners, they say that Netflix tops the table. But can Netflix retain its place over the next few months?

Box-set wise, the big new releases this season are the second helping of Natasha Lyonne’s clever comedy Russian Doll as well as the last instalment of top rate crime drama Ozark (whose final season was split into two halves just to ramp up the tension). Both have been critical hits for Netflix, with fans unlikely to grudge paying that extra £1 a month to get up to speed with them.

From 18 April, there will also be new episodes of Better Call Saul, as the long-awaited swan song of the Breaking Bad universe finally gets underway. The current rumour tantalising the fanbase is that the show’s final episodes will exit the prequel timeline and explore what becomes of Jimmy (or Gene, should we say) after the death of Walter White.

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