Cable is pretty sick. You don’t just get to receive channels better, you also get to see a lot of things that otherwise require going to a bar or hunting down a friend who has cable. The drawback, however, is the price. If you just want some channels, chances are even that will cost you more than Netflix. If you want a full complement of halfway-decent channels, get ready to shell out a pretty penny. Unlike Netflix, having cable doesn’t give you nearly as much ability to watch what you want when you want to watch it, though some in roads have been made in terms of on-demand services. Still, there are often additional fees for watching certain films, a far cry from Netflix relatively low price of admission.
In theory, Hulu plus is actually cheaper than Netflix at this time. This doesn’t take into account the cost of commercials, however. Commercials don’t make something free, they just pass the cost along to someone else — which, frankly, who gives a shit about? You might give a shit, however, about the psychic tol taken on your brain by watching the same four ads every fifteen minutes with a “This episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is brought to you with limited commercial interruption by Tucks Medicated Pads” bumper. You’re better off throwing down the extra dollar or two for a commercial-free experience. The total cost to your sanity is difficult, if not impossible to gauge.
iTunes doesn’t let users rent anymore, meaning everything you get from Apple you’re going to buy. Movies on iTunes range from $14.99 for new released to $9.99 for older films. For the cost of a single film you can rent thousands with a single month’s membership to Netflix.