If there’s one month in the summer you want to have the big three streaming services—Netflix, Max, and Disney Plus—on your list, it’s June. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be thinking about your wallet, especially if you may now be paying for extra people to use your Netflix account.
Avatar: The Way of Water launches on Disney Plus and Max (formerly HBO Max) on the same day, and Manifest, Black Mirror and The Witcher return to Netflix. Although AMC Plus isn’t on this list, The Walking Dead: Dead City debuted with Negan front and center. It’s time to sort out your favorite streamers.
Each month, you may want to consider canceling a streaming service because of the content that’s currently available and how much you’re paying for each service. I want to suggest a strategy: Mix like butter.
What does this mean? Subscribe, cancel, switch to another platform, then subscribe again. Rotating services as needed helps save money when Netflix, Disney Plus, Max, and others don’t have the content you want to watch at a given time. Just remember to turn off auto-renew for your monthly subscriptions. Breaking up may not be an option if you share your accounts with people outside of your household, of course. But if you can reach an agreement with your streaming partners, go ahead.
Here are my recommendations for which streamers to keep or cancel for June based on new shows and movies (I didn’t factor in sports and live TV streaming services) arriving on each platform. Naturally, your tastes may differ, but if nothing else, I urge you to at least consider the concept of rotation for savings. It’s easier than you think.
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Streaming Service Rotation June 2023
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Stick to Disney Plus, Netflix and Max
Disney Plus: If you haven’t seen it in theaters, Avatar: The Way of Water lands on June 7. Marvel also rules with a new Stan Lee documentary (June 16) and the premiere of Secret Invasion on June 21.
Netflix: It’s time to say goodbye to several concerts in June, including Manifest. Here are the best on Netflix this month:
- Manifesto Season 4 Episode 2 (June 2)
- Arnold (Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary, June 7)
- Never Have I Ever Season 4 (June 8)
- Bloodhounds (K-drama, June 9)
- Human Resources Season 3 (June 9)
- Black Mirror Season 6 (June 15)
- Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King (anime June 16)
- Extraction 2 (June 16)
- The Witcher Season 3 Volume 1 (June 29)
- Nimona (June 30)
Max: One week after revamping HBO Max to Max and adding more Discovery Plus content, the platform has some notable debuts for its June slate.
- Magic Mike’s Last Dance (June 2)
- The Idol (controversial new series starring Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd, June 4)
- Avatar: The Waterway (June 7)
- The Righteous Gems Season 3 (June 18)
- Downey’s Dream Cars (June 22)
- Warrior Season 3 (June 29)
There’s also TNT’s AEW All Access (June 9), a new season of We Baby Bears (June 18) and 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days (June 4).
Hulu: Two years after the successful first installment, the second season of Cruel Summer arrives on June 6. The movie Flamin’ Hot dives into the true story of Richard Montanez on June 9, but you can also stream it on Disney Plus. Other Hulu releases include The Wonder Years Season 2 (June 15) and The Bear Season 2 (June 22).
Starz: Outlander Season 7 is here on June 16, and fans won’t want to miss it. There’s a special deal right now where you can get Starz for $5 a month for three months.
Consider canceling these services in June
Main video: If you don’t already have Prime Video, I suggest waiting to sign up in July, as the most popular titles come around the end of June and into July. Of course, if you’re already getting access through your Prime membership, don’t worry about canceling the streaming app. Here’s a sampling of what’s to come: Dead Loch (June 2), I’m a Virgo (June 23), and Jack Ryan Season 4 (June 30).
Peacock: The entire eight-episode season of Based on a True Story, starring Chris Messina and Kaley Cuoco, will be released on June 8. You might want to cancel Peacock after a binge unless you’re a fan of Days of Our Lives, sports, and Bravo’s reality shows.
Paramount Plus: New releases include iCarly Season 3 (June 3) and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 (June 15). If you prefer, you can skip the platform this month and wait to binge these shows in a few weeks.
Apple TV Plus: Ted Lasso just ended on May 31, so do you really want to keep Apple TV Plus? If you do, Idris Elba’s new series, Hijack, debuts on June 28th, and the Silo finale airs on June 30th. Otherwise, cancel the service for now.
Save more money by waiting
If you’re not someone who regularly gets FOMO, then a smart method is to wait until most or all episodes of your favorite series land on a platform. That way, instead of paying for two or three months of service to cover a six to 10-week streaming cycle, you can catch up on everything by subscribing for one month. And then repeat the cycle.
For example, there will be eight episodes of Secret Invasion on Disney Plus. The finale falls in August, so all episodes of the Marvel show will be available to stream at that time. Although it premieres on June 21st and runs through August, save yourself three months of fees by waiting to stream it in full anytime in August or September. You can do the same thing with Hulu’s Cruel Summer or the nine episodes of Max’s The Righteous Gemstones.
Note how much you pay per month for each streaming service and do the math. Apple TV Plus costs $7. Netflix costs $7 to $20 (plus fees for additional members), Disney Plus is anywhere from $2 to $11 depending on packages, Max costs $10 to $20, Hulu starts at $8, and Starz runs $9. The others have a base rate of $5 per month (for now). If you decide to leave, set a calendar reminder to alert you when it’s time to resubscribe or cancel. See you in July for another stream.