Online TV services: What they cost and what you get

Cable or satellite packages can easily run $70 to $100 a month. That gets you hundreds of di­verse channels – premium channels, the major networks and niche options. But maybe you can find more cost-effective options online.

A sampling of services for different tastes:

THIS SEASON’S TV

  • CBS All Access

Monthly price: $6.

Live offering: More than 100 markets.

On demand: Day-after access to shows on mo­bile devices (on traditional computers, it’s free without a subscription). Full seasons for many shows, not just past five episodes. Past seasons for a handful of shows.

Restrictions: Some sports blackouts.

  • HBO Now

Price: About $15 a month

Live offering: New episodes available through apps about the same time they are shown on TV.

On demand: Current and past seasons of most HBO shows. Hundreds of movies.

Restrictions: You must subscribe through a partner like Apple, Amazon or Android. Ca­blevision and Verizon also offer HBO Now.

  • Hulu

Price: $8 a month for Plus, though many shows are free on Windows and Mac computers. $12 a month for a version with no commercials.

Live offering: None

On demand: Next-day access to shows from ABC, NBC, Fox and CW, along with some cable channels. Some movies and original shows.

Restrictions: Fox and CW shows restricted to cable subscribers for first week. ABC requires cable or Hulu Plus subscription during that time. Plus also needed for viewing on mobile and streaming TV devices.

  • iTunes

Price: Next-day access to shows for $2 or $3 an episode.

Live offering: None, except for special events such as iTunes music festival.

Restrictions: No Android devices. Apple TV is only streaming device supported.

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  • Amazon

Price: $8.25 a month (only through $99-a-year Amazon Prime subscription)

Live offering: None

On demand: Apart from original shows such as "Transparent," offerings tend to be past seasons, plus movies. Next-day access to shows for $2 or $3 an episode.

Restrictions: Requires a one-year commitment.

  • NETFLIX

Price: The most popular plan will now cost $10 a month for new customers.

Live offering: None

On demand: Apart from original shows such as "House of Cards," offerings tend to be past seasons, plus movies.

Restrictions: For the most popular plan, you can watch on only 2 screens at a time.

– The Associated Press