Here’s what the average Delawarean spends on streaming

Multiple streaming services add up.

Average monthly streaming costs across the U.S. (Image via

With another new streaming service launching this week, a lot of people are deciding whether another $6 to $10 is worth it for “The Sponge Bob Movie” and a “Frazier” reboot, and, if so, is it time to let go of one of the services they already pay for? Can you live without any of the platforms you have in whatever combination of the hundreds of streaming services today, from basics like Netflix to niche offerings like Crunchyroll and Shudder?

One of the drawbacks of streaming (aside from data cap concerns) is that, with so many services, you may not even know how much you’re paying in a month. But if you want an idea of what most people pay, recently released a report showing the average amount spent on streaming per month per state, based on a national survey of 316,174 Americans.

Delaware comes in below the national average of $48.23, at $47.05. The place that pays the most in streaming fees? The District Columbia ($52.59), followed by Maryland, Georgia and Nevada, which all polled over the $50 threshold. The states that spend the least on streaming? New Mexico and Alaska are pennies apart at $39.58 and $39.61, respectively. Alaska’s dearth of fast internet kept Blockbuster Video going there until 2018, so likely broadband access could be a factor.

The study notes that these fees are, for 54% of those polled, on top of cable fees averaging $107 a month. Cord cutters are essentially paying one-half to one-third of what their corded neighbors are paying, at least in theory. There’s no breakdown of whether cord cutters subscribe to more services or how many cable users stick to just the Netflix often included in their cable packages for streaming movies.

Either way, it’s clear that streaming is popular across the country and likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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