Beware getting hooked on streaming services! For our household, this would be far more expensive than maintaining our cable services (which is why we will continue our cable services). Here is what minimum fees look like from the USA in 2019:
YouTube TV $50/mth, $55 for Apple users (3 streams) Hulu TV $45/mth (2 streams) DirectTV Now $50/mth (2 streams) Vue $45/mth (5 streams) SlingTV $25 (4 streams)
Amazon Video free for Prime members ($119/year free shipping, music, plus more) - HBO, Starz, and other premium channels for an additional $5-15/mth with no additional apps needed.
There are a host of others that are limited channel apps for a fee like CBS All Access that we refuse to pay for because the competition running commercials we ignore is free to end users. Some of these target sports fans or binge fans or people that simply want to pay to not see ads. Our binge watching is fully satisfied with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and our cable service on demand.
One advantage to cable services is bundling prices that include price breaks on VOIP and Internet service that you don't get with streaming services. So be your own consumer and small business advocate by being informed :)
When we dropped cable, we kept local stations, because that didn't require paying a termination fee, and the price difference between the two was about $5, total, over the course of I think it was 16 months.
Other than that, we stayed away from the "live TV" flavors of any of the services for exactly the price reasons that you cite. For the time being, we're content with Netflix HD, Hulu and Prime, although I admit I've been tempted by various of the smaller services for specific shows (CBSAA for ST:D, DCU for Titans, and the upcoming Disney+ for both the MCU shows and the fact that we have a toddler).
I use the CW App for the Arrowverse shows, though it does mean I have to sit through ads for those. (Not that, with aforementioned toddler, we have a lot of time to watch "grown-up" TV to begin with... ^^;; )
Another thing most people don't know they can do is ask to speak to customer loyalty folks with their cable service to get competitive offers when renewing services. I've done this a couple of times and will do it again when I see a new offering limited to new customers only. LOL
Oh I don't mind the ads on IMDB Free which we recently found via Amazon Fire. With Hulu going from 5 to 45 bucks (we have an intro 12 bucks for a year offer), they are out. One important aspect for me that has limits with apps is CC needs since I am mostly deaf. Many apps are not accessible because they do not all provide CC or subtitling of all shows if at all. With cable, I get this without issue due to regulations.
It really depends on what you're getting. One of the reasons that I'm cutting the cord when my time is up is customer service.
A couple of examples: 1) they lost all of my DVR content, with no explanation other than a 'backend problem'. 2) they didn't let me know when my contract was up one year- on my bill or by calling or e-mailing even though they do both for various other reasons. Just charged me the jacked up price after I was out of contract. There's been various other small customer service things that have just added up.
Another is commercials on content. When I lost all of that DVR'd content, I was stuck watching commercials on content that I'd already recorded.
Add to that the fact that a lot of the cost, I'm already paying, it becomes a no-brainer and a net negative cost to me by a lot.
As with anything, your mileage may vary. But I think I'll get the most of mine after cutting.