Streaming Subscription Costs Mounting Up?

Nancy McCluskey-Moore and Claire Mather

We all love to watch movies and TV series from the comfort of our couch, but the annual cost of streaming services can quickly add up. For example, consider the cost of these popular services:

Acorn TV $5.99/month, $71.88/year

Amazon Prime Video $12.99/month, $155.88/year

Disney Plus $6.99/month, $83.88/year

HBO Now $14.99/month, $179.88/year

Netflix $8.99-$15.99/month, $107.88-$191.88/year

Showtime Now $10.99/month, $131.88/year

Add in the cost of a cable or satellite service and your entertainment costs can quickly become out of control.

Fortunately, the SaddleBrooke community libraries are here to help. The DesertView Library has a collection of more than 2,100 DVDs. New titles are purchased every week. The collection even includes some of the more popular series from paid channels, along with a few popular foreign TV series. It costs nothing to borrow these DVDs. It’s an easy way to supplement your entertainment options without damaging your budget. DesertView’s DVDs for seven days or sometimes longer, depending on program length.

All three SaddleBrooke libraries – SaddleBrooke One, Cholla (in the MountainView Clubhouse), and DesertView offer extensive catalogs of books, including large print. In addition, SaddleBrooke One and DesertView have collections of audio books. Both SaddleBrooke One and DesertView libraries are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The Cholla Library is accessible when the MountainView clubhouse is open. All can be used by SaddleBrooke residents. Just visit SaddleBrooke One or DesertView to register as a library user.

The funds to purchase DVDs, books, and audio books for the SaddleBrooke libraries are provided by the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL). To learn more about FSL or become a member, visit