Yep, I look forward to the Black Friday deals. I have had Hulu for $1, $2, and $1 over the last 3 years. Other than that I usually wait for the "Originals" to end on service and just get it for a month or two and binge or in my case record them with an app called PlayOn. Sometimes you can get some included with other services.
The one I have had since they only had DVDs is Netflix. It is a pain sifting through all the crap they buy or buy pre-production that turns out to be crap, but after checking out about 10 that I think I might like, I always find one or two that I do like. It is different with HBO max. It is easy to find the good ones, but they run out of good ones too fast to keep them all year long.
As far as erratic Network TV, if you are talking about reception then there is a fix. All the OTA networks have next day or a few days later for their current programming On Demand on their website. I know because I record only from On Demand using an app called PlayOn.