Market Data - Real Time Position Updates

I have seen numerous conversations, but couldn’t find anything that looked like it was current for May of 2024.

Am i to understand that we, as API developers, cannot get ANY market data subscriptions without paying $290 to the CME? I honestly can’t believe anyone would pay that high of a fee… especially while in development mode. It’s bad enough we’re paying $25 a month to Tradovate, plus data fee of $14 a month to CME et all…

Is there no other way to get real time streaming info about open positions for an application?

Looking for something here to keep me developing on Tradovate.