The best streaming services in 2021 (2022)

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The best streaming services in 2021

There are a lot of streaming options available, offering a massive amount of on-demand films and TV, as well as live TV, across dozens of services. Here, Stacker breaksdown major and niche options with all the necessary information: pricing; whether your service includes commercials; logistics like parental control, supported devices, and offline viewing for when you want to watch without aninternet connection; whether you can watch sports;live TVstreaming services; and some of the most popular programming each service has to offer.

This guide includes Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Apple+, YouTube TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, Criterion Collection, Kanopy, Acorn TV, BritBox, Philo, and DirecTV Stream.Get to know your options as you cut the cord or build your own library ofvideo streamingservices.

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"The Last Jedi" (Disney), "The Avengers" (Marvel), "Frozen" (Disney)

Disney+

Disney+ delivers an enormous library thanks to the sheer volume of media companiesDisneyowns.Disney+ is home to the obviousDisneyclassics like "Snow White," "The Lion King," and "Frozen." ButDisney's aggressive purchasing of media companies means thatDisney+ houses a ton of content not immediately associated with the Mouse House, including "The Simpsons," theMarvelCinematic Universe, "The Muppets," all ofPixar's offerings, and every single "Star Wars" movie. It also owns Touchstone Pictures,ABC,ESPN, and 20th CenturyFox. Considering its history of purchasing, it's likelyDisney+ will only grow as the corporation buys up more and more intellectual property.

Pricing

  • $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year:Seven profiles and the ability for foursimultaneous streams
  • $12.99 per month:Disney+,ESPN+, andHulubundle (the ad-supportedHuluplan)

Ads?Not onDisney+, but the $12.99 bundle includes ads onHulu.

Can I watch sports?Disney+ doesn't offer any sports watching capabilities on its own app, but it does support a bundle withESPN+ andHulufor $12.99 per month. That's $6 less than paying for the services individually.

Popular shows and films onDisney+:Unlike some of the competitor streaming services,Disney+ outright owns the shows and films, so they won't be going away or shuffling between services every month. They're permanent fixtures. Big draws are the aforementioned franchises: "Star Wars" (including "The Mandalorian"), and theMarvelCinematic Universe (including "WandaVision"). AllPixarfilms are available, from "Toy Story" to "Soul."National Geographicis also onDisney+, adding nature documentaries and shows and films about animals, science, and history.

Of course, there is the large amount ofDisney's own IP, from early classics like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella," to "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," and "Aladdin," to "Frozen," "Moana," and "Raya and the Last Dragon."

DisneyChannel shows, combined withABCshows (whichDisneyowns), means there are plenty of series on offer as well: "Boy Meets World," "That's So Raven," "Kim Possible," "DuckTales," "Hannah Montana," "Gravity Falls," "Lizzie McGuire," "Phineas & Ferb," "The Muppet Show," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," "WandaVision," and many more. And while not all of the 20th CenturyFoxproducts are onDisney+, notably, "The Simpsons" is.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported: Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices,AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromebooks,Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation5,XboxOne, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:Downloading is supported on Apple and Android phones and tablets as well as on the Amazon Fire Tablet apps
  • Parental controls:Yes
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"Palm Springs," "Animaniacs," "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu)

Hulu

Huluis partially owned byDisney, which explains the cozy relationship betweenHuluandDisney+ with shared programming and bundle deals.Disneyeffectively controls operations atHulu, so you can expectHuluto be more fully integrated into theDisneybehemoth as time goes on. For now,HulucomplementsDisney+ with a slate of more adult shows, including programming fromABC,Fox, andFox's sister channel FX (all owned byDisney), which means there are a ton of great shows available. It also carries some popularNBCshows, though that may change asNBC's streaming servicePeacockclaims moreNBCprogramming to draw people to its service.

Hulu'sLive TVpackage also boasts an attractive slate oflive TV, with upwards of 65 channels. ABC,NBC,Fox,CBS,CNN,TBS,TNT,Food Network, Cartoon Network, FX,DisneyChannel, and more are included. And for sports fans, theHulu+Live TVpremium plan allows users to stream live games across the NCAA, NBA,NHL,NFL, the English Premier League, and more.

While it's easy to generate a high bill to get all the goods throughHulu, theadd-onsare robust and diverse enough to be the streaming hub of a household. BundlingHuluwithDisney+ andESPN+, as well as thelive TVstreaming with the ability to watch the major sports games live, is a compelling breadth of programming.

Pricing

  • $5.99 per month:Huluwith ads
  • $11.99 per month:Huluwithout ads
  • $12.99 per month:Disney+,ESPN+, andHulubundle (the ad-supportedHuluplan)
  • $64.99 per month:Hulu+Live TV
  • $70.99 per month:Huluwithout ads +Live TV

Ads?Each tier allows for an upgrade to go without ads. Additionally, users can tack on add-free viewing onHulu's premium networks if they're willing to fork up more money:

  • HBO Maxfor $14.99 per month
  • Showtimefor $10.99 per month
  • Cinemax for $9.99 per month
  • Starzfor $8.99 per month

Can I watch sports?Yes, with theLive TVsubscription. This allows viewers to stream games live, and record them withHulu'sCloud DVRfeature. (TheCloud DVRstarts with 50 hours of storage, and more can be purchased.) Pro and college sports leagues are shown, including NCAA, NBA,NHL,NFL, MLB, the English Premier League, and more. Live broadcasts of games are available through the top local, regional, and nationalsports networksavailable onHulu.

Inaddition to theLive TVsubscription, viewers need a device that supportsHulu'sLive TV, and network coverage, which is subject to regional network availability. Users can figure that out by going toHulu's website.TheLive TVsubscription can also be purchased for a single month and then canceled, for cases of can't-miss games like the Super Bowl.

What's popular onHulu:Hulureally delivers on the TV front.Huluoriginals include "The Handmaid's Tale," "Shrill," "Pen15," "Ramy," "Little Fires Everywhere," "The Great," and the "Animaniacs" reboot. Its slate of available shows across other networks (which may disappear in the future, and in the case ofNBCshows, is likely), include "Seinfeld," "Community," "Bob's Burgers," "Atlanta," "Killing Eve," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Broad City," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "30 Rock," "Party Down," "Devs," "The Good Place," "Rick and Morty," and a lot more.

Film-wise,Huluoriginals include "Palm Spring," "Happiest Season," and "Minding the Gap," and the service has upped its game in film distribution to include Golden Globe winner "Nomadland." Films onHulucome and go, but current options include "Parasite," "Superbad," "Young Frankenstein," "The Social Network," "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," "Deadpool," "Sorry to Bother You," "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," and plenty more.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices,AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromebooks,Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation5,Xbox360,XBoxOne, Nintendo Switch.Hulu'sLive TVis only supported onPlayStation4 andPlayStation5.
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:Hulu's library is available to download, but only for the more expensive plans with no ads. Users on those plans can download a maximum of 25 videos at a time, which can be viewed by up to five devices. The downloads expire after 30 days.
  • Parental controls:Yes

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"To All The Boys I've Loved Before," "Stranger Things," "Bridgerton" (Netflix)

Netflix

The leader of modern streaming,Netflixremains a stalwart option in the ever-growing field of streaming services. While what's available onNetflixchanges a lot—options come and go monthly—there is always a reliably large library of options.Netflix'soriginal programming, of course, is permanent, and those originals are growing: The company hasspent billionson its own shows and films, attractingsubscribersand prestigious awards alike.Netflixwon more than halfof the Golden Globe Awards in February 2021 and has earned hundreds of Emmy nominations since 2013, when it became the first streaming service to take home an Emmy for "House of Cards."

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Pricing

  • $8.99 per month:Unlimited standard-definition streaming on one device
  • $13.99 per month:Unlimited high-definition streaming on two different devices simultaneously
  • $17.99 per month:Unlimited high-definition and 4K (when available) streaming on four different devices simultaneously
  • DVDs and Blu-ray mail delivery: $7.99/$11.99:Yes,Netflixstill mails DVDs (and now, Blu-rays as well). Snail mail can get you newer releases before they're streaming. For $7.99, you get one DVD at a time; for $11.99, you get two.

Ads? No

Can I watch sports? No

What’s popular onNetflix:Even just looking at the roster of Netflixoriginals, which are permanently available,Netflixhas a solid offering. OriginalTV showsinclude "Stranger Things," "The Crown," "Dear White People," "Umbrella Academy," "The Queen's Gambit," "Bridgerton," "I Think You Should Leave," "Tiger King," "Making a Murderer," "House of Cards," "Russian Doll," "Ozark," "The Baby-Sitters Club," "Big Mouth," "Orange is the New Black," and hundreds more. Films include "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," "Da 5 Bloods," "13th," "Marriage Story," "The Old Guard," "The Irishman," "Okja," "Roma," "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," and many more.

AndNetflixstill ranks among the top in terms of quality of offerings in its library. While that library changes every month, there are always many, many solid options to choose from. A downside toNetflixis that it can be difficult to know what is available and what is leaving the service, and its algorithms seem more interested in pushing synergy-friendly programming than figuring out what viewers want to watch based on their history.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromebooks,Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV. Netflixalso has its own apps for Windows 10 and Facebook's Portal.
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation5, Xbox 360,XboxOne, Xbox One S,Xbox One X, Xbox Series S,Xbox Series X
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:Netflixprovides a simple way to download for offline viewing with its "Smart Downloads" feature, which deletes an episode after you've finished watching it and immediately downloads the next episode.
  • Parental controls:Yes
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"Fleabag," "Homecoming," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon Prime Video)

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Videotook the crown ofthe most"certified fresh" films of anystreaming platformin 2020. It also has the most content of any other service, though it's definitely a quantity-over-quality approach. Amazon has spentbillionsbulking up its library and, like the other players, investing heavily inoriginal programming. Amazon Channels allowsPrime membersallows users to tack on more channel subscriptions at additional costs, including HBO,CBSAll Access,Showtime,Starz, Cinemax, and more, for a channel-viewing experience.

Pricing

  • $8.99 per month:Amazon PrimeVideofor threesimultaneous streams. This is the subscription if you wantAmazon Prime Video, but don't want to be an Amazon Prime member.
  • $12.99 per month:Amazon Prime membership.Amazon Prime Videois an automatic part of Amazon Prime membership. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you haveAmazon Prime Video.
  • Additional channels like the aforementioned HBO orCBSAll Accesshave their own fees.

Ads?Sometimes. There are no ads inAmazon Prime Videocontent. But Amazon Channels and some of Amazon's partner platformsdoinclude ads during their shows. For example, if you're watching a show from IMDbTV (like "Schitt's Creek"), you will see its ads on Amazon Prime Video.

Can I watch sports? Amazon Prime Video offers a limited amount of live sports. Thursday Night Football games during the NFL's regular season can be streamed, while channels that offer live events can be tacked on (those include NBA League Pass, Paramount+, and PGA Tour Live).

Amazon Prime Video, on the other hand, streams Thursday Night Football games during the regular season (but note it doesn't offer all NFL games) and offers add-ons for watching live sports (MLB.TV, NBA League Pass, and PGA Tour Live).

What’s popular onAmazon Prime Video:Amazon Prime Videodoesn't have as many high-quality original programs asNetflixand Hulu, but some of the options include "Fleabag," a perfect show, as well as "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Boys," "Homecoming," "Tales from the Loop," "Bosch, "Catastrophe," and "The Man in the High Castle."

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromebooks,Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation3,PlayStation4,PlayStation5,Xbox 360, XboxOne,Xbox Series S,Xbox Series X
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:Videos may be download for offline viewing on mobile devices
  • Parental controls:Yes
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"Sex and the City," "The Wire," "The Sopranos" (HBO)

HBO Max

HBO Maxis one of the pricier options, but it pays for a wealth of quality shows and films. HBO is owned by WarnerMedia, which also owns Warner Bros. That means Warner Bros. content—including DC Comics, New Line Cinema, and Crunchyroll—is available onHBO Max. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several tentpole films from Warner Bros. continue to premiereonHBO Maxthe same day they're released in theaters. HBO is known for its high-quality programming, and it usually delivers at least one must-watch TV event per year.

Pricing

  • $14.99 per month:Viewing across five profiles and threesimultaneous streams

Ads?No

Can I watch sports? No

What’s popular onHBO Max:HBO has a deep well oforiginal showson offer and continues to invest in expensive, quality shows and films. Classics include "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "The Wire," and "Six Feet Under," while newer hits include "Game of Thrones," "Big Little Lies," "Barry," "Watchmen," "Succession," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," "Insecure," and "Silicon Valley." HBO also currently hosts "Friends" after it snagged the show fromNetflixin a high-profile coup.

Film-wise,HBO Maxtitles include Warner Bros. classics like "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Philadelphia Story," "Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "Rebel Without a Cause," and many, many more. It also is currently hosting the Criterion Collection, which means an embarrassment of riches awaits: Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps," Federico Fellini's "8½," "Bicycle Thieves," "Seven Samurai," "Eraserhead," "Cleo from 5 to 7," "Rashomon," "Grey Gardens," "A Woman Under the Influence," "City Lights," "Seventh Seal," the "Three Colors" trilogy, andmore. As if that wasn't enough,HBO Maxalso has all of Studio Ghibli's films on offer, including "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Howl's Moving Castle," and the rest of the films from the legendary Japanese animation studio.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon FireTV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromebook,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation5,XboxOne, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:HBO Maxallows 30 downloads at a time, including shows and movies, for offline viewing. After a download is started, viewers have 48 hours to finish it. before it expires.
  • Parental controls:Yes

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ParamountPlus (formerlyCBSAll Access)

ParamountPlus made its debut in March 2021, replacing and building off ofCBSAll Accessby incorporating parent company ViacomCBS's robust slate of additional brands, includingComedy Central,Nickelodeon,MTV, BET,CBS,Paramountfilm studio, and The Smithsonian Channel. There's alsolive TV, includinglive sportslikeNFL, March Madness, and UEFA soccer.

Pricing

  • $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year:Watch everything with ads. Viewing across six profiles and threesimultaneous streams.
  • $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year:Watch without ads, in addition to the network ofCBSlive channels. Viewing across six profiles and threesimultaneous streams. This more expensive subscription also allows for offline viewing and 4K where available.

Ads?Yes, you'll see ads duringon-demandTV showsunless you upgrade to the $10/month plan. Note that even with the premium option, you'll also see ads onlive TV, because it'slive TV.

Can I watch sports?Yes. Sports fans can also watch liveNFLgames in their local market, the NCAA March Madness tournament, UEFA, Masters Tournament, and the Europa Leagues. Those who subscribe to SportsLine of 247Sports canbundle withParamountPlus, which adds channels and sports.

What’s popular onParamount+:CBSstaples like "Star Trek:Discovery," "Star Trek: Picard," "The Good Fight," and "The Twilight Zone" reboot are popular shows currently airing. Classic shows available include the original "Star Trek," "Avatar: The Last Airbender," and "Frasier," which is getting a reboot that will air onParamount+. Channels includeNickelodeon,MTV,Comedy Central, and BET.Paramount's upcoming releases will also show up on the service after debuting in theaters. "A Quiet Place 2" and "Mission: Impossible 7" will be viewable.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV,Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV,Chromecast,LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,XboxSeries X,XboxSeries S
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing:ParamountPlus allows users on the pricier $9.99 per month plan to download shows and films acrossiPhones, iPads, and Android devices, but doesn't let you download stuff to your computer. Users can download 25 titles at a time.
  • Parental controls:Yes
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"Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" (NBC)

Peacock

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PeacockisNBC's streaming service. WhileNBCshows have been available to stream on bigger services likeNetflixandHuluover the years,NBCis starting to make some of its most popular shows exclusive to itsstreaming platform. "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation," two of the network's biggest and beloved hits, are now available only viaPeacock, and it will likely be expanding those shows to draw "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "30 Rock" fans away fromHulu. That's just the tip of the TV iceberg; there are a ton of shows onPeacock.

Peacockalso offers a distinct set of "channels" that are not live streams but rather streaming feeds curated around genres and themes. There's a channel just for "Saturday Night Live," another for "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and another called "Today All Day" that acts as a news channel by pulling clips from the "Today" show withoriginal programming.

Peacockis also making a bid to become a sports destination. It is the onlystreaming platformwrestling fans can watch WWE.

Pricing

  • Free:Access to about two-thirds ofPeacock's library
  • $4.99 per month:All programming, with ads
  • $9.99 per month:All programming with no ads, as well as the ability to download certain shows for offline viewing

Ads?Unless you go to the "Premium Plus" tier for $9.99 per month, you'll see ads. A small amount of shows and somelive TVstill has ads even on the "Premium Plus" plan.

Can I watch sports?Yes. The free tier includes limitedlivesportscoverage, like the U.S. Open Championship, Women’s Open Championships, and certain Olympics coverage. With the $4.99 per month option, you can watch much more, includingNFL, English Premier League matches,NHL, and NASCAR.Peacockis also the exclusive home of the WWE Network. Wrestling fans can watch a huge amount of WWE content and stream pay-per-view-like events. There will also be live coverage of the Olympics.

What's popular onPeacock:"The Office" is one of the most popularTV showsof all time, and it's only streaming onPeacock. The first two seasons are free, but the rest requires a paid account. The same goes for "Parks and Recreation."Other popular shows onPeacockinclude"Saturday Night Live," "Friday Night Lights," "Downton Abbey," "30 Rock," "Battlestar Galactica," "Cheers," "Frasier," "Monk," "This is Us," "Law & Order," and "House." There's also a surprising number offilms onPeacockas well, including the "Harry Potter" film franchise, the "Bourn" trilogy, "The Big Lebowski," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Breakfast Club," "Knocked Up," and more.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation4,XboxOne,XboxSeries X,XboxSeries S
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:Only with the $9.99 "Premium" plan, and only for certain shows, on thePeacockapp—which means you can't download to your devices.
  • Parental controls:Yes
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"Little America," "The Morning Show," and "Ted Lasso" (Apple TV+)

Apple TV+

Not to be confused withApple TV(which is not actually a TV, but Apple'ssmall boxthat plugs into TVs to act like a home base for all your other streaming apps),Apple TVis the technology giant's foray into streaming. It offers a small library oforiginal programming, including its marquee drama "The Morning Show," starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. The comedy series "Ted Lasso" was the service's first true breakout hit.

Pricing:$5 for streams across six devices. If you purchase an Apple device you'llget a free yearofApple TV+; if you're a student with Apple Music you'll also get anApple TV+ account tacked on for free.

Ads?No

Can I watch sports?No

What's popular onApple TVPlus:"Ted Lasso" isApple TV+'s biggest hit, and "The Morning Show" is a high-budget show. Apple is putting a lot of money into itsoriginal programming, but it has yet to reach the saturation of its competitors. "Dickinson," starring Hailee Steinfeld, and "Little America," an anthology series about immigrants to America, are both critically acclaimed but have been slow to find an audience.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV,Android phones and tablets,AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV,Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation5,XboxOne,XboxSeries X, XboxSeries S
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:Yes
  • Parental controls:Yes
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YouTube TV

YouTube TV

Everyone knows YouTube, butYouTube TVis much different. It operates more like a cable subscription than other streaming services, with live channels andon-demandstreaming. Thechannel lineupincludesTNT,MTV,Comedy Central,TBS,Nickelodeon, ABC,NBC,CBS,Fox, BET, andPBSin most markets. There are manyTVchannelsshowing live sporting events, andShowtimeand HBO can be added to subscriptions to bulk out the options. It usescloud DVRtech with unlimited storage.YouTube TV's focus on these channels makes it an attractive option for people who want to "cut the cord" while retaining the cable experience.

Pricing:$64.99 per month for six accounts and three streams per household

Ads?When you save something toYouTube TV'scloud DVRyou can scroll through the commercials. Otherwise, the channels act like normalcable TV, including the ads, and library shows typically include ads that can't be fast-forwarded through.

Can I watch sports?Yes.YouTube TVis a strong contender for sports fans, offeringNFL, NBA, andMLB networks, Big Ten Network, SPN,FoxSports, CBSSportsNetwork, NBCSN, and SEC Network. There is also a "Sports Plus" package that costs an additional $10.99 per month that adds seven more networks:NFLRedZone,FoxCollege Sports,FoxSoccer Plus, GOLTV, MAVTV Motorsports Network, TVG / TVG2, and Stadium.

What's popular onYouTube TV:YouTube doesn't offer much in the way oforiginal programming. But you get essentially all the TV ofcable channels,MTV,Comedy Central,PBS, andNickelodeon. Films come and go, some for a fee on top of the monthly subscription, but the Turner Classic Movies channel is included.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices,AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV,Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:PlayStation4,PlayStation4 Pro,XboxSeries X,XboxSeries S,XboxOne,XboxOne S, XboxOne X
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing:No, but thecompany announcedthat offline viewing will be coming in the near future.
  • Parental controls:Yes
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Sling TV

Sling TV

Sling TVis an option forcord-cutterswho want to replace cable with a cheaper alternative and aren't concerned about getting a comprehensive package of channels. There are two different plans, each with their own set of channels:Sling OrangeandSling Blueeach cost $35 per month. You can purchase both Orange and Blue for $50 to get all the channels. Sling claims Orange is good sports and families while Blue is good for news and entertainment, but the channels on each color are a hodgepodge. Sling works best for people who watch the same channels and can cobble together what they want by combining a base plan with extra bundles and individual channeladd-ons.

The amount of simultaneous streaming also varies by plan.Local channels, however, aren't great on Sling.NBCandFoxaren't available everywhere;ABCrequires use of an old-school antenna; andCBSis totally absent. There are a lot of gaps when it comes to channels in each plan that can be supplemented with individual channeladd-ons, but those hitch up the price to the point where you may not actually be saving all that much money if usingSling TVas an alternative to cable. While Sling's bread-and-butter is a cable replacement, it does offer some streamable shows and movies.

Pricing

  • Sling Free:On-demandTV and films, as well as some live channels.
  • Sling Orange:$35 per month one stream with channels including Orange-onlyDisneyChannel,ESPN,ESPN2, andESPN3.
  • Sling Blue:$35 per month for threesimultaneous streamswith channels including Blue-onlyNFLNetwork,TNT,National Geographic,Discovery, and more. Currently,CNN, HGTV,TBS,TNT,AMC, History Channel, BET, BBC America, Cartoon Network, Lifetime,Food Network, and more are on both Orange and Blue. In determining which color plan to go with, looking line by line atwhat's availableis a good idea.
  • Sling Orangeand Blue:$50 per month for foursimultaneous streamsand all the channels.
  • Sling offersadditional bundles of channelsfor an additional $5 per month. The bundles center around different themes: comedy, kids, news, lifestyle, Hollywood, and heartland. Individual channels can be added for $3 per month.

Can I watch sports?Some sports are watchable on the channels that come standard with each color. For an additional $10 per month you can purchase the Sports Extraadd-on. For Orange subscriptions the Sports Extra adds 15 channels that include ACC Network, ACC Network Extra, beIN Sports, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Longhorn Network,MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone,NBA TV,NHLNetwork, Outside TV, PAC 12 Network, SEC Network, and SEC Network+.

ForSling Bluesubscriptions, Sports Extra adds 10 additional channels that including BeIN Sports,FoxSports 2, Golf Channel,MLB Network, MLB Strike Zone,NBA TV,NFLRed Zone,NHLNetwork, Olympic Channel, Outside TV, PAC 12 Network, and Tennis Channel.

What’s popular onSling TV:Channels likeTBSandTNTthat aren't on other cable imitators are nice. What's available varies by Orange and Blue subscriptions, plus the bundles and a-la-carte channeladd-ons.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:XboxOne, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls:Yes, which is an outlier in thecable channelalternative services
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FuboTV

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FuboTV

FuboTV, similar toother options on this list, acts best as a replacement to cable and focuses on providing a breadth of channels and sports viewing. It offers 114 channels in most markets, 65 of which are in the top 100 most popular channels, including the top four networksCBS,ABC,NBC, andFox, as well as BET,AMC, Animal Planet, andNational Geographic. It now carriesDisneychannels likeESPN, ESPN2, ACC Network, and SEC Network.FuboTVis particularly strong when it comes to sports, offering a wide array of channels.

Pricing

  • $65 per month:The standard plan includes 114 channels, 250 hours ofcloud DVRstorage, and streaming over three devices at once.
  • $80 per month:The "Elite" plan increases the channels to 130, thecloud DVRstorageto 1,000 hours, streaming over up to 10 devices, and 46 more entertainment and news channels including the Cooking Channel, BBC World News, and TeenNick, even moresports channels.

Ads?FuboTV'scloud DVRallows you to fast-forward through commercials, but like watching a game on a cable network, if you're watching live, you'll see commercials.

Can I watch sports?Absolutely.FuboTVcomes with alarge selection ofsports channelswhere viewers can watch live games from theNFL, NBA and MLB, as well asNHL, NASCAR, MLS, golf, tennis, boxing, MMA, college sports, and soccer and the UEFA Europa League. Fubo providescloud DVRso users can watch a recorded game after it airs. Accounts come with 250 hours of storage; that can beupgraded to 1,000 hoursfor an additional fee. Thecloud DVRstorageapples to all profiles.

What's popular onFuboTV:The sports. You'll get most of America's major sports leagues down to the local levels, plus international leagues.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet,Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast,Roku(see notes on eligibility),Samsungsmart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TV
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Adroid
  • Gaming consoles supported:XboxOne,XboxOne S,XboxOne X
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls:No

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"In the Mood for Love" (2000 USA Films/Online USA // Getty Images); "8 1/2" (John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images); "Do the Right Thing" (Anthony Barboza // Getty Images)

Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection houses some of the world's best films, and The Criterion Channel givessubscribersaccess to most of them. While Criterion is almost synonymous with high-brow art films, its library is full of both classic and contemporary offerings, with new and buzzy features next to classics. International and independent films are also at home on this service. Movie lovers will also enjoy The Criterion Channel's supplementary programming, with in-depth look behind film productions, interviews with directors and actors, analysis, and video essays on film.

Opposed to services likeNetflixthat employ algorithms to suggest shows and films to its users, Criterion is a highly curative platform, with professional film critics and folks from the film industry adding their expertise to the experience. The people behind Criterion also understand that movie lovers want to see some of the world's most beautiful films in a high-quality format, and the service supports 1080p streams for most of its movies. It's also one of the cleanest and best-organized interfaces of any streaming service, with enough options for sorting that a new user won't feel overwhelmed with the enormous selection. Criterion is a highly curative service that offers collections around genre or theme.

Pricing:$10.99 per month or $99.99 per year for streaming across three devices

Ads?No

Can I watch sports?No

What's popular on The Criterion Channel:There is a staggering amount of quality films to watch: groundbreaking directors Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman; French New Wave luminaries François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, and Jean-Luc Godard; beacons of oldHollywood like like Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, George A. Romero, and Robert Altman; a who's who of contemporary international names like Wong Kar-wai, Olivier Assayas, Michael Haneke, and Edward Yang; and notable restorations like "The Apu Trilogy." Criterion houses too many historic and contemporary classics to name and regularly filters in arthouse films that get short shrift elsewhere.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs(see note about eligibility)
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:XboxOne
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing: Yes
  • Parental controls:No

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"Ida" (Music Box Films), "About Elly" (Cinema Guild), "I Am Not Your Negro" (Magnolia Pictures)

Kanopy

Kanopy is an under-the-radar streaming service that's available to most people with a library card and most university students and faculty, depending on if the library or university is enrolled with Kanopy. The service focuses on films and documentaries and currently offers a stellar array from A24, Bleecker Street,Paramount,PBS, Criterion, HBO Documentary Films, and Samuel Goldwyn Films. You can watch a maximum 10 films per month.

Pricing:Free with a library card or valid university email address. Find out if your university participateshere. Find out if your library participateshere. University credentialing includes students and faculty.

Ads?Nope. Thanks to the generosity of public libraries and universities, these films are ad-free.

Can I watch sports?No

What's popular on Kanopy:A24 hits like "Moonlight," "Lady Bird," and "Hereditary." Classics like "Chinatown," "Once Upon a Time in the West," and "Harold and Maude." Arthouse films like "The Love Witch," "Her Smell," and "Two Lovers." Documentaries like "I Am Not Your Negro," "Paris is Burning," and "I'll Be Gone in the Dark." And foreign films classic and new like "In the Mood for Love," "Beanpole," "Embrace of the Serpent," "Ida," and "Dogtooth."

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices,AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs,
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:None
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls:Yes
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"Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" (ABC)

Acorn TV

Acorn TV brings shows from Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, and France to American viewers. Some of these shows can be found on other streaming services, but many international offerings are only available to Americans via Acorn TV and BritBox, the next entry on this list. Acorn TV is definitely more niche, and doesn't offer some of the services the bigger platforms do, like downloads and parental controls, and streams only go as high as 720p resolution. But if you're a fan of some of the international shows that have become hits in America, or just curious, Acorn TV has a large library to satisfy a desire for something truly new.

Pricing:$5.99 per month or $59.99 per year for foursimultaneous streams.

Ads?No.

Can I watch sports?No.

What's popular on Acorn TV:There arealotof the cozy murder mystery shows that Britain seems to specialize in and Americans love. Popular shows include "Doc Martin," "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries," and "Midsomer Murders," miniseries like "And Then There Were None" and "Deadwater Fell," and classic British programming like "Agatha Christie's Poirot" and "Agatha Christie's Marple." Period dramas also abound, including "A Suitable Boy," "Anna Karenina," "Victorian Farm," "Fingersmith," and many more.

In addition to that lineup, Acorn TV has invested in original program with well-received shows like "The Detectorists," "Finding Joy," and the TV movie "Curtain: Poirot’s Last Stand," which was nominated for an Emmy. While Acorn TV does offer films, the shows are its strong point. Still, some movies on offer include "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead," "The Return," and "The Way Back."

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV,Chromecast,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:None
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls:No
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"The Office" (BBC), "Downton Abbey" (PBS), "Pride and Prejudice" (BBC)

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BritBox

BBC and ITV make up BritBox, the service for Anglophiles to get all their British television. There is some overlap between Acorn TV and BritBox, and some shows switch between the two services, with different seasons of the same show sometimes getting divvied up. But BritBox focuses on British shows, and its library is extensive on this front thanks to the large stock of content between BBC and ITV. Streaming on the web and mobile phones is limited to 720p resolution.

Pricing:$6.99 per month or $69.99 per year for fivesimultaneous streams.

Ads?No.

Can I watch sports?No.

What's popular on BritBox: Big draws like"Downton Abbey,""The Office" (the British original), "Wallander," "Classic Doctor Who," "The Thick of It," "Agatha Christie's Poirot," "Rev.," "Prime Suspect," "Vera," and "Black Adder" are all on BritBox. Very British classics like "Fawlty Towers," “Upstairs/Downstairs,” "Absolutely Fabulous," and the long-running "Up" series are also available. Period piece miniseries like "Pride and Prejudice," "Jane Eyre," "Bleak House," and many more abound. And while "The Great British Bake Off" is not streaming on BritBox or Acorn TV, the similarly lovely "Gardener's World" is on BritBox.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast, LGsmart TVs,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:None
  • Web browser viewing: Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls:Yes

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Philo

Philo

Philocombines live channels withon-demandstreaming shows and movies. It's a relatively cheap and straightforward option for cablecord-cutters, offering64 channelsthat form a solid package for only $20 per month. Notably, sports and news are not well-represented, with entertainment, lifestyle, and educational channels making up the bulk of the roster. Those channels includeComedy Central,Food Network, BET,DiscoveryChannel,AMC, HGTV, Animal Planet, BBC America, Cooking Chanel, the Travel Channel, and more. Epix can be added for $6 per month andStarzfor $9 per month. Shows can be watched live or recorded to watch later.Philooffers unlimitedcloud DVRfor those recordings, which is pretty wild; however, shows are automatically deleted after 30 days.

Pricing:$20 per month for threesimultaneous streams

Ads?Yes, when you're watchinglive TV. Recorded shows can easily be forwarded through ads.

Can I watch sports?No.Philodoesn't carry anysports channelsor local news channels that air games.

What's popular onPhilo:The channels available bring a lot of popular TV, including "The Walking Dead," "The Office," "Community," "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Portlandia," and much more.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast,Roku(Philois not supported bysmart TVs).
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:None
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls:No
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DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream(formerlyAT&T TV, which was formerlyAT&TTVNow, which was formerlyDirecTVNow) is an expensive option forcord-cutters. There are manydifferent plansthat provide a varying amount of channels and options, as well asadd-onsandperksthat frequently change, so doing your research is a must before committing, and expect to get at least a little confused as you go through that process.On-demandcontentis also included.

DirecTV Streamoffersunlimitedcloud DVRstoragewith some fine print: recordings are deleted after 90 days, and forTV seriesrecordings, there's a maximum of 30 episodes that can be kept on the DVR storage. Reliable high-speedinternet connectionis critical forDirecTV Streamto work well.

Pricing:All plans get you threesimultaneous streams.

  • $59.99 per monthfor the cheapest "entertainment" bundle, which includes 65 channels
  • $64.99 per monthfor 90 channels, with two different packages that offer different sets of channels (but a lot of overlap)
  • $74.99 per monthfor 120 channels
  • $79.99 per monthfor 130 channels
  • $129.99 per monthfor 140 channels

Ads?Yes.

Can I watch sports?Yes. All packages come with at leastsomesports channels, and viewers can select upgrades based on how many different sports-focused channels they want.

What's popular onDirecTV Stream:Between all the different options, you can watch pretty much any television show onDirecTV Stream, and many of those channels show a lot of movies, as well.

How to watch

  • Streaming devicessupported:Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android phones and tablets,Android TVdevices, AppleiPhoneand iPads,Apple TV, Chromecast,Roku,Samsungsmart TVs
  • Mobile platforms supported:iOS, Android
  • Gaming consoles supported:None
  • Web browser viewing:Yes
  • Offline viewing:No
  • Parental controls: Yes

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FAQs

What is the most popular streaming service 2021? ›

Netflix is unsurprisingly the most popular video streaming platform in the United States. As of May 2021, the share of households using the service amounted to 62 percent. Second was Amazon Prime Video with 54 percent of people interviewed stated to use it.

What is the most popular streaming service 2022? ›

Our Best On-Demand Streaming Services Rating
  • #1 Netflix.
  • #2 Amazon Prime Video.
  • #2 Disney+
  • #4 Funimation.
  • #4 Hulu.
  • #4 HBO Max.
  • #4 Peacock.
  • #8 Crunchyroll.
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Which TV streaming service is best? ›

Best Live TV Streaming Service for Cord Cutting in 2022
  • YouTube TV. Best live TV streaming service overall. $65 at YouTube TV. ...
  • Sling TV Blue. Best TV streaming on a budget. $35 at Sling TV. ...
  • Hulu Plus Live TV. Best on demand. $65 at Hulu. ...
  • DirecTV Stream. Best for channel flippers, sports fans. $65 at AllConnect.
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Which is better Hulu or Netflix 2022? ›

Even though Netflix and Hulu are competitors, they are both enticing in totally different ways. Netflix has a bigger and better library of movies and series along with the accolades to back it up. Hulu has some original content but really excels in its licensed content.

Who is the leading streaming service? ›

More than 100 million subscribers
ServiceParentLaunch
NetflixNetflix, Inc.January 16, 2007
Amazon Prime VideoAmazon.com, Inc.September 7, 2006
Disney+The Walt Disney CompanyNovember 12, 2019
Tencent VideoTencentJune 2011
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Is there anything better than Netflix? ›

Hulu is the go-to alternative for many previous (and some current) Netflix users. It offers a huge selection of TV and movies, as well as award-winning original content. Its ad-supported option is cheaper than even Netflix's Basic plan.

What is the downside of Hulu live TV? ›

If you're tired of paying a big cable bill each month, you may find that cutting the cord and subscribing to Hulu + Live TV is a great money-saving solution in 2022.
...
Hulu + Live TV: Pros and Cons.
ProsCons
Base package includes Disney+ and ESPN+.Only two screens at once unless you upgrade
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Is Hulu better than Netflix? ›

Hulu is less expensive than all but the most basic Netflix service. Hulu's content quality and simultaneous streams are comparable to the Standard (mid-tier) Netflix plan, at a lower cost. Both platforms have popular original content. Hulu is better for the latest TV shows, Netflix is better for binging series.

Is HBO Max worth getting? ›

If you're a big fan of HBO, animation, DC Comics or Friends or are running out of good stuff to watch, HBO Max is worth your money. You can decide for yourself whether you want to pay for Max along and other streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu.

What streaming service has all the channels? ›

Hulu features all the major news, sports, and entertainment channels and networks, plus excellent DVR capabilities.

What is the cheapest way to stream? ›

11 of the Cheapest Streaming Services for Cord-cutters
  1. Peacock. Price: Free for some content, $4.99/month premium with ads. ...
  2. Hulu. Price: $6.99/month+. ...
  3. Disney+ Price: $7.99/month+. ...
  4. Netflix. Price: $9.99/month+. ...
  5. Amazon Prime Video. Price: $14.99/month+. ...
  6. HBO Max. Price: $9.99/month+. ...
  7. SHOWTIME. Price: $10.99/month+. ...
  8. Philo.
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What's the cheapest way to stream live TV? ›

The cheapest live TV services for cord-cutting are the free ones: Pluto TV and Xumo. There are paid ones that cost very little, like Philo, Frndly TV, and Sling (especially the individual Blue or Orange plans). Below, here are the best cheap offerings so that you can cut the cord and make the biggest savings.

Is Peacock better than Netflix? ›

Netflix supports multiple profiles, while Peacock doesn't offer that feature yet. Peacock also doesn't enable offline viewing, so you can't download titles to your device to watch on the go. Support for 4K streaming is not available so far.

Is Hulu Worth the money? ›

It offers a solid lineup of live TV channels, originals, movies, and shows making it an appealing option for any audience. With familiar shows from networks like ABC, FOX, and NBC that you can watch soon after they air, Hulu is a no-brainer for cord-cutters to enjoy their favorite programming.

Is Prime better than Netflix? ›

Prime Video is less expensive than Netflix, and offers more features for the price. Netflix has a larger catalog, and all of the content on Netflix is included in the subscription. Some content on Amazon costs extra. Both platforms have award-winning original content and are investing heavily in original programming.

Which streaming service is growing the fastest? ›

ESPN+ is the fastest growing of the OTT services. Through the end of the year, we expect to see 43.7 million viewers, representing 31.5% YoY growth. Also by the end of 2022, ESPN+ is expected to command 44.6% of all digital live sports viewers.

Who has more subscribers than Netflix? ›

Disney now has more streaming subscribers than Netflix.

Is Netflix still losing subscribers? ›

Netflix remains the leader of the pack, with 220.67 million global subscribers as of June according to earnings reports, but as competition with newer platforms becomes tighter, it's also one of the only streaming services to lose paid subscribers, falling by almost 1 million subscribers since March and nearly 1.2 ...

What service will replace Netflix? ›

What is the best Netflix alternative?
Netflix AlternativePrice# of Titles
HuluStarting at $6.99/month3,000
Amazon Prime Video$14.99/month (with Amazon Prime membership) or $8.99/monthAbout 26,000
HBO MaxStarting at $9.99/monthMore than 2,500
Apple TV+$4.99/monthAbout 60
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Why are people dropping Netflix? ›

So why did Netflix lose subscribers? The subscriber loss "seems to be due to increased competition from other streaming services, adverse global economic circumstances, and the fact that the company already has a very high level of subscribers," says Ferran G. Vilaró, CEO of streaming video analytics company NPAW.

Which subscription is best for movies? ›

  • Netflix. Best for Original Movies. Jump To. ...
  • Hulu. Best for Movie Variety. Jump To. ...
  • Peacock. Best for Free TV and Movie Streaming. Jump To. ...
  • Amazon Prime Video. Best for Popular Movies. Jump To. ...
  • Disney+ Best for Family-Friendly Movies. ...
  • HBO Max. Best for WarnerMedia Movies. ...
  • KweliTV. Best for International Films. ...
  • Tubi. Best for Free Movies.

Is Hulu worth getting rid of cable? ›

Hulu makes a really good substitute for cable, because it can offer tons of the same content you'd get with a cable contract for a whole lot less than that contract would charge you. We think that Hulu's on-demand service is really affordable. It costs just $5.99 per month.

How much is Hulu a month 2022? ›

Hulu + Live TV Review 2022
PlanPriceDetails
Hulu + Live TV$69.99/mo.*View Plans
Hulu No Ads + Live TV$75.99/mo.*View Plans

Why is Hulu the best? ›

Recently-aired content straight to Hulu

The best part about Hulu, in our opinion, is how quickly they give their viewers access to recently-aired episodes from network and cable TV! This is the case for TV shows aired on top channels, such as ABC, A&E, CBS, Food Network, FOX, and Investigation Discovery.

What is better HBO Max or Hulu? ›

HBO Max offers more content than Hulu, including a larger selection of movies and TV shows. However, it also costs more per month. HBO Max may have a more limited selection compared to Netflix, but it's still a lot bigger than what Hulu has to offer.

Which is better Netflix or HBO Max? ›

Netflix wins for new originals, but HBO's got game and quality. The first thing to know about HBO Max is that it has everything on HBO. That includes not only Game of Thrones but every newer show, including Euphoria, Winning Time and The Gilded Age. And this summer, the buzzy House of the Dragon arrives on the platform ...

How much is Netflix 2022 monthly? ›

As of September 2022, there are three plans available for Netflix subscribers: Basic: $10/month, standard-definition quality. Standard: $15.49/month, HD quality. Premium: $20/month, 4K quality.

Which is better HBO Max or Disney plus? ›

Disney Plus wins on price

There are a lot of differences in content, which we'll cover below, but the biggest difference up front is the price. HBO Max's ad-supported plan costs $10, but its ad-free version is $15, nearly twice that of Disney Plus.

Is HBO Max or Starz better? ›

HBO Max lets users upgrade to an ad-free experience for $15/mo, while Starz users always get an ad-free experience. Both platforms have original content, but HBO Max also carries programs from other networks, including Friends (an NBC show).

How much is HBO Max for a whole year? ›

After the 1-year discounted period, you'll pay the then-current yearly subscription rate. (An annual subscription is currently $149.99/year for the Ad-Free plan and $99.99/year for the With Ads plan, plus applicable taxes).

Which streaming service has ABC NBC and CBS? ›

The best options to stream local ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS are DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. They all offer a way to live stream major broadcast networks in nearly every market in the US. FuboTV is also an option. However, they don't cover as many markets.

Is there anything better than YouTube TV? ›

Broadcast TV

One of YouTube TV's biggest features is live streams of the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW). Hulu with Live TV is the competitor that stacks up the best here, offering all of those except for The CW.

How can I watch basic TV for free? ›

  1. TV Antenna: Free local channels without cable.
  2. Free local channels without a TV antenna.
  3. Streaming Local Channels: ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.
  4. Haystack News: Local news, weather channels.
  5. TV shows from NBC on Peacock.
  6. TV shows from CBS on Paramount+
  7. TV shows from FOX and NBC through Hulu.
  8. PBS Video app.
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Is it cheaper to have cable or streaming? ›

streaming: cost. In the early days of live TV streaming, this was an easy one: streaming is cheaper than cable. But, with top services like YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV regularly raising their rates, that price gap is closing.

How can I stream without a TV provider? ›

Best Ways to Watch TV Without Cable or Satellite
  1. Hulu. What is this? ...
  2. Sling TV. With Sling TV, you can stream and record TV channels just like you have with cable and satellite. ...
  3. Prime Video. If you already have an Amazon Prime membership, you already have Prime Video. ...
  4. Netflix. ...
  5. Paramount Plus. ...
  6. YouTube TV. ...
  7. Network Apps. ...
  8. FuboTV.
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How can I get free cable without paying? ›

Pluto is the best overall platform to stream free TV. The app provides access to over 100 networks, from lifestyle to news. If you like to watch movies for free, Crackle is a good choice, but Pluto is the closest to the cable experience without paying a dime.

Which app is best for all TV channels? ›

Here are some of the best free live TV apps for Android TV.
  1. Pluto TV. Pluto TV provides more than 100 TV channels across several categories. News, sports, movies, viral videos, and cartoons are all well-represented. ...
  2. Bloomberg TV. ...
  3. JioTV. ...
  4. NBC. ...
  5. Plex. ...
  6. TVPlayer. ...
  7. BBC iPlayer. ...
  8. Tivimate.

Does Amazon Prime have live TV channels? ›

Prime Video Channels is the Amazon Prime benefit that lets you choose your channels. Amazon Prime members can add channels with no cable required. Subscription providers manage the availability of titles that are included with their service. Some Channel subscriptions also feature Watch Live.

Is YouTube TV better than Hulu? ›

Unlike Hulu's premium channels that you can add to your plan a la carte, YouTube TV offers its Entertainment Plus bundle, which includes HBO Max, STARZ, and SHOWTIME for $29.99 a month. This bundle will save you about $5 a month compared to Hulu Live.

Which one is better Peacock or Paramount plus? ›

Sports. News. Bingeworthy TV. If we're only considering channel lineup, Peacock wins this one, with over 30 more channels than what Paramount+ offers. However, Paramount+ still offers a ton of great content and an awesome Showtime bundle, so the decision should come down to which content interests you better.

Is Peacock worth paying for? ›

At just under $5 per month, Peacock Premium is one of the cheapest streaming services on the block. And, with loads of iconic content, it also provides some of the best value we've seen! Even if you only watch a modest 20 hours of Peacock content (with ads) per month, it'll cost you just $0.25 per hour.

What is better Peacock or Hulu? ›

The Big Difference. While both services have an on demand library of TVs and movies, Hulu Live TV also gives you lots of live channels, similar to what you'd have with a cable package. Hulu Live TV also provides free Disney+ and ESPN+. Peacock is primarily just an on demand library of movies and shows.

Is Hulu free with Amazon Prime? ›

No, Hulu does not come with Amazon Prime. You will have to purchase Hulu separately to access the on-demand library of movies and shows. Although Amazon Prime is an excellent service, it does not include bundles with Netlfiix, HBO Max, Hulu, or any other streaming service.

What channels come with Hulu? ›

There are over 75 live and on-demand channels to choose from, including: Popular entertainment channels like BET, Bravo, Comedy Central, E!, Freeform, Lifetime, MTV, OWN, TBS, TNT, VH1, and USA. Family-friendly channels like Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Universal Kids, and Boomerang.

How can I get Hulu for free? ›

The easiest method to get Hulu free is also the most obvious one, especially if you have never signed up for Hulu before now. Just sign up for one of the Hulu free trial offers. For the Hulu with ads plan and the Hulu with no ads plan, the service gives you a free Hulu trial for 30 days.

Do Amazon Prime members get free Netflix? ›

For Everyone asking if Netflix, Hulu, YouTube tv are free through amazon prime or the fire stick. The answer is no to both. You can watch them with the fire stick if you subscribe to their services.

Which one is better Netflix or Disney plus? ›

Disney+ has over 400 movies, which is tiny when compared to Netflix's almost 4000 movies. Netflix has much more choice and variety for adults, as Disney+ offering is much more family friendly. Disney+ is also the only place to stream all the latest Marvel and Star Wars movies, along with their huge box office hits.

Who is Netflix competition? ›

Hulu (No Ads) - $13 a month. HBO Max (No Ads) - $15 a month. Amazon Prime Video - $9 a month. Paramount Plus (No Ads) - $10 a month.

Is Netflix still losing subscribers? ›

Netflix remains the leader of the pack, with 220.67 million global subscribers as of June according to earnings reports, but as competition with newer platforms becomes tighter, it's also one of the only streaming services to lose paid subscribers, falling by almost 1 million subscribers since March and nearly 1.2 ...

Is Netflix the largest streaming service in the world? ›

Summary. As of Disney's 3Q fiscal financial earnings report 2022 (i.e., 2022 to July 2), Disney Streaming has overtaken Netflix as the world's largest streaming company, reporting a grand total of 221.1 million subscriptions across its streaming services Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar, ESPN+, and Hulu.

What's better Netflix or Disney plus? ›

Does Disney Plus have more content than Netflix? No. When it comes to the amount of content, Netflix wins with the larger library: 6,000+ to Disney's 3,000+. However, numbers aren't everything and with Disney Plus hosting titles from the likes of Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, competition is fiercer than ever.

Is now TV better than Netflix? ›

This turns out to be an advantage that Now TV may have over Netflix however. Since HBO's creative output is more consistently critically and commercially praised, Now gets the better-received shows. For Netflix on the other hand; while it does still put out great content, there's much more over-saturation.

Why people leaving Netflix? ›

But as pre-pandemic habits return, Netflix has struggled to attract new sign-ups - and maintain the loyalty of existing members, especially as the rising cost of living leads to people cutting back. The company also faces fierce competition from the likes of Apple TV, HBO Max, Amazon Prime and Disney+.

Are people getting tired of streaming? ›

It's a Numbers Game

Indeed, more than 33% of pay-TV subs have cut the cord, up from 23% in 2020, according to the study. With nearly 60% of respondents in the Trade Desk study suggesting they spend too much money on multiple OTT subscriptions, more than 66% say escalating fees are a source of frustration.

What is the competitor of Netflix? ›

Netflix's competitors and similar companies include NBCUniversal, Paramount Global, Altice USA, YouTube, HBO, TiVo, hulu, Warner Media, Fox and The Walt Disney Company.

Is Disney losing subscribers? ›

With the warning about a slowdown in India, Disney lowered the subscriber target for Disney+ over to 215 million-245 million global subscribers by the end of its fiscal year 2024, down from 230 million-260 million previously.

How many subscribers did Netflix lose in 2022? ›

Netflix reported Tuesday that it lost 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2022 — a number far lower than its own forecasts, which had projected that the streaming giant would lose two million subscribers.

How many subscribers did Netflix lose? ›

Netflix lost a million more subscribers, plans cheaper version with ads: What that means for you. It turns out that not everyone is watching Netflix.

Is Hulu or Netflix better? ›

If you like stand-up comedy and foreign films, Netflix may be a good content fit. If you're looking for a way to keep up with your favorite current TV shows, then Hulu may be the better option. It has tons of popular television shows and often has access to new episodes within days of airing on traditional cable.

Is Amazon Prime better than Netflix? ›

Prime Video is less expensive than Netflix, and offers more features for the price. Netflix has a larger catalog, and all of the content on Netflix is included in the subscription. Some content on Amazon costs extra. Both platforms have award-winning original content and are investing heavily in original programming.

Which is better Netflix or HBO Max? ›

Netflix wins for new originals, but HBO's got game and quality. The first thing to know about HBO Max is that it has everything on HBO. That includes not only Game of Thrones but every newer show, including Euphoria, Winning Time and The Gilded Age. And this summer, the buzzy House of the Dragon arrives on the platform ...

What's better than NOW TV? ›

If you're after the latest episodes of current series, then Now TV is a no-brainer. However, Netflix comes out on top for its excellent original content, while Prime Video has a mammoth catalogue of films and box sets to binge.

Which streaming service is cheapest? ›

The cheapest live TV services for cord-cutting are the free ones: Pluto TV and Xumo. There are paid ones that cost very little, like Philo, Frndly TV, and Sling (especially the individual Blue or Orange plans).

Is NOW TV worth getting? ›

NOW TV review: our final verdict

It's an easy and commitment-free way to access Sky Sports for those important events. And the Entertainment Membership is a much cheaper way of watching Game of Thrones than taking out a full Sky subscription. All this without the need for a satellite dish or a lengthy contract.

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