Which Paid Streaming Service Should I Use?

There’s a lot of streaming services on the market all searching for your money in exchange for a library of on-demand movies and TV shows. Unfortunately, there is no Spotify of the movie and TV world, so question becomes which one is right for you? Of course there is no one right answer, but if you’re looking for a quick list of their strengths, hopefully this can help ease your dilemma of which ones to choose.

Netflix

Netflix gained popularity initially by licensing popular TV shows and movies, but now many of those popular programs that were once on Netflix have moved to the streaming services of the companies that own them, so no more Friends and The Office. However, the rest of the companies without their own streaming platform generally choose to go with Netflix, so it’s a good streaming service to have.

Considering Netflix’s critically acclaimed and insanely popular original programming, Netflix is a must.

Hulu

Hulu is one part of Disney’s OTT streaming strategy. Disney+ serves as the more family-oriented platform, and then there’s ESPN+ for sports fans. Hulu aims to compete with Netflix by offering ABC and FX’s library of content, as well as originals that don’t fit with Disney+’s family friendly content.

Although Hulu is no longer the one-stop TV place, there are still plenty of great shows from other companies on the platform, not to mention their original shows are highly rated, plus if you like ABC and FX shows, Hulu is still a recommended platform.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon has a great deal of content, and if you’ve already subscribed for free shipping, it’s a nice perk. The originals are good, but do your homework to see if they have the content that you care about included with Prime.

Disney+

HBO Max

HBO has always charged a premium price for its content, so it’s no surprise HBO Max is $14.99, a tad higher than the competition. You get a good amount of content, including the incredibly popular Game of Thrones. Still, HBO Max may not be for everyone.

Peacock

Peacock Premium unlocks the entire platform at $4.99 with ads, and $9.99 ad-free, and there is a lot to watch, like including content from other companies Paramount Network’s Yellowstone from ViacomCBS. If you can live with ads the low $5 price is enticing, but you’ve really got to love NBCUniversal to get full use out of it. Try it out for free and see if there’s something you may like.

Paramount+ (Formerly CBS All Access)

Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of ViacomCBS content on other platforms, so although there’s a Comedy Central section, South Park will be on HBO Max until at least 2022, in addition to other CC shows on competing platforms. Still, there’s a lot of content, and its $5.99 price with ads and $9.99 ad-free, is in line with Peacock. However, you really need to love ViacomCBS content, otherwise there’s not a lot here yet. There is exclusive sports and content from CBS News, which may make it more appealing. At the moment, it’s worth a free trial to see if the content work for you.

Apple TV+

No matter what service you go with, even if you added all these platforms, you’ll still be spending less than traditional cable TV. Pick the one that has the shows and movies you want, and enjoy saving some money!

I’m a communications major passionate about technology, video production, and how the world works. http://anthony.guidetti.me

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