Your Handy Guide to TV Streaming Services
With all the streaming services available today, you can watch your favorite TV shows whenever you want, however you want. Whether you’re looking for a show that will blow your mind or just something to pass the time, there is a streaming service for you.
The first stop for online streaming has to be Netflix. The streaming service is now so popular that the phrase “Netflix and chill” is a part of our common lexicon. Netflix has grown rapidly to become the number one service in the online streaming industry, available for subscription starting at $8.99 per month. One of the first streaming services available, Netflix has a wide array of choices ranging from the classics all the way to the modern hits.
- No commercials. Ever.
- Diverse library of movies and TV shows
- Simple interface
- Recommendations based on your previous likings
- Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, The Witcher, The Crown and Orange Is the New Black
- Available on basically any device that has internet (Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, tablets and smartphones)
HBO Max bundles all HBO properties together, along with new Max Originals. Even better, it does not require a cable subscription, so you can get your fix of hits like Game of Thrones without the expensive cable bill. HBO Max is a little more pricey at $14.99 a month, but it’s worth it for all the great content HBO has to offer.
- Free one month trial before you pay
- Watch shows the second they air (not available on many streaming sites)
- HBO Original Series
- Can share with family on 2 devices
- Kids Lock and Parental Controls
- Ability to pause and continue watching on a different platform
Looking to ditch cable? Hulu Plus is the place to go. On top of a vast library of beloved TV titles, movies and new original series, Hulu Plus gives you access to most major network shows and some cable shows the same day they air. Subscriptions start at just $7.99 per month, but if you want to avoid advertisements, it’s $11.99 per month. You can also bundle it with Disney Plus to save some cash.
- Free 1-week trial of Hulu Plus
- Available on the web, gaming consoles, Roku’s streaming player, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire, phone and tablet apps
- An excellent variety of classic and new movies and TV shows, including Cheers, The Golden Girls, Normal People, Parasite, and West Side Story
Amazon Prime Video
If you have an Amazon Prime subscription – and let’s face it, you probably do – then you’re already paying for one of the best TV streaming services available. Amazon Prime Video offers a good mix of movies, TV and original programming, with the option to rent or buy titles à la carte. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can still subscribe to Prime Video for $8.99 a month.
- Great original content, including fan favorites like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Man in the High Castle and Jack Ryan
- Available on Amazon Fire, Chromecast, gaming consoles, Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, Apple TV, Roku and Xfinity X1
- Included with Amazon Prime benefits
- Wide content selection
If you’ve got kids, Disney Plus is the streaming service for you. With a vast collection, including animated classics like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid; beloved blockbuster series like Star Wars and Marvel; new original series and much more, Disney Plus has something for everyone in the family. Starting at just $6.99 a month, it’s one of the cheapest premium streaming services on the market.
- Expansive library of titles
- Lots of beloved content
- UHD resolution options
- Up to 4 simultaneous streams
- Available on Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, mobile devices, gaming consoles, Android TV, Apple TV,, Android-based Sony Smart TVs, Chromebooks, Samsung and LG devices
If gaming is your thing then you should know about Twitch. It’s a live streaming service for gamers to watch other gamers. Amazon actually bought the Twitch service for $970 million because of the popularity it has gained over the past few years. Twitch is available for free on iOS, Android, Xbox One, PS4, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Esports is the fastest growing sport in the world and it is estimated that in 2017, 335 million gamers will be tuning in to watch.
- Live streaming of Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, VALORANT, League of Legends, Apex Legends, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, World of Warcraft, Fifa and NBA 2K
- Twitch sends out notification when a broadcast you want to see goes live
- Features top teams, leagues, players and every major event
You probably know Redbox from their signature self-service DVD rental kiosks, but nowadays the entertainment giant also offers affordable, on-demand streaming of some of your favorite movies and TV shows. You can even watch free live tv with ads, no subscription or sign in required. Plus, with select unlimited data plans from U.S. CellularⓇ, you’ll get free rentals every month.
- No monthly subscription required
- New releases available to stream on demand, including family-friendly hits like Scoob!, Trolls World Tour and Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ability to earn free movie night rentals with Redbox Perks
- Disc rentals starting at $1.80/day for DVDs and $2/day for Blu-Ray™
- 4K Ultra UHD rentals available in select cities for $2.50/day
With cable going by the wayside in the coming years, streaming services are becoming more and more popular. Whether you are looking to binge watch the classics, watch your favorite eSports, or keep up with your current favorites you can find a streaming service that’s right for you.