Your movie streaming options are about to grow bigger. As Apple prepares to launch a TV streaming option later this year, Spotify customers can now watch Hulu shows at a special deal. A similar deal between Pandora and Philo TV was completed last year, helping Philo subscribers watch Pandora premium for three months.
Below are more networks with great streaming services in no particular order.
Reasonable prices, an extensive library and HD quality for all movie sum up Netflix. It’s the most popular streaming network and one of the best in the world. Netflix has more than 2000 quality TV series and documentaries.
However, it is an unpredictable company. Shows available this month could be pulled off any time. Remember Marvel’s The Punisher? Despite that, you can always bet on finding critically acclaimed movies on the network.
Shows like Narcos, Bojack Horseman, Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things make Netflix worth it. And not to forget, few other networks have blockbusters like Bird Box and comedy specials by all your favorite comedians.
Hulu is nowhere close to Netflix in popularity or support for ad-free HD quality movies. But with shows like How To Get Away with Murder and Agents of Shield, it’s a great option to consider. Hulu’s prices are also competitive, with the most affordable plan costing $7.99 per month.
While it has a big library of shows and movies, most of them are in standard quality. Add the fact that Hulu displays ads with its cheapest plans and you will see why some people prefer Netflix. It also doesn’t allow you to download shows, something both Amazon Prime and Netflix do.
Amazon untethered its video services from Amazon Prime in 2016, allowing fans to watch shows and movies at a price of $8.99 per month. From the classics to originals, popular shows to rare movies, Amazon Prime is now at close par with Hulu and Netflix.
Unlike Netflix, Amazon Video shows and movies are rarely pulled out. Any shows you see today will still be available three months from now on. That provides convenience because you can watch shows at your pace.
HBO started off as an affordable streaming option for all great shows on the TV network. It’s now pricier but its library of movies is bigger and better. HBO now fans boasts of original shows like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and West world. Those who love the classics can watch The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and The Wire at no extra cost.
HBO now also offer documentaries, sports, late night shows, and comedies. It also shows Hollywood films, including Wonder Woman, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and the Harry Potter Collection. HBO Now costs $14.99 for its cheapest plan, double Netflix and Hulu’s cheapest plans.
If you love HBO Now shows but hate its prices, there is a way to go around this. Movie search engines like https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/rf-watch-online help you find popular shows and all the streaming networks that support them. Game of Thrones, for instance, is able on HBO, YouTube, and Hulu.
Some streaming networks take pride in showing original shows and films. YouTube boasts of the ability to replace your cable with one single subscription. At a price of $40 per month, the services give you access to more than 40 TV stations.
From TNT to BBC America, CNN to AMC, E! News to Telemundo, YouTube TV is basically America’s most popular TV stations in one place. A few other stations can also be accessed for additional fees, including NBA’s League Pass, Fox Soccer Plus and STARZ.
Like regular YouTube, ads are unavoidable with most channels on YouTube. The service is also expensive, considering that some alternatives like Philo TV charge $16 per month. More TV networks have dynamic plans.
Sling works like YouTube TV. It gives you access to popular TV channels priced in three tiers. At a price of $25 per month, you get access to 45 popular shows. Sling’s $40 per month package gets you all popular sports channels, including ESPN and Fox Sports.
Apart from TV, Sling also has a cloud-based DVR system that lets you record your favorite TV shows at an additional fee of $5 per month. You can also rent new movies for 48 hours after you start playing them. Most of Sling’s shows and movies are HD quality but can’t be accessed outside the US.
Since most streaming networks cost as much as cable TV, most people don’t see the need to subscribe to them. Philo is different, offering TV services in the same way as Sling and YouTube but at much fairer prices.
At a cost of $16 per month, Philo gives you access to 43 TV channels. All the popular channels like Comedy Central, BBC America, and AMC are included in this deal. For $20 a month, Philo upgrades its channel list to include MTV Live, Discovery Channel and BET Her.
Philo’s cheap prices lack something both Sling and YouTube have; sports channels. NBA.TV, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, NBC, and ESPN are not part of Philo’s plan.
If you care less about reality TV and more about sports, fubo might be your best streaming option. The key word here is might because fubo doesn’t support ESPN, the most popular sports channel. Instead, Fubo brings you sports from CBS, MSG, NBA.TV, NFL Network, TNT and TBS.
Keep in mind that the TV channels decide what teams you watch depending on your state and other things. However, Fubo also offers other things besides sports. It supports Cartoon Network, AMC, FX, SYFY, CNN, NBC, and many more non-sports channels.
Direct TV Now
Direct TV prides in supporting a wide range of HD quality shows on all popular TV channels. The company is owned by AT&T and works on multiple platforms. It’s pricier than Philo, with its cheapest plan costing $40 per month. For this, you get access to all major channels, including sports networks like ESPN and FX.
For $80 per month, you get access to 80+ channels. A $65 plan adds your list of available plans to 100+ while the $75 per month plan supports 120+ channels. Surprisingly, HBO is not included in any of the plans. If you want to watch HBO or Cinemax, you have to pay up $5 extra for any package of your choice.
There has never been a better time to ditch cable for streaming. No more worries that you can’t watch movies when you are away. You get access to TV on all major devices and you can cancel your plans at any moment.
The networks featured above all offer different kinds of services. Figure out what your love on TV, and pick a plan that offers the best value for your money.