When you are trying to find out which online streaming site is the best fit for you, you should research each of them. You should know about all the features they have to offer, their monthly fee, and most importantly, whether or not they fulfil your entertainment needs. Well, here is some help. All that you need to know about the most popular TV and movie streaming services has been listed below. You only have to make your decision which is best for you and your family.
Amazon Prime Instant Video
Backed by Amazon, Amazon Prime Instant Video has made a niche for itself in the market. In only a few years, the service has filled its library with high quality content. There are so many television shows and movies in the Amazon lineup that you will never have time to get bored. Apart from the regular streaming, the service also offers a variety of original programs.
Not only does Amazon Prime offer a lot of premium content to its users, there is also an option for the subscriber to watch content offline by downloading videos. Then, there are the Amazon perks that accompany its streaming service. The company has offered its users free shipping, a free Kindle book each month, and access to its other online platforms, with just one subscription.
You can get Amazon Prime Instant Video at just $10.99 monthly fee. If you are sure that you want to stick with the service, then the annual subscription will be a better bet at $99.
Streaming services and Netflix have almost become synonymous with each other. Such is the leadership of Netflix in the industry. The service has been around for long, and that has given it time to grow and optimize its user interface. This has resulted in the highly user-friendly interface that Netflix has today.
As far as the content is concerned, the huge movie library of Netflix is its core strength. There are a lot of titles in its collection and they are updated regularly. You will find movies easily on the platform, along with some great recommendations, as to what you should see next. TV shows found on Netflix are good for binge watching. But, don’t expect the most recent shows running on cable to show up in the listing soon. Instead, subscribe to Netflix for the great original programming that it has to offer. You will not be disappointed.
The subscription fee for Netflix package used to be $8.99, which has now been increased to $9.99. This has made Netflix actually pricier than Amazon Prime Instant Video. But, it would be safe to say that the fans of Netflix originals will not be missing out on their favorite show’s episodes, just because of the slight hike.
This is an interesting streaming service that brings together the comfort of streaming services as well as the variety of cable television. With this subscription at home, you can access live streaming of many
channels like CNN, The Food Network, TBS, AMC, and many more. The best part is the availability of ESPN and ESPN 2 on the platform. Sports fans can rejoice that a streaming service is finally offering what they have been waiting for all along. Not only this, if you are looking for more sports channels, you can happily add 9 more for just $5 with the Sling TV sports package.
All of this is available to the users for $20 a month. Yes, it is on the expensive side, but given the traditional TV experience it is offering, without all the hassles of contracts, it is a fair deal. Sling TV works on a variety of devices including PC, smartphones, XBox One, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus Player, and Roku.
Hulu Plus, at just $7.99 a month, will offer you the latest television shows, as soon as they are aired on the cable. This is one streaming service you should be subscribing to, if you are more into television shows than movies. It is definitely not the best service for movie enthusiasts though. There is a lot to watch and the regularly updated TV show library of Hulu Plus is an absolute delight.
Be warned that there are a lot of commercials that you will have to sit through, if you stream via Hulu Plus. In fact, there is a 3-minute advertisement for every 10-minutes of video content. There is another option for users, who do not want to compromise on their viewing experience. You can opt for the more expensive $11.99 package. With this pack, you will have near ad-free experience. There are some ads with specific videos in this pack too.
Sony Playstation Vue
This is a streaming service backed by Sony and the one that feels just like cable both in content and in price. PlayStation Vue provides live access to more than 50 channels. What this means is that if you subscribe to Vue, you will be able to watch 50+ channels as they are aired on cable. Not only this, this service also offers an option to record your favorite shows for later. This is just like the DVR services offered with cable. The most basic package for Sony Playstation Vue clocks in at almost $50 a month fee. Don’t forget, this is only the base pack.
It is definitely the most expensive streaming service you can have. But, given the kinds of features it is offering, a fair comparison would be to cable services. Compared to them, it is definitely cheaper and hassle-free as well.
You should be aware that PlayStation Vue can be accessed on a limited number of devices right now. These include Sony smart TVs and gaming consoles, of course. Other than that, it can also be used on Apple’s mobile devices, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.