Gone are the days when you had to wait week after week to watch the next episode of your favorite television show. Forget about commercials disrupting your viewing just as something exciting happens to one of your favorite characters. Subscription streaming services have revolutionized the way people watch television. With low monthly subscriptions and internet access, you have access to thousands of television shows and movies at the tip of your hands. Literally, since all of these streaming services can be watched directly on your smart television or on a smartphone - keeping you up to date even when you’re on the move.
As the number of streaming services and their vast coverage increase, people all over the United States are opting to cancel their satellite and cable services. Why would you pay for cable television to watch commercials and television shows that limit you to when you can watch them? You don’t need to wait till 8:00 p.m. EST next Thursday to watch the next episode - you need one of the streaming services we’ve listen below.
Keep in mind that no all streaming services are created equal; it all depends on what interests you and how much you’re willing to pay on a monthly basis. Also, check out what offers are available with your cellular service - for example, certain T-Mobile plans also provide their customers with complimentary Netflix.
Here are five of the best streaming services that are available today and what you can expect from each one:
Netflix is somewhat of a pioneer in the streaming industry and is probably something you’ve heard about even if you haven’t used it. It is one of the cheapest options in the market right now, and they have several different packages ranging from $7.99 to $13.99 - they also often provide the first month free so you can take your time in deciding whether to keep it or not. They have one of the most vast selections of entertainment available online, constantly adding an array of new and old movies and television shows. They have entire seasons of traditionally televised network shows as well as original series which are created by the streaming service such as Iron Fist, Marco Polo, and House of Cards.
One of the best features about Hulu is that is has the fastest time between live airings and making it available to stream on demand. For example, if the latest episode of your favorite television show aired just now but you missed it, chances are it’ll be on Hulu within twenty-four hours. They don’t wait till the entire season is available like other streaming services. Hulu is also one of the few streaming services that offers the option to watch live TV. Hulu’s subscription services start at $7.99 and can increase based on add-ons such as a no-commercials option, number of screens, live television, and enhanced cloud DVR. Joining Hulu will give you access to several of their famed originals such as The Handmaid’s Tale, East Los High, and Harlots.
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, then guess what, you already have access to Amazon Prime Video. The subscription is included at no additional cost with your membership, giving you access to thousands of television shows and movies. To be fair, it’s not the best place to look for the latest releases, but they do have a large collection of movies that are only available on Prime. Monthly Prime subscriptions cost $12.99 per month and are half that price for students.
In addition to these, there are several other streaming services such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, Philo TV, HBO Now, Playstation Vue, and much more. Again, many of these offer a free trial period so go ahead and sign up, see how you like it, and watch your favorite movies and television shows where you want, when you want.