By now society has become pretty acclimated to the concept of TV streaming services. They exist in abundance and come in different formats, offer different prices, and different content. Whether you like movies, sports, or new TV episodes, all of these issues are relevant and will factor into the service that you ultimately choose. In many ways the fact that each service is unique is very good, as it gives you the chance to find something that genuinely caters to your interests and needs.
Once most Americans looked at the cable and satellite packages and weighed issues like availability, channel selection/content, and price. Now in the age of online streaming we still do much the same.
Of course, with a big selection also comes a lot of work and time comparing content and costs. It can be hard to come to a decision, and your home’s entertainment is no small issue. This article will break it all down for you in an easy manner so that comparing is an easy task. All you have to do is remember what you like and what’s important to you, and that should lead you to the right answer.
Amazon Prime Instant Video
For part of the Prime subscription you can get Instant Video for $99 a year. If you would prefer just to receive the Instant Video part of things, the service costs about $8 a month. Which plan you pick really just depends on if you could use a Prime membership for other things, like purchases on merchandise. Prime offers some good deals and savings for people who buy a lot from Amazon.
There are tons of titles to choose from on Amazon but many of them still cost money even with the subscription. Still, Amazon has a selection of available content and, of course, their original series. Some of the top titles include The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, and Transparent. They also feature some CBS and HBO programing.
CBS All Access
If you know of the shows on CBS and you love them, then you may want CBS All Access. You will be able to enjoy those classics like Taxi and Cheers along with more recent programming like Mom and The Good Wife. Even Star Trek will be coming unto the scene in 2017.
CBS All Access is about $6 a month and features over 7500 on-demand episodes straight from the CBS network. Unfortunately they don’t have Thursday Night Football games on live-stream.
You will get all of the content and perks of HBO without an expensive cable subscription. HBO Now goes for $15 a month. You will be able to enjoy new episodes of modern shows like Game of Thrones as well as entire seasons of classic programs. There are also hundreds of movies which rotate on a regular basis.
HBO Now also has unlimited password sharing which is pretty cool. If you like HBO but you aren’t
crazy about the other channels on television it is a good way to go.
There is a lot to enjoy from Showtime, including live boxing bouts and hundreds of movie titles. They feature older and more recent shows including The Affair, Homelana, Dexter, and Weeds. Although Showtime is $11 a month if you have a Hulu subscription you can get a discount. On the downside the service lacks a bigger library of acclaimed originals and HBO Now has more quality movies in their library.
One of the biggest hooks that Hulu offers is next-day TV. They have a pretty big library of shows which you can enjoy very soon after they air. If you want to talk to family or friends about the latest episode of some hot TV show this is a big advantage.
A few attractive programs available from Hulu include South Park, Seinfela, Empire, and Casual. The pricetag for Hulu Plus is around $8 a month and there are ads mixed in with the streaming content. If you hate ads they do have a $12 a month option which will be totally ad-free.
It would be impossible to talk about TV streaming services without the mention of Netflix. Netflix is most famous for their movie selection, which is better than most other streaming services. A lot of great shows can be received on Netflix, including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and movies like The Ridiculous and Beasts of No Nation. There are also the very widely liked originals, like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and Master of None.
Netflix offers an option to stream in ultra HD and many of their titles are also available on DVD to mail. The price for Netflix starts around $8 a month and goes up from there if you want more access.
If you have a PlayStation console and you live in one of the major markets where PlayStation Vue is available, then you could qualify for the service. The unfortunate part of things is that it has a relatively restricted and limited availability. If you live in San Fransisco, New York, LA, or any of the other four markets, you are in luck.
PlayStation Vue boasts over 59 channels, both live and recorded television. Some of the networks include Bravo, Cartoon Network, AMC, and many others. The rates begin at about $50 a month. If you want local sports they will cost another $10 a month, or $20 if you want college sports and cable nets.
Aside from the content you receive you will also be able to enjoy unlimited storage for recorded programs and live streaming for many networks.
Also similar to Cable is Sling TV, which offers over 20 traditional cable and online video networks. Among the selection is Disney Channel, AMC, and ESPN. Commercials are included. The standard price is $20 a month and you get about a dozen networks. If you want more programming you can add on HBO, children’s entertainment, and sports for a small additional cost.