What would we do without TV and Movie streaming services? During quarantine, streaming services became more crucial than ever. New platforms have recently debuted because they see the opportunity in this thriving industry.
Here’s our list of streaming services ranked by popularity.
10. CBS All Access
CBS launched its own streaming service back in 2014, even before leading platforms such as HBO and Disney. As of February 2019, CBS All Access currently had 4 million subscribers. This streaming service has potential that has not quite been fulfilled.
On CBS All Access, you will find many movie options and over 15,000 episodes of hit shows. Live television can be streamed as well! Plans start at $5.99 a month, and you can cancel anytime.
Considering it launched just this year, it is pretty impressive that Quibi already has 5.6 million subscribers. This streaming service is unique because their “quick bite” shows are designed to be streamed on your phone.
It’s a great option for those with short attention spans but is definitely not a major threat to its competitors such as youtube. A 90-day free trial was offered with the launch, and many used it to their advantage. Unfortunately, the programming on Quibi was not riveting enough for subscribers to stick around.
NBC brought Peacock into the world of Streaming Platforms more recently, and their 15 million subscribers seem to think they did it right. Peacocks’ popularity could be because they offer three subscription tiers, and one of them is free!
If you do choose to pay, their subscription prices are very reasonable. It will cost you $4.99 with ads and $9.99 without ads. Comcast (owner of Universal) is Peacock’s parent company, which explains why you can find a wide variety of binge-able shows on the platform.
7. Youtube Premium
Youtube is a beloved platform that was launched way back in 2005. The user-generated and ad-supported content on Youtube Premium is mostly free, which explains why 20 million people are subscribed to it. People seem to think it is worth the $11.99 a month because you will have access to Youtube originals and don’t have to watch ads.
6. Amazon Prime Video
The Amazon Prime Video subscription is included in the Amazon Prime subscription. With that said, 150+ million people are subscribed, but only about 26 million use it to watch TV and movies. The Amazon Prime subscription ($119 per year) is a no-brainer to many, and the great variety of content available to stream on Prime Video is just a plus!
According to Tomsguide.com, “Amazon Prime arguably is the best streaming service when it comes to comedy and children’s programming.”
5. Apple TV+
The retail giant, Apple, decided to enter the so-called “streaming wars” back in 2007 with Apple TV. It wasn’t until 2019 when Apple TV+ came to be. Around 33 million people are subscribed and only pay $5 a month. Plus, it is free of ads.
The only thing that may steer consumers away from this one is they only offer original shows and movies. Although, they have managed to partner with huge movie stars such as Jennifer Anniston, Jason Mamoa and Tom Hanks. Top titles on Apple TV+ include “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson” and “For All Mankind.”
Hulu is a fan favorite. It was launched around the same time as Netflix in 2007 and has brought in 35.5 million subscribers since. Although that number is not even close to the number of subscribers Netflix has, Hulu has produced some original hit shows that stuck with consumers, such as Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu subscribers also have access to many critically acclaimed movies, including Parasite.
3. HBO Max
Similar to Peacock, HBO Max is owned by a well-known corporate company, WarnerMedia. This gives them an advantage with shows they have access to. They even managed to snub the show Friends from Netflix. The 36.3 million HBO Max subscribers have a ton of great movies and show options as well as exclusive originals. It is $14.99 a month to subscribe, making it a bit pricier than others, but the content that they have and are expected to put out makes the price worth it to many.
How could you not love Disney? Surprisingly, this genius idea of launching a streaming platform exclusively for Disney shows and movies did not happen sooner. You can find all of the heartwarming, nostalgic content that was hard to find before Disney+ came to be.
What’s even better is that you only have to pay $7 a month to have access to all of it. Obviously, this platform is not one that you turn to on a daily basis (well, kids do), but every now and then, it is a must. Disney+ has 60 million subscribers, and it was launched not even a year ago!
The one we’ve all been waiting for. With nearly 200 million subscribers, Netflix is the champion when it comes to popularity in the streaming world. It is simply the best option there is. Subscribers pay $9 a month to have access to iconic original series and films such as “Black Mirror,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Marriage Story” and we can’t forget about “Tiger King.”
Besides the outstanding original content available, you find a wide diversity of shows and movies (old and new). There is so much to sift through on Netflix it can be difficult to choose, but that’s not the worst problem to have.
If you aren’t already subscribed to one or more of these ten streaming services, you are missing out!