There’s no better time to invest in a streaming service than right now. There are plenty of streaming services available to fit any budget, all with some great content that will keep you and your family entertained. Given just how many options there are, though, it’s not hard to get a little overwhelmed. Don’t worry; we’ll walk you through some of the most popular streaming services available, along with the awesome content you can expect from them.
Love Discovery Channel? How about Food Network? HGTV, ID, OWN, TLC, Animal Planet, A&E, History Channel? If you said yes! to any of those options, you’ll love discovery+, which features shows from all of those channels and so much more.
There’s plenty of popular and award-winning shows and movies to discover with this streaming service. Some of their original discovery+ content includes:
- 90 Days Bares All
- Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored
- Chopped Challenge
- American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda
- House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered
This streaming service is one of the most affordable options out there, so it’s great for those on a tighter budget.
- Basic access – $4.99/mo.
- Ad-free streaming – $6.99/mo.
The House of Mouse has entered the streaming market with Disney+. This service is packed with all of the classic movies and shows you loved growing up, with plenty of new content that your kids will love, too. Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content is also available. Really, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
Disney+ doesn’t just offer old classics; it also produces plenty of new shows that are binge-worthy in their own right. Some Disney+ Originals include:
- The Mandalorian
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Disney+ offers subscribers the chance to save big when they purchase a yearly package. Better yet, you can get even bigger rewards with a monthly bundle that includes not just Disney+ content, but also content from hulu and ESPN+! Talk about a steal.
- Disney+ – $6.99/month or $69.99/year
- Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ – $12.99/mo.
You can thank HBO for original hit series like Game of Thrones. That’s not all this giant offers, though. With HBO Max, you’ll also get access to a variety of old favorites, like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Spirited Away, South Park, Friends, Crazy Rich Asians, and more!
HBO and HBO Max Originals are no joke, with this service offering some award-winning shows and movies for a wide range of audiences. Offerings include:
- Lovecraft Country
- Doom Patrol
- The Flight Attendant
- Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults
- His Dark Materials
- Let Them All Talk
HBO Max also offers streaming of WW84 (Wonder Woman 1984) until 1/24/2021.
HBO Max is one of the pricier options on this list. With everything you get access to, however, we think this monthly price tag is worth it.
- Monthly – $14.99
- Limited-time offer – save 20% or more when prepaying for 6 months
- Those currently with HBO – no added cost
You probably knew this one would be on our list; after all, how could it not? Netflix is perhaps the most well-known streaming service available, having effectively launched the streaming industry itself. It should therefore come as no surprise that Netflix has plenty of content available, so you’ll never be without binge-worthy shows and movies.
This streaming giant has plenty of original content that you won’t find anywhere else. Netflix Original movies include:
- The King
- Marriage Story
- The Two Popes
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Netflix Original TV shows include:
- BoJack Horseman
- The Crown
- Tiger King
- Umbrella Academy
- The Witcher
- Stranger Things
There are three tiers of Netflix subscriptions, each with more perks than the last.
- Basic – $8.99/mo.
- Standard – $13.99/mo.
- Premium – $17.99/mo.
Hulu has plenty of fun classic and original programming that’s sure to delight any movie buff. Best of all, Hulu is a fairly flexible service, offering plenty of add-on services and networks so you can cut costs by not paying for bloated plans.
No shortage of captivating content here. With Hulu, you’ll get access to original programming like:
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Looking for Alaska
- Wu-Tang: An American Saga
- Castle Rock
- High Fidelity
- Vice Investigates
- Palm Springs
- I Am Greta
There are plenty of pricing and bundling options available with Hulu, so most budgets can include this service.
- Hulu – 30-day free trial, $5.99/mo. or $59.99/year, $1.99/mo/ for students
- Hulu (no ads) – 30-day free trial, $11.99/mo.
- Hulu + Live TV – 7-day free trial, $64.99/mo.
- Hulu (no ads) + Live TV – $70.99/mo.
- Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ – $12.99/mo.
In addition to these options, Hulu also offers premium add-ons to their plans:
- HBO Max – $14.99/mo.
- Cinemax – $9.99/mo.
- Showtime – $10.99/mo.
- Starz – $8.99/mo.
That’s not all. Other feature and network add-ons to any Live TV plan include:
- Unlimited screens – $9.99/mo.
- Enhanced Cloud DVR – $9.99/mo.
- Both – $14.98/mo.
- Español – $4.99/mo.
- Entertainment – $7.99/mo.
Google TV (Chromecast)
All streaming services use an algorithm to help you find new shows and movies you’d like; wouldn’t it be nice if there were one place where you could find recommendations across multiple streaming platforms? If so, Google TV might be just what you’re looking for.
You see, Google TV isn’t so much a streaming platform so much as it is a streaming interface. Specifically, Google TV combs through content from multiple streaming services and presents them not just in one searchable interface, but also helps create recommendations. This way, you can stream content from all of your streaming services—Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, etc—all at once.
Google TV isn’t a subscription service. Instead, it’s something of a software that select devices can run. With Chromecast with Google TV, you’ll make a one-time purchase of $50. Android devices can also access Google TV with the Google TV app (formerly known as Google Play Movies & TV).
Amazon Prime members get more than just swift, free delivery; they also get access to mountains of cool streaming content. If you needed another reason to upgrade your Amazon account, Prime Video is it.
Geeks, history buffs, and horror fans alike have lots of programming they can comb through with Prime Video. Popular Amazon Originals include:
- The Man in the High Castle
- The Boys
- The Wilds
- Jack Ryan
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Truth Seekers
- Good Omens
- Prime Video – $8.99/mo.
- Amazon Prime (Prime Video included) – $12.99/mo. or $199/year