Whilst TV has always been a popular pastime, the ever growing number of streaming services available at our fingertips allows viewers to enjoy content they want to see, when they want to see it. A 2020 survey showing that 52% of participants said that they watched or streamed TV shows every day, a jump of 8% from the previous year.
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The hard part? Choosing the right streaming service for you. This can depend on a number of factors, including your budget, and which exclusive shows you like the most. To help you decide which service is best to fit your family, let’s take a look at the best places for streaming video in 2021.
Netflix continues to set the streaming standard, thanks to its exclusive TV shows and movies, an algorithm to die for, and incredible 4K quality. It currently boasts 209.18 million subscribers, up from only 24.3 million subscribers in 2011, and generated $24.99 billion in revenue in 2020.
Netflix has a vast collection of original programming, including exclusive movies, TV series, documentaries and comedy specials. Top favorites quickly become household names, such as “Bridgerton,” “Stranger Things” and “Tiger King.”
It also boasts a large children’s section with a special interface, designed to be child friendly and allow kids to select their own shows safely, making it a great choice for families.
The platform is available on all streaming devices, online, and in your app store.
- Basic: $9/month for standard HD streaming.
- Standard: $14/month for HD streaming on up to two devices at the same time
- Premium: $18/month for 4K HDR streaming with Dolby Atmos on up to four devices at the same time.
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Amazon Prime Video
In a shareholder letter dated April 15, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon Prime had signed up 200 million Prime members, not only giving members fast and free shipping on millions of items being sent around the world everyday, but also giving them access to Amazon’s streaming service, Prime Video. All for less than Netflix’s standard subscription.
Amazon Prime Video has a great mix of movies and shows that are included for free with membership, including crowd favourites “The Boys” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
The platform can be accessed by browser or the Prime Video app. Titles include several award-winning original shows and dozens of imported series from the BBC, as well as Hindi language films from India, making Amazon Prime Video a top choice for broad audiences.
- Amazon Prime with Prime Video: $119/year or $13/month.
- Prime Video Standalone: $9/month for Prime Video.
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New kid on the block, HBO Max, launched last spring to a great reception. The platform provides a direct-to-consumer video service that gives watchers access to their favorite iconic HBO shows and films from HBO’s cable network, including the latest movie releases, and collections from channels like Adult Swim, TCM, DC Universe, and Crunchyroll.
Users can enjoy HBO exclusives such as “Lovecraft Country,” “Succession” and “Watchmen,” and rewatch old hits like “The Wire” and “Game of Thrones.”
HBO Max is also home to brand-new Warner Bros. movies, dropping huge titles such as “Wonder Woman 1984” the same day they premiere in theaters. The platform also has a great range of family offers including new episodes of “Sesame Street,” as well as plenty of other classics to entertain children on a rainy day inside.
- HBO Max (ad-supported): $10/month for ad-supported access to HBO Max library with the exception of Warner Bros in-theater releases
- HBO Max (ad-free): $15/month for ad-free access to full HBO Max library
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As of July 2021, Disney Plus grew to 116 million paid subscribers, up 13 million from the last quarter, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Regarded as one of the top streaming choices for families, the platform is home to Disney’s classic animated films, as well as huge franchises like “Star Wars” and “The Simpsons.” While the service has a huge catalog of hits from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, plus original films and series, the collection is small compared to competitors Netflix and Amazon.
- Disney Plus Subscription Service: $7.99/month
- Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+: $13.99/month
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While it’s not technically a streaming service, we couldn’t leave YouTube off our list of the best places to watch videos online. YouTube offers arguably the largest range of video content on the internet. From tutorials to reviews, from movies to reaction vids, this platform truly has it all.
As of February 2020, more than 500 hours of video are being uploaded to YouTube every minute, that’s approximately 30,000 hours of uploaded videos from YouTube per hour!
- Standard YouTube (ad-supported): Free!
- YouTube Premium (ad-free): $14.99/month.
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