Nowadays, we may not invest as much energy elsewhere as we spend on the Internet, exploring the streaming services provided by the Big Three platforms — Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix.
If you haven’t checked out their streaming services, you will be surprised by seeing the abundance of choices provided by them. Here we have gathered the best streaming service providers of 2021. Our picks will surely impress you and will provide you complete knowledge about streaming services and their providers.
Netflix has spent years creating a consistently unique assortment of programming, which includes originals, TV series, movies, documentaries, and more. Netflix has a great recommendation algorithm. As you watch your favorite programming, Netflix will keep recommending you the content you will like most.
A few of the best series offered by Netflix are Bridgeton, Peaky Blinders, The Witcher, Stranger Things, Money Heist, Narcos, Shadow and Bone, and The Queen’s Gambit. These TV series have gained quite a cult following, and have induced many streaming competitors to focus on their original titles in order to have more worth.
Netflix has an enormous library for every genre, be it teen shows, Kids’ TV, thrillers, comedy, action, series based on books, adult fiction, or anything else. The app’s interface is designed in a way that allows children to browse through kids-related content without coming across age-inappropriate content. This makes Netflix one of the best streaming service for families that needs entertainment for all ages.
Netflix is accessible on every streaming gadget, including PCs, cell phones, Apple TV, Fire TV, Smart TV, and many others. It offers the most recent video and sound technology, including 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos Audio, but you will need a subscription to its Premium Plan to access it.
Hulu offers two primary bundles for streaming, a Basic bundle with ads and a Premium one without ads. It also offers customized bundles that add live TV channels.
Hulu possesses the most note-worthy TV show library with a much wider scope of the latest and binge-worthy shows than Netflix or Amazon. It incorporates programming from systems like ABC, NBC, and Fox. You can also watch the content on-demand after it’s aired. Hulu also offers its own original programming like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project, and The Path. Plus, you get to access content on premium networks like Disney Channel, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.
Hulu’s subscribers can now view Hulu originals in HDR, HDR10, HDR10+, AND Dolby Vision on select devices with HDR support. You will now notice a new HDR badge on shows and movies that support it.
Hulu permits only two devices to stream simultaneously. To eliminate the device limitation, you need a Hulu + Live TV membership with a $10 add-on for unlimited screens. Hulu also lets its subscribers customize their plan with add-ons like HBO, Showtime, and Starz at an additional month-to-month cost.
You can also grab Disney Plus and ESPN+ for a 30% discount on a monthly fee. But, you have to join it through Hulu.
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Amazon Prime Video includes quite a collection of movies and TV shows that complements its original titles like The Boys, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch and Jack Ryanand, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. You can purchase any movie of your choice, and watch it with the Amazon Prime Video App wherever you want. This feature is not offered by many streaming Apps.
Amazon Prime Video has presented a few award-winning original shows since 2013 and has imported many series from the BBC along with Hindi language films from India. It presents 4K spilling with help for HDR10+ playback on select titles. Furthermore, in contrast to Netflix, it doesn’t charge extra for access to higher quality video and sound.
However, Prime Video requires a Prime Membership of $9 that you have to pay for every month.
Disney Plus is one of the best streaming service providers, boasting more than 73 million subscribers since November 2019. It is the sole streaming home of movies, shows, and shorts from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Disney’s own studio.
At $7.99 every month without any extra fees, Disney Plus offers the best shows, streaming quality, and worth. Disney Plus is a famous decision for guardians. If you want to reduce your annual bill, you could opt for an annual subscription and pay $79.99 a year. This reduces your monthly subscription price to $6.67. You may also bundle Disney Plus with Hulu and/or ESPN+. The Disney Bundle (Hulu with ads) costs $13.99/mo. and the Disney Bundle (Hulu with ads + Live TV) costs $72.99/mo. The price increases for bundles without ads.
HBO Max offers more than what the HBO network did with a huge library of movies and TV shows from Warner Bros, which includes franchises like Lord of the Rings, DC Comc]ics, Harry Potter, and more. You can also access HBO’s own exclusive movies and TV shows plus anime content from Studio Ghibli and Crunchyroll. And classics and international movies from Criterion’s library are also included.
As for Max’s own original content, it’s continuously growing and is accessed exclusively on the HBO Max. The popular suicide Squad that will get an HBO Max spin-off along with Godzilla vs Kong, Space Jam 2, and Dune are some titles that are compelling more people to sign up.
Outside of the new Warner, HBO Max doesn’t offer 4K or HDR yet, it restricts the resolution of motion pictures and shows. Despite “Round of Thrones” being accessible in 4K on Blu-beam, HBO Max streams are still restricted to 1080p.
Paramount Plus is ViacomCBS’s new streaming service provider. It provides streamers access to the live CBS TV station (included in Premium Plan) alongside a veritable collection of TV shows and motion pictures.
Paramount Plus lets you access more than 30,000 episodes and movies from cable channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Pictures, CBS, BET, and Comedy Central.
It recently began releasing Paramount motion pictures on the streaming service 45 days after they hit theaters, beginning with A Quiet Place Part II. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run and Mission Impossible 7 were also the recent titles for Paramount Plus.
If you want to have a cable subscription, but find it too expensive and cannot find the content you prefer on streaming platforms, then Sling TV will prove to be a satisfactory service for you. Sling is like your traditional cable TV service but without a cable TV box and extravagant setup fee. The platform lets you Livestream news, live sports along with TV shows and movies. To do that you need a monthly subscription to the Sling TV, and an internet connection, and any internet-connected device, be it iOS, Android, or Xbox. Sling TV is especially for the people who love sports as it has numerous ESPN channels.
Moreover, the other most popular channels, like BBC America, Cartoon Network, NBC, CNN, TBS, and many other are also included in it. The most admired plan from Sling TV start from $65. The monthly starting price of Sling TV is $35 per month. It also offers customized packages as well.
Peacock is one of the latest OTT services, offered by NBCUniversal. It offers thousands of hours of free programming, and you get to access more of the original titles upon subscribing to a plan. As a subscriber, you may get to access Premier League, Yellowstone, The Office, and the latest movies like Boss Baby 2 and Trolls World Tour.
Apart from this, a Peacock Original title, Girls5eva, has now proved to be our most favorite show. Moreover, The Bell Reboot ranks much higher than expected. Peacock has also become a home for WWE (Wrestling events) in the USA.
Peacock is quite unique among the flood of streaming services as it has a free tier. Peacock provides a 7-days free trial for its plans below:
Peacock Premium package that costs $4.99 per month
Peacock Premium Plus package that costs $9.99 per month
Fubo TV is one of the best choices for the ones who want access to live sports without having an expensive cable subscription. The standard plan of Fubo is $64.99, in which it offers 120+ channels, which includes quite a variety of cable networks.
Like its live streaming competitors, Fubo provides 4K streaming for the selected content. Fubo has the largest number of channels among all the other expensive services. Its major part is filled with ESPN and ABC. By having ESPN on board, Fubo becomes the top streaming service for the people who love NFL. It offers all the major networks that NFL is offering. Moreover, it includes common networks like Fox, MTV, NBC, AMC, Syfy, and tons of sports channels.
All in All…
So, this was the list top best streaming service providers. After knowing about all the best streaming services, choose the one which fits you. And you can also add these streaming channels to existing plans on platforms like Hulu and Prime Video, while others are exclusive to specific gadgets and apps. Make sure to check out the channels you need, whether they are accessible with your plan or not.