Laying comfortable on a couch for whole days and watching your favorite movies and TV shows seem like a great idea during pandemic times. But while the world doesn’t end itself with Netflix, even though the service offers an impressive collection of movies and TV shows, knowing some efficient alternatives is always a great idea. Furthermore, the pricing of Netflix’ offers are quite low.
Netflix provides three types of monthly subscriptions: Basic, Standard, and Premium. The cheapest one is Basic as you probably already guessed, which demands only a $9 fee. The Premium option is the highest, as it requires $16. But maybe you can find cheaper and better solutions if you dig a bit, and that’s why we’re here to help.
iTunes is great for those moments when you need to rent a movie from a generous library for only several bucks ($3-$4). If you’re not really a movie fan and you just need to see one once in a while, there’s no use making a monthly subscription when you can simply rent a movie for several hours. iTunes offers plenty of movies in both standard and high definition.
Pluto TV offers a wide variety of free content. Through this service, you can choose specific channels for either documentaries, movies, news, music, and so on. There are over 100 channels of live streaming.
Pluto TV is available to watch on different devices, and it has the advantage of being completely free of charge.
Although M-GO is a relatively new service, it shows great potential and has already made some significant progress. The website has a friendly user interface, and it’s doing very well when it comes to recommending relevant stuff to the user. M-GO has a growing collection of movies and TV shows, and it’s surely worth giving a try.
We just can’t rule out the good old YouTube since everybody is using it in one way or another. Although YouTube is mostly known for short content such as trailers, music videos, or live performances, it also has an impressive number of movies. And those movies can be Spanish, Turkish, Indian, and even Hollywood Cinema from the Golden Age.
YouTube doesn’t always fall short when it comes to offering useful features like quality settings, subtitles, and many others. The world’s most popular streaming service, namely YouTube, will even provide you tons of recommendations if you’re undecided for what to watch next.
Acorn.TV is a very affordable service, as it demands only $5 per month for a subscription. The service offers not only shows and movies, but also bonus features, trailers, and more. Acorn.TV focuses mostly on British shows, it’s available in the US and Canada, and you are free to test the streaming service without paying anything for a whole month.
Hulu is only available in the US and Japan, but it works as a great alternative for Netflix. Hulu offers a huge library of content, live TV, and even a 30-day period of free trial so you can decide if you’ll take the service for granted or not. After the trial expires, you can choose the basic membership plan that costs $ 5.99 per month. If you can’t stand ads flooding your screen, you can choose the $11.99 per month option.
Amazon Instant Video is a great option for those who want fast access to the newest movies available. The service offers a free 30-day trial for those willing to test the selection of movies and shows offerred. And the $99 per year after that is what awaits the users if they choose to continue with the service.
This service is the free streaming service of Amazon’s Prime Video. The platform many popular movies and TV shows. IMDb’s highlight is the great video quality of its content, while it has a major downside of hardly adding new releases into its roster of shows.
Also, IMDb TV is only available in the US.
Being YouTube’s long rival, Vimeo is also worth giving a chance not only when it comes to short video content. Vimeo also has plenty of TV shows, movies, and it’s remarkable for its great original content.
If you want unlimited live streaming from Vimeo, you’ll have to choose the $75 monthly subscription. There are also cheaper subscriptions with less advantages, and there’s a free trial version of 30 days. You can even use Vimeo for free during its basic version, but will give you far less advantages than the paid ones.
HBO Now is an award-winning service for original content. It doesn’t fall short at all when it comes to entertaining content. There are plenty of movies from all genres, documentaries, and more.
HBO Now also has a 30-day free trial and if you decide to keep it after that, you’ll need to $14.99 per month. HBO Now is only available in the US despite the fact that HBO is available in about 50 countries.
Sling TV is another great option to replace Netflix, but we must say that it’s only available in the US. Sling TV offers popular TV shows and movies, but also live sports streams and local news.
This streaming service offers basic subscriptions that have starting prices at $20. The most expensive option allows access to all channels from the US.
These are our top picks, and we’re sure that you’ll find at least one streaming service that suits your needs and income. Feel free to explore them by the free trials.
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Brian Dan is just getting his feet wet as a tech reporter but has already had his work featured in many major publications including Tech Spot and Tech Crunch. In regards to academics, Brian earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Brian has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.