The days of having to tune in live or buy expensive discs in order to watch your favorite shows and movies are gone. Online streaming makes it possible to watch everything from live news and sports to classic movies to modern TV favorites on your own time, and on any device you choose.
There are a ton of streaming services out there, and no two are alike. YouTube is probably the best place to start, but there's a whole Web full of content beyond the ubiquitous streaming site, ranging from movies to TV shows to music videos and more. To help you get the most out of your smart TV, game console, set-top box, tablet, smartphone or computer, Tom's Guide has broken down our favorite streaming media services. Whatever you like to watch, there's a service with your tastes in mind, and in your price range.
|Streaming Service||Best For||Starting Price|
|Netflix||Overall||$9 per month|
|Hulu||Network TV||$8 per month|
|Amazon Instant Video||Families||$99 per year or $7.99 per month|
|Sling Orange||Cable TV Replacement||$20 per month|
|Playstation Vue||Playstation Owner||$50 per month|
|Funny or Die||Comedy Fans||Free|
Netflix: Best Overall Streaming Service
Hulu: Best Streaming Service for Network TV
Amazon Prime Instant Video: Best Streaming Service for Families
Sling.TV: Best Cable TV Replacement
PlayStation Vue: Best for PlayStation Owners
Crackle: Best Streaming Service for Vegging Out
Funny or Die: Best Streaming Service for Comedy Fans
Twitch: Best Streaming Service for Gamers
Vevo: Best Streaming Service for Music Fans
What to Stream
Picking a streaming service is just the first step. The real nitty gritty is deciding what to watch. We've scoured the options on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Showtime Anytime to bring you the best shows to binge watch. We'll tell you which service has each show and exactly how long it will take for you to watch every episode.
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