The days of having to tune in live or buy expensive discs in order to watch your favorite shows and movies are gone. Our favorite service overall is Netflix, offering an excellent selection of TV shows, movies and original programming. If you need something a little cheaper, however, Hulu is a worthwhile alternative, and a few dollars less expensive — if you've got a streaming device and you're willing to sit through some commercials, that is.
|Streaming Service||Best For||Starting Price|
|Netflix||Overall||$11 per month|
|Hulu||Network TV||$8 per month|
|Amazon Instant Video||Families||$99 per year or $8.99 per month|
|Playstation Vue||Cable TV Replacement||$35 per month|
|Sling Orange||Budget Cable TV Replacement||$20 per month|
|HBO GO, HBO NOW||Premium Content||$14.99 per month|
Latest News and Updates (Mar. 2019)
- At its Show Time event, Apple revealed its new TV Channels service, which will support PlayStation Vue and Hulu.
- The Criterion Channel has just unveiled the scheduling for its first month of programming, which includes four David Lynch films and noir classics from Columbia Pictures.
Netflix: Best Overall Streaming Service
Hulu: Best Streaming Service for Network TV
Amazon Video: Best Streaming Service for Families
PlayStation Vue: Best Cable TV Replacement
Sling.TV: Best Budget Cable TV Replacement
NOTE: For a more comprehensive comparison of cable replacement services, check out the Tom's Guide rankings.
Crackle: Best Streaming Service for Vegging Out
HBO GO/HBO NOW: Best Service for Premium Content
Twitch: Best Streaming Service for Gamers
Vevo: Best Streaming Service for Music Fans
What Streaming Services Cost
Streaming services vary considerably in price. Options like Crackle are free and ad-supported; cable replacement services like PlayStation Vue can range up to $75 per month. Generally, services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video cost between $8 and $12 per month.
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