If you’re a cord cutter and looking to get rid of your cable company or you just want other sources to watch TV, movies or any other video content, you have a lot of choices.
I will count down the top ten best streaming video services, many of which can be accessed on a smart TV or on the streaming device like a Roku, Amazon fire stick, Apple TV and many others.
You can also use many of these services on your personal computer or on a mobile phone or tablet. These are the best and alone services that don’t require a cable or satellite account for you to use.
Netflix is the best streaming video service with its great selection of TV shows and movies.
None of the competitor is even close to matching what Netflix has to offer. The quality and quantity of their original TV shows as a whole are superior to the competition and are definitely better than what can be found on the major over-the-air broadcasters.
Here in the United States pricing will vary depending on your region. Netflix plans here in the US start out at $7.99 per month.
Amazon Video the service offers TV shows and films for rent or purchase. It also offers TV shows and movies that are included at no cost.
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can watch all the prime original series.
Hulu is a joint venture with Disney, ABC, Fox, NBC, Universal and the Turner Broadcasting System. You’ll find many of the latest TV shows on the service with a wide variety of movies.
Hulu pricing starts at $5.99 per month with commercials. To remove the ads the cost is extra. They also offer a live TV option starting at around $40 per month.
HBO Now and Showtime
These two services offer high quality original series along with a large library of movies.
HBO Now has several great shows that include West world, Big little lies, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Game of Thrones. It will cost you $14.99 per month.
Showtime original series include Ray Donovan, Homeland, Twin Peaks and Billions. The service is usually $10.99 per month but if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can add on Showtime through Amazon video for $8.99 per month.
YouTube TV is now available in the selected US cities. Channel lineups will vary and pricing for these services will range between $20 and $70 per month. Choosing the plan that is right for you will depend on your viewing preferences, so, it’s best to look at the channel lineups before selecting a service.
YouTube the video sharing site founded in 2005. It can be a great place to learn and you can find videos on here that can keep you entertained.
Crackle is owned by Sony Picture Entertainment. It is a free streaming service and offers a wide assortment of TV shows and movies that they continuously rotate in and out of their lineup.
In the TV section, you’ll find old classics like all in the family and newer shows like heroes reborn. They also feature original content that can’t be found elsewhere.
The movie selection is just okay. There are blockbusters like 300 and others but for the most part you’ll find that many of these movies not to be worth your time to watch.
Crackle does offer a decent variety of videos but it requires some patience to sit through lots of commercials.
Crunchyroll which is a popular source to watch anime and manga. In addition to that, more than 800 animated shows are available. They also feature over 200 live-action dramas.
Asia crunchyroll is free and they do offer premium memberships that can give you more benefits and features that include no ads.
VEVO is best described as a streaming service for music videos. You will find many of your favorite music artists.
Here you can sort videos on the basis of new and old, country, several genres including pop, hip hop, and several others in their mood section. You can find playlists to match your current mindset.
If you want to watch the newest videos, check out the recently added video section and they have a watch party feature which is cool. It allows you to build playlists with your friends, you can chat and watch videos with each other at the same time.
VEVO is free and does have a great selection of music videos..
Curiosity Stream delivers documentaries and series about science, technology, history and nature. They even feature original content and have won an Emmy Award for Stephen Hawking’s favorite places.
Curiosity stream is a great place to learn and only cost $2.99 per month.
Twitch the streaming service for gamers. If you enjoy watching others play video games, you can find thousands of streams at anytime of the most popular games.
Twitch is free but does contain ads. Twitch prime which is included with Amazon Prime gives you a free viewing and you get other stuff as well.