Streaming services have totally proven themselves as the future of entertainment. As high speed internet service penetrates more and more areas, the reach of these streaming services is only going to increase. They are cheaper, more convenient, and a more customized version of what cable television has to offer. Earlier, cord cutters were in the minority, because the streaming services did not offer a complete entertainment package like cable services. But with time and improvement in technology, all of that has started to change. Today, streaming services offer a whole suite of programming from TV shows, movies, original programming, and more.
Movie and TV streaming services have become big and they will only get bigger from here on. They are offering everything you could expect from a cable connection and even more. Here are the services that are defining this space today and if you sign up for any of these, there is a good possibility that you won’t miss cable TV. We will keep you up to date with developments of the newest streaming services such VIDGO TV and DIRECTV Now.
Any discussion about streaming services is not complete without a Netflix mention. This streaming service has so much to offer to its subscribers. The best part is that it is only getting better by the day. It started as a DVD mail order service that expanded into online content streaming. Netflix has one of the most impressive content libraries among the streaming services. The movie selection is especially great. Netflix is every movie lover’s paradise. There is a decent TV show collection to keep you happy as well. The service has made a very conscious decision to reduce the number of TV shows it hosts in order to make way for its original programming.
Netflix has invested in many original series and it has been a successful venture to say the least. It has delivered to us absolute delights like Narcos, House of Cards, BoJack Horseman, Bloodline, Master of None, and the recent sensation, Stranger Things, among others. These shows are exclusively available on Netflix. Once you watch these shows, you will not think twice before subscribing to this streaming service.
So, you have popular movie titles, awesome shows, and you can access all of that from the device of your choice and at a time that is convenient to you. Oh, and the subscription fee is only a fraction of what you pay for a cable connection. The plans start from as low as $7.99 a month for which you get one SD stream. The next plan costs $9.99 per month, which comes with two simultaneous HD streams. The highest pack is available for a monthly fee of $11.99 and gets you four simultaneous HD streams.
Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus also offer you a similar kind of library. But, they do not even come close to Netflix as far as original programming is concerned. The one big benefit that Prime subscribers enjoy over the Netflix subscribers is the bevy of amazing freebies that include 2-day Amazon delivery, free Kindle books, access to Amazon Photos, and more. Also, Hulu Plus has a far better TV show collection than Netflix.
This is a streaming service offered by one of the most popular premium networks. Until recently, cord cutters had a hard time finding their favorite HBO shows online. There was HBO Go, but to access programming on this service you needed a cable login. HBO Now on the other hand, does not come with any strings attached. Pegged at $14.99 a month, it comes at a steep price for a streaming service, but for a fan of the Game of Thrones, Veep, Girls, and more such HBO shows, this is not a very high price to pay.
The shows are made available on the service as soon as they air on the cable. You do not have to wait hours, days and in some cases, even months to watch the next episode of your favorite shows. This is huge for fans of HBO who were so far craving for their HBO fix, after having cut the cord. Well, now you no longer need a cable connection to enjoy HBO.
Other channels are also offering their very own streaming services and are also cheaper than HBO Now. Though subscribing to channel-specific streaming services can limit you in terms of variety, if you are a fan of shows on a particular channel, it is worth the money.
The primary reason people still prefer cable over streaming services is that they do not have to search for the content they want to enjoy. All you need to do is tune in to your favorite channel at the right time and the next episode of your highly anticipated show starts airing. Sling TV tackled this issue head on.
Sling TV can be best described as “cable minus the cord”. This service basically envelopes the best of both worlds. It offers you cable programming without any contracts or equipment fee. You can watch all the shows as they air and you can do so on your television, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or even your console. This kind of freedom is unimaginable with a cable connection.
The monthly subscription of Sling TV is also way lower than what you are used to pay for a cable connection. You can start from a plan as low as $20 and get to watch as many as 28 channels and also have access to the on-demand content library of the service provider. This is the Sling Orange Plan. A step up from this is the Sling Blue Plan, which for $25 a month can get you 40+ channels and access to on-demand content. If you still want more entertainment, then there is the all-encompassing Sling Orange+Blue Plan that will get you over 60 channels and the on-demand content for $40.
PlayStation Vue also fall in this category, but is pricier than Sling TV. PlayStation Vue offers more programming options than Sling TV, and costs more as well.