Top 5 Best Video Streaming Services at a Glance
Years ago, if you wanted to stream video you were doing it with Netflix. Times have changed, and streaming services have developed into an entire industry of media giants, each fighting for their share of the vast and growing video streaming market.
No longer is Netflix the only service out there to sit and binge for hours (or even days) at a time. Amazon developed it’s own streaming service, as did ATT, Disney, Apple and many others. As more streaming services pop up, the monthly subscription fees begin to decrease as price wars play out.
As the industry grows, cable networks are going on the way-side as many viewers are “cutting the cord” from the local cable company and signing on with one (or more) streaming services as a strong and economical replacement to an expensive cable bill.
We cut through the noise here, listing our favorite of the current available services along with several of their key features:
Best Video Streaming Services
There are a number of video streaming services available today. We list and rate our favorites
Though a video subscription alone is just $9 per month, for $13 per month you get the free 2-day shipping on purchases.
With a growing list of originals, and the ability to add premium channels like HBO & Showtime for $9 to $15 per month, Amazon prime is quickly racing to the top of the streaming services list as a top option for many.
Recently, Google and Amazon ended a long rival and made a deal. Amazon Prime Video is now available on Android TV devices and Google’s Chromecast, while Youtube, Youtube TV and Youtube Kids are available on Amazon’s Fire TV devices.
The price of Netflix is structured based on your requirements as a viewer. Standard definition viewing on one screen at a time is only $9 per month, $13 per month for high definition & up to two screens at once, and $16 per month for 4k ultra high definition and up to four screens at once.
Netflix is still a streaming giant, with a large library of TV shows and movies, along with a long list of original shows and movies. With hit original shows like “13 reasons why” and “House of Cards,” in addition to original moves like “Bird Box” the value is certainly there for the binge watcher in you.
Disney Plus is one of the newest video streaming services available. Priced cheaply at just $7 per month, the price for what you get is a great deal.
Families with children will probably benefit the most from this option, with access to all of the beloved movies from Pixar, Marvel Comics, and the Star Wars series.
Disney Plus offers a bundle plan as well, which includes Hulu and ESPN+.
The Disney Plus app is available on a lot of devices like gaming consoles, smartphones, web browsers, and TVs from brands like Samsung, LG, Roku, and Android just to name a few.
Sling TV is probably our favorite overall of the streaming services. However, channels (not individual shows) is what you’re watching.
Ever flip through the cable channels and think “I don’t watch most of these?” Or “I wish I could create my own channel line-up?” Well… with Sling TV, you basically can. It’s cable at a fraction of the price, with none of the “filler” channels.
They have a large list of premium add-on packages for a few extra dollars a month, like Showtime, Kids Packages with Nick channels, Sports packages with NFL Redzone & NBA League pass. Definitely a top pick for anyone looking to move wave from traditional cable/satellite.
Finding the Best Video Streaming Service For You
In conclusion, these are our favorite video streaming services overall based on price, what you get for that price, and how the general public feels about the services they receive.
If you’re a heavy binge watcher (or plan to be), Amazon Prime or Netflix is probably your best choice. If you’re looking for a TV replacement for satellite or cable, Sling TV is the way to go. Disney Plus is probably a better choice if you have young children that can take advantage of all of the classic Disney titles and the new Disney originals.
Check back with us from time to time. As new video streaming services develop, we may update this review if one falls out of favor for a newer service.