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Best Streaming Services 2024: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and More

Our experts spent thousands of hours researching and testing all of the top on-demand streaming services so you don't have to.

Editor's choice

Amazon Prime Video

Price: $8.99–$14.99/mo. or $139.00/yr.

Simultaneous streams: 3

Free trial: 30 days

Amazon Prime Video

Price: $8.99–$14.99/mo. or $139.00/yr.

Simultaneous streams: 3

Free trial: 30 days

Best value (SHOWTIME bundle)

Paramount+

Price: $5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr.

Simultaneous streams: 3

Free trial: 7 days

Paramount+

Price: $5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr.

Simultaneous streams: 3

Free trial: 7 days

Cheapest (ad-supported)

Discovery+

Price: $4.99–$8.99/mo.

Simultaneous streams: 4

Free trial: 7 days

Discovery+

Price: $4.99–$8.99/mo.

Simultaneous streams: 4

Free trial: 7 days

Best original content library

Netflix

Price: $6.99–$22.99/mo.

Simultaneous streams: 2–4

Free trial: None

Netflix

Price: $6.99–$22.99/mo.

Simultaneous streams: 2–4

Free trial: None

Best for families

Disney+

Price: $7.99–$13.99/mo. or $139.99/yr.

Simultaneous streams: 4

Free trial: None

Disney+

Price: $7.99–$13.99/mo. or $139.99/yr.

Simultaneous streams: 4

Free trial: None

Amazon Prime Video is our Editor’s Choice for best overall on-demand streaming service. For as low as $8.99 a month, Prime Video provides a vast library of content—including some pretty nice originals, like Good Omens, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Legend of Vox Machina—and that’s a bargain in today’s streaming landscape.

If you don’t mind some sponsored interruptions, Paramount+’s ad-supported plan is a great deal. For $5.99 a month, you’ll get access to a ton of CBS, Nickelodeon, and original content, including titles from the Transformers, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek franchises. Or you could upgrade to the $11.99 per month ad-free plan and get free access to SHOWTIME (previously a $10.99/month standalone service).

But the streaming service market is vast, and nearly every service has at least three different plans to choose from. Let’s break it all down.

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Best on-demand streaming TV services

  1. Amazon Prime Video: Editor’s choice
  2. Netflix: Best original content library
  3. Paramount+: Best value (SHOWTIME bundle)
  4. Disney+: Best for families
  5. Apple TV+: Most simultaneous streams
  6. Hulu: Best for next-day streaming
  7. Shudder: Best horror library
  8. Crunchyroll: Best anime library
  9. Discovery+: Cheapest ad-supported subscription
  10. MGM+: Cheapest ad-free subscription

More top streaming TV services

  • Max: HBO, DC, Studio Ghibli, Adult Swim, and Discovery content
  • Peacock: Catch theatrical releases and next-day NBC, Bravo, USA
  • AMC+: AMC, BBC America, IFC, and Sundance content
  • ESPN+: Exclusive live sports
  • STARZ: 880+ TV shows and movies

Compare on-demand streaming TV services

Service Price (ad-supported) Price (ad-free) Price (premium) Streams Details
Amazon Prime Video $8.99/mo. $11.98/mo. $17.98/mo. 3 View plans

Read Prime Video review
Netflix $6.99/mo. $15.49/mo. $22.99/mo. 2–4 View plans

Read Netflix review
Paramount+ $5.99/mo. $11.99.mo. 3 View plans

Read Paramount+ review
Disney+ $7.99/mo. $13.99/mo. $24.99/mo. (Disney Bundle) 4 View plans

Read Disney+ review
Apple TV+ $9.99/mo. 6 View plans

Read Apple TV+ review
Hulu $7.99/mo. $17.99/mo. $24.99/mo. (Disney Bundle) 2 View plans

Read Hulu review
Shudder $6.99/mo. 1–3 View plans

Read Shudder review
Crunchyroll $0.00/mo. $7.99/mo. $9.99–$14.99/mo. 1–6 View plans

Read Crunchyroll review
Discovery+ $4.99/mo. $8.99/mo. 4 View plans

Read Discovery+ review
MGM+ $5.99/mo. 4 View plans

Read MGM+ review
Max $9.99/mo. $16.99/mo. $20.99/mo. 2–4 View plans

Read Max review
Peacock $5.99/mo. $11.99/mo. 3 View plans

Read Peacock review
ESPN+ $9.99/mo. $24.99/mo. (Disney Bundle) 5 View plans

Read ESPN+ review
STARZ $9.99/mo. 4 View plans

Read STARZ review

On-demand streaming is no longer the cheap cable substitute that it once was. Almost every major streaming service raised its prices at least once in 2023, and several streamers are trying to cut costs by removing original content and/or restricting password sharing. These constant changes make it much harder to definitively rank each service, but we’re always up for a challenge.

As of publishing, we think the best deal around is Amazon Prime Video. Its base $8.99-per-month price provides access to its entire library, although you’ll have to sit through some annoying ads unless you upgrade to a higher tier. You can also subscribe to most other streaming services through Amazon Prime Video as an add-on, making it a one-stop shop for the vast majority of streaming content.

The Paramount+ with SHOWTIME bundle is the next best deal. You’ll get access to two substantial streaming services for the price of one. Just be warned that Paramount+ and SHOWTIME have radically different libraries—the latter focusing on prestige drama and thrillers, and the former focusing on more family-friendly fare.

The Disney Bundle was once a great deal, providing access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ in one subscription. However, those prices are increased substantially in October, and now the highest Disney Bundle tier costs $24.99 per month. The standalone prices also went up; ad-free Disney+ and Hulu each went up by three dollars per month. It’s a change that now puts standalone Hulu as the single most expensive streaming service—more so than the previous title holders, Max and Netflix.

Best on-demand streaming TV services in detail

We’ve given you a high-level rundown of the best streaming services. Now, let’s dig deeper into why we recommend these on-demand streaming services.

Again, if you’re looking for live TV streaming, check out our expert guide, Best Live TV Streaming Services, for more recommendations.

Editor’s choice: Amazon Prime Video

Price:
$8.99–$14.99/mo. or $139.00/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
3
Free trial:
30 days

Pros

  • Free shipping and other Prime benefits
  • Great original content
  • Other streaming services available as add-ons

Cons

  • Clunky interface
  • Some legacy content moved to Freevee

Our new favorite streaming service for 2024 is Amazon Prime Video. Hey, we’re as surprised as you are—but with every service committing to sky-high price increases, we think Amazon Prime Video is a pretty good deal.

If you’re not interested in all of the Prime membership perks, like free shipping, you can pick up an Amazon Prime Video subscription for just $8.99 a month. Unfortunately, whether or not you want the full membership,  you’ll have to pay an extra $2.99/mo. to get rid of ads. This is a brand-new policy beginning in late January 2024, and we felt a lot better about recommending Amazon Prime Video before it was announced. But the streaming world moves fast and waits for no reviewer!

Even if you spring for the ad-free plan, some older licensed content, like The Librarian movies, 2008’s The Color of Magic adaptation, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, are only available through Freevee. Freevee is Amazon’s free ad-supported TV (FAST) streaming platform, and we both love and hate it.

We love that Freevee provides a lot of cult classics to the public for free, but we hate that Amazon Prime Video subscribers don’t get to skip the ads. Of course, you can buy any of these titles outright on Amazon’s Video on Demand (VOD) store, but that feels pretty redundant.

Freevee quibbles aside, though, Prime Video is a solid streaming service.

Best original content library: Netflix

Price:
$6.99–$22.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams:
2–4
Free trial:
None

Pros

  • Large original content library
  • Free mobile games (PC and TV support incoming)

Cons

  • No password sharing
  • Few simultaneous streams
  • Shows often canceled prematurely

Netflix, our old friend and greatest enemy. Many of us have subscribed to Netflix since its DVD days and look back fondly at Netflix originals like The Witcher and Castlevania. We’ve even enjoyed new additions to the service, including Netflix’s impressive library of mobile games like Oxenfree and Moonlighter.

But Netflix, like many streaming services in 2023, is getting greedy. It took a big risk this year in restricting how many people can access the same account, kicking many users off of their family’s plan. The key here is location; if you live in a different location than the primary account holder, you might have lost access to Netflix.

Ad-free account holders can buy additional members for their accounts for $7.99 per month, which is cheaper than every plan except Standard with ads. But that’s still a lot to ask of customers, especially since Netflix is already one of the priciest services on the market (surpassed only by Hulu, Max, and the Disney Bundle). And even this policy has restrictions; Netflix’s current plans only allow up to two add-on members.

We love Netflix’s content—especially its animation library—and we love how much entertainment it includes in just one platform. But it’s alienating its fanbase with these new password-sharing crackdowns. That, combined with its tendency to kill off shows (like Dead End: Paranormal Park and Warrior Nun) before their time, makes Netflix challenging to love.

Best value: Paramount+ (with SHOWTIME)

Price:
$5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
3
Free trial:
7 days

Pros

  • Money-saving SHOWTIME bundle
  • Local CBS live TV stream

Cons

  • Unskippable Paramount+ ads
  • Can remove originals with little warning

Paramount+ leveled up in 2023 by adding SHOWTIME to its premium tier. Subscribers can now get two streaming services for the price of one—a phenomenal deal compared to competitors like Max and Disney+.

Paramount+ offers a growing library of movies, original shows, and live channels. Its homepage offers hubs for CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, and the Smithsonian Channel, although they could certainly be improved. The MTV hub, for example, includes a lot of non-MTV content, like 1929 and Tulsa King, for some reason. And while the Nickelodeon hub offers a variety of old shows, it needs more currently airing shows like Monster High. (You’ll still need a cable or live TV subscription for those.)

We like Paramount+ originals like School Spirits, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and The Good Fight, but we don’t know if we fully trust Paramount+ to support them. This is because we also liked Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies for the minimal time it ran on the service. Unfortunately, it was canceled and removed from Paramount+ shortly after the season finale with almost no warning. It’s unclear whether any of the service’s other originals could suffer the same fate.

The platform has a surprising amount of live channels for an on-demand streaming service, but they may seem redundant to some viewers. Why watch the I Love Lucy channel when you can pick any episode from its library? The live channels might be more enticing for viewers looking for live news and sports, as they offer content beyond what’s airing on CBS. We especially love having access to hundreds of soccer matches, including every UEFA Champions League game.

Paramount+’s biggest plus is its bundle with SHOWTIME, which has a very different vibe. While Paramount+ has more of a fun-for-the-whole-family energy, SHOWTIME is more focused on prestige TV and thrillers. With the SHOWTIME hub on Paramount+, you’ll find A24 films, boxing, and exciting originals like Yellowjackets and Billions.

Best for families: Disney+

Price:
$7.99–$13.99/mo. or $139.99/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
4
Free trial:
None

Pros

  • Near-complete Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar collections
  • Next-day Disney Channel premieres

Cons

  • Huge price hikes
  • Pricey ad-supported plan
  • Notorious content-remover

Disney+ comes with a pretty hefty price tag for what it is, and that’s only somewhat softened by the Disney Bundle, which offers Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for a slightly lower price. If you want the most affordable option, you’ll have to settle for one of its ad-supported plans.

So what can you get for all that money? Ignoring the price, Disney+ is a pretty consistent streaming service. It’s super easy to navigate its branded hubs, and we’ve enjoyed quite a few of its original shows and movies. It also provides access to almost all of Disney’s library of content, from Snow White to Strange World. Well, almost.

Disney+ boasts an endless stream of Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar spinoffs, but it has the same trust problem as Max and Paramount+. In May 2023, it removed dozens of original titles from its platform (significantly more than its competitors, by the way) and failed to replace any of them with video-on-demand (VOD) listings on services like Google Play or Amazon Prime Video.

We’re fans of several Disney titles, but it feels like its streaming service should have to pick a lane. Either delete content and lower prices, or keep content and raise the prices. Don’t give us the worst of both worlds!

Most simultaneous streams: Apple TV+

Price:
$9.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams:
6
Free trial:
7 days

Pros

  • Award-winning originals
  • Plenty of streams
  • One low price

Cons

  • Comparatively small library
  • Only original content

Apple TV+ really surprised us. You wouldn’t expect Apple—the company that thrives on planned obsolescence and charging its customers an arm and a leg for every accessory—to provide a good value, but here we are.

While Netflix and Max are super stingy about password-sharing, Apple TV+ allows six simultaneous streams for no extra cost. It’s still pretty cheap, and doesn’t even try to charge extra for an ad-free tier.

Unfortunately, Apple TV+ doesn’t have a huge library. It’s produced several award-winning originals, like Ted Lasso and Severance, and has some charming options for kids. There are even live MLB and MLS games; more MLS coverage is available through the MLS Season Pass add-on. But Apple TV+ rarely licenses additional content from other production companies.

Best for next-day streaming: Hulu

Price:
$7.99–$17.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams:
2
Free trial:
30 days

Pros

  • Next-day streaming for cable shows
  • Bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Clunky interface
  • Most expensive ad-free standalone service

Hulu is a cornucopia of content. It’s is a great way for cord-cutters to catch next-day releases from channels like ABC and FX. Just keep in mind that other channel libraries may not be comprehensive as more companies claim content for their own streamers.

There are a few original series like Only Murders in the Building and a surprising amount of Funimation anime like Trigun Stampede, but it’s a cable replacement at its core. Your options will increase exponentially if you shell out the extra cash for Hulu + Live TV, which maybe defeats the purpose of cutting cable to begin with. Peacock, Paramount+, and Discovery+ are also great for scooping up those channels you lost when you quit cable.

Full disclosure, Hulu is majority owned by Disney, so it’s not immune to random original content purges. A moment of silence for everyone who never got around to watching Rosaline or The Princess.

Best horror library: Shudder

Price:
$6.99/mo. or $71.88/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
1–3
Free trial:
7 days

Pros

  • Low price
  • Hand-curated horror library

Cons

  • Not great as an add-on
  • Resolution only up to 720p

If you’re into all things horror and supernatural, Shudder is the streaming service for you. Shudder carries 600+ nail-biting movies and TV series and even a handful of podcasts. From vintage slasher flicks to foreign imports to current releases to the culty-ist of cult obscurities, it’s a scream-geek’s paradise.

Shudder also features original series and movies, like Creepshow, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, V/H/S/94, and Cursed Films, as well as exclusive movie premieres. If you can’t decide on an on-demand movie or show, you can just click on one of Shudder’s three “live” channels of looping content.

Shudder also has the honor of bearing our 2023 Customer Satisfaction award. Horror fans truly cannot get enough of it.

Best anime library: Crunchyroll

Price:
$7.99–$14.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams:
1–6
Free trial:
14 days

Pros

  • Huge anime library
  • Simulcasts air one hour after Japan
  • Customizable watchlists

Cons

  • No captions on English dubs
  • Awkward transition from Funimation

Crunchyroll has the best anime library of any streaming service by far. We’ve been running our anime simulcasts guide for a while now, and Crunchyroll always has the biggest section on the page. If you’re an anime superfan, Crunchyroll is the definitive experience for you.

The only downside to Crunchyroll is its lack of captions on English dubs. It’s had this problem for years now, and it’s frustrating. Funimation, the competitor Crunchyroll bought up in 2021, never had this problem, but it doesn’t even exist anymore as an alternative. So if you’re looking for dubs for a more mainstream anime like Spy x Family or My Hero Academia, you might be better off streaming with Hulu.

Cheapest ad-supported subscription: Discovery+

Price:
$4.99–$8.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams:
4
Free trial:
7 days

Pros

  • Great archive of reality TV
  • New episodes air simultaneously
  • Super cheap

Cons

  • Only reality TV
  • Not The One to Watch for HBO

Yes, Discovery+ still exists after the HBO Max merger fiasco. If you’re all about reality TV, you won’t do better than Discovery+. Its ad-supported plan is the cheapest on the market, and its ad-free plan is decent as well, although not the cheapest.

We’re also pleasantly surprised by Discovery+’s user experience. It’s easy to find the latest episodes from your favorite show, whether it’s on HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery (ID), Animal Planet, OWN, A&E, Lifetime, History, Travel Channel, or Science Channel. Why pay for cable again?

Cheapest ad-free subscription: MGM+

Price:
$6.99/mo. or $58.99/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
4
Free trial:
7 days

Pros

  • Lots of movies
  • Cheap
  • Ad-free

Cons

  • Only a few original releases per year
  • No 4K or Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound

MGM+’s main thing is movies. If you want a large, ad-free library of movies at your fingertips, MGM+ (previously EPIX) is the service for you. It’s rare to see a service with only one, low-price, ad-free plan in 2023, but MGM+ and Apple TV+ are both practitioners of The Old Ways. Unfortunately, MGM+ is also behind the times in terms of quality, and has yet to integrate 4K or Dolby 5.1 support.

Looking for shows, not movies? In recent years, MGM+ has been slowly building up a library of originals, including the (somewhat) historical dramas Domina and The Winter King. It’s not enough content to compete with Netflix, but there are still a few titles you might want to catch, including a modern reimagining of War of the Worlds.

Other top providers

These streaming services might not have won any awards this year, but they’re good to have on your radar. Let’s hear it for the runners-up:

HBO, DC, Studio Ghibli, Adult Swim, and Discovery content: Max

Price:
$9.99–$20.99/mo. or $99.99–$209.99/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
2–4
Free trial:
7 days (through Hulu or Amazon)

Pros

  • Near-complete HBO and Discovery libraries
  • Great for DC and Studio Ghibli fans

Cons

  • Extremely expensive
  • Awkward blend between Max and Discovery+
  • Technical issues and branding woes

HBO Max used to be the cream of the crop, our favorite streaming service to recommend to all of our friends. But then the service started cutting off pieces of itself to sell to free, ad-supported television (FAST) platforms like The Roku Channel and Tubi, raised its prices, and merged with Discovery+ in the worst branding fiasco of the decade.

Max is a decent service for catching up on Adult Swim titles and the newest episodes of House of the Dragon, but we’re skeptical if it’s still worth the steep price, especially without new episodes of Succession and Barry to lean on. And if you’re looking for Kitchen Nightmares and Deadliest Catch? You’d be better off just getting Discovery+.

Catch theatrical releases and next-day NBC, Bravo, USA: Peacock

Price:
$5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
3
Free trial:
None

Pros

  • Universal Pictures theatrical releases
  • Live NBC channels

Cons

  • Small original content library
  • No longer the cheap option

Peacock may not have a ton of original content, but it’s an excellent choice for sports and movie-lovers. Most Universal Pictures movies end up here, either soon after their premiere in theaters or, in some cases, simultaneously.

It’s also the streaming home of marquee NBC Sports coverage, like Sunday Night Football and the Olympics. Plus, there are live WWE, English Premier League, PGA Tour, and Big Ten Conference events. Unfortunately, Peacock isn’t the cute, little free streaming service it was when it began, and both its ad-supported and ad-free tiers are now in line with the prices of other services.

AMC, BBC America, IFC, and Sundance content: AMC+

Price:
$8.99/mo. or $83.83/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
5
Free trial:
7 days

Pros

  • Live AMC, IFC, SUNDANCE TV, and BBC America channels
  • Only one (ad-free) plan

Cons

  • Not a lot of originals
  • Poor user experience

If you’re a cord cutter, AMC+ is the best place to watch, you guessed it, AMC content. The service also has a few exclusives of its own, including Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, Anne Boleyn, and Kevin Can F**K Himself, although these make up a very small percentage of the platform.

AMC+ also has a Shudder hub, but our Customer Satisfaction Survey showed that fans vastly preferred the Shudder app itself (which is a separate subscription) for their horror fix.

Exclusive live sports: ESPN+

Price:
$10.99/mo. or $109.99/yr.
Simultaneous streams:
5
Free trial:
None

Pros

  • Rich on-demand library
  • Plenty of live soccer and college sports

Cons

  • No regular NFL or NBA games
  • No popular ESPN shows

ESPN+ isn’t a streaming replacement for ESPN, but it’s a great addition to it. ESPN+ carries live content that its cable counterpart doesn’t, including UFC, NHL, MLB, international soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, and college sports events—all for 11 bucks a month.

But really, ESPN+’s strength is its deep on-demand library, which includes every 30 for 30 documentary, and original shows like Peyton’s Places, The Ultimate Fighter, and several others. You can even get fantasy league perks through ESPN+ and read exclusive analysis articles from top sportswriters.

Keep in mind that ESPN+ is accessible through ESPN.com and the ESPN app. The setup can be confusing since it combines linear ESPN content with ESPN+ coverage, but you can’t watch that other stuff without a TV provider login.

880+ TV shows and movies: STARZ

Price:
$10.00/mo.
Simultaneous streams:
4
Free trial:
7 days (only through Hulu or Amazon)

Pros

  • Big movie library
  • Can bundle with MGM+

Cons

  • Small original content library

Its competitors HBO and SHOWTIME have hitched themselves to Max and Paramount+, respectively, but STARZ has a different strategy. STARZ is the only one of the big three premium channels still available as a standalone subscription, although it is also available in a thrifty bundle with MGM+.

Even with MGM+, STARZ doesn’t have the library of its competitors, but you’ll want to check it out if you’re a fan of Outlander, Minx, or STARZ’s surprising library of Western films.

Free and cheap streaming services

Can you stream TV for free? Of course. For as many paid streaming services that are available, there are even more free apps. In most cases, you’ll have to put up with ads, but so what? Free is free.

Check out our Best Free and Cheap Streaming Services guide for some of our favorite budget streamers.

What to look for in an on-demand streaming TV service

Does it have the content you’re looking for?

If you’ve quit cable and are looking for a replacement, check what channels each streaming service carries. For example, Discovery+ and Max carry shows from Food Network, TLC, HGTV, HISTORY, and Discovery, while Peacock carries shows from NBC, Bravo, Hallmark, and Telemundo.

But maybe original streaming series are your thing. You’re not alone on that one. Most original streaming content only sticks to its own platform (unless it gets sold off to a FAST service like Tubi). So if you’re looking for Stranger Things and Castlevania, you should go for Netflix, and if you’re looking for Ted Lasso and Severance, you should go for Apple TV+.

There are also a number of niche services that only air one type of content. Check out our anime, horror, and sports hubs for more information on how to watch your favorite niche content.

Does the service offer a free trial?

One of the best perks of streaming TV services is the free trial period. The trial windows are brief (seven days is common) but offer enough time for a dedicated viewer to pull off a marathon or two. Unfortunately, not every service allows this, and most require credit card information, so you’ll have to be quick about hitting that cancellation button.

How many users does it allow?

When we talk about simultaneous streams, we mean how many users can be watching content on the same account at the same time. This isn’t the same thing as the number of devices that can be logged in simultaneously, and a good plan will usually allow three or four. Some services offer budget plans with fewer streams.

In 2023, Netflix began restricting simultaneous log-ins based on location. If you live in a different household from the account holder, you’ll have to pay a steep fee or get booted. We haven’t seen too many other services follow suit yet, but it’s a big drawback to look out for.

And some services don’t allow for more than one profile at all, which is a bummer if you’re sharing an account with someone else. You’ll just have to keep a mental note of which One Piece episode you’re on if you share a Crunchyroll account.

Does it have ads?

While the whole point of streaming was originally to escape cable’s relentless ads, many services now offer a cheaper ad-supported alternative plan to their subscribers. It’s an obvious excuse to raise the price of the ad-free or premium tier, which used to be the norm and much cheaper. We don’t love this practice, but it might be worth it to you if you need to save some cash. Those Disney+ price hikes aren’t messing around.

Streaming service ads can be super annoying, though, especially on content that was never supposed to have ad breaks.

What’s the best streaming platform?

We think the best streaming platform in 2024 is, surprisingly, Amazon Prime Video. It offers a vast library of ad-free content for a reasonable price, and has avoided some of the more frustrating cost-cutting tactics used by its competitors (we’re looking at you, Netflix and Max). And its growing library of original content is nothing to sneeze at, either.

We’re also really into niche streaming services lately. Horror fans will love Shudder, and Crunchyroll is a must-have for anime fans. And if you can’t get enough reality TV, Discovery+ will be your new best friend.

On-demand streaming TV FAQ

What’s the best streaming service for movies?

Amazon Prime Video is the best movie deal we’ve seen—especially since you can purchase any title it doesn’t already have à la carte—but there are a few other services you should keep an eye out for as well.

MGM+’s whole business is movies, and it does it well. If you can stomach a lack of 4K video, its library is pretty big. If you’re looking for movies from a specific production company, we do have some recommendations as well. Max carries everything from Studio Ghibli; Paramount+ with SHOWTIME carries everything from A24; and Peacock offers Universal Pictures films pretty soon after their premiere in theaters.

What’s the best streaming service for TV shows?

For original TV content, we recommend Netflix and Apple TV+, but if you’re looking for a cable substitute, check out Hulu, Max, Peacock, and Paramount+. They represent all the brands affiliated with ABC, Discovery, NBC, and CBS, respectively.

What is the best streaming service to get everything?

We think you might like Amazon Prime Video, which is more than just its own streaming service—you can also use it to purchase other subscriptions a la carte according to your tastes.

You also might be thinking of live TV streaming services, which act more like a cable plan (without all the equipment and hassle). Try Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV on for size.

What is the most-watched streaming service?

According to our 2024 customer satisfaction survey, Netflix is the most-watched streaming service. Out of 7,130 respondents, 4118 currently have a Netflix account. It also ranked number one in customer satisfaction, despite its high monthly cost!

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