It’s 2021, and the streaming market has been absolutely oversaturated as of late. It’s nearly impossible to figure out which streaming services are truly worth your money without trying them out. Of course everyone’s familiar with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, but there are several other options.
With already a whopping 100 million subscribers, Disney+ is a great choice for families and… well, not many other people. It doesn’t allow any content made for adults and thrives off of its major franchises. If you’re into international cinema, thought-provoking films, or boundary-pushing movies, you’ll find few of those here. The only big upside is that it’s merely eight dollars a month.
2. HBO Max
Easily my favorite service on this list, carrying plenty of criterion picks and the entire HBO catalogue. It’s fifteen bucks a month and that may turn a lot of people off, but it’s still a successful service at 37.7 million subscribers. There are so many fantastic works on here, as it carries way more of my favorites than even Netflix.
Free with ads and with a paid tier available, Peacock is an interesting newcomer indeed. It’s owned by Comcast and carries content from the NBC & Syfy channels, several movies under the Universal Studios umbrella, and its own originals. I’m not sure exactly who this appeals to, but I’m sure it has its own audience with 33.1 million subscribers.
4. YouTube Premium
Go home, Google.
Having rebranded from CBS All Access to Paramount+, this service has 8 million subscribers and only seems to be doing better with the change in marketing. It’s only six bucks a month and carries plenty of great stuff along with tons of originals planned for the future. Make sure to keep your eye on this one!