Streaming services make it easy to watch your favorite shows and movies, but with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to sign up for. You (and your bank account) probably don’t need a subscription to every single platform. Here’s a rundown of what four popular streaming services have to offer to help you decide how to spend your money. (Don’t forget to take advantage of the free trial periods before committing to the fees — and be sure to check out A Renter’s Guide to Streaming Services (Part 1) for more!)
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service available to Amazon Prime members. With a membership, you can stream thousands of titles at no additional cost. Plus, you have the option to rent or buy titles that aren’t included in your membership. In addition to popular movies and TV shows, there are plenty of Prime Originals to watch, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, and The Man in the High Castle.
If you want to watch every single episode of The Office, NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, is the one for you. There are three membership levels to choose from. With the free version, you can watch some movies, TV shows, and news programs. A premium membership will unlock all of Peacock’s content and a premium plus membership will allow you to stream without any ads.
Apple TV+ is Apple Inc.’s ad-free subscription video and on-demand streaming service. A membership will grant you access to Apple’s original programming, which is available exclusively on Apple TV+. Popular shows and movies include The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, Defending Jacob with Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery, and Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld.
With YouTube TV, you can stream live TV from more than 85 television networks, including ABC, CNN, Food Network, Nickelodeon, and ESPN. Plus, you’re able to record with unlimited DVR storage space. A membership costs $64.99 per month, but you can have up to six accounts, so you can split the cost with your roommate or family members. For an additional monthly charge, you can also add on sports and premium networks.