Streaming services have been successful in capturing a large market share from the all-powerful cable companies. This has created a whole new breed of viewers, who are appropriately called ‘cord cutters’. The streaming services are growing bigger and bolder and are excited to offer their customers a better selection and experience on their respective platforms. Here is a comparison of some of the best streaming services in the United States, so that you can make your own pick.
Netflix & Chill has become an urban slang and that says a lot about the popularity of this service. Not only is Netflix one of the first services to offer streaming services to its clients, it is also one of the most loved across the world. One of the major reasons for its popularity is the excellent collection of content that is offered on it. The user interface of the service has dramatically improved over the years. There is an effective recommendation system in place as well, which makes it more engaging and easier to use. Then, there is the whole lot of original programming that includes hit shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and many others. However, when compared to other services, Netflix is a little pricier and its packages start at a monthly fee of $9. Though there is a good selection of content, there are not a lot of brand new shows or movies to watch.
This is another biggie in the streaming space in the US. If you are a TV junkie, this is a service for you. Hulu Plus has an excellent selection of latest television programming, along with some original content for its customers. This is the most inexpensive of all streaming services at only $8 per month. But, this streaming service is rigged with ads all over and it is not as easy as Netflix to navigate through its content collection either. Moreover, if you are a movie buff, this is not the service that you should go for. The complete collection of movies on Hulu Plus is, at best, OK.
As an Amazon product, this comes with the promise of quality content selection at a decent price of $99 per year. The content on Amazon Prime is new, regularly updated, and there is a lot of it. So, the subscriber gets a lot of options to choose from. There are good original shows on offer too. Owing to its Viacom deal, Amazon Prime offers a more comprehensive selection of comedy and kids’ programming, than other streaming services. The HBO favorites like The Wire and The Sopranos are also available on Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime also includes many Amazon benefits like exclusive access to Kindle books, music, videos, and so on. There is also the free two-day delivery included in these benefits, which makes Amazon Prime a great deal for anyone who is an online shopaholic. One big letdown with Amazon Prime is that the monthly fee is quite high at $10.99.
At $20 per month, Sling.TV is more expensive than all the streaming services. Then, why would you buy it? Good question. Here is a good answer. Sling.TV is basically offering you a service just like your cable connection, which means you get to watch live TV that is being aired on cable networks. But, you will only pay for what you want. You will not pay for any equipment installation, nor do you need to sign any contracts or undergo a credit check. It is basically cable television without the cable and its hassles. This is a huge blessing for sports fans, who were feeling left out when they embraced the streaming action. Now, they too can cut the cord, as Sling.TV offers both ESPN and ESPN2. These channels were not available on any other streaming service previously. Of course, Sling.TV also has all the other popular networks and you can pick from the buffet, whatever you like.
With Vue, Sony has entered the highly competitive live TV space. PlayStation Vue is almost like cable, both in programming and in price as well. Sony is offering three packages under Vue, with the most basic package, Access, costing a meaty $50. If you want more channels and content, then you will have to shell out $60 for the Core package, and $70 for the Elite package. Though the service offers a huge selection to its subscribers, it is only available in a few regions, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. Of course, Sony will slowly take the service to the national scene in time.