According to several reports, when it comes to content like movies and TV shows, there’s a tendency for consumers to use streaming and video on demand over live TV or home video releases. It doesn’t seem like this trend will be stopping anytime soon, so if you’re thinking of joining in, here are the 4 best streaming services for 2017!
Shocker, right? There’s no denying it: Netflix is unstoppable. It’s not only the most used streaming platform in the world (over 80M subscribers worldwide at the moment), but the brand is also pretty much part of pop culture by now (‘Netflix and chill’, anyone?).
And it’s not for nothing. Netflix does not only offer one of the widest catalogues in TV shows and movies, but it’s also aiming to have 50% of its programming be original content, as well as introducing 4K. Given their original series are some of the best, most popular shows in recent years (House of Cards, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage…), if you wish to be caught up with the shows everyone’s talking about, you will need a Netflix account.
Netflix also offers potential customers the opportunity to try a free month trial. After that, you can pick among three plans depending on your needs and budget. As a bonus, here are some coupons you can use during this month!
Slowly but surely, Amazon Prime Video continues growing globally. Meaning, Amazon is not only getting really serious with their investment in streaming, but they are also becoming a strong competitor to Netflix on an international level. In fact, according to a report by Fool.com, Amazon is “planning to spend $3 billion to $4 billion on video content this year, and should increase that in 2017“. Something that makes Amazon different to Netflix is that Amazon prides itself in offering a family-friendly TV service (although not exclusively).
Amazon Prime Video currently offers a 30-day free trial. The Amazon Prime Video membership program includes unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, free 2-day shipping on countless items, as well as other Prime benefits.
Created in 2007, Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services out there. It offers two plans and, just like Netflix, there’s a free month trial. Unlike Neflix, Hulu is only available within the US.
This year Hulu has ended its free plan to join forces with Yahoo with the same goal as Amazon: to compete with Netflix. How? With the launch of streaming TV hub Yahoo View. And yes, this is also only available in the US. The platform offers thousands of episodes of different television series, including the last 5 episodes of shows up to 8 days after they air on ABC, NBC and Fox. It’s free, although you will have to sit through a few commercials.
Furthermore, if you’re a Tumblr user, you might be aware that the blogging site is now owned by Yahoo. Because of this, Yahoo View plans to focus on fandoms by featuring extra content like recaps or gifs, and basically making Yahoo View a place for fans to connect and engage.
This one is quite different from the rest. Many people are not fans of subscription streaming services. Why? Well, if you subscribe to a plan that makes you pay a fixed fee per month/year, you kinda feel obligated to make use of it, even if you might not have time or want to watch anything on a particular month. Youtube Movies is a good solution for that, and it’s also a good choice for casual viewers who just want to watch something every once in a while without committing in the long run.
Youtube Movies works like any other Youtube channel – subscribing is free. You only pay for what you want to watch, and every movie has a different price depending on whether you want to rent or purchase it, as well as choosing between SD and HD. Yes, it’s only movies, and there’s no TV shows here. The main appeal of the Youtube Movies channel is that offers the latest movie releases for a relatively low price.
All in all, 2017 should be a pretty interesting year for streaming services.