Which TV Streaming Service Is Best For You?
If you’re bored of all of the regular television channels, it could be time to upgrade to a streaming service, but with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know which one will best suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for fun movies for the kids or you want to have a weekend binging box sets, we’ve pulled together all the best options out there and what they have to offer, to help you make the right choice. So sit back, relax and get ready to watch some amazing TV!
What is the best streaming service in the UK?
There are lots of great streaming services in the UK, and the one you choose will ultimately come down to personal preference. Whether you’re looking for TV for the kids, or you’re a film fanatic or sports fan, there are lots of different streaming services available that will be perfect for you. Here are some of the best and most popular options out there;-
Netflix: for movie fans and box set bingers
If you look forward to curling up at home and binge-watching the latest series, or you want a good selection of original and exclusive movies, then Netflix could be the perfect choice for you. With hard-hitting, award-winning exclusive shows such as House of Cards, Stranger Things, The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit, classic comedies such as Friends and Schitt’s Creek and a whole host of movies, Netflix has something for the whole family. And, if you struggle to find things to watch, Netflix also offers good genre suggestions based on what you’ve seen before, alongside a separate kid’s section with a whole host of amazing shows to keep them entertained for hours. A perfect choice for the all-rounder, Netflix can be yours for as little as £5.99 per month or £13.99 for top-quality streaming and 4K/HDR resolution.
Disney+: perfect for Disney lovers and fun for the whole family
Disney+ is the home of all of Disney’s new and classic content, in one handy place. With Disney exclusives alongside the Star Wars franchise, Marvel and Pixar, it’s the perfect place to find all of the latest releases from these iconic movie houses. And now with the additions of National Geographic and Star, there are factual documentaries and a whole host of dramas and series too. From cult classics to brand new shows, it’s a great choice for the whole family. From £7.99 per month, you’ll have the option of cancelling your subscription at any time, be able to watch in 4K UHD and have the ability to download and stream on up to four devices at once. Check out Loki, Marvel Studios Legends and old favourite shows such as Lost and Prison Break when you sign up.
Amazon Prime: perfect for movie buffs that love a blockbuster
Prime Video has a wide back catalogue of films, perfect for those that can’t resist a movie night at home. From cult classics to new releases and a whole host of original content, there’s also the option to rent movies too for an additional small fee. Free to Amazon Prime customers, if you order regularly from Amazon, a Prime video subscription really is a no-brainer, but if you just want the service on it’s own, you can subscribe for as little as £5.99 a month.
BritBox: for those who love British TV and classic shows
For all of the best series’ and UK films, BritBox is the perfect choice. Originally created as a collaboration between the BBC and ITV, but now including Channel 4 and 5 too, there’s no need to switch between the channels’ various free streaming platforms when you have all of your favourite shows in one place. For £5.99 a month after a 7 day free trial, you can enjoy classic British shows such as Life on Mars and Broadchurch, alongside comedy favourites like Peep Show and The Inbetweeners and classic British films, including the Carry On franchise. With new exclusives constantly being added too, it’s a great choice for lovers of good, British TV.
Apple TV+: exclusive Apple content at your fingertips
One of a kind content exclusively made for Apple, Apple TV+ offers incredible picture quality across all of your compatible devices. Three months free with any purchase of an Apple device, or a 7 day trial and then £4.99 a month, you have the option to share Apple TV+ with your family. With new exclusives added every month, although the content library isn’t huge, the quality and variety is exceptional. With behind the scenes exclusives included too, it’s the perfect choice for lovers of one-of-a-kind content!
Now TV: The one for Sky and HBO lovers
If you love HBO but don’t want to commit to a Sky contract, Now TV is the perfect choice for you. Streaming blockbuster shows such as Billions and Succession alongside great Sky picks and sports too, the beauty of Now TV is that you can tailor your pass to suit your needs. With a flexible option to change your passes too, it’s a great choice if you want variety from your streaming service, but can prove expensive if you require all of the passes at once. Here are the main Now TV pass options:
- Now Cinema + Boost gives you a whole host of must-see movies and sky exclusives, with over 1000 movies on demand at any time. Try a 7 day free trial and then pay just £9.99 per month for Now Cinema with free cancellation any time (and £5 a month for Boost which allows you to stream on 3 devices at once).
- Now Entertainment + Boost offers award-winning dramas and documentaries, exclusive shows and must-see Sky box sets. Again you can trial the package for 7 days, then it’s yours for £9.99 per month and £5 a month for Boost.
- Now Sports Pass + Boost is £25 per month for 6 months, then auto-renews for the package’s standard price of £33.99 per month plus £5 per month for Boost (although the first month is free). Offering all of the biggest Sky Sports events, it’s a must-have for sport lovers everywhere.
Which streaming service is free in the UK?
Although none of the mentioned streaming services are free in the UK, most come with a 7 day or monthly free trial so that you can try them out before committing to buy. There are other options, of course, such as BBC iPlayer, All 4 and ITV Hub, which let you watch shows for free; however, some of these services do require a TV licence which can prove just as costly as a paid streaming service. Another great place to stream free content to your TV is YouTube, for videos and content that you won’t find anywhere else.
Where can I watch streaming services in the UK?
Most streaming services give you the flexibility to stream on the go, provided that you have a subscription. As well as watching on the big screen at home, you can enjoy all of your favourite shows on the go, on your laptop, mobile or tablet. In most cases, you will need a wifi connection or an ample amount of data on your device to stream these services. However, some give the option to download to your device at home, making it easier to watch on the go without an internet connection.
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