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Video Streaming Services - Review and Pricing

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A video streaming service is an online entertainment source for TV shows, movies and other streaming media. It's like a cable TV service without a bulky cable box, and on-demand, so you can watch programs anytime on your TV, smart phone, laptop or desktop.

The best known and most successful streaming service is Netflix, others include Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Video and new entrant, YouTube TV. The big telco/cable companies also have standalone streaming services including Comcast Stream service and their Watchable online TV app, Verizon has go90, and AT&T’s DirecTV Now.

Watching where and when you want, aided by increasingly fast internet connections has led to strong growth of these services. The huge variety of programming and big investments in original content, offers consumers many ways to access and enjoy content across all their devices.

Given the growing number of these services and competition, many providers have differentiated their offerings. Netflix is widely recognized as the the leader in original programming, from the award-winning House of Cards to the binge hit Stranger Things.

Amazon, as runner-up, also has a great line-up of original programming with shows like Transparent, Man in the High Castle, and Mozart in the Jungle. These services have also revived numerous cancelled TV shows, as has Hulu, which picked up The Mindy Project.

Smaller and sometimes cheaper options include Crackle for decent movie or TV shows, with content refreshed weekly. Other niche options include Fubo for sports and a few anime-streaming sites too.

Are you already subscribed to a video streaming service, then let us know your favorite. Or scroll down for our rundown of the top choices.

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Netflix (from $8.99 per month)

Netflix is considered the originator and leader in video streaming. Netflix offers a huge selection at all times, with new titles and original content frequently added. It's the only place to get your fix of shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and Luke Cage.

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(Available on Android, iOS, Web, Roku and web)

Amazon Video (from $8.99 per month)

Amazon Video is $8.99 per month, but is also included with your Amazon Prime account, which is becoming increasingly popular. Amazon has thousands of titles to stream and also enables offline downloads, great for your next flight or when you're offline.

Amazon Video does not work with Google's Chromecast, but it's available on Apple TV, Roku, as well as Amazon's own Fire TV devices and Smart TVs.

(Available on Android, iOS, and Web)

Hulu (from $7.99 per month)

Hulu may be the best if you watch current and classic TV series, as well as original content. Unlike other services, Hulu gets content almost immediately after airing on TV, as its owners are the big Hollywood studios.

Hulu recently released a live TV option, called Hulu With Live TV. The value is it’s live and the sheer amount of content available.

(Available on Android, iOS, and Web)

HBO Now (from $14.99 per month)

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HBO was the first major cable channel to launch their own stand-alone channel. New episodes appear several minutes to an hour after they begin on live TV.

Sign up and get a free trial via apps from Amazon, Google Play, and the App Store, or Roku player.

(Available on Android, iOS, and Web)

YouTube TV (from $35 per month)

The recently launched YouTube TV also provides live TV streaming. To date but it's limited to several dozen cities, as it rolls out nationally. Standout features include local TV stations and unlimited cloud DVR storage and.

YouTube will keep your recordings for nine months, and you can stream your content from anywhere in the US. Subscriptions support up to six accounts and you can stream from three accounts at once. Great for families or roommates.

Conclusion

Watching movies, TV shows and original content where and when you want has never been easier. The huge variety of programming and big investments in original content, gives consumers numerous new ways to access and enjoy content across all their devices.

There’s a wealth of content to meet almost everyone's taste and at reasonable price points to match.

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