With so many streaming networks out there, it can be a challenge to decide for yourself which networks you should join. This guide is aimed at helping you do exactly that with an honest look at the pricing, content types, and genres of the various streaming sites.
Netflix is by far the most popular streaming network that exists. In fact, most people consider it as the go-to network for their general streaming needs.
PRICE: $9.99-16.99 USD per month
FREE TRIAL: None (they used to have 30 days free trial but now they have no free trial in most areas).
AVAILABLE: Worldwide (titles vary considerably by country)
BEST KNOWN FOR: Having a huge catalogue and for their Netflix Originals.
CONTENT TYPES: Mainstream General-Interest Movies & TV Shows, and Netflix Originals
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Go to Netflix.com or sign up in the Netflix app.
Prime Video (often referred to as simply Prime) is the streaming platform run by Amazon. It’s unique value proposition is that users who sign up for Prime not only get to watch movies and shows, but they also get free shipping and other perks via Amazon’s online shopping site. Prime Video is un-curated meaning that anyone can upload movies and shows similarly to YouTube.
PRICE: $7.99-12.99 USD per month
FREE TRIAL: 30 days in most countries
AVAILABLE: Most English-speaking countries.
BEST KNOWN FOR: Having everything (no curation – the good and the poor is mixed together).
CONTENT TYPES: Everything under the sun.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Go to PrimeVideo.com or sign up in the Prime Video app.
Disney Plus features content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. It is mostly known for family-friendly content with Disney putting its more adult content on Hulu (Disney owns Disney+ and Hulu).
PRICE: $11.99 USD per month or $119.99 USD per year.
FREE TRIAL: 7 days
AVAILABLE: Worldwide (titles may vary by country)
BEST KNOWN FOR: The massive Disney catalogue and new Disney+ Originals.
CONTENT TYPES: Movies & Shows (mostly Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox content).
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Likely online and in-app when the service launches in Fall 2019.
Fearless is the network for diverse independent films and series. Most known for showing LGBTQ, female, and POC-focussed movies, shows, and documentaries as well as launching shows and movies by lesser-known emerging creators. It is also one of the few streaming services that shows short films, which they organize into Short Film Collections so you can binge a bunch of short films in a row. There’s also an editorial section of the app where you can learn about why and how films and series on Fearless are made. Check out some Yeahflix reviews of our favourite Fearless movies and shows here.
PRICE: $7.99 USD per month, $19.99 USD per quarter or $79.99 USD per year
FREE TRIAL: 14 days
AVAILABLE: Worldwide (titles may vary by country)
BEST KNOWN FOR: Independent film, LGBTQ, female, POC
CONTENT TYPES: Movies, Shows, Documentaries, Short Films, Editorial Content, and Fearless Originals
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Download the Fearless app on iOS or Android and start your free trial. Signup on the web or in the app depending on your country.
Hulu is a US streaming network for those that enjoy traditional “TV” content and sports broadcasts. Increasingly, it is also a home to original content.
PRICE: $5.99-99.99 per month (depending on which add-ons you choose).
AVAILABLE: US only
BEST KNOWN FOR: Bringing TV shows and sports from traditional TV broadcasters to the online world.
CONTENT TYPES: TV shows and sports content from mainstream TV broadcasters, Hulu Originals.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe at hulu.com and start your free trial.
Crave is a Canada-only streaming service aimed at HBO, Showtime, Movies, and TV Shows. It features big-budget network series and Hollywood movies.
PRICE: $9.99-$25.97 per month (depending on which add-ons you choose).
AVAILABLE: Canada only
BEST KNOWN FOR: The Canadian version of Hulu: bringing TV shows from traditional TV broadcasters to the online world.
CONTENT TYPES: TV shows and sports content from mainstream TV broadcasters, Crave Originals.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe at crave.ca and start your free trial.
PureFlix is the home of family and faith-based movies and shows. Containing Christian and religious content, feel-good content, and content designed for the entire family to watch together.
PRICE: $10.99 USD per month or $99.99 USD per year
FREE TRIAL: 30 days
BEST KNOWN FOR: Religious and faith-based content.
CONTENT TYPES: Movies and Shows
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe at pureflix.com and start your free trial.
Shudder is a niche streaming network that promises to curate the best in horror, thriller, and cult titles.
PRICE: $5.99 per month or $56.99 per year
AVAILABLE: US and Canada
BEST KNOWN FOR: Horror & thriller movies
CONTENT TYPES: Horror & thriller movies
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