- Learn everything you need to know about today’s streaming services.
- Discover which streaming service(s) best fit your lifestyle and budget.
- Get our take on the pros and cons of each service.
Finding the Best Streaming Service
Welcome to the 21st century, where the best way to watch TV is by streaming it over high-speed internet. Whether that’s on your smartphone or tablet, through a streaming player such as a Fire TV stick or a Roku streaming stick, or on your smart TV, you can stream your favorite shows and movies on just about any device.
Dive into the latest TV episodes on Hulu, jump into award-winning original shows on Netflix, or catch up on some of the most explosive movies on HBO Max. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s a streaming service for that.
What is a streaming service?
To put it simply, a streaming service is a platform where you can watch TV and movies on your device of choice over the internet. That means no cords, no cable, no clutter—just curated entertainment.
You’ll need high-speed internet to stream at a higher quality such as 4K. New streaming services seem to be popping up all the time, but we’ll focus on some of the more popular services that let you watch what you want when you want.
Netflix at a Glance
|Price/month: Basic ($8.99), Standard ($13.99), Premium ($17.99)|
Highlights: Extensive film and TV show library with award-winning original content
Lowlights: Pricing seems to go up every year
Perfect for: Binge-watchers, movie critics
Netflix is now a household name and has paved the way for streaming services for over a decade. With the experience (and money) it accrued over the years, Netflix has been able to dish out edge-of-your-seat programming. Fan favorites, such as Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy, provide hours of entertainment and keep subscribers coming back for more.
Pricing is reasonable, especially when considering Netflix is ad-free and you can stream your favorite shows in 4K1. But get it at the current rate while you can, because the prices tend to go up over time.
Netflix, with its high-quality shows and movies galore, appeases the binge-watcher in all of us.
Hulu at a Glance
Price/month: Hulu ($5.99), Hulu – No Ads ($11.99), Hulu + Live TV ($54.99)
Highlights: The latest TV show episodes available the day after they air
Lowlights: Extra cost for ad-free content; limited movie selection
Perfect for: People with FOMO
What happened on last night’s Grey’s Anatomy? Did you miss last week’s This Is Us? You can watch it all on Hulu the day after it airs. Hulu is best for those who want to keep up with the current shows on network television.
From comedies to dramas and everything in between, Hulu is home to an extensive library of network television programming while boasting its own batch of original programming. Shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Castle Rock make Hulu a worthy streaming service with top-rated original shows and movies.
Unfortunately, ads disrupt your binge party, taking you out of the world you’ve invested your evening in. But pay extra for an ad-free experience, and all that goes away.
Hulu also has a Live TV option, with hours of DVR space to record your favorite shows if you don’t feel like waiting the full 24 hours. And with Live TV comes live sports, so you never have to miss out on last night’s game.
Hulu is for those who want it now—or at least within 24 hours—so they’re not missing out on the latest watercooler (or Zoom!) conversation the next morning.
Disney+ at a Glance
Price: $6.99/mo., $69.99/year
Highlights: Your favorite Disney classics all in one place. Plus, get the best of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic.
Lowlights: Not yet very much original programming
Perfect for: Families
People lost their collective minds when Disney announced they would come out with their own streaming service—and for good reason.
Disney+ has delivered on many fronts, providing their entire Disney library (bye-bye, Disney vault), as well as other entities they acquired over the years. That means all things Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic come with your subscription to Disney+.
Even though The Mandalorian alone is worth the price of admission, if you’re looking for more original shows, there isn’t enough of it on Disney+ to keep you interested. But Disney+ is still young and has some time to add to its already extensive library. Disney’s been in the entertainment game for quite some time.
HBO Max at a Glance
Price/month: $14.99 (free for one year with an AT&T TV + Internet Bundle)
Highlights: Current and classic HBO originals; extensive movie blockbuster library
Lowlights: Doesn’t offer multiple price points
Perfect for: Movie lovers and HBO Originals fans
Not to be confused with HBO Go or HBO Now, HBO Max is the new streaming service in town, providing HBO content for hours on end.
With originals such as Game of Thrones and Westworld, plus classics like Oz and The Sopranos, HBO Max has plenty to keep you entertained. If you’re more into movies, HBO Max has plenty of that, too, providing some of the biggest blockbusters Hollywood has to offer.
If you’ve subscribed to other streaming services already, get ready to shell out another $15 a month for HBO Max—one of the pricier of the lot.
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Apple TV+ at a Glance
Highlights: Commercial free; can sync to your Apple devices
Lowlights: Only original content, not an extensive library of shows
Perfect for: Casual watchers
Hold on to your iPhones—Apple has come out with a streaming service to add to the market. And with the most affordable rate of the bunch, it’s an easy addition. No ads at only $4.99 a month is tough to beat—not to mention being able to watch it from most Apple devices.
What should you watch? Well, there isn’t much to watch, yet. They don’t have a backlog of shows from years past, considering how young Apple TV+ is. The other, more seasoned, streaming services have rights to the shows you actually want to watch. But you can find some of the biggest names in Hollywood on Apple TV+, including Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, and Steve Carrell.
Prime Video at a Glance
Price/month: Free with Amazon Prime membership, $8.99 for Prime Video alone
Highlights: Award-winning original shows
Lowlights: Difficult interface to navigate, pay more to rent movies
Perfect for: Students and veterans (discounted rates)
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, lucky you—you have access to Prime Video on top of your free two-day shipping. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, fear not—you can get Prime Video as a standalone service.
With Prime Video, you have access to thousands of movies and TV shows to watch at your leisure. From The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to Jack Ryan, Prime Video has its fair share of quality original programming to keep you coming back for more.
But not all things are free to watch on Prime Video. You can rent newer movies before they become available on Prime Video or a different streaming service. The interface is at times difficult to navigate, with “Trending” and “What’s New” rows seemingly offering up the same videos.
But Prime Video is an affordable streaming service at its regular rate, or, if you’re a student or a veteran, at a discounted rate. Whatever your situation, Amazon Prime may have what you’re looking for.
Peacock at a Glance
Price/month: Peacock (free), Peacock Premium ($4.99), Peacock Premium Plus ($9.99)
Highlights: NBC live sports, popular sitcoms and shows, past and present, a robust free version
Lowlights: Originals availability is scarce, mobile download only available on Premium Plus version
Perfect for: Entry-level streamers
A nod to NBC’s iconic logo, Peacock is a free streaming service from the network TV giant. Sure, the free service limits what you can and can’t watch on the platform, but it still boasts a strong library with plenty to choose from.
Have access to everything Peacock has to offer for an affordable $5/month and get it with no ads for an additional $5. Whatever your lifestyle, there’s an option at Peacock for you.
Peacock, like some other streaming services, is still relatively new to the competition. The limited original programming available might leave you wishing there was more. And with mobile download only available on Premium Plus, you’ll need a strong internet connection to stream at full capacity.
Either way, Peacock has a lot to offer any casual and entry-level streamers—and you can’t beat free.
4K Streaming Made Possible with AT&T Internet
So many streaming services, so much to binge watch! With AT&T Internet, you can stream all of your favorite shows and movies in high definition. No one wants that pesky buffer icon to interrupt their stream or pixelated characters talking to one another.
Get a quality streaming experience with AT&T Internet. And when you bundle with select AT&T TV services, you can get a year of HBO Max on us.