Netflix may be one of the biggest and most well-known video streaming services in the world, but it sure isn’t the only one. There are a lot of Netflix alternatives out there that will keep you entertained every night, some of which are even free. Here are the best ones you should try out.
1. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is one of the best Netflix alternatives. It offers us many popular movies and TV shows and has great original programming. The shows that stand out are The MarvelousMrs.Maisel, The Man In The High Castle, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, to name a few.
2. HBO Now
HBO’s video streaming service has a lot to offer. From the latest hit shows like Chernobyl to older ones like The Sopranos, you will always find something interesting to watch. Other great HBO shows worth mentioning include Westworld, Game of Thrones, and Barry.
Hulu is home to old and new hit TV series like the Simpsons, Seinfeld, ER, and Futurama. There are also a few original shows available, including the popular The Handmaid’s Tale. What makes Hulu special is that it releases new episodes of some of the most popular shows around a day or so after they are aired on TV. Netflix, on the other hand, generally releases an entire season of a certain show at once, so you have to wait longer to start watching it.
The main reason why Sony’s Crackle is one of the best Netflix alternatives is that it’s completely free. It also offers plenty of great content including cult classics like Starship Troopers, critically acclaimed Hollywood films like Whiplash, and popular shows like Seinfeld. There are around 150 feature-length movies and 75 shows available on the platform. There are a few drawbacks to consider, with the biggest one being that the service is ad-supported. You will usually have to sit through a 30-second commercial before your movie or show begins, followed by up to three additional ads for shows and nine for movies longer than an hour and a half.
5. CBS All Access
f you’re a fan of CBS shows, this is the Netflix alternative to go with. It’s doesn’t offer nearly as much content as Netflix, but it has a lot of great shows on offer including NCIS, Blue Bloods, The Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon, among others. There are also a number of classic shows you can watch like Frasier and a few originals including The Twilight Zone. Combined, there are over 10,000 episodes available. In addition to the content on-demand, the service offers live sports streams and local news coverage. Pricing in the U.S. starts at $5.99 and goes up to $9.99 if you want an ad-free experience.
6. Disney Plus
If you don’t already know about Disney Plus we’d be surprised. The service launched in mid-November in the US and other parts of the world. If you have kids, it is a great Netflix alternative, with tons of classic and current family movies and TV shows to watch under one service. You can watch nearly all the Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Cinematic Universe movies on Disney Plus as well. The price for Disney Plus on its own is $6.99 a month, or $69.99 for an annual subscription. You might also be able to get it free. While it’s only available currently in the US and a few other countries, it will expand to parts of Europe and India in late March.
7. Acorn TV
Acorn TV is home to classic and current shows from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and a few other countries. It’s a fantastic Netflix alternative, offering popular TV shows like Inspector George Gently, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, and plenty of others. Most Americans are not familiar with these shows, but trust me, they are definitely worth watching. There are also a few movies available, but the selection isn’t very big.
YouTube is a great free Netflix alternative, although it’s a bit different than the other options on this list. You’ll find a few great movies on the platform including Better Off Dead and The Blair Witch Project, as well as a number of episodes from various TV shows like the hilarious Mr. Bean and the classy crime-fighting Columbo. However, the overall selection of movies and TV shows isn’t nearly as good as what you get with Netflix and other streaming services like Hulu. But you do get to watch other types of content including vlogs from popular creators like Casey Neistat, funny cat videos, or smartphone reviews. Sometimes, these types of videos are more entertaining than the latest episode of Stranger Things.
Fandor is aimed at movie buffs. It offers over 4,000 indie, foreign, and documentary films, most of which you likely won’t find on streaming services like Netflix. You have a selection of both new and old titles and can filter them by the country of production. For that, you’re better of staying with a service like Netflix. But if you’re into independent and classic movies, Fandor might just be up your alley. The monthly subscription will set you back $5.99.
10. Tubi TV
Like Crackle, Tubi TV is a free and ad-supported video streaming service. But unlike Crackle, Tubi TV doesn’t have any original programming and has no intention of going down that road. The service has over 50,000 titles in its library it secured in partnerships with studios like Lionsgate, Paramount, and MGM. As this is a free service, don’t expect to see the latest and greatest movies or any current high-profile TV shows. You can watch old gangster movies like Juice starring Tupac or the Japanese film Battle Royale, which inspired games like PUBG and Fortnite.
It only has a rotating collection of 30 titles that change daily — Mubi adds a new movie every day and deletes one at the same time. It offers classic, independent, as well as award-winning films from around the globe. And in case you run out of things to watch before the month ends, you can rent an extra movie or two from Mubi. Rentals start at $2.99 and go up to $5.99 per movie, while a monthly subscription for the service will set you back $10.99. But on the other hand, with only 30 movies available, it’s easier and faster to choose the one you want to watch.
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