You’re turning your TV on, but nothing interesting is on. You’re turning to Netflix and there is nothing you like or not the movie you want to see. You see the recommended titles and it irritates you that they don’t have it. You turn to other platforms and suddenly see a whole range of services. Which one to choose?
Of course, it depends on what you like, but lately it has been hard to choose. All streaming services have something good to offer. Probably everyone owns or at least knows about Netflix. A couple years back it had an abundance of movies and TV shows but lately more and more are disappearing. This is because other companies saw what Netflix did. They saw an opportunity and made a streaming service as well. instead of people watching TV shows and movies illegally online, they would now pay.
Netflix owns a lot of award winning shows. Both The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown have won Golden Globes. The streaming service also offers a lot of genres, and there are new shows and movies added every month. However, if you want to watch classic movies such as Harry Potter then you’re out of luck. For the classics, I would recommend Amazon Prime.
Why Amazon Prime you ask? Amazon Prime not only offers Harry Potter but many other classic movies and TV shows. If your favourite movie or TV show was taken off of Netflix, there is a good chance you will find it on Amazon Prime. Another great benefit is that when you have Amazon Prime you can enjoy the benefits of ordering off of the Amazon website. Amazon Prime means fast delivery, in addition to great movies and TV shows. It also has original series that are doing really well such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. If you want fast delivery, good classics and fresh ideas go for Amazon Prime.
A fast growing streaming service is Disney+, and do not get mistaken, it is not only for children. If you use the streaming platform Hulu, it is from Disney as well. Sadly, it is not the case that when you get Disney+ you get Hulu, or the other way around. Disney owns a lot and gets bigger day by day. When Disney was finally able to get the rights to Star Wars, they immediately started making movies and TV shows using the franchise. The same goes for Marvel. All the Disney movies and TV shows were on Netflix until Disney decided to make Disney+. It was hard in the beginning because Disney did not have any exciting series or movies every week like Netflix. They had their own classics but after a while there is nothing new to see. But they changed that quickly, they showcased a plan with many sequels, new movies and TV show introduced new hit series like Wandavision, The Mandalorian, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. They own other shows from the ABC like Grey’s Anatomy as well. If you’re a Disney fan, enjoy science fiction, and superheroes; choose Disney+. Choose Hulu if you like more adult reality shows.
Next, we have YouTube Premium. We all know the moment when we’re opening youtube and it immediately offers you to try YouTube Premium. Or when we watch a video and there are 4 ads interrupting randomly throughout the video. People are releasing documentaries, series and movies on YouTube Premium. You can also listen to music when you click the app away and download videos to watch them offline. YouTube has been and still is free, but if you want no ads and exclusive content from your favourite creators: Get YouTube Premium.
And then there is Apple TV. Apple TV in on the rise with good TV shows and movies which include a lot of big stars like Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell. Like other streaming services, they also release documentaries such as the recent Billie Eilish documentary and allow you to download their content to watch offline. If you like good or underrated TV shows and movies, get Apple TV.
In conclusion, all streaming platforms have something good to offer and it ultimately depends on your interests which service you will choose. Hopefully this article has brought you a step closer to making the right choice for you.
By Guzel Celik
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