Best streaming services for 2017

Updated February 2017

1st place (best choice)

9 /10

Good

Extensive selection of content Quality original content Includes other Prime benefits Support 2 current streams

Bad

No option for monthly subscription

2nd place

8.5 /10

Good

Selection is frequently updatedConsinstently good streaming quality User- focused recommendation

Bad

Offline viewing not enabled Older titles are not available

3rd place

7 /10

Good

Watch the latest shows almost immediatly after airing on TV Great selection of current pro-grammes.

Bad

Frequent commercials even with paid subscriptions.

4th place

6.5 /10

Good

Commes pre-installed on iPhones and iPads Content can be downloaded for offline viewing

Bad

Works on a pay-per-time you view new content model, rather than an unlimited streaming for flat-rate model Cannot be imported to Android

5th place

6 /10

Good

Convenient streaming on any device as long as you have wi-fi

Bad

Pay-per-use model might not be ideal for binge-watchers

Good

Extensive selection of content Quality original content Includes other Prime benefits Support 2 current streams

Bad

No option for monthly subscription

1st place (best choice)

9 /10
At a flat rate of just $99 a year, Amazon Prime’s video streaming service is one that provides great value for its consumers - and not just with what you get to watch. An Amazon Prime membership also gets you free 2-day shipping on your Amazon purchases, unlimited access to Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Video, as well as a free Kindle book each month. Its extensive Prime Video library also features several Amazon Original series, such as Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, and Bosch. More recently, Amazon’s enabling of users to download content and watch it offline places them in the lead of the pack

Good

Selection is frequently updatedConsinstently good streaming quality User- focused recommendation

Bad

Offline viewing not enabled Older titles are not available

2nd place

8.5 /10
At just $7.99 a month (but with prices expected to rise), Netflix provides users with unlimited streaming access to thousands of TV shows, comedies, as well as original content - the most popular amongst them being House Of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Orange Is The New Black. With its superior selection of titles, performance, and quality, Netflix is a star contender in the video streaming industry. A monthly exchange of new titles for older ones means users get new content more frequently, but also means they lose access of older titles

Good

Watch the latest shows almost immediatly after airing on TV Great selection of current pro-grammes.

Bad

Frequent commercials even with paid subscriptions.

3rd place

7 /10
Hulu is the best bet for users who want to watch the latest TV shows from most major TV networks without having to invest in a HD antenna or cable subscription. Get to watch your favorite TV shows almost immediately after it airs on TV. For $7.99 a month, get access to full seasons of current and classic TV shows, but do note that these still come with commercials. The new ad-free premium tier costs $11.99 a month, but do still expect 15 to 30 seconds of pre and post-roll ads on some popular shows like Scandal and New Girl

Good

Commes pre-installed on iPhones and iPads Content can be downloaded for offline viewing

Bad

Works on a pay-per-time you view new content model, rather than an unlimited...

4th place

6.5 /10
Apple’s digital media store offers a vast selection of the latest and most popular tv shows and movies for users to rent or buy. Users with Apple TV can also conveniently stream content on it through iTunes. Depending on whether you purchase shows in standard definition or high definition, the prices range from $1.99 for a standard definition series to $2.99 for HD episodes. All purchased content remains on users’ iTunes accounts and are available for both offline viewing and online streaming. Rented content stays accessible 30 days from date of rental and once you start watching, you have 48 hours to finish

Good

Convenient streaming on any device as long as you have wi-fi

Bad

Pay-per-use model might not be ideal for binge-watchers

5th place

6 /10
At just $7.99 a month (but with prices expected to rise), Netflix provides users with unlimited streaming access to thousands of TV shows, comedies, as well as original content - the most popular amongst them being House Of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Orange Is The New Black. With its superior selection of titles, performance, and quality, Netflix is a star contender in the video streaming industry. A monthly exchange of new titles for older ones means users get new content more frequently, but also means they lose access of older titles