Streaming is rapidly becoming the most popular way to watch TV and movies. If you have unlimited, high-speed internet, streaming services are easy to use. If you have internet service with a data cap, streaming is a little trickier. Check out our guide on Streaming with Satellite Internet for data saving tips.
One of the reasons streaming is so popular is that it’s so cheap. Most streaming service memberships cost less than $10 per month, they’re contract-free, and they deliver a lot of content. So, cord-cutters can pay for several streaming service memberships and still pay much less than they’d be paying for cable TV. This means you can pare down your services when you are busy and aren’t watching much TV, then add a few extras when you’re spending more time at home.
Streaming services have evolved from the early Netflix days, becoming more specialized and compartmentalized. Streaming services pour millions into developing original content—shows like Bridgerton, The Boys, WandaVision, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Stranger Things, and Umbrella Academy. Netflix is still the most popular streaming service and gets our vote for the most all-around crowd pleasing. But, there are several others worth checking out.
Hulu is our first choice for streaming TV shows (episodes are updated within a week of their air dates). Amazon Prime is great for movie rentals and original content, and Disney+ snags viewers with Marvel, Star Wars, and all the Disney originals we’ve grown up watching.