It’s no secret that there are a lot of streaming options available nowadays—so many, in fact, that it’s overwhelming at times. Video-streaming services are a convenient alternative to cable because they’re (mostly) commercial-free and provide a huge library of movies and shows that you can watch on-demand from your TV, computer, tablet or phone.
To help you find the right streaming service for you and your family, I’ve put together a list of the best streaming services and deals that you can sign up for right now. Most of these are even extending free trial offers. Score.
The Best TV Streaming Deals
Featured Deal: Get AT&T DIRECTV and get a year of HBO Max included
Calling all entertainment enthusiasts! Right now, get a year of HBO Max included* when you sign up for DIRECTV. You’ll get access to shows and movies On Demand, entertainment on the go, live sports, breaking news and yes, all of the must-see movies, Max Originals and series from HBO Max!
*Ltd. time. HBO Max auto-renews after 12 months at the prevailing rate (currently $14.99/mo.)
This streaming service, which is available in several countries, is offering a 30-day free trial (regularly seven days) with the code WT30 when signing up. Acorn TV provides programming from the United Kingdom, including the the murder mystery series “Midsomer Mysteries” and medical dramedy “Doc Martin.” After the free trial, the service costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video lets subscribers stream popular movies and TV shows, including originals like “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Homecoming.” Even better, the platform features thousands of movies and TV shows available to watch anytime, and you can choose to add premium channels to your subscription.
There are two ways to get Amazon Prime Video: You can pay $8.99/month to access Amazon Prime Video as a standalone membership, or you can sign up for Amazon Prime, which costs $12.99/month or $119/year. That gets you all the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership, such as free and fast shipping and discounts at Whole Foods. Right now, you can get a free 30-day trial when you sign up for Prime Video.
Watch all of your favorite Disney movies and TV shows whenever you want with the Disney+ streaming service. Right now, you can get your first year of Disney+ on Verizon Wireless with an existing or new Unlimited service plan. This Disney+ offer is stackable with existing Verizon Wireless offers that require an Unlimited plan. After your first year, the streaming service is $6.99/month.
Note: You can also do a free seven-day trial directly through Disney+ and right now you can bundle Disney+, Hulu and ESPN for just $12.99 per month!
There are a ton of great movies and TVs shows to stream on Disney+, but I’ll share some notable callouts to get you excited. “Frozen 2” dropped three months earlier than planned for home viewers. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is also being released early.
You can stream the rest of the “Star Wars” movies, “The Parent Trap,” every episode of “Lizzie McGuire” (including the movie!), all the Disney Princess movies, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” every Marvel movie and so much more. Amazing!
When HBO Max launched last summer, it was a big deal. The stand-alone streaming platform bundled all of HBO together (replacing the older HBO NOW and HBO GO options) with even more TV favorites, blockbuster movies and new Max Originals like “Succession,” “Hacks,” “Friends: The Reunion” and “In Treatment.”
And HBO Max is a great choice for those who miss going to the movie theater. You can stream some of the biggest movies of 2021 on HBO Max the same day they premiere in theaters. Ad-free subscribers get streaming access to new movies from Warner Bros. at no extra cost for 31 days from the theatrical release. That includes some of the most-anticipated titles this year, including The Suicide Squad, Dune, and Matrix.
HBO Max starts at $9.99 per month with ads or you can upgrade to the ad-free version for $14.99 per month. With either plan, you can save 16% when you pay for a year and you can get a seven-day free trial.
Hulu is another popular streaming service that’s been creating its own content for a while. The main difference is that Hulu lets its members stream TV shows that aired the night before. So if you missed the latest episode of “This Is Us,” you’re in luck because you can watch it the next day. Hulu’s new drama series “Little Fires Everywhere” released three new episodes one day earlier than its scheduled release date due to coronavirus keeping more folks home.
You can also stream sports games in real time with Hulu + Live TV. Exclusive content includes award-winning shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Act” and “Castle Rock.” Plus, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz are available as add-ons. Super sweet!
There are two Hulu plans to choose from. The basic plan is $5.99/month (with the first month free) and includes unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library with limited ads. You can also choose no ads for $11.99/month. Hulu Premium includes live TV and is $54.99/month.
This streaming service is one of the most popular and well-known ones out there. Netflix started out by sending DVDs in the mail and has evolved a lot since then. Now they develop their own original content and have a robust catalog of movies, TV shows, anime and documentaries. They also have a ton of exclusive comedy standup specials! (Also, I love that there are never any commercials.)
Not one to limit its customers, Netflix lets members watch on smart TVs, PlayStation, Xbox, Chromecast, Apple TV, Blu-ray players and more. You can even download your favorite shows to watch on-the-go and when you’re on an airplane. Amazing!
There are a few plan options. Netflix’s most basic plan lets you watch with only one screen and is $8.99/month. Its standard plan is $13.99/month, has HD quality and lets you watch on two screens at once. The premium plan is $17.99/month and lets you watch on four screens at once—ideal for a large family. Plus, right now, Netflix is offering a free 30-day trial.
Showtime’s streaming service gives subscribers access to the channel’s original programming, including shows like “Homeland,” “The Affair,” “Billions,” “Dexter” and “Shameless.” You can stream popular movies and TV programs that get swapped out on a monthly basis, so your options never grow stale. Showtime members are also able to download full episodes and movies to watch offline. Best part? There are never any commercials!
Showtime streaming’s service is $10.99/month and you can get a free 30-day trial right now.
Horror lovers, this one is for you. The creepy-centric streaming service Shudder is has a seven-day free trial, but you can extend it to 30 days with the code HORRORHOUND. Subscriptions are then $5.99 per month, or $4.75 per month when you sign up for an annual membership. Shudder is currently only available in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Ireland. Plus, you can get 1% cash back through RetailMeNot.
Sling TV offers the best of cable, letting you stream news, live sports and more entertainment from your home or any streaming device. Viewers can access different news programs like ABC News Live to stay informed about the pandemic as well as entertainment for kids. Right now, you can get your first month for just $10—including streaming access of the Olympics! After that, services range from $35 to $50 per month.
Sundance Now is owned by AMC Networks and features documentaries and dramas. The platform offers a seven-day free trial, and after that, it’s $6.99 per month, or $4.99 per month for a yearly subscription. But, RetailMeNot readers can get an exclusive 35% off an annual membership with code RMN35!
YouTube debuted its TV and movie streaming service in 2017, offering more content than just YouTube videos. You get unlimited access to 70 live TV networks, including ABC, Fox, NBC and HGTV, so you can stream your favorite TV shows, local news and sports. A monthly subscription allows for six accounts per household, and YouTube lets you customize each account, so that you get notifications when your go-to show is on. Plus, it comes with unlimited cloud storage for your DVR so you can save programming.
YouTube TV costs $64.99/month, but right now through August 16, they’re offering a free two weeks without any commitment.
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