The internet has completely changed the way we watch films and TV shows. No longer are we shackled to TV schedules, and we don’t have to pay hand-over-fist for the latest film releases anymore.
Using a decent broadband connection* you can access an entire world of films and TV shows, ready to play at the touch of a button and in the comfort of your own home – whenever it suits you.
With more ways to watch than ever before and more content being made exclusively for streaming audiences it’s never been easier or more appealing to get involved.
What’s more, many streaming services come with pay-monthly, no-strings contracts that let you unsubscribe whenever you like.
The only difficult part is choosing which services to subscribe to, so here’s a handy table to help you make sense of what each offers and how much it will cost you…
*A connection of 3 Megabits per second is enough to stream video in standard definition (SD). For high definition (HD) video, you’ll need a connection of 5 Megabits per second or better
Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services, which is no surprise given the amount of films and TV shows it offers, including exclusive content you can’t get anywhere else.
Subscribers can choose from a wide range of new, back catalogue and classic films, and binge on box sets of some of TV’s best-loved series.
Such is the platform’s success, Netflix has started commissioning its own original content, giving us runaway hits like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Better Call Saul and Marvel's Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
If you’re looking to catch the programmes everyone is talking about on a wide range of devices, Netflix may be the streaming service for you.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a lot like Netflix in that it offers tons of films and TV episodes, both new and old, included as part of your subscription. The service also has its own acclaimed original programming such as Outlander, The Man in the High Castle, Mr. Robot and Transparent.
The big difference between Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix is that you can also rent and buy films and TV episodes not included as part of your subscription, including the very latest new releases.
As you’d expect, you can stream free and paid video on a wide range of devices and as it’s an Amazon service, payment is linked to your Amazon account for simplicity.
If you’re looking for a great range of content but you also want to see the very latest releases, Amazon Prime Video could be the streaming service for you.
Sky TV Store
Sky TV Store is a no-subscription streaming service for films only, but with the might of BskyB behind it, you’ll always find the latest releases available as soon as possible. There’s also a back-catalogue of older and classic films bursting at the seams with great stuff to watch.
Films are individually priced and can be streamed either directly through your Sky box, if you’re a subscriber, or through a range of other devices.
If you like to watch films “direct from the cinema” in the comfort of your home and without having to pay a monthly subscription, Sky Movies Store could be for you.
NOW TV, from Sky, offers a pay-per-month streaming service tailored to you and the things you love to watch.
Between its Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky entertainment passes, you’ll find hours of great TV, Hollywood blockbusters and live sport, available to stream to a range of devices and without subscription.
If you’re into your sport or you’re a film-buff but don’t want to sign up for a Sky subscription, NOW TV could be a great compromise for you.
TalkTalk TV Store
TalkTalk TV Store is a pay-per-view streaming service for both film and TV. From the latest movies to TV box sets, there’s a big selection of things to watch with no commitment necessary.
You can catch it all on a range of devices and with special offers starting at 99p for rentals, it’s one of the most accessible streaming services out there.
Like the TalkTalk TV Store, Wuaki is a pay-per-view streaming service for film and TV, offering a huge catalogue of new releases, fan favourites and classic cinema.
There’s no committing to a subscription, just pick something you want to watch, pay and stream away of a range of compatible devices.
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