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NETFLIX
 

THE GOOD
-Excellent selection
-Optimized interface
-Good recommendation system

THE BAD
-More expensive than other services
-Titles come and go frequently
-Limited brand-new content | Browsing their catalog in-app can be irritating because there’s no way to filter out titles you’ve already seen or don’t have English audio, and the auto-play trailers are irritating.
VERDICT
The great-granddaddy of streaming services remains the best. As you probably know, Netflix provides unlimited streaming of TV shows, movies, comedy specials and original programming (including Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and the fourth season of Arrested Development) for one monthly subscription fee. No other service has yet given Netflix an honest-to-goodness run for its money in terms of selection, quality and performance consistency. You can even create up to five different profiles on a single account to make sure that your favorite content doesn't mess up recommendations for your friends and loved ones.

Netflix
NETFLIX
$11/mth

 

HULU
 
THE GOOD
-Great selection of current TV
-Inexpensive
-Quality original programming

THE BAD
-Frequent commercials
-Inconsistent selections from older TV seasons
-Cumbersome interface

VERDICT
If you want to keep current with the latest TV shows but don't feel like investing in a cable subscription or an HD antenna, Hulu is the best solution. This service provides access to most major network shows (aside from CBS' programs) and a handful of cable shows the day after they air. It also lets subscribers access a show's current season — or often all of the program's seasons. In addition, the service hosts a number of original shows (including joint ventures with the BBC, like The Wrong Mans and season 4 of The Thick of It), a selection of offbeat movies and a surprising amount of classic anime series. Even with a paid subscription, you have to sit through commercials, but far fewer than if you watched the same shows on cable.

HULU

$8/mth

 

AMAZON VIDEO
 
THE GOOD
-Wide content selection
-Included with other Prime benefits
-Good original shows

THE BAD
-Rarely gets brand-new videos
-Not available on some platforms
-Looking at the video only aspect of prime, their catalog is a bit disorganized, littered with web content, and titles that cost a rental fee on top of the subscription.

VERDICT
For those who do most of their shopping online, Amazon Prime is a no-brainer. For $99 per year, you get free two-day shipping on your purchases, a free Kindle book each month, and unlimited access to both Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Like Netflix, Amazon Video is a veritable buffet of movies, television and original programming, like Alpha House, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. Thanks to a deal with Viacom — which controls Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon — Amazon Prime arguably has a better selection of comedy and children's programming than its competitors. The service also offers unlimited access to an extensive collection from HBO's back catalog of classics such as The Sopranos and The Wire. The separate Amazon Video provides easy access to current movies, but it's an à la carte service.

Amazon
AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
$12.99/mth

 

HBO GO, HBO NOW
 
THE GOOD
-Award-winning original programming
-Top-tier movies
-Original news programming | HBO, Starz, Showtime, Cinemax, and the other Premium Channels cost or more than these other services but produce and license less original/ exclusive content in a year then the others will put out in a given month.

THE BAD
-Pricey | A lot of their shows are genuinely great… but you could easily watch their entire output for a year in a couple weeks.


VERDICT
HBO, the original premium content channel, now offers two ways to stream: HBO GO (if you have HBO from a cable or satellite package) and HBO NOW (for cord-cutters). Don't worry about any differences, as the service's dual streaming services offer the same top-shelf content you get from the cable channel itself. And it's library isn't just limited to only Game of Thrones (the premiere water-cooler-talk TV show), as new seasons of Westworld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep are coming up in following seasons. For those looking to keep track of current events, Vice News Tonight offers beautifully produced nightly programming and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver gives audiences sorely needed laughs. At $14.99 per month for HBO NOW, it can be a little pricey.

HBO
HBO NOW
$14.99/mth

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