It’s no secret there are a lot of streaming options available nowadays — so many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming at times. But we just can’t get enough of these video streaming services, and with good reason, too!
Streaming services offer an incredibly convenient and often money-saving alternative to traditional cable TV because they’re (mostly) commercial-free and provide a huge library of movies and shows that you can watch on-demand via a streaming app on your choice of streaming media player. You can watch video content on a computer, tablet, phone, or smart TV — like a Fire TV or Roku TV — or hook up to a streaming device, like a Fire TV Stick or Roku device. Some live TV streaming services, like Sling TV, FuboTV and Hulu + Live TV, can even help subscribers cut the cord entirely and ditch cable TV (and the contract) for good.
To help you find the right streaming service for you and your family, we’re breaking down all the facts on the best ones out there and, of course, all the best deals on streaming and extended free trials that you can sign up for right now.
22 Streaming Subscription Deals Now
1. Acorn TV
Available in several countries, Acorn TV is the ad-free streaming option that offers top hits from the U.K., including the medical dramedy “Doc Martin,” and murder mysteries like “Deadwater Fell,” “Hinterland,” “Agatha Raisin” and “Midsomer Murders.” Stream your favorite British hits from your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iPhone / iPad, Android mobile and tablet devices, smart TVs, Chromecast, or the web.
Acorn TV is currently offering a 30-day free trial (regularly seven days) with the code LIVEWELL for new customers signing up. After the free trial, the service is $6.99 a month or $69.99 annually (12 months for the price of 10).
2. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video plays host to tons of popular movies and TV shows, including Amazon Originals like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “The Boys.” Their original content garners lots of attention around awards season, and they acquire blockbuster hits you won’t want to miss. You can also choose to add premium channels — like Showtime, STARZ and EPIX — to your subscription for an additional cost. But no matter the content you choose, subscribers can create up to six different profiles for the whole family and stream up to three videos concurrently.
There are three ways to gain access to Prime Video:
- Sign up for Amazon Prime for $14.99 a month or $139 a year. You can get a free 30-day trial when you sign up right now.
- You can purchase or rent selections from Prime Video without an Amazon Prime or Prime Video membership.
- If you’re a student, you can get a free six-month trial and then 50% off a Prime membership, including Prime Video.
With AMC+, you’ll not only gain ad-free access to all of AMC’s streaming movies and shows, but also all of the same content you’d find in separate Shudder, Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited subscriptions combined. The bundle also includes top hits from BBC America.
You’ll enjoy multiple simultaneous streams of new and old favorites including “Mad Men” and “Kevin Can F**k Himself,” exclusive films like “Archenemy,” and AMC+ Originals like “The North Water” and “The Beast Must Die.” You’ll also gain early access to new episodes of “The Walking Dead” every week before they air, and tons of other content across the entire TWD Universe.
The service costs $8.99 a month (or $6.99 a month when paid annually) after a seven-day free trial.
4. Apple TV+
While it may not be the biggest streaming service, Apple TV+ is certainly making a name for itself with an exclusive lineup of acclaimed series stacked with A-list star power from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Carrell, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, and Chris Evans, just to name a few.
With your subscription, up to six users at a time can stream an ever-growing number of hit Apple Originals, including “Ted Lasso,” “The Morning Show,” “See” and “Mythic Quest,” all streaming in stunning 4K HDR. Best of all, the service is completely ad-free.
Launched by the founder of the Discovery Channel, CuriosityStream is home to thousands of enlightening documentaries, factual series, and award-winning exclusives and originals from the realms of science, history, technology, nature and so much more. Fan favorites include “The History of Home” narrated by Nick Offerman, “Secrets of the Solar System” and “Man’s First Friend,” detailing our relationship with dogs throughout time.
Normally, you can get CuriosityStream in HD for $2.99 a month or $19.99 a year. Or, kick things up a notch with 4K Premium streaming for $9.99 per month or $69.99 a year. But right now, you can score 42% off annual plans and get access to the Nebula channel.
6. DIRECTV STREAM
TV just got a whole lot cooler. DIRECTV STREAM gives you the best of live TV and On Demand for all your favorite screens. It’s everything you want from TV, minus all the things you don’t. Use your existing device, or plug in and start watching with the exclusive DIRECTV STREAM device, which gives you access to 7,000 apps like HBO Max, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Get unlimited access to the best of real-life entertainment with Discovery+ and get more than 55,000 episodes of favorites and exclusive originals from HGTV, TLC, Food Network, Animal Planet and more. Top streaming TV content includes “Property Brothers,” “90-Day Fiance” and “Chopped,” but the streamer also plays host to the exclusive Magnolia Network from Chip and Joanna Gaines, including new original shows “Magnolia Table” and “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home.” Subscribers can create up to five profiles and stream on up to four streaming devices at the same time.
Try Discovery+ free for seven days then pay $4.99 a month with ads, or $6.99 per month without ads. Plus, right now, get up to six months of Discovery+ for free with select Verizon Unlimited plans, then pay $6.99 a month after.
Hands-down the best streaming service for families, Disney+ offers a seemingly endless number of great movies and TV shows to stream whenever you please. Notable call-outs include “WandaVision,” “The Mandalorian,” “Frozen” and all the other Disney Princess movies, every “Star Wars” film and every movie in the Marvel lineup too. Plus, Disney+ subscribers can create up to seven profiles, stream on up to four devices at once and download movies and stream TV content to watch offline.
Sign up for Disney+ for $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year. You also have the option to sign up for the Disney Bundle, which includes all of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99 a month.
9. EPIX NOW
Whether you like comedy, drama, romance, action, or thrillers, EPIX NOW has hundreds of gripping films for your viewing pleasure at any given time. But in addition to that rolling lineup of blockbuster hit movies, you’ll also be treated to EPIX Originals, including scripted series like “War of the Worlds,” “Godfather of Harlem” and the spine-chilling Stephen King horror “Chapelwaite.” EPIX is also home to a growing number of stand-up comedy specials and original docuseries.
Best of all? Subscribers can stream ad-free content on-demand or as it airs on four live channels. Users can also download content for offline viewing.
Right now, get six months of EPIX NOW for only $15. Then pay $30 every six months. Or, bundle EPIX NOW with TIDAL and get a seven-day free trial of EPIX NOW, then pay just $5.99 a month.
A top choice particularly for sports fans, FuboTV is a live TV streaming service with more than 100 top channels, including (but not limited to) local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, as well as FX, AMC, MTV and ESPN, all without cable. Not only can you watch the streaming TV content live, but you also get at least 250 hours of Cloud DVR storage space to record content to watch later, and at least three screens can use the account at a time.
Subscriptions to FuboTV start at $64.99 per month after a seven-day free trial, but you can upgrade to more channels, more DVR storage space and unlimited concurrent streams if you choose. You can also get premium add-ons like Showtime and EPIX, and add special channel bundles like Sports Plus with NFL RedZone.
11. HBO Max
This stand-alone streaming platform bundles all the HBO favorites you know and love with even more TV favorites, blockbuster movies and exclusive Max Originals that you won’t find anyplace else. Top content includes “Succession,” “Hacks,” “Friends: The Reunion,” “In Treatment” and “Mare of Easttown.” HBO Max has also been releasing blockbuster titles the same day as their theatrical release at no extra cost for ad-free subscribers.
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. All plans allow for up to three simultaneous streams and up to six different profiles within the account.
If you want a free trial, however, you’ll have to look elsewhere. HBO Max isn’t offering them directly, but you’ll get a week for free when you get HBO Max as a Hulu add-on.
Hulu is another popular streaming service that’s been curating top movies and TV shows while simultaneously creating its own binge-worthy content, including “Nine Perfect Strangers,” the award-winning dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the groundbreaking comedy “Ramy.” However, Hulu also affords its subscribers next-day streaming of current TV shows, so you can catch the latest episode of favorites like “Grey’s Anatomy” or “This Is Us” the day after they air.
And, if you opt for Hulu’s own live TV streaming service, Hulu + Live TV, you can also stream local and cable channels, and live sports games. Plus, you can pay for premium add-ons like HBO and Showtime, too.
Hulu’s basic plan is $6.99 (with ads) or $12.99 (without ads) per month after a one-month free trial, while Hulu + Live TV is $64.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. Regardless of your plan, you can create up to six profiles and watch on two simultaneous streams (unless you pay extra for the Unlimited Screens Add-On). Students can nab an even sweeter deal when they bundle Spotify Premium with both Hulu and Showtime for just $4.99 per month.
But, if you really want to maximize your entertainment options, you can get the Disney Bundle, one of the best streaming deals around. It includes all of Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 per month with Hulu ads or $19.99 per month ad-free.
Netflix may have started out by sending DVDs in the mail, but they’re now arguably the most popular streaming service in the game. Not only do they have tons of their own buzzworthy original content, like “Strangers Things,” “Ozark” and “Sex Education,” but they’re also home to a robust catalog of movies, TV shows, documentaries, animé, and exclusive comedy stand-up specials. And best of all, it’s completely ad-free, and any account can create up to five profiles and download shows and movies for offline viewing.
There are a few plan options for Netflix:
- The Basic Plan lets you watch on just one screen in Standard Definition for $9.99 per month.
- The Standard Plan lets you watch in Full HD with two concurrent streams for $15.49 per month.
- The Premium Plan includes Ultra HD 4K HDR content, and you can watch on up to four different streaming devices for $19.99 per month.
Netflix no longer offers free trials, but you can currently get your subscription for free with some T-Mobile plans.
Previously known as CBS All-Access, Paramount+ has expanded its library to include even more content from the ViacomCBS family, including new and classic series from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon and more. The streamer is also home to hit Paramount+ Originals and exclusives like “Evil,” “The Good Fight,” “PAW Patrol: The Movie,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”
There are two plan options to choose from:
- The ad-supported Paramount Plus Essential Plan is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
- The ad-free Paramount Plus Premium Plan is $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. This option also allows live streaming of the user’s local CBS station and the ability to download content to watch offline.
Both plans begin with a seven-day free trial, but right now you can up that to 30 free days of streaming. And until June 30, save 38% when you bundle Paramount+ and Showtime starting at $9.99 a month.
15. Peacock Premium
Peacock is home to lots of free content, but Peacock Premium opens up a whole world of live sports and events, Peacock Originals, next-day streams of current NBC shows and full series of fan favorites. Subscribers get six profiles and the ability to stream on up to three devices at once, including top content such as “Yellowstone,” “The Office,” “Dr. Death” and “WWE Untold.”
You can watch select shows for free with ads or subscribe to the ad-supported Peacock Premium for $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, while the ad-free Peacock Premium Plus costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year and allows for offline viewing of downloaded content. However, Xfinity customers get Peacock Premium for free.
Reelgood is a free streaming hub where you can literally stream anything. It combines all your streaming subscriptions into one place, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime Video and Showtime, to name a few, plus your cable or satellite subscriptions. The service also offers the best channels for streaming movies and shows for free (without breaking dozens of laws).
Showtime’s streaming service gives subscribers access to every episode of every season of the channel’s best original programming, including shows like “Homeland,” “Yellowjackets,” “Billions,” “Dexter,” “Shameless” and “VICE.” You can also stream popular movies, gripping documentaries and curated TV shows that get swapped out on a regular basis, so your options never grow stale.
Showtime members are also able to set up five different profiles, stream on three concurrent streaming devices and download full episodes and movies to watch offline. And the best part? There are never any commercials.
Showtime’s streaming service is $10.99 per month and you can get a free 30-day trial right now. Plus, save 38% when you bundle Paramount+ and Showtime starting at $9.99 a month. Or, if you’re a student, you definitely don’t want to miss out on bundling Spotify Premium with both Showtime and Hulu for just $4.99 per month.
Horror lovers, this one’s for you. Shudder is home to an ever-growing collection of curated classics, hidden gems and original content across the horror, thriller and suspense genres. Standouts include the series “Creepshow” from Greg Nicotero (most recently of “The Walking Dead” fame), “Slasher” and the anthology series “Channel Zero” based on some of the internet’s darkest creepypastas.
As part of the AMC family, Shudder is included in AMC+ along with Sundance, IFC and BBC content. However, if you’re only interested in the creepy-centric streaming TV service, you can score a great streaming deal right now. Shudder offers a seven-day free trial and after that, it renews for $4.75 a month.
19. Sling TV
One of the most well-known and comprehensive streaming TV services, Sling TV provides simple, affordable and flexible options for cord-cutters who don’t want to lose access to the live TV they know and love. Subscribers can watch the news, live sports channels and more entertainment from channels like AMC, ESPN, FX, and NBC, all streaming on their television or any streaming device on the go. Plus, all plans allow you to record up to 50 hours of live TV at no extra cost.
For $35 per month, you can choose either the Orange plan to stream 32 channels on one device, or the Blue plan to stream 43 channels with three simultaneous streams. Or, even better, bundle them both in the Orange & Blue plan for just $50 per month. There are no long-term contracts, and you can pause, switch or cancel your plan at any time.
Home to a rotating roster of blockbuster films from all genres, STARZ is sure to have plenty of enticing movie picks for everyone in the family to enjoy. But the streaming service really shines thanks to tons of binge-worthy original shows you’ll only find on STARZ, like “American Gods,” “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Heels,” “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” “Hightown” and “Outlander.”
Subscribers can stream unlimited HD content on up to four devices at a time, and download shows and movies for offline viewing, too. STARZ costs $10.99 a month. Right now when you subscribe, you can get STARZ for $3 a month for six months.
21. Sundance Now
Sundance Now is full of riveting dramas, thrillers and true crime documentaries, including “The Little Drummer Girl,” “No One Saw a Thing,” “Jonestown: Terror In the Jungle” and the Sundance Now original series “A Discovery of Witches.”
Also part of the AMC family, Sundance is included in AMC+ along with Shudder, IFC and BBC content. But if you’d prefer to subscribe to Sundance alone, the platform offers a seven-day free trial. After that, it’s $6.99 per month or $59.99 per year. However, as a RetailMeNot reader, you can score 30 days of free streaming before deciding whether you want to sign up.
22. YouTube TV
YouTube debuted its TV and movie streaming service in 2017, offering more content than just YouTube videos. You get unlimited access to more than 85 live channels — like ABC, Fox, NBC and HGTV — so you can stream your favorite shows, local news and live sports channels. A monthly subscription allows for six customized accounts per household, so each person can get notifications when their go-to show is on. Plus, it comes with unlimited cloud recording so you can save programming to watch later, all without a cable box or a contract.
Note that YouTube TV is not to be confused with the separate service, YouTube Premium, which grants subscribers ad-free access to all of YouTube — including all YouTube Originals — and YouTube Music Premium, starting at $11.99 per month.
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