Deciding which streaming video services are best for you can be tough. Gone are the days when there when there were only well-known names like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, to choose from. Now, there are a surfeit of new, more niche services—and things can get confusing.
Thankfully, we’re here to help you sort through all the best deals on streaming. And, with big shopping events for Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, you may be ready to populate your new TVs and devices with the best streaming service deals and best service bundles.
Here’s all you need to know before you subscribe.
Hulu, One-Month Free Trial, $1.99 per month
Though its most buzzed about original hit is the The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu is now the perfect place to keep up with your favorite TV shows from almost all the major broadcast and cable networks, save CBS. And as an added incentive, beginning at midnight on Thanksgiving Day, new and eligible returning subscribers can sign-up for Hulu’s ad-supported plan for just $1.99 per month (usually $6 per month) for one year. But hurry, the offer ends on November 30 at midnight. Want to upgrade to Hulu without ads? That will run you $12 per month and you’ll pay $55 to $61 per month for Hulu with the Live TV channel package.
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Far from the days of mailing DVDs in red sleeves, Netflix is still the largest streaming service in the world, with over 180 million subscribers. If you aren’t one of those customers, it may be time to consider the monthly plans. In addition to a huge library of TV shows and movies, Netflix has its own studio and offers a good amount of popular original films and shows, like the chess drama The Queen’s Gambit and The Trial of the Chicago 7. Current monthly plans range from $8.99 for basic (one device, standard definition) to standard $14 (two screens at a time, with downloading options, in HD) to premium for $17.99 (four screens at a time, and Ultra HD 4K capabilities). But be advised, Netflix is no longer offering free trials.
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If, for whatever reason, you haven’t succumbed to the Amazon juggernaut yet, then you can finally join the masses streaming original Prime Video series such as the award-winning Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but also thousands of other TV series and movies like the exclusive Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Current pricing for Amazon Prime is $13 a month or $119 per year. Or you can choose Prime Video membership on its own for $9 a month.
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HBO Max, One Week Free Trial
HBO is now HBO Max. And HBO Max has replaced both HBO Now and HGO Go. So, when you subscribe, you’ll get all of HBOs exclusive original content, as well as access to content from DC, Criterion Collection, Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibil, Turner Classic Movies and Sesame Street. Crunchyroll content is also included for Anime lovers. And in big news, the upcoming blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984 will be free on Christmas Day for exactly 31 days before it heads to the theaters. If you are already an HBO subscriber, you may have HBO Max for no extra cost. However, current pricing is $15 a month—and thankfully, it is now available on Amazon Fire TV devices and can be cast through many Roku devices from an Apple device using Apple Airplay 2.
Subscribe to HBO Max here
Philo, One Week Free Trial
This huge cable channel streaming bundle allows cord cutters access to over 60 different channels. The basic package includes content from the likes of A&E, BBC America, AMC, OWN and Nickelodeon. Want more premium channels? You can add-on content from Epix for $6 a month and Starz for $9 a month. Current pricing is $20 a month for Basic service.
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Disney+ is officially one year old, and we’re betting that with the holidays coming and the second season of The Mandalorian, you’ll be wanting to purchase a subscription tout suite–if you don’t already have one. In addition to ad-free movies and series from the Walt Disney collection, it also gives parents and fans of all ages access to Pixar, plus the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, National Geographic and even 20th Century Fox content like The Simpsons. So yeah, you do have to watch Saving Nemo and The Incredibles again. Currently, you can get Disney+ for $7 a month or $70 a year. If you want to take advantage of the streaming bundle deal, you can also get the Disney+ Welcome Bundle with Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ for $13 a month.
Subscribe to Disney+ here
Subscribe to Disney+ Welcome Bundle here
Apple got into streaming video in 2019, giving subscribers to its Apple TV Plus service access to original programming like The Morning Show, with Reece Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, as well as more than 40 other shows and movies. And though Apple offered a glut of free one-year subscriptions when the service launched, which have recently been extended until February 1, this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can still take advantage of this deal with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV 4K or Mac. Or, if you just want to add Apple TV Plus to your existing smartTV or streaming device, you can simply pay the current price of $5 a month
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If the soccer fans in your household haven’t already subscribed for the European Champions League (UEFA), it may make sense to reevaluate CBS All Access now that the ViacomCBS merger has just pushed more than 100 additional Paramount Pictures movies onto the streaming service, including The Godfather trilogy, the two Airplane spoofs, and additional films from the Star Trek franchise. In addition you’ll have access to content from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and the Smithsonian channel—as well as popular originals like The Good Fight and Star Trek Picard. Current pricing starts at $6 a month.
Subscribe to CBS All Access here
Fubo TV, First Month for $35
This live, 4K streaming option has more than 100 channels to choose from, including almost every broadcast and cable network. But what might make it more attractive for many viewers is the addition of ESPN, the NFL Network and loads of niche sports networks like MSG, Golf Network, FS2 and BeIN Sports—especially now that live events are a no-no. Current pricing starts at $55 a month, but you can also get a Black Friday deal of one month for $35.
Subscribe to FuboTV here