Streaming services are literally a dime a dozen these days. And although most of us have heard of, and likely use, the “big three” (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu), there are even more streaming services than that. Especially if you’re into live TV streaming, you can choose from a growing list of streaming options like Philo, fuboTV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and more.
So what streaming services are out there? What on-demand and live TV streaming services should you be considering for your entertainment needs? Here is a complete list of over 100+ streaming services available in 2019.
General Live TV Streaming – 20+ Services
Those looking for alternatives to cable are increasingly turning their attention to live TV streaming options. Sometimes called “over-the-top” TV (OTT) or even IPTV, live TV streaming services eliminate the need for an expensive cable TV subscription, while still offering a wide selection of popular TV channels.
Sling TV was the first and most well-known option to hit the market, but there are now over half a dozen of these Internet TV services available to consumers. Here is a complete list of US-based live TV streaming services currently available.
One of the cheapest live TV services around, Philo was originally an internet streaming service for college campuses. It opened up to the public in 2017 and has since gained growing attention and competition from AT&T (WatchTV).
Philo is unique in that it provides no sports channels and almost no news channels. There are also no local broadcast networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, or CBS. By ditching all of those options, Philo is able to provide its service for an extremely cheap $16 per month for 43 channels, or $20-per-month for 55 channels.
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If you want sports, local TV shows, or news channels, Philo isn’t for you. But if you find yourself regularly watching entertainment TV networks like the History Channel, Discovery Channel, IFC, Cooking Channel, HGTV, and similar cable networks, Philo is a great option to consider.
While Philo runs as far away from sports as possible, fuboTV embraces them. In fact, fuboTV is the only sports-centric internet TV streaming service on the market right now. That makes fuboTV extremely unique in the field, but also, consequently, one of the more expensive options.
fuboTV gives you a one-week free trial. After that, you’ll pay $44.99 for 70+ channels, or $49.99 per month for 100+ channels. This service makes international soccer one of its key focuses, so if you’re a US soccer fan who can’t usually access international games, fuboTV is definitely the service for you.
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Outside of that, you’ll find a good selection of US sports channels like Fox Sports, NBC Sports Network, and the Golf Channel, as well as a good mixture of entertainment channels and some local sports coverage. Unfortunately, if you want ESPN, you’re out of luck. fuboTV has, unfortunately, not been able to convince ESPN to join its growing library of channels.
Sling TV is basically the granddaddy of every live TV streaming service on this list. Owned and operated by Dish Network, this service provides a somewhat convoluted selection of subscription TV internet TV options for cord-cutters.
With Sling TV, you can get a package for as cheaply as $25 per month for 30+ channels with Sling Blue or Sling Orange, or you can combine their two basic channel options into one for $40 per month, and save some money.
Unlike fuboTV or Philo, there’s plenty of channel selection on Sling without any focus or emphasis exclusively on sports or entertainment. Instead, you can get both sports and entertainment from Sling TV.
Additionally, Sling TV is one of the only internet TV services that lets you catch pay-per-view matches. Sling even includes a growing number of local broadcast TV stations from the major broadcast networks.
YouTube may have been your go-to source for cat videos, but it’s now a great option for cutting out cable TV from your life for good.
A separate service offered by Google’s YouTube (you need a different app to get it working), YouTube TV provides over 60 channels for $40 per month.
The real draw for this service, however, is the fact that it gives you a ridiculous number of user profiles. You can have 6 different user profiles with YouTube TV, making it easy for your entire household to have separate accounts. And since each account gets its own unlimited DVR, everyone can record and rewatch their favorite shows later.
The only rub here is that only 3 devices can be streaming YouTube TV at a time, so all six profiles can’t stream at the same time. Nevertheless, YouTube TV is a great option for families and cash-strapped college students who are looking to share a subscription.
If you already have Hulu’s on-demand streaming service, and you’re thinking about cutting the cord to get live TV as well, consider going with Hulu’s Live TV option. The reason? You get Hulu’s on-demand option thrown in for the price, so you’ll actually save money if you’re already using a Hulu account.
Hulu with Live TV provides between 50-70 live TV channels, including popular sports and entertainment networks. You also get a selection of local channels, although not as many as some competitors, like Sling TV.
As stated, Hulu includes its normally $7.99 per month on-demand service free of charge with Live TV. Hulu also has one of the most pleasing interfaces, so it’s a great option if you don’t want a clunky and frustrating experience while streaming live TV.
To clear up any confusion with PlayStation Vue: You do not need a PlayStation to use this service. Instead, PlayStation Vue lets anyone sign via the PlayStation website. There are apps for this service on a large number of devices, including Android, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.
PlayStation Vue edges more toward traditional cable in its pricing at times, but the lowest-cost subscription package starts at $44.99 for 45+ channels. Subscription packages go up to $79.99 per month for 84+ channels. Each subscription option includes a well-balanced mixture of both sports and entertainment.
AT&T already owns DirecTV, and they hopped into the live TV streaming market with their DirecTV Now service.
Channel packages start at $40 per month and include everything from sports to entertainment and local broadcast networks. DirecTV Now also has a deal to give new customers their first three months of service for $10 per month. The lowest-cost channel package includes 65+ channels for $40 per month, while the premier package comes with 125+ channels for $75 per month.
Notably, DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue are very similar in their structure and subscription options, but DirecTV Now definitely provides a larger selection of channels for the price at every subscription level. It may be a better option for you if you’re more comfortable with the tiered subscription packages.
As if its DirecTV Now service wasn’t enough, AT&T recently launched its WatchTV skinny bundle TV service.
WatchTV was launched as a direct competitor to Philo. As such, with WatchTV, there are no sports channels on offer. The focus is primarily on entertainment TV. However, WatchTV does take a slightly different approach.
First, WatchTV is slightly cheaper, at $15 per month compared to Philo’s $16 minimum price tag. Additionally, WatchTV is also included for free if you bundle it in with a few select AT&T wireless data plans.
Additionally, AT&T Watch TV has more news channels than Philo. Whereas Philo only carries BBC World News, Watch TV also provides CNN. However, at present, Watch TV gives you fewer total channels. That one extra dollar you pay to Philo will land you around a dozen more channels.
A new streaming service from Spectrum, this service offers 60+ channels for Spectrum’s internet subscribers. It comes in at just $14.99 per month, making it a highly competitive option if you can get it.
Not all TV needs to be subscription-based. Pluto.tv is the go-to option if you want free and legal IPTV.
Pluto.tv carries a large number of free live TV channels, many of which are news and entertainment with a smattering of sports. Bloomberg and Cheddar are both available, and you can even find live TV streams from Fox Sports (commentary shows only). Overall, there are hundreds of live TV channels available through Pluto.tv, so you want free TV, you should sign up for this service right away.
Xumo is a free, live TV streaming service that is extremely similar to Pluto.tv. With Xumo, you can watch a large number of live TV channels for free, covering everything from sports, to movies, and more.
A small, live TV streaming service, KlowdTV provides 81 channels for $9.99 per month. You’ll need their separate equipment purchase to watch, however.
Only available as a channel on LG TVs, LG Plus provides live TV channels for free.
Not quite a cord-cutting service, TV Everywhere is the go-to app service that most cable TV providers use to allow you to watch your TV anywhere through a mobile device.
Comcast’s effort to provide a skinny bundle service to its internet-only users, Xfinity Instant TV offers a small selection of channels for a comparatively low cost.
NBC launched its own news streaming app in 2019. The app offers live streaming news from 3-11 PM EST, Monday through Friday.
The UK TV service provides its live TV channels easily accessible on the web. Users can watch on-demand content on ITV as well.
UK TV Play lets UK residents access a healthy number of live TV channels from lesser-known channels such as Dave, REALLY, and Eden.
UK residents who can’t choose between ITV Hub, BBC iPlayer, or UK TV Play can just load up TV Player and get all of those options under one roof.
A familiar option for UK TV viewers, Freeview primarily requires equipment and an antenna but can be viewed through an app as well if you’re signed up the traditional way.
Live Sports Streaming – 15+ Services
A growing number of sports-only streaming options are making it to the market. Almost every sport you can think of now has its own streaming service, with many of the official sports leagues hosting those services themselves.
ESPN’s new streaming service launched in 2018 and comes in at a rather low cost. However, many have maligned the service for not being what consumers really want. ESPN+ does not provide access to any of the main ESPN channels.
Who needs front row seats when you can just watch NBA games on TV? NBA League Pass gives you access to hundreds of games each season from any device.
NFL Game Pass allows you to watch in-market and out-of-market games without the need for a cable subscription. Game Pass is available worldwide, but in the US, only allows you to watch games on-demand after they air. Outside of the US, however, you can use the service to watch live NFL games.
NHL games are now easier to access than ever through NHL.TV. You can watch both in-market and out-of-market games with DVR recording available as well.
Soccer fans now have a dedicated soccer streaming option through Fox Soccer Match Pass. A large number of international soccer is available for fans of the “Beautiful Game”.
UFC fans can watch a large number of fights every year with UFC Fight Pass. You can even bundle Fight Pass with some Pay-Per-View events for cost savings.
As with UFC Fight Pass, WWE fans can catch a plethora of live and on-demand WWE content through a WWE Network subscription. You’ll even get access to all Pay-Per-View events without any additional cost.
The sports reporting site Bleacher Report now has a live sports streaming service. You’ll be able to watch all-new All Elites Wrestling (AEW) events, as well as a variety of other sports both live and on-demand.
A somewhat limited sports viewing service, NBC Sports Gold lets you purchase access to specific sporting events offered by NBC, including cycling, soccer, figure skating, and more.
Although it’s a bit on the pricey side if you go month-to-month and imposes far too many game blackouts, MLB.TV is the go-to option for baseball fans who want to catch as many games as possible.
Is poker a sport? Some might say it is, and PokerGo is your best option to watch as much live and on-demand poker as you can get.
Cricket fans in the US have an option, at long last, and it’s known as Willow TV. For $10.99 per month, you’ll find Willow TV is the perfect service for you if you can’t get enough cricket.
If you have a need for speed, F1 TV is well-suited for you. This service provides access to F1 racing all season long.
Effectively the ESPN of Canada, Sportsnet Now provides access to a huge library of live and on-demand content for Canadian sports fans.
Rogers offers a streaming service specifically for NHL fans. You can live stream over 1,000 national and out-of-market games. You can also get playoff games and the finals.
Slice is similar to Hayu in that it’s a streaming service that specializes in lifestyle entertainment. Originally, Slice was a cable TV channel called Life Network. Life Network rebranded to Slice in 2006. Most of the shows that it airs are Bravo productions, but it has a few original shows as well. Some of its most notable series include Big Brother Canada, Mob Wives, Four Weddings Canada and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Yes, eSports count as sports as well! This international service lets you watch more eSports action than you’ll know what to do with. The service is also extremely cheap at under $12 annually.
Twitter actually deserves a small spot and a small mention here. Due to a few agreements with the MLB and other sports leagues, a few live sports can be accessed via Twitter.
DAZN (“da zone”) is an international sports streaming service that is available in the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the US (starting September 10), among a few other locations. The service offers a wide library of live and on-demand sports. For US fans, it promises to be a one-price option for Pay-Per-View events as well.
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A sports-centric streaming service for UK sports fans, you’ll be able to watch popular sports such as football, cricket, badminton, cycling, skiing, and more for just £60 per year.
Live TV and On-Demand Mixed Options – 9 Services
While almost all of the live TV options provide some on-demand services, many other services are increasingly walking a line between both live TV and on-demand. These services are therefore a bit more difficult to place, so we created a separate category just for them.
If you have an Amazon Prime account, you have Amazon Prime Video. That also means you have access to the more than 16,000 titles available on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon beats Netflix in library size by a large margin, but some have claimed its content is only that way due to many low-quality films and TV shows.
There’s truth to that, but the sheer volume of titles also means that there are hundreds of top-rated films and TV shows as well. Additionally, Amazon is also spending big on original content and includes a unique “Channels” feature that lets you add different on-demand and live TV content providers, such as HBO, and stream that content from Amazon Prime Video.
Although it has traditionally been (and still is) the largest service for on-demand, user-generated videos, YouTube has been slowly edging its way into the live TV streaming market as well. You can now find hundreds of official on-demand videos from various broadcasters, and a growing amount of live TV, including some sports TV streaming as well.
TV for the outdoorsy folks among us, Outside TV provides both live, user-generated channels, and on-demand content. There are some official live broadcasts as well.
Facebook is also dabbling in the on-demand and live TV market. You can watch a growing list of content through Facebook Watch, right from the app or on your browser. Facebook has also been following the Twitter and YouTube trend by landing some sports-streaming contracts, especially with the MLB.
Want live TV and on-demand down under? Go Fetch. Fetch also has DVR features and provides some quality add-on channel options for $6 per month per add-on package.
Available for streaming on a small but useful list of devices, Foxtel Now features live TV and on-demand content from top providers, including HBO. You can get “Starter Packs” broken down by genre and premium add-on channel packages for sports and movies.
A mixed option providing both live sports, live TV, and on-demand content, Now TV is a mixed bag of everything you might want. However, it’s definitely on the pricier side.
A good alternative to Now TV and coming in at a lower price, you can start watching live TV on TalkTalk TV for just £21/month. You’ll also get a huge selection of on-demand content and over 80 live TV channels.
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s streaming service offers a mixture of lvie TV and on-demand content. You’ll get over 4,000 hours of the CBC’s free content, as well as live feeds to 14 CBC channels.
On-Demand Streaming: Varied Content – 20+ Services
You’ve heard of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, but did you know there are a lot more options than that? Some are even completely free and legal to use, as well. Here are 30 great streaming services that provide a varied mixture of genres, TV shows, and movies.
We recommend checking out JustWatch for more information on each service. If you’re looking for a specific movie or TV show and where to find it, we highly recommend ReelGood for your searching needs.
There’s no doubt that Netflix is the #1 on-demand streaming service for consumers. With around 5,000 titles in the US library and many thousands in libraries around the world, Netflix is the undisputed champion of on-demand streaming services.
You’ll find Netflix has popular licensed TV shows and movies in its lineup of content, but the real draw for the service now is its original content, such as Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix is spending billions of dollars each year on original content you won’t find anywhere else, making it a nearly-essential addition to your streaming service lineup.
Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, is launching in late 2019. The service will have a plethora of Disney’s expansive content, stretching back 100 years. Disney also plans to have loads of original content, including new Marvel TV shows that will influence the movies in several ways. Many projections put Disney+ at a good chance of supplanting Netflix as the premier streaming service, particularly given Disney’s exceptionally deep pockets, and the amount of content the company already owns that it can load onto its service immediately.
Hulu is the smaller of the big three on-demand streaming services, but it’s the only one offering Live TV. You’ll still find several thousand TV shows and movies available through the on-demand Hulu service, often only a day after new episodes have aired. And as with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Hulu is investing big in original hit shows.
RedBox is not just a DVD vending machine anymore! Now, you can watch thousands of movies on RedBox through its website or dedicated apps. As with RedBox normally, you’ll need to pay to rent the movies RedBox has to offer.
Don’t want to pay for Hulu, but like what it has to offer? Yahoo View is where Hulu’s free, ad-supported option disappeared to. You can access all of Hulu’s free TV show library through Yahoo View. The only thing missing here is Hulu’s movie library and its original content.
Yes, you can buy your movie tickets from Fandango. But the service now provides an on-demand streaming option that provides a rather wide selection of TV shows and movies. It even provides a surprisingly large number of titles: over 8,000, which is more than US Netflix.
My bias is showing here, but Tubi TV is one of the most fantastic on-demand services around, hands down. With over 4,000 titles in the US and many more in its UK and Canada content libraries, Tubi TV is a great, free on-demand service. Everything from quality TV shows and movies to anime are available.
Similar in operation to Tubi TV, Crackle is a Sony-owned on-demand streaming service. It’s completely free and ad-supported and filled with mostly Sony’s copyrighted content. Still, that means hundreds of tv shows and movies, many of which are well rated, if not entirely brand new.
Another free service with a similar monetization method as Crackle and Tubi TV (ads), Popcornflix provides hundreds of TV shows and movies to eager cord-cutters who want to save money.
If you’ve got the dime, Apple’s for the time. You can purchase and view thousands of TV shows and movies through iTunes.
Google Play is also a good source for those who want to purchase digital copies of TV shows (entire seasons available) and hit movies.
This English-language service is primarily available in Southeast Asian countries at the moment. However, it plans to make it to the US and elsewhere in the world. Through Hooq, you’ll have a similar line-up to what you might find with Hulu or Netflix, just without the original content.
Another “Netflix clone”, iFlix is available in a selection of countries across the world, but not in Europe, the Americas, or Australia/New Zealand. The focus of this service is Hollywood content and Asian films and TV.
Odd name aside, Shout Factory TV is an excellent free TV and movie streaming service for lovers of classic content. You’ll find hit shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000 here, alongside movies like Jaws.
Much like Google Play or Apple iTunes, Vudu lets you purchase or rent movies and TV shows online for later viewing.
Considered the YouTube for high-quality video, Vimeo is a great option for those who don’t want to sift through the low-quality user-generated content that crowds YouTube’s channels. Only well-crafted content makes its way to Vimeo, and you can also use the service to purchase and rent movies.
A German streaming service for those who want content “from home” while traveling, PantaFlix provides a large range of content, from movies to TV shows.
Is CraveTV the Canadian Netflix? Well, maybe. Even though Netflix is available in Canada, CraveTV is a better source for Canadians who want to get a hold of US network TV shows and more.
The Movie Network Go (Canada only)
Although you still need a cable subscription to get it, TMN Go is a unique option that lets you download and view offline a huge list of Hollywood films.
Buy or rent movies online. Watch those movies online. Or buy movie tickets and go see it in person. Cineplex provides options for both!
No beans or meat involved here. Chili is a UK streaming service that lets you purchase TV shows and movies at a low cost and watch them all online through your account.
Irish movie and TV fans can swarm over to Volta as a great alternative to Netflix. Volta has a large library of Irish content as well as international shows and movies.
SBS On Demand gives Australians access to popular TV shows and movies. The sign-up is free, so there’s no good reason not to try this one out.
The US and Australia may be thousands of miles apart, but Quickflix lets Australians get access to Hollywood films easily and with no monthly commitment. Quickflix is a bit like what Netflix used to be 10 years ago, with a DVD-by-mail service as the primary focus, but also with a burgeoning streaming option as well.
A TV show and movie streaming app featuring primarily B-movies, BigStar Movies has one thing going for it: it’s free!
Offering a mixture of free movies and TV shows, The Roku Channel is only available if you have a Roku device. There are currently over 600 titles available for streaming.
A brand new service from IMDb, you’ll get hundreds of top-ranked movies and TV shows, at no charge. IMDb Freedive is fully ad-supported, with over 300 titles available (and growing).
On-Demand Streaming: Niche Options – 30+ Services
By far the biggest category on our list, niche services allow pretty much anyone to enjoy the exact type of content that they want. Whether you’re just looking for British TV or scary movies, there are niche services for just about anything.
A fan favorite among the niche streaming crowd, Crunchyroll exemplifies everything there is to be a niche service. You can get hundreds of anime TV shows and films through Crunchyroll for a low monthly cost. The service even provides manga for those who enjoy the original source material for many anime series. Crunchyroll provides subtitled anime almost exclusively.
The yin to Crunchyroll’s yang, Funimation Now is Funimation’s streaming service that carries its own licensed content, as well as many other anime films and shows. Funimation Now primarily provides English dubbed content for those fans who prefer not to read subtitles.
Bringing together a bunch of niche channels together under one roof (including Crunchyroll and Funimation), VRV is a great option for anyone who wants as much content as possible.
Another anime streaming site available in the US, HIDIVE promises an edgier selection of content, including uncensored anime.
DC Comics launched its own streaming service in 2019. Although the service is currently struggling a bit, it’s been well-received by those who have used it. Enjoy content directly from the DC Universe of comics, including DCU movies and new, original shows.
An anime streaming service available only in Australia and New Zealand, AnimeLab is the go-to option for those the region who can’t get access to Crunchyroll Funimation Now.
Asian action movies and pretty much any other Asian TV show or film worth watching, all in one place? Sign me up!
As of this time of writing, DC Universe is not yet available, but you can pre-order a subscription. Warner Brothers’ new streaming service will feature all things DC, including original content that will only be available through the service. You can snag a subscription before launch for $74.99 for 15 months of service (approximately $5 per month).
For those who love science, history, technology, and more, Curiosity Stream is a service for learners. It’s also available as an Amazon Prime channel. Stay curious!
This new and interesting service is for documentary fans. You can get a discount on a GuideDoc subscription as well. Check here for more information.
A streaming service offering a small selection of top-rated films, Magnolia Selects appears to specialize in hits from across a large variety of genres. Interestingly, you’ll also find MMA and boxing replays through the service as well.
Parents, rejoice! Hopster TV is your one-stop shop for educational kids programming, without the hassle of having to sift through content that might be questionable or less-than-educational. You’ll find popular kids shows such as Thomas the Train Engine, Story Bots, and Reading Rainbow.
A Christian-themed streaming service, Pure Flix is designed to be family-friendly. No R-rated content here, just grade-A quality movies and TV shows. Pure Flix also has a large number of original TV shows and movies.
No, this is not a streaming service about soap. Dove Channel is a streaming service offering family-friendly content often with a Christian theme, much like Pure Flix. It’s also cheaper than Pure Flix by a large margin.
With hours and hours of Christian-based, family-friendly TV than you can ever watch, UP Faith and Family is in the Pure Flix/Dove Channel niche for those who want good, clean entertainment with a positive and faith-based message.
Asian dramas galore! Drama Fever is far better than more cowbell for curing your fever for more Asian TV shows.
The single best streaming service for conservatives, Blaze TV comes in at just $10 per month for both live and on-demand content from popular conservative voices, such as Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
Comedy fans will be well-served with the free Laugh Out Loud streaming service. At this time of writing, there is not much content available, but you can get interesting sketches and videos featuring popular comedians, such as Kevin Hart
Even more Korean dramas are offered up through Kocawa TV, including a healthy dose of K-POP.
Broadway has finally made its way to the small screen! You can stream your favorite broadway shows and musicals on-demand through the BroadwayHD streaming service. Oklahoma, Les Miserable and more are all available.
Eros Now is your go-to source for all things Bollywood. Don’t pass this one up if you’re a Bollywood fan. There are thousands of titles and it’s only $7.99 per month.
British TV fans in the US finally have a place to go. The BBC iPlayer may be closed to US streamers, but BritBox steps in to help provide access to hundreds of titles straight from the UK.
If BritBox isn’t enough for you, Acorn TV also serves up British TV to American viewers. Between the two, US fans have more British TV than they can find anywhere outside of the UK.
For the real movie buffs out there, FilmStruck is a must-have. This service focused solely on providing access to top-rated films. No poor-quality content here. Just 2,000+ films to binge night after night.
If you’re a real movie fan, you should probably take a glance at Fandor. This streaming service has one of the largest top-rated movie libraries of any streaming service available. And it primarily focuses on offering top-rated films and documentaries.
Did you know there’s a streaming service for yoga? Neither did we. Nevertheless, here it is in all of its downwards dog glory.
We avoided adding music streaming services to our list, but Qello is not quite a music streaming service. It’s a music video streaming service. To that end, this is a great option for those who like to watch live performances.
Revry is a unique streaming service that provides a platform for the LGBTQ community, specifically. It offers everything from short films to full-length films, podcasts, music videos, and more.
Film snobs, rejoice! You won’t want any poor-quality content here. Tribeca Shortlist is a highly-curated streaming service that only allows in the best of the best among Hollywood and indie films.
Dedicated to German indie films (and some international options as well), Realeyz is the go-to source for those who don’t want anything but fresh new faces and bold ideas.
UK residents get to enjoy Disney movies on the go with this streaming service from Disney. Why is it only available in the UK and not the US? We don’t know. But hopefully, Disney will bring it back to the States eventually.
If you’re looking for cult classics, independent films, and well-regarded international movies, Mubi is a choice to check out.
Short of the Week is the best place to find short films on the web, hands down. Whether you want science fiction or cartoon shorts, Short of the Week has a huge list of categories to choose from and a large number of short films to access for free.
In partnership with libraries around the country, Kanopy offers documentaries, classic films, and indie films through its streaming service. All you need is your library card!
Similar to Kanopy, Hoopla allows anyone with a library card to borrow movies, music, eBooks, and more. You’ll need to check to make sure your local library participates with Hoopla before signing up.
Black Hollywood and filmmakers have a voice through the Urban Movie Channel. UMC also provides original TV series for those interested in black productions.
Drama Fever isn’t the only Asian drama show in town. Rakuten Viki is an Asian drama powerhouse, featuring dramas from all over the Asian continent.
The first of its kind, Shudder does one thing and one thing well: provide scary movies and shows. Prepare to scream your socks off!
It’s rare for a streaming service to be the only game in town. As such, Shudder has competition in Screambox, which provides a hefty amount of horror films and suspense-filled thrillers.
All Sundance films, all the time. If you’re a true fan of the Sundance Film Festival, this is the streaming service you have to try to believe.
This international streaming service specializes in reality TV, especially from the United States. Everything from Real Housewives to Keeping Up with the Kardashians is available. The service often drops new episodes on the same day they air on TV.
Broadcaster-Specific Streaming Options – 15+ Services
Many broadcasting companies are now providing their very own streaming options. You can catch huge amounts of content from HBO with its own standalone service, for example, or opt to get Showtime without cable. All of these options are great, and many do provide some free streaming.
HBO is perhaps the more well-known choice for those who want high-quality TV without a cable subscription. Most of the live TV options in the US allow you to get HBO as an add-on channel. However, you can also get HBO as a standalone service. Love Game of Thrones? This is the streaming service for you.
You can watch your favorite American Movie Classics through AMC Premiere, a low-cost option that you can only access if you already get AMC through one of your TV providers. That includes one of the cord-cutting live TV services, however, so you should be good to go if you have one of the above-mentioned services.
Lifetime has its own movie streaming option with its own branded films, ready to go for those who want to stream online. No cable TV subscription is required either.
All Access probably could have fit in multiple categories we have here, but it’s above all else a broadcaster-specific service. CBS All Access carries a large amount of CBS content, including new originals such as Star Trek Beyond. You can also watch live TV through this option.
What used to be called “Feeln” is now Hallmark Movies Now. You can get most of Hallmark’s branded movies and TV shows through this service.
If you have an FX account with a TV subscriber (including cord-cutting services_ you can pay FX an extra $5.99 per month for ad-free on-demand access to its originals
Yes, Ancient Aliens is among the list of options here, but you can get almost everything History Channel has to offer in its Vault service. The low-cost option is great for History Channel fans who want to go back and watch content no longer available on-demand through a cable provider.
No to be outdone by HBO, Showtime also provides a cable-free option for those who want to get its original content and licensed movies at a low monthly fee. The great thing about Showtime’s standalone option is that the service also provides its live sporting events through the app for no additional cost.
Starz is also on the table for those who want a movie option that has some original content as well. Starz is not as big on the original, however, so it’s better served to those who want just movies.
Although a smaller and less-well-known movie streaming option, Epix provides a good amount of quality in its content library. The service has also begun to offer its own originals, making it a decent service to check out with its 14-day free trial.
Cinemax also has its own standalone streaming option for movie fans. You can only get this service if you have a cable TV or cord-cutting live service that offers it, however.
The CW lets you watch a surprisingly large amount of its show online for free. That includes its all-originals and all-free content from its CW Seed service.
The BBC offers up its branded content through the very popular BBC iPlayer service. iPlayer can be accessed on the web or through a dedicated app. It’s also free to use so long as you have a TV License for BBC content.
Australia’s ABC has its own streaming service, iView. In a very similar vein to the BBC iPlayer, Australians can watch all of ABC’s content quite easily and streaming online.
Live TV and on-demand content are available through Australia’s tenplay service. Tenplay provides access to Network 10, a major broadcaster in Australia.
For all of your Channel 4 watching needs, the All 4 streaming service offers catch-up TV that you can stream directly onto multiple devices through available apps.
Don’t like All 4? Go ahead and give 4Seven a try. This service also offers free catch-up TV for Channel 4 fans through multiple apps and its website.
Channel 4 isn’t the only option for on-demand content. My 5 lets you watch your favorite Channel 5 content on-demand, for free. That includes popular shows like Hannibal and The Oath.
Miscellaneous Streaming Options: Difficult To Categorize Streaming Services – 1 Service
Sometimes, services arise that are just too difficult to categorize in any real way. Those services are, thankfully, few and far between, but they do exist. At present, we only have one service that was difficult to classify, but there may well be more to come in the future.
Twitch is a streaming giant, but also a real monster of a service to really classify. Indeed, it’s sort of in a class of its own. Originally created to stream video games, Twitch now encompasses a lot more than that, including 24/7 TV shows, random cams, and even live events. Twitch is now owned by Amazon and comes free with an Amazon Prime account. However, there’s a free option for Twitch as well.
*Did we miss any streaming services you normally use? Let us know in the comments below!