Complete list of all video streaming services 2020

Today, the list of streaming services runs aplenty. There are the tried-and-true staples like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. But there are also services to stream everything from sports to anime. Sometimes, it feels like there are just so many options that it’s hard to know where to start.

Well, you’re in luck! This resource is a complete list of all streaming services, breaking down what you can expect from each platform. We’ll cover all your options regarding on-demand, live TV, sports and niche streaming services. We’ll even run through how to stream online for free. (That’s right, there are several no-cost options out there!)

And as if that weren’t enough, we’ll also answer some of the questions that plague most of us while trying to decipher the streaming service realm. Puzzlers like, “What’s the difference between VOD and Live TV?” And, “What exactly is HBO Max?” For the answers to both of those questions, plus an overview of more than 30 streaming services, check out the whole list. 

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On-demand streaming services

When you think of streaming services, the big ones that come to mind are likely on-demand services. These are the reigning kings of streaming, like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. With on-demand services, you can watch content anywhere and anytime you want. There’s no live TV involved here, just seemingly endless libraries of content. 

Amazon Prime Video

If you already have Amazon Prime, then Prime Video is included in your subscription without you having to do any additional work. Besides two-day free shipping, it’s the biggest perk Prime offers. Of course, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video on its own, too. 

Amazon Prime produces high-quality original programming like Jack Ryan and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. In addition to its original shows, the service licenses over 17,000 titles, making it one of the largest content libraries available. You can find everything from Mr. Robot to The Sopranos, along with top-rated movies. The service is also excellent for classic films and a wide range of documentaries. You can even catch some live events, like Thursday Night Football, on Prime Video. Visit our Amazon Prime Video review for more information.

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is one of the newest services. It packed quite a punch when it came onto the scene in 2019. If you want to catch brand new shows with star-studded casts, look no further. On Apple TV+, you can watch a slate of shows, including Dickinson (starring Hailee Steinfeld) and Mythic Quest (starring Rob McElhenney). The service is also entering the feature film realm with Tom Hanks’s upcoming Greyhound. New titles are released every month. 

Apple TV+ decided to go with quality over quantity. Unlike Netflix and Amazon, it doesn’t have an extensive content library. Instead, it focuses on high-quality content that generally comes out weekly rather than releasing seasons at a time. You can watch Apple TV+ on any iOS device, most smart TVs or via AirPlay on supported devices. To sweeten the pot, Apple ensures that you can share the subscription with up to five users at a time. Plus, you can download any show straight to your tablet or smartphone, so you can watch offline. Visit our Apple TV+ review to read more.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access has some live TV components, but it’s primarily an on-demand service for CBS content. You can stream the full back catalog of shows like NCIS and Survivor. Additionally, CBS All Access has original shows that are exclusive to its on-demand service, like The Good Fight and The Twilight Zone. You can also watch live sports and news from CBS and its sister channels CBSN, CBS Sports and ET Live. 

You can take CBS All Access with you on-the-go or watch from the comfort of your living room. It’s compatible with most desktops, smartphones, streaming players and tablets. If you’re a student, you can even get a 25% discount. The platform is an excellent option for anyone who wants to watch CBS’s original programming, or if you need to supplement another service that lacks CBS. For more information, visit our CBS All Access review.


For anyone who wants access to the library of Disney content (so, everyone, right?), Disney+ feels like a must-have. It’s also on the more affordable end of the on-demand streaming selection. Plus, it offers excellent deals, such as the Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu bundle ($12.99/mo. for all three together). With Disney Plus, you can stream on up to four devices at once or download shows to watch offline. It also offers 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) streaming. It’ll feel so real, it’ll be like you’re right in the middle of the show itself. 

If you’re a fan of classic movies like The Incredibles, want to catch the latest films (like Moana) or want to binge-watch all four Iron Man movies, then Disney+ is the place to find them all. Not to mention, it’s starting to churn out exclusive originals like The Mandalorian. To learn more, visit our Disney+ review.


Once you get over the confusion between HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO Max, the newest HBO streaming platform might just win you over. (A quick breakdown: HBO Go comes with all paid cable subscriptions. HBO Now has all the same content as HBO Go but is available as an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service sans a cable provider. As for HBO Max, current HBO subscribers get it for free, or new users can subscribe to it directly.)

HBO Max offers everything that HBO Go and HBO Now have, plus tons of additional content from Time Warner and Warner Bros., such as Friends and the entire eight-movie Harry Potter collection.

So, why would you want HBO Max if you already have one of the other HBO services? Well, HBO Max has its own original content like Anna Kendrick-led Love Life (a romantic-comedy series). HBO Max has a slate of exclusive projects premiering throughout 2020. These shows won’t appear on HBO Go or HBO Now. But, as a reminder, everything on HBO Go or HBO Now is on HBO Max. So, if you’re a new subscriber, HBO Max is the way to go. Visit our HBO Max review for more information.


Hulu made its mark as a competitor in the original streaming service field with critically acclaimed shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and more recent fare like Little Fires Everywhere. Similar to other streaming platforms, it also has a library of licensed content for you to watch. What sets Hulu apart from its competitors, however, is its partnerships with current on-air network shows. On Hulu, you can reliably find the latest episode of shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine the day after it airs on cable. No more waiting months for the latest season to drop on Netflix.

Hulu is competitively priced, but it also offers additional add-ons, allowing you to pay for what you want. For example, you can upgrade to a no-commercial plan. You can also add premium channels to your monthly bill, including HBO, Showtime and Starz. Visit our Hulu review to learn more.


Netflix is still the reigning king of streaming for a reason: it refuses to slow down. Every day, it releases new content, and it never seems to disappoint. From true crime limited series like Tiger King to young adult series like Never Have I Ever or A-list movies like The Irishman, it has a little bit of everything in terms of original content. No matter who you are, Netflix has something for you. Plus, its back catalog is chock-full of popular shows like The Office and Grey’s Anatomy, so you can always turn back to an old favorite for a binge-watching marathon. 

You can watch Netflix across all major devices, and you can even download favorite episodes and films to watch offline. The service offers four different plans at varying price structures, so you can choose which best fits your needs. There’s the Basic Plan where you can watch on one device at a time in Standard Definition (SD). Then, there’s the Standard Plan, which allows you to watch on two devices at a time in High Definition (HD). You can upgrade even further to the Premium Plan, which includes four simultaneous streams in High Definition or Ultra High Definition. Additionally, there’s the older DVD Plan, where you can order physical DVDs to be delivered to your home. For more information, you can visit our Netflix review.


You can watch Quibi on your phone — and that’s it. The creators behind Quibi want you to use it in the “in-between” moments. Whether you’re on your commute or standing in a line, Quibi was created to fill those gaps. It breaks its content up into videos that are all less than 10 minutes in length. There are movies broken up into chapters, short-form TV shows and daily reality-TV and news programming. 

To get started, you can download the Quibi app from either the App Store or Google Play. From there, you’ll need to create an account (credit card required), and then you can begin watching right on your smartphone. For more information on what Quibi has to offer, visit our Quibi review.


Showtime is home to hits such as Billions, Homeland and The L Word: Generation Q. It also offers hit movies, including Green Book and On the Basis of Sex, along with feature-length documentaries. On top of all of that, Showtime also provides access to pay-per-view sporting events. The combination of all those options makes it an attractive competitor within the realm of streaming services. 

With a Showtime subscription, you can watch all of the service’s content without any commercials. You can also download and watch shows offline. You can watch any live programming when it airs or catch it later on-demand. Showtime is supported across all major devices, including Android and Apple devices, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Oculus and Xbox One. 

Other streaming services such as AT&T TV, Hulu, Prime Video and YouTube TV offer Showtime as a premium add-on. By subscribing to Showtime in conjunction with another service, you can streamline your billing and keep everything under one umbrella. Visit our Showtime review to learn more.


Starz is a premium channel that you traditionally could only watch through a cable plan. Now, you can subscribe directly to it. That’s good news because Starz is home to some of the most popular premium TV shows, like American Gods and Outlander. But a subscription won’t just get you Starz’s original shows; you’ll also be able to watch thousands of hit movies.

Starz makes it easy to watch anywhere you want and to share your favorite shows with your family. You can stream on up to four screens at a time, and you can view offline whenever you want by directly downloading your shows to your computer. To learn more about Starz, visit our Starz review.

Live TV only streaming services

In contrast to the on-demand services, Live TV services do precisely what the name suggests: broadcast live TV. When looking at this category of services, there are a lot of variables to consider. Not only do you want to make sure that your desired channels are covered, but you’ll want to make sure there’s enough DVR-storage for your viewing habits. Luckily, there are many live TV service options out there. 

AT&T Watch TV

At only $15/mo., you might be wondering if this service really offers enough content to warrant a subscription. Here’s the deal: with AT&T Watch TV, you’ll get roughly 35 channels, including Comedy Central, Food Network, TNT and Lifetime. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t cover the big networks like ABC, ESPN, FOX News and NBC. It also doesn’t offer any significant sports channels. 

That said, you can upgrade your AT&T Watch TV experience if you’d like to include premium channels like HBO or Starz for an additional price. Another bonus? There’s absolutely no equipment necessary for AT&T Watch TV.  Simply sign up and start streaming within minutes.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV offers up to six separate user profiles, making it easy to share with the whole family. That means your teenage son’s choices won’t influence your recommendations or vice versa. Another perk of Hulu + Live TV? It throws in the entire Hulu streaming library as a “free” bonus. You can watch a live basketball game in the afternoon, and then later that night stream an episode of Killing Eve. With thousands of hours of content, you’ll never run out of options. 

In terms of Hulu + Live TV’s offerings, it covers over 65 live channels. These include the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC), plus principal sports channels like ESPN, FS1, NBC Golf and NBC Sports. Like most of the big streaming services, you can also choose add-ons to further customize your package (everything from premium networks to unlimited simultaneous streams). For more information about Hulu’s Live TV capabilities, visit our Hulu Live review.


Philo is a competitively priced option that’s great for anyone who prefers watching entertainment shows over cable news networks. The subscription provides access to 59 different channels, including BET, Comedy Central, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon and Sundance TV.

On the flipside, Philo doesn’t carry any of the major broadcasting networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC), nor does it offer any sports channels. If that aligns with your viewing preferences, Philo is an excellent option. With your monthly subscription, you can simultaneously stream on up to three devices at once. Plus, you can create up to 10 separate user profiles, making family sharing easier than ever. When you sign up, you’ll have to provide a mobile number, but you won’t have to hand over any credit card information to start your free trial. Visit our Philo review for more information.

Sling TV

Sling TV was the first live TV streaming service on the market, and it continues to be a solid contender. Sling TV’s defining trait is that it offers several different plans to allow you to select the channels that matter the most to you.  Customization is the name of the game.

With Sling’s Blue package, you get over 50 channels, including AMC, CNN, FOX News, FS1, MSNBC, TNT and the NFL Network. Or, you can go with Sling’s Orange package and get around 30 channels, including A&E, ESPN and ESPN2. With either package, Sling offers channel “Extras,” which allow you to add additional entertainment, lifestyle, news or sports channels to increase your coverage. Pick and choose as you see fit until you’ve customized your package to your liking. To learn more, visit our Sling TV review.

YouTube TV

Go to YouTube for funny videos, stay for the Live TV streaming service. YouTube is no longer just a hub for free videos; it’s now a serious contender in the Live TV cable alternative arena. It provides up to six personal user profiles, three simultaneous streams and unlimited DVR storage for nine months at a time. 

YouTube TV is a reliable option for sports fans who also want to have access to some of the more traditional cable channels. The service provides over 70 channels, including the big four news networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. It also covers sports with ESPN, FS1, FOX Sports, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NBC Sports and Tennis Channel. Additionally, it offers premium add-ons, such as FOX Soccer Plus, HBO, NBA League Pass and Starz. Visit our YouTube TV review to read more.

Free streaming services

You might think free streaming services don’t exist, but they do. When we say free services, we mean they cost you zero dollars out of the bank. The trade-off is that all of these services run advertisements. If you’re alright watching a few commercials between episodes or during movies, then there are several streaming options at no extra cost to you!


  • Free
  • 500+ titles spanning across categories like action, documentary, horror and stand-up comedy
  • Sign-up here

Since it’s a free service, you can’t expect the same scope of content as you can from the big on-demand services. That said, Crackle has an excellent selection of titles that change monthly as new licenses start and old ones expire. Here, you can watch movies, such as 10 Cloverfield Lane, A Night At The Roxbury and Girl, Interrupted. You can also find classics, like Sunset Boulevard or The Chase

There are advertisements throughout these shows, but that’s an easy price to pay for free entertainment. You can watch Crackle on most major devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple, Chromecast, LG TV, Playstation 4, Roku, Samsung TV, VIZIO TV and Xbox One. For more information, visit our Crackle review.


  • Free
  • Find top-rated movies like Rain Man and Memento amongst thousands of titles
  • Sign-up here

IMDB TV allows you to watch full-length movies and TV shows for absolutely no cost. You’ll have to create an account to start viewing, which you can easily do through an existing IMDb, Amazon, Facebook, Google or Apple account. 

After you’ve created an account and watched a few shows, you’ll receive personalized recommendations for future episodes and movies. Then, you can save interesting suggestions to your watch list. You can also rate the shows you watch so that IMDB TV can create even more specific recommendations. By agreeing to watch a few ads, you can get access to movies such as Zero Dark Thirty and Ender’s Game, or lose yourself in shows like LOST or Boston Legal. To learn more, read our IMDb TV review.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV is a unique platform where you can “drop-in” on live TV. Like a traditional cable provider, Pluto TV has a channel guide that you can scroll through to find something to watch. It even has a handy sidebar, breaking the current programs into categories such as sports and news. But unlike cable, you don’t have to pay for any of it. 

Of course, because it’s free, you don’t have any options for personalization. You just have to make do with that day’s offering.

The best part? You don’t even have to create an account. Simply go to Pluto TV’s website, or download its app, and you can start your free channel surfing right now. Visit our Pluto TV review to read more.


RetroCrush provides an extensive collection of anime for your viewing pleasure. All you have to do to start watching is go to RetroCrush’s website and click play. Every week, the site adds more anime, and you can keep up with the latest titles by following the site’s social media. You don’t have to sign up for an account, but you get a few additional features if you do. Most importantly, an account provides you with access to age-locked titles. Plus, you can create a personalized watchlist to keep track of your shows.

If you want to stream from your TV, RetroCrush is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku. You can also download its app from the App Store or Google Play to watch on your smartphone or tablet.

The Roku Channel

  • Free
  • Access to 600 free titles, plus live news channels
  • Sign-up here

The Roku Channel is available on all Roku players and TVs, as well as Samsung smart TVs. The channel comes pre-loaded on Roku devices, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of downloading any apps. However, if you’re on-the-go, you can also access it via Roku’s mobile app or website.

For those lucky people using a Roku device, this channel hosts over 600 movies and TV shows that you can stream for absolutely no cost. Your best bet here will be slightly older movies, like Adam Sandler’s 1998 comedy The Waterboy or the 1976 Charlie’s Angels TV series. 

For anyone debating the merits of Roku devices, this is an excellent perk to consider. And if you already have a Roku TV or player, you can start watching for free right now.


  • Free
  • More than 50,000 titles from Hollywood studios like Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount
  • Sign-up here

Tubi TV is a free streaming service that operates a lot like Netflix, except it runs ads instead of requiring a monthly subscription. It has one of the largest collections of free films and TV shows online. Granted, you won’t find the latest and greatest here. However, with a bit of searching, you can find some older classics that are definitely worth watching, like Fruitvale Station or Cloud Atlas

Tubi TV sorts its titles into categories and genres, allowing for easy exploration. But first, you’ll have to sign up for an account to start watching. With that, you can create a personal profile. Tubi has a section for the shows you’re currently watching and recommendations for your next watch. They even have fun categories you can search, like the somewhat petty “Not on Netflix” collection.

As with all free streaming services, you’ll have to watch ads while using Tubi, but that seems like a fair trade-off for some great (free) content. To learn more about Tubi, visit our Tubi review.


Much like Pluto TV, Xumo allows you to drop-in and watch live television for free. When you start streaming, it looks a lot like a traditional TV guide, with a channel guide you can scroll through. Alternatively, you can pick what to watch based on Xumo’s recommendations and categories. It also provides access to a limited on-demand library from its networks and channels. 

Xumo is available on most smart TVs, including LG, Roku and VIZIO. You can also access it via Android or iOS. Perhaps easiest of all, you can watch it straight from your web browser, making it easy to hop on and off the service and channel surf to your heart’s desire. 

Live sports streaming services

If your top priority is sports, then the streaming services you’ll choose to invest in might be different than the casual cord cutter. Here, we’ll detail the different options for sports fans, including where you can catch live games and exclusive commentary. 

B/R Live Pass

  • $9.99/mo. or $79.99/yr.
  • Extensive UEFA Champions League coverage
  • Sign-up here

From the sports media company Bleacher Report comes B/R Live, an over-the-top streaming service with a focus on international soccer. Fans can watch extensive coverage of the UEFA Champions, Europa and Youth Leagues. Additionally, B/R Live covers the Belgian Pro and Scottish Premiership leagues. 

Outside of soccer, B/R Live covers some games from the National Basketball Association and National Lacrosse League, as well as the much less covered World Armwrestling League. 

You can still get plenty of free content from Bleacher Report. Nevertheless, if you want to upgrade to the B/R Live Pass, you can do so by downloading its phone and tablet app from the App Store or Google Play, or you can visit the site via any web browser. B/R Live is compatible with supported devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (4th gen+), Roku and Xbox One. 


  • $19.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.
  • Access to tons of MMA and boxing events
  • Sign-up here

DAZN is home to professional fighting. With this service, you can watch live boxing matchups, MMA fights and a mix of other sporting events. DAZN’s subscription price covers the cost of any pay-per-view events it airs, meaning you won’t have to pay extra to watch the big fight. 

You can stream all of DAZN’s coverage live or on-demand. And it’s easy to do so on any of DAZN’s supported devices, including game consoles, smart TVs and players, smartphones, tablets and web browsers. Visit our DAZN review to lean more.


If you want extensive NFL coverage, ESPN+ won’t be your solution. On the other hand, if you want to catch exclusive hockey and baseball games, plus premium content like Peyton’s Places with Peyton Manning, this is an excellent service. You can also check out its entire content library, including the full run of 30 by 30 documentaries. Also, ESPN+ provides you with access to premium written articles by ESPN sportswriters. And if all that weren’t enough, ESPN+ is also home to exclusive pay-per-view UFC events. 

It’s important to note that a subscription to ESPN+ doesn’t get you the traditional ESPN channel. The two are separate entities. That said, if you already have an ESPN account, then you can simply add ESPN+ to your account. You can stream to your TV, watch on your phone or download for offline viewing. Everything is available in High Definition (HD), and you can stream on up to three devices at the same time. For more information, visit our ESPN+ review.


Attention soccer fans! If you haven’t already heard of fuboTV, then listen up. fuboTV is one of the best options when it comes to international soccer. Its coverage is extensive. And if your interests go beyond just soccer, it does a decent job of covering NBA, NFL and NHL games. You can also watch most golf tournaments from the PGA Tour. And you can even stream it in 4K, provided you have the right equipment. The service offers two simultaneous streams at once (although you can upgrade to three for an additional $5.99/mo.) and 30 hours of cloud DVR storage. 

fuboTV has three different plans. Futbol Quarterly is marketed as the “Best of Latin TV” and comes with 32 channels. The Family plan includes 106 channels and is the standard choice for most fubo users. Then, there’s the Ultra plan, with 177 channels. This plan includes 22 additional sports channels, 500 hours of cloud DVR and three simultaneous screens. (It’s important to note that there’s no free trial with the Ultra plan.)

fuboTV’s one downfall is that it doesn’t have ESPN. If you’re okay with that or have another way of accessing ESPN’s programming, then fuboTV might just be the right choice for you. Visit our fuboTV review to read more.

NBA League Pass

  • Starting at $59.99/yr.
  • Access to every out-of-market NBA game
  • Sign-up here

If you’re an NBA fan who doesn’t want to miss a game, look no further. With NBA League Pass, you can watch tons of out-of-market NBA games. 

There are three plans available. For $59.99/yr., you can get NBA Team Pass, where you can access a single team’s games throughout the season. With the regular League Pass ($99.99/yr.,) you can up your access to all NBA out-of-market league games. And if you want to watch without commercials, you can upgrade to NBA League Pass Premium ($124.99/yr.). All three tiers require a season-long subscription. 

Nationally broadcasted games are exclusive to the cable channels hosting them and aren’t available via any of the plans. To learn more, read our NBA League Pass review.


  • $6.99/mo. or $29.99/yr.
  • Home to exclusive NBA regular-season games
  • Sign-up here

NBA TV is different from NBA League Pass. Most critically, some NBA games are exclusive to NBA TV. That means you won’t be able to catch them anywhere else — not on cable and not even with NBA League Pass. Most basketball fans looking at NBA TV and NBA League Passes choose to go with NBA TV and an additional League Pass if necessary (but not the other way around). 

You can watch NBA TV on any device, so no matter where you are, you never have to worry about missing your team’s game. For more information, visit our guide on how to watch NBA TV.


  • $24.99/mo. or $144.99/yr.
  • Provides access to all non-local out-of-market NHL games
  • Sign-up here

If you’re a hockey fan, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to find games when they’re not nationally broadcasted. Enter NHL.TV, the saving grace for hockey fanatics. With this service, you can watch live, out-of-market games in High Definition (HD). But NHL.TV didn’t just stop there; it made sure to make the platform the best it could be for fans. For example, when you’re watching a game, you can choose which team’s television broadcast you want to hear. So you never again have to shout at the screen about a play-by-play commentator being biased toward the other team. 

NHL.TV comes with a cloud-based DVR so you can record games and watch them after the live broadcast. It also offers users extra camera angles, so you can watch the game in ways you’ve never experienced before. You can access the service on Amazon Fire, Android mobile devices, Apple mobile devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Playstation, Roku and Xbox.


  • $24.99/mo. or $118.99/yr.
  • Access to the annual All-Star game and entire World Series run
  • Sign-up here

With MLB.TV, you get access to regular season out-of-market baseball games. You can watch those games live within the app, or on-demand at a later point. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch any nationally broadcasted games on the service. 

For the games you can watch, MLB.TV compatible devices include Amazon Fire, Android, iOS, Roku, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Alternatively, you can tune in to listen to the radio broadcasts of games through the app, which you can download from the App Store or Google Play. If you’re only listening, you can choose between Home, Away or Spanish-language radio broadcasts. 

Additional features include the full season archive of games (no local or national blackout restrictions) and pitch-by-pitch tracking (available on iOS and web). There’s also a library of additional content, including documentaries and features about baseball over the years. 

UFC Fight Pass

  • $9.99/mo. or $95.99/yr.
  • Watch weekly live UFC fights, plus exclusive commentary
  • Sign-up here

Subscribe directly to UFC Fight Pass to make sure you catch all the upcoming events. With a monthly or annual pass, you gain access to pay-per-view events, an archive of UFC Fight history and exclusive original shows. 

You can stream UFC Fight Pass from Android and Apple devices, plus Xbox game consoles. It’s also available on smart TVs, including LG, Samsung and SONY. 

WWE Network

  • $9.99/mo. or $95.99/yr.
  • Access to all upcoming live events, along with an archive of every past WWE smackdown 
  • Sign-up here

If WWE is more your jam, subscribing directly to the organization’s streaming service might be a good move. With a WWE subscription, you get access to every live WWE pay-per-view event at no extra charge. Additionally, you can watch the service’s exclusive premium content on-demand, wherever and whenever you want. 

The WWE Network is available across all major devices. You can stream from your game console, smart TV or web browser. Or, you can download the app and watch it right on your phone. To read more, visit our WWE Network review.

Niche streaming services

Are you into something super specific? If you don’t want to waste your time with the mainstream services and instead want to spend your money on a more niche type of entertainment like anime, you might want to consider some of these services. 

Acorn TV

Whether you’re a UK citizen abroad or simply love British drama, Acorn TV may be just what you’re looking for. With this streaming service, you can watch the best of British entertainment, from classic series to Acorn Originals. Acorn’s library is ever-evolving, with new shows added each week. 

You can easily watch Acorn’s content on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku. You can also access it on mobile devices and tablets or simply watch through your web browser. Visit our Acorn TV review to learn more.


Here’s another option to satisfy your craving for British entertainment. From Dr. Who episodes to Line of Duty (starring Thandie Newton), BritBox has the most extensive collection of British TV. You can also get lost in its archive of classics, making the options for what to watch seemingly endless. 

You can stream BritBox from your computer, phone or tablet by downloading its app from the App Store or Google Play. It’s also available via Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku. 


If you’re a fan of anime, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Crunchyroll. For those who want near-instant access to all the recent anime shows from Japan, Crunchyroll’s premium streaming service is just for you. With one of its plans, you can watch the latest shows as soon as an hour after it airs in Japan. Everything is ad-free on the premium site, and you can access the service’s vast library of anime and manga content any time you want. Visit our Crunchyroll review to get more information.

DC Universe

  • $7.99/mo.
  • Exclusive comic series and a built-in online fan community
  • Sign-up here

If you can’t get enough DC comics content, you might want to subscribe to DC Universe. If you’ve never heard of it, DC Universe is a site filled with content from the DC archives. This includes classic DC films, like Batman and Superman, plus several of DC’s animated series. The service also produces exclusive original shows, like Stargirl and Titans, along with daily featured videos from the community. And if that’s not enough, a subscription to the site also gets you access to DC’s archive of written and illustrated comics, which you can read online, on your Kindle, or any other smart device. 

Unfortunately, DC Universe restricts each account to a single user. You can access the site on Apple TV (4th gen+), Android devices, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS devices, Roku and Xbox One. To read more about this streaming service, visit our DC Universe review.


Funimation differs from other anime sites because it offers one unique feature: it dubs its shows. That means that English-speaking actors perform over the original voices. This can sometimes be a crude fix, with animation that doesn’t align with the new lines as they’re spoken. But if you want to watch anime and subtitles are a sticking point for you, then Funimation might just have the answer with its dubbing. 

With a premium account, you get access to five simultaneous streams and the ability to download shows to watch offline. You also get free shipping on orders over $20 if you decide to buy anything from Funimation’s store. Funimation is available across various devices, including mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles. 

Hopster TV

If you’re a parent of a young child, you know how difficult it can be to sift through all the content out there to find good educational shows. Well, Hopster TV takes care of that for you, ensuring that all of its shows are kid-friendly and help children learn through stories.

You can get Hopster TV on your smartphone or tablet by directly downloading the app from the App Store or Google Play. Hopster TV designed everything with kids in mind. The app has an engaging interface, there are no advertisements and you can even get monthly updates on usage stats so you can know exactly what your kid has been watching. Planning on being away from WiFi for a bit? You can download shows to watch offline, too. 


Shudder is true to its name: it’ll make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. That’s because Shudder is home to everything horror, thriller and suspense. Its content covers the gamut of mediums, including movies, TV series, podcasts and live streaming events. Its library is continually growing, adding exclusive new shows and licensing old classics. The site also encourages user curation to help highlight the best of the best. 

So curl up on the couch and stream on your Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku or Xbox One. You can also take it on the go and scare all your friends. Simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Get ready for a fright. Visit our Shudder review to lean more.

Sundance Now

Sundance Now isn’t trying to be the next Netflix; it knows its audience. You won’t find an endless content library here. Instead, you’ll get a selection of high-quality, independent films, seductive TV and excellent true crime documentaries. Think shows like A Discovery of Witches and McMafia, along with documentaries such as The Clutter Family Murders and Jonestown

You can watch Sundance Now on Amazon Fire TV, Android devices, Apple devices and Roku. Download its app through the App Store or Google Play and take your shows on the go. Sundance Now makes it easy to switch devices mid-stream without ever missing a beat. For more information, visit our Sundance Now review.

The Criterion Channel

The Criterion Channel is devoted to highlighting the best classic films. The service has a library of 1,000+ films deemed “important” to Hollywood’s story, along with a rotating offering of current international, art-house and independent films. The Criterion Channel takes pride in its “thematic curation,” which includes bringing in high-profile directors and handing them the curation reins. 

You can stream The Criterion Channel from any web browser. Alternatively, you can download its app from the App Store or Google Play to watch on Amazon Fire, Android devices, Apple TV, iOS and Roku. Learn more about this streaming service by reading The Criterion Channel review.


  • Starting at $4.99/mo.
  • Over three million content creators broadcasting on personal channels
  • Sign-up here

Twitch is a streaming service where content creators can live stream to their audience. It’s most popular within the gaming world, where viewers tune in to watch Twitch streamers play video games, but it’s also home to content creators of all kinds. 

You can access the site for free, but Twitch gives its users a wide variety of options to make their experience their own. This leads most users to end up subscribing in some capacity. (If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then you automatically get a Twitch Prime account.) 

On Twitch, you can subscribe to individual channels at different price points — many channel owners provide unique incentives for each level. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Twitch Turbo ($8.99/mo.), which gives you ad-free viewing across Twitch channels. With Twitch Turbo, you’ll still see ads on the front page. 

One thing to note: Twitch isn’t on Apple TV or Roku devices. That said, you can download its unofficial apps, Twitched or Twitchy. Beyond that, Twitch’s support devices include Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS devices, Chromecast, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. 


  • Starting at $14.99/mo.
  • Watch TV with friends with Vidgo’s social TV platform
  • Sign-up here 

A mix of live TV and social media, Vidgo makes it easy to engage with other viewers as you watch your favorite shows or catch the latest game. Gather your group of friends and start streaming together. As you watch, you can send GIFS, live reactions and messages right within the app. 

Vidgo offers a variety of packages (both in English and Spanish) at different price points. Its line-up of channels is quite impressive, too. On the sports front, you can stream ESPN, FS1 and Pac 12 Networks. On the lifestyle side, it offers ABC, BET, Comedy Central, Hallmark and more.

Download Vidgo’s app on the App Store or Google Play to start streaming from your smartphone or tablet. If you’d prefer to watch from your TV, the service is also available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku. You can watch on up to three devices at once. 


VRV claims it’s the best streaming service for anime, and it’s certainly a strong contender. The service combines several channels, including Crunchyroll for anime and Boomerang for cartoon classics. This creates a master library, making it a one-stop-shop. Some of its top shows include Bravest Warriors, Dragon Ball Super and HarmonQuest, just to name a few. 

You can actually watch most of VRV’s content with a free account, but if you want to upgrade to a no-commercial plan, you’ll have to pay $9.99/mo. With that, you can watch everything VRV has to offer without any ads. You also get access to unlimited simultaneous streams and the ability to download shows to watch offline. You can stream VRV on any web browser. Or, you can download its app, which you can watch on supported devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Android devices, Apple devices, Chromecast, Roku, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

The takeaway

These days, it’s no longer an exaggeration to say that there’s a streaming service for everything. Whether you’re looking for a one-stop-shop or you’re willing to mix and match, there are endless options. It may even feel like there are too many choices. But just remember, most of these services offer free trials, so you can test out multiple products to see which one best fits you and your viewing habits. At the end of the day, it’s all about which streaming service makes you excited to sit down and press play.

Alex Burns