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Compare on-demand services for TV, movies and more.

Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Paramount+ Essential
Paramount+ Essential
On-demand streaming, Sports
HBO Max with ads
HBO Max with ads
On-demand streaming
Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
30 days
On-demand streaming
7 days
7 days
The Disney Bundle
On-demand streaming, Sports

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Internet TV gives us our favorite shows when and where we want. Even if you’re happy with your current provider, you might get more for less — or find that adding another service to your library is worth the cost.

You could check out HBO Max if you’re still rewatching Game of Thrones. Or discover The Mandalorian series on Disney+ or Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+. Sports fans can keep the ball rolling with their favorite UFC, MLB and NHL games on ESPN+.

Networks like CBS and NBC are incorporating live TV, sports and big events like the Olympics into its services, making it easier than ever to cut the cable cord.

How do I find the best streaming service for me?

With so many streaming services vying for your viewing, narrow down one that meets what you like and how often you’ll watch. Some services are convenient but take a toll on your data, while others take longer but allow offline viewing. You’ll find services that focus on one type of entertainment — like sports or children — and yet others are all-you-can-watch buffets of TV, movies and more.

I don’t know if I have the right equipment. Which devices can I use to stream?

You’ve probably got one or two devices already in your home for streaming Netflix, Hulu and more.

  • Computer

    If you’ve got a desktop or laptop computer, you’re halfway to accessing most major streaming services. Stream content through the web browser you use every single day with every single service.

  • Smartphone and tablet

    More popular devices to stream live video on, smartphones and tablets allow you to binge TV shows, movies and news on the go. Most major streaming services are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows phones, and even offer offline viewing options so you don’t chew through your data.

  • Game consoles

    Why fork out for a new TV when you likely own a streaming-enabled device already? Game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have native apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and more. The 4K-ready PS4 Pro and Xbox One X also allow you to stream 4K content — when connected to a 4K TV, of course.

  • Streaming media devices

    If you’re not looking to invest in a smart TV, take advantage of a huge selection of affordable streaming hardware options like Google Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV that transform your standard TV into a smart TV.

How much data does streaming use?

Take your entertainment on the go — and take advantage of pausing a movie on your TV and continuing on your phone or tablet during your commute to work. There’s a small price for convenience, as some streaming services use up to 7GB per hour, depending on the quality of the stream. Some mobile providers combine deals with specific streaming services, where you can watch all you want and not consume your data.

Many also offer “offline viewing,” allowing you to download a movie or show to your device to avoid consuming data when you watch it. This option eats into your phone or tablet’s internal storage, so be sure you have enough space to download a HD-quality movie or series.

What is 4K streaming?

Services like Netflix and Disney+ offer 4K UHD streaming on a large swatch of its content, offering the sharpest, highest-quality image quality available. Powerhouse video game consoles like PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, Blu-ray players and streaming media devices like Chromecast Ultra also allow for 4K streaming on TVs and monitors that support it.

Slapping 4K on a box used to mean you’d pay an arm and a leg for the latest and greatest TV. But 4K displays have become more affordable. If you don’t have a 4K-capable device, you won’t benefit paying extra for premium streaming.

What should I watch online?

The world is your oyster when it comes to finding your next binge watching obsession. Which can make it tough to narrow down the best movies and shows available across services, genres and more. Start with what you already love, whether that’s romance, horror or what falls between.

Case study: Rhys's experience

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Rhys Subitch
Writer and Editor

Living in a house with six other people meant having access to a wide variety of Internet TV services. I contributed three accounts — Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and VRV — but had access to Hulu and a few others.

While I definitely took advantage of Hulu at times, mostly for new Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes, Netflix continues to be my go-to streaming service for movies. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video comes with my Prime subscription — which is a staple for grocery and food delivery — and hosts my favorite bad ghost-hunting shows.

Now that it’s just my partner, my cat and me, we kept the original three streaming services — Netflix, Amazon Prime and VRV. Hulu just didn’t offer enough variety or other perks to get us on board.

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    BarbbohnApril 3, 2019

    I’m trying to cancel my Netflix account in my home. How can I do this?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaApril 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Barbbohn,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. 😃

      To cancel your Netflix subscription, please follow these steps:

      1. Sign in to Netflix.
      2. Click the down arrow at the top right of the page, next to your profile name.
      3. Select the Account section.
      4. Under Membership and billing, click the gray Cancel membership box.
      5. Click Finish cancellation to confirm you want to cancel.|

      Check our guide on how to cancel your Netflix membership to learn more.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!


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    MichaelJanuary 16, 2019

    We live south of Tucson, AZ. We have Cox – but prices are high and we don’t use most of the package. We would like TV service that gives us local (abc,cbs,nbc,pbs), then CNN and MSBNC. If we had Cooking, Food, & HGTV – good benefit. All the services like HULU and Amazon Prime sound good, but will they provide our basic needs?

    Will we need internet cabling – then do we need PCs to receive- or can our SmartTVs do all the work?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniJanuary 20, 2019Staff

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix etc also known as Internet TV would require you to be connected on the internet to get movies/TV shows you wish to watch. You could sign up using your mobile phone or computer then watch on your Smart TV using your login details. In relation to your cable TV shows like CNN and MSNBC inquiry, there are many subscription-based streaming services that let you watch cable news without a cable subscription like DirectTV, Hulu, Fubo and more. I suggest that you try these streaming services since they have free trial to make sure that you’re getting the one that suits your needs most.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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    IvanDecember 13, 2018

    I just want to watch my sports on my television. What streaming service gives me the three local channels (abc-cbs-nbc , ESPN and the football network all in one service)?

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      AshDecember 15, 2018

      Hi Ivan,

      Thank you for contacting Finder.

      There are different sports streaming services you may be subscribed to. So, please determine first what it is. You may compare the services they offer as well as their monthly subscription fee to know which one will be suitable for your preference.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again to us if you have additional questions that you need assistance with.


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    RandyNovember 6, 2018

    I have a smart tv will Curiosity work and does it provide the Science channel?

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      joelmarceloNovember 7, 2018

      Hi Randy,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Having Curiosity and the Science channel is not always guaranteed if you have a smart tv. It will always depend if you have a subscription for those channels. A smart TV is a digital television that is, essentially, an Internet-connected, storage-aware computer specialized for entertainment. You can check with your internet provider if they have a bundle for cable tv so that you can also watch regular cable channels on your smart tv. You can also read our guide above on how to subscribe to the most popular internet TV’s in the market today.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)


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    enriqueOctober 7, 2018

    I want to cancel my Netflix account

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      johnbasanesOctober 8, 2018Staff

      Hi Enrique,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Please follow the steps below to cancel your Netflix account:

      Sign in to Netflix.
      Click on the downward arrow at the top right corner of the page, next to your profile name.
      Select the Account section.
      Under Membership and billing click the grey cancel membership box.
      Next click Finish cancellation to confirm you want to cancel.

      Learn more about cancelling your Netflix account. Hope this helps!


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