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The wide world of internet TV allows us to watch our favorite shows how we want, when we want. You might be getting everything you want from your current provider, but are you paying the most feasible price for it? Possibly not.

Whether you’re up for a night of plotting cold-blooded revenge with the Underwoods, raging at the latest episode of Game of Thrones or learning to cook with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, there’s many services that cater to your viewing needs. We’ve compared the top USA services head-to-head to help you decide on the best streaming provider for you.

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NameServiceContentPricing (USD)Contract TypeMore info
netflix logo
Netflix
StreamingTV, moviesSD – $7.99, HD – $8.99, UHD – $11.99. No lock-inMore info
amazon logo
Amazon Prime
StreamingTV, moviesPrime – $99, Rentals – starting at $0.99 for 24 hours.Annual subscription feeMore info
hulu
Hulu
StreamingTV, moviesHulu – $5.99, Hulu (Ad free) – $11.99, Hulu + Live TV – $44.99. No lock-inGo to site
Sling Logo
Sling
StreamingTV, moviesSling Orange – $15 first month, Sling Blue – $15 first month, Sling Orange & Blue – $25 first month. Movie rentals range from $0.99 to $6.99.No lock-inGo to site
REDBOX Logo
Redbox
StreamingTV, moviesNo subscription fee. Movie rentals range from $0.99 to $4.99. TV seasons start at $14.99.No lock-inGo to site
VUDU Logo
VUDU
StreamingTV, moviesNo subscription fee, rentals range from $0.99 to $5.99.No lock-inGo to site
itunes-subscription
iTunes
DownloadingTV, music, moviesTV – From $1.99 per episode, Movies – $14.99 to buy and $3.99 to rent.No lock-inMore info
fuboTV
FuboTV
StreamingSoccer$9.99 per month.No lock-inGo to site
Pureflix
PureFlix
StreamingChristian Movies and TV shows$10.99 per month.No lock-inGo to site
CuriosityStream
Curiositystream
StreamingOriginal and Exclusive Documentaries$2.99 per month in SD, $5.99 per month in HD and $11.99 per month in 4K.No lock-inGo to site
Gamefly Logo
GameFly
Streaming, mail-basedVideo games, moviesStarts at $6.99 per month.No lock-inGo to site
HBOgo - Access your HBO subscription from the app
HBOgo
StreamingHBO TV episodesFree with your HBO subscription. If you do not have a subscription to HBO, you can purchase HBO Now for $15 a month.No lock-inGo to site
USA Now
USAnow
StreamingTV, moviesFree with your regular TV subscription through participating television providers.No lock-inMore info
STARZ Play Streaming Subscription
STARZ
StreamingTV, moviesFree with STARZ subscription or $8.99 per month.No lock-inMore info
DAZN Streaming Subscription
DAZN
StreamingFighting$19.99 per month or $99.99 per year.Annual subscription fee optionalGo to site

NameHardware Mobile Phone Consoles Devices Streams
netflix logo
Netflix
Tablet, mobile, desktop, Chromecast, Apple TVYesYes Any device.4
amazon logo
Amazon Prime
iPod, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phone and tablets, Smart TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and moreYesYes 22
hulu
Hulu
Smart TV, desktop, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Nook, TiVo Premiere, Amazon Fire TVYesYes Any device.1
Sling
Sling
Amazon Fire devices, Android tablet or phone, Android TV, LG TV, Apple TV, Chromebook, Chromecast, Google Chrome & Microsoft Edge Browser, IOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch), Oculus Go, Roku, Samsung, XBOX, Xfinity X1, Mac or Windows computerYesYes 44
RedBox
Redbox
Smart TV, Mac or Windows computer, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android, iOS, TabletsYesYes 52
VUDU Logo
VUDU
Smart TV, Chromecast, Blu-ray, Roku, TiVo, Tablets and Home TheatreYesYes 122
itunes-subscription
iTunes
Apple TV, Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPadYes No11
fuboTV
FuboTV
Mac or Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TVYesNoAny device.1
Pureflix
PureFlix
Mac or Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TVYesSupport in 2017Any device.1
CuriosityStream
Curiositystream
Mac or Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android Phone, Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TVYesNo11
GameFly
GameFly
Amazon Fire TV, EMTEC GEM Box, Smart TV, CD Rom, DVD, Amazon Fire TV stickYesYes Any device.1
HBOgo - Access your HBO subscription from the app
HBOgo
Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Playstation 4, Samsung Smart TV, Xbox 360, Android TV, Playstation 3, Roku, Tivo, Xbox OneYesYes 33
USA Now
USAnow
Apple iOS, Roku players, Apple TV, Android, Windows 8, and Xbox OneYesYes22
STARZ Play Streaming Subscription

STARZ
Amazon devices, Android Phone and Tablets, Apple TV, Microsoft Window 7 or newer, Apple OSX 10.5.7 or newer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Roku, Smart TVs, XboxYesYes22
DAZN Streaming Subscription

DAZN
Mac or Windows computers, Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG TV, Android Phone, Tablets, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Xbox S/X, PlayStationYesYes62
NameClosed CaptionsQualityContentAffiliatesMost Popular
netflix logo
Netflix
YesSD, HD and 4K~100,000 movies and TV showsStarz, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Marvel Television, Sony Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Open Road FilmsHouse of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Wet Hot American Summer
amazon logo
Amazon Prime
YesSD, HD and 4K40,000 titles Lovefilm, Epix. HBO, Amazon StudiosThe Good Wife, Under the Dome, Downton Abbey, Catastrophe, Extant, Suits, Girls
hulu
Hulu
Yes SD and 720p HD~1,650 hrs of TV and 2,500 hrs of moviesNBCUniversal Television Group, Fox, Disney, ABC, The CW, BBCDeadbeat, The Awesomes, Quickdraw, The Mindy Project, Selfie, Party Down, The Hotwives of Orlando
Sling
Sling
YesSD, HD70,000 titles, 10,000 hours of episodes, movies, and moreFOX, PBS, ABC, Univision, NBC, tv azteca, The CW, CBS, Epix, TCM, Showtime, SundanceTV, Lifetime, Hallmark, STARZ, AMCSuits, Straight Up Steve Austin, The Walking Dead, Viceland, Top Chef, Showtime, Project Runway, STARZ
RedBox
Redbox
YesHD+1,000 of movies and TV showsMarvel Studios, Disney, Pixar, Fox, Universal Studios, Lionsgate, Paramount PicturesThe Upside, American Gods, Motherland, Detective Pikachu, Pulp fiction
VUDU Logo
VUDU
YesSD and HD20,000 titlesWarner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Disney, Lionsgate, HBO, BBC WorldwideMr Robot, Zoo, Shark Week, Scream, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Community, True Detective
itunes-subscription
iTunes
Yes SD and HDData not availableData not availableData not available
fuboTV
FuboTV
YesHDData not availableLa Liga, Serie A, MLS, Liga MX, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga and the Brazilian Serie A through our live channels beIN Sports, Univision Deportes, UniMás, GolTV HD and Benfica TVCopa America, Copa America Centenario, CONMEBOL, Football League Championship, English League Cup and Swiss Super League
Pureflix
PureFlix
YesHDOver 2,000 family-friendly, faith-based titles.Data not availableGod’s Compass, Unlimited, Crossing Streets, October Baby, The War Within, and Woodlawn
CuriosityStream
Curiositystream
YesSD, HD and 4KThousands of documentaries in science, technology, the arts, civilization, and more.Data not availableNext World, Big Picture Earth and The Road to Singularity
GameFly
GameFly
YesSD and HD8,000 titlesData not availableSkyrim, Battlefield 1, Star Trek Beyond, Titanfall 2
HBOgo - Access your HBO subscription from the app
HBOgo
YesHD400 hours of feature and HBO original television films (including 130 movie titles that rotated monthly).Data not availableThe Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Enlightened, Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm and more
USA Now
USAnow
YesHDData not availableXfinity, Dish, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Spectrum, Optimum, Verizon, AT&T U-verse, Cox, Charter Spectrum, Optimum, Bright House Networks, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Cable One and Wow! Wide Open WestSuits, Mr. Robot, Shooter, Queen of the South, WWE, Colony and more
STARZ Play Streaming Subscription
STARZ
YesHDData not availableXfinity, Dish, DirecTV, Amazon Channels, Verizon, Suddenlink, AT&T, Cox, Charter Spectrum, Optimum and MediacomOutlander, Black Sails, Power (TV series), Spartacus, The Missing, The Girlfriend Experience and more
DAZN Streaming Subscription
DAZN
YesHD and 4KOver 100 fight nights a yearMatchroom USA, Golden Boy Promotions, Bellator, World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas, MLB and moreBellator, Matchroom Boxing, World Boxing Super Series, ChangeUp (a new MLB whip-around show) and more
NameData Usage ProsCons
netflix logo
Netflix
SD – 1GB/hr, HD – 3GB/hr, Ultra HD – 7GB/hr30 day free trial, the biggest content library, Netflix exclusives!Not much.
amazon logo
Amazon Prime
SD – 1GB/hr, HD – 1.5GB/hr, Ultra HD – 7GB/hr30 day free trial, great content from Comedy Central and NickelodeonOnly offers annual subscriptions
hulu
Hulu
HD – 650MB per hour30 day free trial, streams shows that are currently airing.Commercials for paid customers? What were they thinking?
Sling
Sling
Data not availableNo contracts. Cancel anytimeStreaming eats up your internet broadband, pre-determined channels on packages, additional fee for adding other shows
RedBox
Redbox
Data not availableNo monthly subscription fee Pay per title
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VUDU
Streaming N/A, SD episodes – 894.25 MB, HD episodes – 1.96 GBGood range of TV shows and movies.Pay per episode, no free trial, limited accessibility.
itunes-subscription
iTunes
Data not availableCompatible with all Apple deicesMost expensive
fuboTV
FuboTV
Data not availableAll new users receive 24-hours of free access to a full fuboTV subscriptionOnly offers soccer titles
Pureflix
PureFlix
Data not availableFREE for one monthOnly offers faith and family titles
CuriosityStream
Curiositystream
Data not availableFREE for one monthOnly offers documentaries
GameFly
GameFly
Minimum 5Mbps for streaming30 day free trial, mail-based or streamingSome titles may have limited availability
HBOgo - Access your HBO subscription from the app
HBOgo
Data not availableCompatible with most popular platforms and internet browsers, no cap on the number of devices you can link and access to all of HBO’s movies and TV shows.Access to HBO Go requires a cable and HBO subscription.
USA Now
USAnow
Data not availableHelpful app, live TV and HDIn order to access the streaming service, you will need a cable or satellite subscription.
STARZ Play Streaming SubscriptionWith a fast connection, a single video streamed on STARZ PLAY consumes approximately 1GB of data.STARZ Play streaming, media options and family optionsIn order to start streaming, you need to select your cable, satellite, or telco company TV provider, and enter in your STARZ account information.
DAZN Streaming Subscription
DAZN
Data not available.Access to 100+ big fights a year with no commercial breaks. Play, pause and rewind at your own convenience.Currently only offers fighting and boxing.
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Rent or buy your favorite movies and TV shows without a monthly subscription. Stream instantly at home, on your computer, tablet or phone.

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From Bellator to boxing, DAZN subscribers can get access to over 100 fight nights a year for only $19.99 a month. Cancel anytime.

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Join Amazon Prime - Watch Thousands of Movies & TV Shows anytime

Join Amazon Prime - Watch Thousands of Movies & TV Shows anytime from Amazon

Unlimited instant streaming of 1000s of movies and TV shows. Plus FREE 2-day shopping on millions of items. Join now with a free 30-day trial. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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Case study: Rhys's experience

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Rhys Subitch
Finder Writer & 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.

How do I choose a streaming service that best suits me?

Yes, we all know Netflix is the crowned king of streaming video on demand (SVOD). Their unrivaled library, global expansion, and quality exclusives have cemented their position at the top for many years now. But did you know that Hulu actually uses less data per hour, or that Amazon Prime Instant Video streams Comedy Central shows, like Key and Peele? It’s the little differences like these that will make you reconsider your streaming provider of choice. So sit back, relax and let us walk you through the many options available to you.

What is Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD)?

Internet TV, or SVOD, are provided by companies like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. They allow us to stream the latest (and exclusive) content from your computer, Smart TV, smartphone, tablets, and gaming consoles. It’s a relatively new concept that allows for users to completely customize their viewing experience by allowing them to watch what they want, when they want. With a sturdy internet connection and a monthly subscription, you can get everything your cable provider already gives and so much more.

Television Network Streaming Services

From basic cable channels like CBS to premium services such as HBO and Showtime, different networks are starting to launch their own standalone streaming apps. Some options are listed below but make sure to research online to find more networks, as new apps and services are frequently becoming available.

  • Showtime- Starting at $10.99 per month, Showtime recently went solo with its app streaming hit shows such as Masters of Sex, Homeland, and Shameless. Showtime streaming is currently available on Apple and Android devices, and Roku. Amazon Prime, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu customers can add Showtime to their accounts.
  • HBO Now- The first major premium network to go out on its own was HBO. The network’s content has been available online for a while now via HBO Go, but uses had to log in with their cable network account information. For $14.99, you can sign up for HBO NOW, the online-only streaming version. Available on Android, iOS, Web, and Roku.
  • CBS All Access Stay up to date on all your favorite series and sitcoms such as NCIS, The Good Wife, and The Big Bang Theory, for only $5.99 per month. CBS All Access is compatible with Android, iOS, web, Roku, and Chromecast.
SHOWTIME Free Trial

SHOWTIME Free Trial from Amazon

No cable or satellite account necessary. Watch your favorite SHOWTIME shows -- sign up for your free trial. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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Join Amazon Channels - Free Trial

Join Amazon Channels - Free Trial from Amazon

Amazon Channels offers a variety of TV shows and movie channels from Starz, HBO, Cinemax and more. Try a free trial today. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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Join HBO Free Trial

Join HBO Free Trial from Amazon

Watch your favorite HBO shows, no cable or satellite needed. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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What devices can I stream Internet TV on?

You can stream most services through just about any device with a display and an internet connection. From tablets, to Playstations, MacBooks to PCs, everyone is eligible to stream Internet TV. Below is a list of common devices used to stream Internet TV.

  • PC
  • iMac
  • Macbook
  • Xbox
  • Xbox 360
  • Playstation 3
  • Playstation 4
  • Wii
  • Wii U
  • Android Smartphones
  • Android Tablets
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Blu-ray Players
  • Smart TV

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    BarbbohnApril 3, 2019

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

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      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.|

      You can learn more about how to cancel your Netflix membership on this page.

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

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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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!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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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)?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AshDecember 15, 2018Staff

      Hi Ivan,

      Thank you for contacting finder.

      You may check this page for the Sports Streaming Services where you may subscribe to. 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 needs assistance with.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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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. :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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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.

      To know more about cancelling your Netflix account, you may click on this LINK. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    ChaskaMarch 15, 2018

    Can I find Big Ten Network live on an internet provider? Cost?
    Can I find Fox News live on an internet provider? Cost?

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      DanielSeptember 16, 2018

      Big ten live is live on hulu with live tv 39.99 a month and also fubo for around the same.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      RenchMarch 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Chaska,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, Big Ten Network and Fox News live channels are not included in any internet plan or internet provider. You can watch these channels from their official sites. I’m afraid there’s also no app for Big Ten Network and Fox News. You may contact your cable provider to get these live channels.

      There’s also BTN Plus. To watch BTN Plus, purchase a monthly or annual BTN Plus Subscription on BTN2Go for conference-wide action or a single favorite school.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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