Internet TV: Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) Comparison

Information verified correct on February 21st, 2017

Research and compare on-demand internet streaming media services available in the US.

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.

NameServiceContentPricing (USD)Contract TypeMore info
netflix logoStreamingTV, moviesSD – $7.99, HD – $8.99, UHD – $11.99 No lock-inMore info
Amazon-Instant-VideoStreamingTV, moviesPrime – $99, Rentals – starting at $0.99 for 24 hoursAnnual subscription feeMore info
klowd-correct-left-alignmentStreamingTV, movies, sports, and newsStarts at $6.99 per monthNo lock-in7-day free trial
huluStreamingTV, moviesHulu – Free, Hulu Plus – $7.99 No lock-inMore info
VUDU LogoStreamingTV, moviesNo subscription fee, rentals range from $0.99 to $5.99No lock-inMore info
itunes-subscriptionDownloadingTV, music, moviesTV – From $1.99 per episode, Movies – $14.99 to buy and $3.99 to rentNo lock-inMore info
fuboTVStreamingSoccer$9.99 per monthNo lock-inMore info
PureflixStreamingChristian Movies and TV shows$7.99 per monthNo lock-inMore info
CuriosityStreamStreamingOriginal and Exclusive Documentaries$2.99 per month in SD, $5.99 per month in HD and $11.99 per month in 4KNo lock-inMore info
GameFlyStreaming, mail-basedVideo games, moviesStarts at $6.99 per monthNo lock-inMore info

NameHardware Mobile Phone Consoles Devices Streams
netflix logoTablet, mobile, desktop, Chromecast, Apple TVYesYes Any device.4
Amazon-Instant-VideoiPod, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phone and tablets, Smart TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and moreYesYes 22
klowd-correct-left-alignmentPC, Mac, iPad, Android Tablets, iPhones, Android Smartphones, Sony Smart TV, Hisense TV, Samsung Bluray Players, Roku, Amazon Fire and Sony Smart TV.YesNo11
huluSmart TV, desktop, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Nook, TiVo Premiere, Amazon Fire TVYesYes Any device.1
VUDU LogoSmart TV, Chromecast, Blu-ray, Roku, TiVo, Tablets and Home TheatreYesYes 122
itunes-subscriptionApple TV, Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPadYes No11
fuboTVMac or Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TVYesNoAny device.1
PureflixMac or Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TVYesSupport in 2017Any device.1
CuriosityStreamMac or Windows computer, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android Phone, Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TVYesNo11
GameFlyAmazon Fire TV, EMTEC GEM Box, Smart TV, CD Rom, DVD, Amazon Fire TV stickYesYes Any1
NameClosed CaptionsQualityContentAffiliatesMost Popular
netflix logoYesSD, 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-Instant-VideoYesSD, HD and 4K40,000 titles Lovefilm, Epix. HBO, Amazon StudiosThe Good Wife, Under the Dome, Downton Abbey, Catastrophe, Extant, Suits, Girls
huluYes 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
VUDU LogoYesSD 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-subscriptionYes SD and HDData not availableData not availableData not available
fuboTVYesHDData 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
PureflixYesHDOver 2,000 family-friendly, faith-based titles.Data not availableGod’s Compass, Unlimited, Crossing Streets, October Baby, The War Within, and Woodlawn
CuriosityStreamYesSD, 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
GameFlyYesSD and HD8,000 titlesData not availableSkyrim, Battlefield 1, Star Trek Beyond, Titanfall 2
NameData Usage ProsCons
netflix logoSD – 1GB/hr, HD – 3GB/hr, Ultra HD – 7GB/hr30 day free trial, the biggest content library, Netflix exclusives!Not much.
Amazon-Instant-VideoSD – 1GB/hr, HD – 1.5GB/hr, Ultra HD – 7GB/hr30 day free trial, great content from Comedy Central and NickelodeonOnly offers annual subscriptions
huluHD – 650MB per hour30 day free trial, streams shows that are currently airing.Commercials for paid customers? What were they thinking?
VUDU LogoStreaming 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-subscriptionData not availableCompatible with all Apple deicesMost expensive
fuboTVData not availableAll new users receive 24-hours of free access to a full fuboTV subscriptionOnly offers soccer titles
PureflixData not availableFREE for one monthOnly offers faith and family titles
CuriosityStreamData not availableFREE for one monthOnly offers documentaries
GameFlyMinimum 5Mbps for streaming30 day free trial, mail-based or streamingSome titles may have limited availability

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 Plus 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.

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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