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Shudder streaming review 2020: Product, price and features

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Go down a rabbit hole of horror, thriller and suspense flicks and share your experience with the rest of the rabbits.

With a Shudder subscription, you’ll be diving into a curated world of horror classics, exclusives and originals horror fans appreciate. It’s home to independent titles that don’t ordinarily get picked up by bigger platforms like Netflix. It’s overflowing with horror content, but only one device can stream at a time.

New subscribers can currently try Shudder for free for 30 days.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing$5.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • 1,000s of hours of content. A collection of horror, thriller and suspense movies and TV series updated on weekly.
  • No ads. You won’t sit through any commercials on Shudder.
  • Continuous Play. Switch between any devices midstream without losing your place.
  • Viewers can suggest titles. Shudder encourages viewers to submit titles they want to see by filling out and submitting a form.

Cons

  • Limited devices. Some devices are compatible with the Shudder app like Apple TV, Xbox one and desktops. Amazon devices are not.
  • No phone support. Contact customer support through its contact form or by hitting it up on social media, but not over the phone.
  • Online only. Though there’s been talk of Shutter working on offline viewing, currently you need an Internet connection to watch.

What features does Shudder offer?

In addition to offering an entire streaming library of horror and thriller programming, Shudder gives you the ability to switch midstream between devices, leave reviews and use your Chromecast to cast content onto a larger screen.

Review

Share your thoughts about a movie or series with the rest of the Shudder community. All reviews are set in stone — contact customer service to change a review you’ve sent.

Chromecast

When your Chromecast device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS or Android mobile device or your desktop, cast Shudder content onto your TV. The only restriction is Shudder TV — it can’t be cast from the Shudder app, only its website.

Log in with a TV provider

Shudder currently supports FuboTV and Frontier. If you already have a subscription to one of these providers, use your login information to start streaming with Shudder.

What devices is Shudder compatible with?

You can sign up for Shudder on any of these devices with the appropriate Shudder app. It’s only compatible with a few devices right now, but working on adding more smart TVs and gaming devices to its arsenal.

Smart TV devices

  • Amazon Fire TV

Mobile devices

  • iOS iPhone and iPad
  • Android phone and tablet

Other devices

  • Desktop
  • Xbox One
  • Roku
  • VRV Premium

To ensure you’re able to use the same account across various devices, subscribe to Shudder using a desktop or the Internet on your cell phone or tablet. If you choose to add the Shudder channel to your Amazon Prime Video account, you’re adding Shudder to your already existing Amazon account and so it’ll be compatible with the same devices as your Amazon account.

What are the different ways to sign up for Shudder?

You can either sign up for Shudder on the main website or add it to your Amazon Prime Video account as a channel. Signing up on its website gives you access on any device that supports the Shudder app.

If you create your account on Amazon Prime Video, Amazon manages the Shudder channel. This means it’s not compatible with the Shudder app.

How much does Shudder cost?

Get access to 1,000s of hours of horror, thriller and suspense movies, blog posts and a merch store with a monthly subscription for $5.99 or an annual subscription for $56.99.

Free trial

New subscribers get a 7-day free trial to spook themselves senseless before committing. It ends on the seventh day at exactly the same time you initially created your account. Cancel it at least 24-hours before that to avoid being charged.

What can I watch with Shudder?

Find every horror subgenre imaginable with Shudder — supernatural, creature feature, documentary, cult. There are well over 10 subgenres. Shudder exclusives and originals, classics, podcasts and a 24/7 live feed of handpicked programs known as Shudder TV are also available to subscribers.

Because of how saturated its streaming library is, there’s still a good chance you won’t recognize a few titles. Some ideas of what you can expect:

  • 3 From Hell by Rob Zombie
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid by Issa Lopez
  • Child’s Play by Tom Holland
  • The Golden Glove by Fatih Akin
  • The Fog by John Carpenter
  • The Changeling by Pete Medak

What Internet speeds does Shudder recommend?

An Internet speed of at least 6Mbps is recommended to avoid video buffering. Shudder claims its video player automatically adjusts to whatever Internet connection you have, which is why image quality is slightly different across devices.

Compare streaming services

Name Product Service type Pricing Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
Disney+
On-demand streaming
$6.99
7 days
Yes
10
4
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
99
2
Starz
On-demand streaming
$8.99
7 days
No
4
FuboTV
Pay TV
$54.99
7 days
Yes
2
GameFly
Pay TV
$9.50
30 days
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Alex Shea is a tech and telco writer for Finder, helping readers to break down the details of streaming TV, gaming, sports and more. A storyteller through and through, Alex’s work is published in Allbodies and Obsev Studios. She’s also the author of I Don’t Know Yet, a book of poetry and prose. She’s completing her degree in environmental science and traveling every chance she gets.

Expert review

Shudder appeals to those invested in the horror genre and want to explore its many subgenres. It also offers Shudder TV and its live feed of content. But according to Redditors, Shudder TV offers the same movies and series found in the catalog — just without the option to pause or rewind.

If you’re looking for a way to watch copious amounts of scary titles, it might be worth the $5.99 a month subscription. However, it isn’t a good way to supplement traditional cable since it doesn’t offer any other genre.

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