TV streaming services in the UK

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Can’t decide between all the different streaming services that are on offer? At Finder, we’ve done the hard work for you when it comes to price, content, compatible devices and more.

No single streaming service offers the same deal, and it’s likely that one of the services below is better suited to your lifestyle than others. So sit back and relax as we guide you through the treacherous landscape of sneaky data charges, exorbitant pricing, and inferior libraries, to find the right option for you.

Compare the major streamed TV providers head-to-head

NameServiceContentPrice Per MonthContract TypeCustomer satisfaction ratingPurchase
Disney+On-demand streamingTV and movies£7.99 p/month or £79.90 p/yearSubscribe monthly/annually★★★★★Go to site
Amazon-Instant-VideoOn-demand streamingTV and movies£7.99 p/month or £79 p/yearSubscribe monthly/annually ★★★★★Go to site
hayuOn-demand streamingReality TV£4.99 p/monthSubscribe monthly★★★★★Go to site
sygoLive and on-demand streamingTV, movies, sports and newsFree to Sky TV customersSubscribe annually★★★★★Go to site
BT logo smallLive and on-demand streamingTV, movies, sports and news£12 p/month or free to BT customersSubscribe monthlyN/AGo to site
NowTVOn-demand streaming and Live SportsTV and movies and sportsEntertainment: £9.99 p/month
Movies: £11.99 p/month
Kids: £3.99 p/month
hayu Pass: £4.99 p/month
Sports: £9.99 p/day, £33.99 p/month
Subscribe monthly★★★★★N/A
netflix logoStreamingTV and moviesBasic: £5.99 p/month
Standard: £9.99 p/month
Premium: £13.99 p/month
Subscribe monthly/annually★★★★★N/A
mubi logoOn-demand
Movies and critique£9.99 p/month or £71.88 p/yearSubscribe monthly/annually★★★★★N/A
bb moviesPay-per-view streamingMoviesRent – £3.49 (SD) or £4.49 (HD)
Buy – £10.99 (SD) or £13.99 (HD)
No lock-in★★★★★N/A
Rakuten TVDownloading and rentingTV and moviesRenting – from £0.99 to £4.99
Movies – price varies depending on the title.
No lock-in★★★★★N/A
On-demand streamingTV, movies and music£4.99 p/month or get Apple TV+ free for one year, if you buy an Apple deviceSubscribe monthly/annuallyN/AN/A
xbox videoDownloading and rentingTV and moviesRent – new releases: £4.99 (SD) £5.99 (HD), back catalogue: £2.49 (SD) £3.49 (HD), Buy – new releases: £9.99 (SD) £13.99 (HD) £13.99 (UHD), back catalogue: £6.99 (SD) £7.99 (HD) £16.99 (UHD) Subscribe monthly/annuallyN/AN/A
NameHardware Devices Streams
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming Console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and Wii
  • Tablet: iPad, Android Tablets and Kindle Fire
  • Mobile: iPhone 4 and above, iPod Touch 3rd gen and above and Android smartphones
  • Smart TV, streaming media player and other: Sony Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Panasonic Smart TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV.
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming Consoles: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Tablet: iPad 2 and above, Android tablets and Google Nexus 7 Tablet
  • Mobile: iPhone 4 and above and Android smartphones
  • Smart TV, streaming medial players and other: Not available.
netflix logo
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming Console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, WiiU and Wii
  • Tablet: IPad 2 and above and Android tablets
  • Mobile: iPhone 4 and above, iPod Touch 3rd gen and above, Android smartphones, and Windows 7 phones
  • Smart TV, streaming media players and other: Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku LT, Roku 2 HD, XD and XS, Roku 3.
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming Console: Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Tablet: iPad, Android tablets and Windows tablets
  • Mobile: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch and above and Android smartphones
  • Smart TV, streaming media players and other: LG Smart TV (2012 and later), Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, NOW box, EE TV, YouView.
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mubi logo
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming Console: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3
  • Tablet: iPad and Android tablets
  • Mobile: iPhone and Android smartphones
  • Smart TV, streaming media players and other: Samsung Smart TV and Android Smart TVs.
google-playDownloading and rentingTV, movies and musicRent – £3.49 (SD) £4.49 (HD)Buy – £9.99 (SD) £11.99 (HD)Subscribe monthly/annually★★★★★N/A
bb movies
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming console: PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360
  • Tablet: iPad 2 and above, Android tablets and Windows 8.1 or above tablets
  • Mobile: iPhone, Android smartphones and Windows Phone
  • Smart TV, streaming media player and other: Samsung Smart TV (2012 or later), LG Smart TV (2012 or later), Toshiba Smart TV (2013 or later) and Google Chromecast, Samsung Blu-ray players (2012 or later) and LG Blu-ray players (2012 or later).
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Rakuten TV
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming console: Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Tablet: iPad and Android tablets
  • Mobile: iPhone and Android smartphones
  • Smart TV, media streaming players and other: Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Panasonic Smart TV, Chromecast and EETV.
Not specified3
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming console: Not available
  • Tablet: iPad and Android tablets
  • Mobile: iPhone and Android phones
  • Smart TV, streaming media player and other: Roku.
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming console: Not available
  • Tablet: iPad
  • Mobile: iPhone
  • Smart TV, streaming media player and other: Apple TV.
xbox video
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming console: Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Tablet: Windows 8 (or above) tablets
  • Mobile: Windows 8 (or above) smartphones
  • Smart TV, streaming media players and other: Not available.
  • Computer: PC and Mac
  • Gaming Console: Not available
  • Tablet: Android tablets
  • Mobile: Android smartphones
  • Smart TV, streaming media player and other: Google Chromecast
NameClosed CaptionsQualityData UsageContentContent HoursAffiliatesMost Popular
Amazon-Instant-VideoYesSD and HDSD – Approx. 600 – 900MB per episode, HD – Approx. 1.2 – 1.5GB per episodeOver 50,000 titlesData not availableHBO, LoveFilm, Epix, EasyCinema. Tesco DVD RentalAlmost Famous, Django Unchained, Under the Skin, Community, The Good Wife, The Expendables 3, American Sniper, Transparent, Alpha House, Betas.
sygoYes “High quality” and “Low quality”Good Connection, Low-Quality Video: 336 MB/hour, Good Connection, High-Quality Video: 468 MB/hour, Fast connection, High-Quality Video: 687 MB/hourStreams scheduled content from Sky TVData not availableAs a Sky TV subsidiary, NowTV streams similar content from Fox, ABC Studios, Dosney, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Sky (obviously), Nickelodeon, MTV and ITV EncoreKey and Peele, Workaholics, Inside Amy Schumer, Catfish, Broad City, Awkward, Teen Wolf
netflix logoYes SD to 4K ultraSD – 1GB/hr, HD – 3GB/hr, Ultra HD – 7GB/hr220 TV shows, 900 movies5,000Netflix USA, Disney, Warner Bros, BBC Worldwide, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, Village Roadshow, ABC CommercialHouse of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Grace and Frankie, Sense8.
NowTV2012NoSDSD – Approx. 750MB per hour, HD- Approx. 1.5GB per hourOver 800 moviesData not availableAs a Sky TV subsidiary, NowTV streams similar content from Fox, ABC Studios, Disney, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Sky (obviously), Nickelodeon, MTV and ITV EncoreBetter Call Saul, Wolf of Wall Street, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Scandal, True Blood
mubi logoNoSD and HDData not availableStreams a library of 30 films at a time.Data not available. Accepts content submissions and suggestions.World Cinema Foundation, Celluloid Dreams, Dazed and Confused, Picturehouse, Everyman, The Criterion Collection, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film FestivalThere Will Be Blood, Raging Bull, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Playtime, Landscape in the Mist, Playtime.
bb moviesYesSD and HDSD – 1GB per hour, HD – 2GB per hourData not availableData not availableChannel 4, HBO, BBC Worldwide, Disney, Warner Bros., Universal Studios, 21st Century Fox and Aardman AnimationsFifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper, Taken 3, Ex-Machina, Still Alice, The Wedding Ringer, It Follows.
Rakuten TVNoSD and HDData not availableData not availableData not availableLionsgate, Microsoft, Netflix.Home, Chappie, The Clangers, Game of Thrones, Jupiter Ascending, Arrow, Homeland, Gone Girl, Despicable Me 2, Paddington
cinema-nowYesSD and HDSD – 1GB per hourMore than 4,000 titlesApprox. 8,640 hours20th Century Fox, ABC News, Endemol, Lionsgate Entertainment, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures and Sundance.The Americans, Fury, Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6, Clockwork Orange, Axe Cop, Lord of the Rings.
itunes-logoYesSD and HDMovies downloads are generally 1.4 – 1.8GBData not available (it’s huge)Not specifiedFocus, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Magic Mike, Wild, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad.
xbox videoYesSD and HDData not availableData not availableZune, A&E, Anime, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS, Discovery Communications, E!, Fox, G4, GamerTV, History Channel,Marvel, MLB, NBC, Paley Center, PBS, Spike, Starz, SyFy, TNA, USA Network, and Viacom.American Sniper, Fast and the Furious, Star Wars, Unfinished Business, The Duff, Run All Night.
google-playYesSD and HDData not availableData not availableE! Entertainment, Comedy Channel, BBC, HBO, AMC, ABC, ABC Kids, USA, Warner Bros, Fox and FXArcher, Rick and Morty, Orphan Black, Outlander, I am Cait, Another Period, Legends, Halt and Catch Fire.
Amazon-Instant-VideoOne of the most comprehensive film and television libraries on the market with some premium content.Annual fee payment is not very flexible.
Your two registered devices can’t watch the same movie at one time– not a deal breaker, just odd
sygoStreams live sports.Free if you’re already a Sky TV user.…but Sky TV is quite expensive.
netflix logoFantastic exclusive content. Recommendations algorithm is tried and tested.Somewhat limited selection.
NowTV2012More Sports! Loads of fantastic movies.Quite expensive for a streaming service. Poor audio.
mubi logoHigh-quality selection of cinema classics.Editorial section caters to film buffs everywhere. MUBI have promised not to stream Legally Blonde.Downloads only last 24 hours. Only 30 movies a month (though there seems to be a quality standard in place)
bb moviesMassive selection of movies. A diverse range of compatible devices. Allows for five devices at a time.…but rentals can only stream on one device at a time. No deals or subscriptions.
Rakuten TVYou aren’t tied in to a monthly payment, and you’ll pay only for what you use.Your purchases are deleted after 3 years. Sub-par quality. Sub-par library.
cinema-nowLarge selection of compatible apps.Very generous offering of films.…unless you’re looking for a new release. Premium or mainstream movies are rarely offered under the subscription.
itunes-logoEverything you know and love about iTunes. Secure purchases. Compatible with any Apple Devices.No discounts or subscriptions.TV Seasons can often be more expensive than a physical copy.
xbox videoFantastic for Xbox users who use their console as a media center, Xbox SmartGlass compatibility.No subscription or streaming options.
google-playGreat quality new releases and a wealthy selection of back catalogue titles.Works out pricier than signing up for a streaming service.

Customer satisfaction ratings methodology

Our independent survey of 1,603 streamers was carried out in December 2020 – read full details of our methodology here.

TV streaming ratings

★★★★★ — Excellent

★★★★★ — Good

★★★★★ — Average

★★★★★ — Subpar

★★★★★ — Poor

Our customer satisfaction scores (“Customers say”) are based on a survey of 1,603 customers carried out in December 2020.

What is a catch-up service?

Many UK channels, like the BBC and Channel 4, offer online catch-up services where you can watch recently aired programmess you may have missed. Here are just a few examples of catch-up services available in the UK:

  • BBC iPlayer

This service is aimed directly at the BBC’s biggest fans. Didn’t make it home in time for the latest Eastenders? No need to be a Beale about it, just catch up at a later time on just about any device. Seriously, from Linux to Windows Phones, from Roku to Amazon Fire TV, you’d be stretched to find a device that BBC iPlayer doesn’t stream on.

  • ITV Player

Catch up with the latest ITV content, like Good Morning Britain, This Morning and The X Factor, on As well as offering its service on PC and Mac, ITV also offers an app for PlayStation 3,iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 (and above), selected Smart TVs, set-top boxes and streaming media players.

  • 4Seven

Created after many Brits complained they were constantly missing out on Channel 4 content because of scheduling conflicts, 4Seven offers content from Channel 4 and its related channels the day after they’ve aired. You can access 4Seven through the Freeview website.

  • Demand 5

Make sure you’re all caught up with the soapies from Down Under, like Neighbours and Home & Away, with Channel 5’s catch-up service, Demand 5. The Channel 5 family offers a diverse range of channels and content, from guilty pleasures like Big Brother to gritty dramas like Sons of Anarchy – and they can all be viewed for free on selected smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other devices.

What content do Brits stream most regularly?

In December 2020, Finder carried out a survey of 2,000 Brits to find out what content streamers were watching. The bar chart below shows 50% of those surveyed stream via Netflix, with Amazon Prime coming in at second (38%).

Our survey also showed that some Brits continue to stream illegally – 5% watched illegal films in 2020 and 4% streamed Premier League football and TV shows without paying.

What should you consider when choosing an internet or pay TV service provider?

The price variations amongst the providers are indicative of a number of features that you should investigate and consider before making a choice:

  • Shows offered.

Sure, Game of Thrones is exciting and all, and Breaking Bad is addictive as hell, but does your streaming service offer national treasures like Corrie or EastEnders? These are the important questions we have to ask ourselves when choosing an Internet TV service.

  • Compatible devices.

Most providers will offer their services on PC and Mac. But most of the time, Roku and Linux users are left for dead. If you possess a collection of odd and unusual gadgets, there’s likely to be a service out there that caters to you.

  • Portable device capability.

The same above can be said for portable devices. Did you know that some streaming services allow you to stream from your Nintendo 2DS and 3DS? Knowing what devices under your roof can be used for streaming helps you make the most of one service or another.

  • Quality.

Quality is often subjective and which service offers “better” movies is very much up for debate. Some services, like MUBI, focus solely on revered cinematic gems and cinema culture, whereas others, like Sky, offer the bulk standard. But one aspect that’s not up for debate is image quality. Does your service offer high definition, or just standard definition? Do you know if your service offers 4K streaming? Can your television even play something so crisp? If quality matters to you, check out our guide above.

Which providers are Brits most likely to sign up to in 2021?

In December 2020, Finder surveyed 2,000 Brits to find out which streaming providers people are thinking about signing up to in the next 12 months. Our research found that while 42% of respondents said they weren’t planning to sign up to any service, 20% admitted thinking about paying for Netflix. While 17% selected the next most-popular service – Amazon Prime Video.
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Finder partnered with social listening tool BrandsEye to find out which shows got Brits talking the most in 2020. Watch our video below to find out which made the top 5!

Lockdown and chill: How streaming won 2020

Finder published a paper with social media analytics specialist BrandsEye in December 2020 on how TV viewing habits have changed in 2020. The report reveals the shows that set Twitter alight, and features expert predictions for TV streaming in 2021. Our paper includes original research, and insights from experts including Catherine Johnson, professor in media and communication at the University of Huddersfield, TV critic on Indiewire's Very Good TV Podcast Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller, senior TV editor at Collider and Aaron McAllister, global TV publisher at Finder.

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