Compare the UK’s video-on-demand streaming services side-by-side: We’ve checked out all streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) providers so you can choose the service best suited to you.
Can’t decide between all the different services streaming TV and movies that are on offer? At finder, we’ve done the hard work for you and researched the UK’s top Internet TV providers’ prices, 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 you 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 below
|Name||Service||Content||Price Per Month||Contract Type||Purchase|
|On-demand streaming||TV and movies||Prime Instant Video: £79 per year||Subscribe monthly/annually||Go to site|
|On-demand streaming||Reality TV||£4.99 per month||Subscribe monthly||Go to site|
|Live and on-demand streaming||TV, movies, sports and news||Free to Sky TV customers||Subscribe annually||Go to site|
|Streaming||TV and movies||Basic: £5.99|
|On-demand streaming and Live Sports||TV and movies and sports||Entertainment: £6.99 p/month|
Movies: £9.99 p/month
Sports: £6.99 p/day or £10.99 p/week
|Subscribe monthly/annually||Go to site|
|Live and on-demand streaming||TV and sports||£5.99 per month|
£59.99 per annum
|Subscribe monthly/annually||1 Month Free Trial|
|Live and on-demand streaming||TV, movies, sports and news||Free to BT customers||Subscribe annually||Go to site|
|Movies and critique||£4.99 per month or £3.33 a month on a 12-month commitment.||Subscribe monthly/annually||N/A|
|Pay-per-view streaming||Movies||Rent – £3.49 (SD) or £4.49 (HD)|
Buy – £10.99 (SD) or £13.99 (HD)
|Downloading and renting||TV and movies||Streaming – £5.99 per month|
New movies – £3.49 (Rent) or £10.99 (Buy)
TV – £5.99 (older shows) or £9.99 (new shows)
|No lock-in||Go to site|
|On-demand streaming||TV and movies||Rent – £3.99 (SD) or £4.99 (HD)|
Buy – £9.99 (SD) or £10.99 (HD)
|Downloading and renting||TV, movies and music||Rent – £3.49|
Buy – Between £9.99 and £13.99
|Downloading and renting||TV and movies||Rent – new releases: £3.49 (SD) £4.49 (HD), back catalogue: £2.49 (SD) £3.49 (HD)Buy – new releases: £11.99 (SD) £14.99 (HD), back catalogue: £6.99 (SD) £8.99 (HD)||Subscribe monthly/annually||N/A|
|Downloading and renting||TV, movies and music||Rent – £3.49 (SD) £4.49 (HD)Buy – £9.99 (SD) £11.99 (HD)||Subscribe monthly/annually||N/A|
What is a catch-up service?
Many UK channels, like BBC and Channel 4, offer online catch-up services where you can watch recently aired programs 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 Brittain, This Morning and The X Factor, itv.com. 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), and selected Smart TVs, set-top boxes and streaming media players.
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 devicesBack to top
What should you consider when choosing an Internet and 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 colleciton 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 a service.
Quality is often subjective. Which services offer “better” movies is often up for debate. Some services, like MUBI, focus solely on revered cinematic gems and cinema culture, whereas others, like Sky, offer the bulk standard. However, one aspect that’s not up for debate is image quality. Does your service offer high-definition stream, or just standard definition? Did you know your service offers 4K streaming? Can your television even play something so crisp? If quality matters to you, check out our guide above.