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Streaming services provide an alternative to cable TV, offering movies and shows online for a fee.
There are three main streaming service categories: on-demand, live TV, and channel-specific.
The best streaming service for your needs will largely come down to your budget and taste in shows.
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Viewers now have more places to watch their favorite programs than ever. Choosing the right streaming service for your home entertainment setup will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, which exclusive titles you like the most, how many screens you want to watch on, and more.
Netflix and Hulu have grown from startups to industry juggernauts, while major studios have entered the market with services like Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock, and Paramount Plus.
We rounded up the best streaming services of 2021. Our picks primarily focus on on-demand streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu, but we’ve also included separate sections for live TV and specialty streaming channels.
Here are the best streaming services:
Best on-demand streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock, Apple TV Plus, Paramount Plus, and Amazon Prime Video
Best live TV streaming services: Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, Philo TV, and AT&T TV
Best channel-specific streaming services: Showtime, Starz, and ESPN+
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With its exclusive shows and incredible 4K quality, Netflix continues to set the streaming standard for the competition.
Netflix Basic: $9 a month for standard definition (SD) streaming
Netflix Standard: $14 a month for high definition (HD) streaming on up to two devices at the same time
Netflix Premium: $18 a month for up to 4K HDR streaming with Dolby Atmos on up to four devices at the same time
Pros: Fantastic library of originals, industry-leading video quality, impressive app support, special interface for kids, no commercials
Cons: Slightly more expensive than the competition, movie selection pales in comparison to newer services
Netflix has spent the last few …read more
Source:: Business Insider