It’s the era of the TV streaming wars, with fierce competition for our loyalty – and our money.
Streaming services offer blockbuster movies, star-studded dramas, and world documentaries.
But as the cost of living crisis rages, many households now see them as a luxury – 1.51 million TV subscription services canceled in the first three months of 2022, including more than half a million because of “saving money”.
But if you only want to keep one streaming service, which should it be?
Our TV preview Sara Wallis gives her opinion.
The ancestor of streaming platforms, offering unlimited streaming of TV series, documentaries and movies.
How much? Plans range from £6.99 to £15.99 per month.
Best shows: Breaking Bad, Bridgerton, Better Call Saul, The Last Kingdom, Stranger Things, Good Girls, Squid Game, Anatomy of a Scandal, Inventing Anna, Love is Blind, Selling Sunset, Maid.
Sarah says : Despite the recent £1 per month price hike, it’s still hard to compete with Netflix, with incredible output. Ideal for binge watchers and American TV fans. Mega success stories like The Crown make you forget about the occasional dross.
Possibly the best TV service you didn’t know you were paying for.
Anyone who subscribes for Amazon packages to be delivered as quickly as possible has access to the huge library of releases on Prime Video.
How much? £5.99 per month. But Amazon Prime membership costs £7.99 per month or £79 per year and includes other benefits.
Best shows: Hacks, Reacher, American Gods, Scandal, The Wilds, Mad Men, Hanna.
Sarah says: One of the best streaming services. Not quite at Netflix level, but you can buy or rent additional movies and series. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and This Is Us drew me in – and I never left.
Sky-owned subscription TV service, with contract-free access to premium Sky sports, movies and entertainment.
How much? Miscellaneous passes.
The Entertainment Membership + Boost package, with access to award-winning box sets and Sky Originals, costs £14.99.
Best shows: Mare of Easttown, Estate, The White Lotus.
Sarah says: The first place to find the latest original series from HBO or Sky, plus a great back catalogue.
Reality TV fans will think they died and went to heaven.
It features the best real-life shows, new and old, from the United States. Home to over 250 people and a generous sprinkling of true crime TV shows.
How much? £4.99 per month.
Best Shows Vanderpump Rules, The Big Shot with Bethanny Frankel, The Real Murders of Orange County, Under Deck.
Sarah says: If you can’t get enough of reality TV, this will be your happy place.
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Despite the name, you don’t need an Apple device to watch.
It’s available in the standalone Apple TV app used by many devices and has built up a decent library.
Best shows: Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Severance, Euphoria, Servant, Truth Be Told, Tiny World, Defending Jacob.
Sarah says: For brand new content, it looks like an exclusive club. A club you’d probably only join if you’ve already paid for a heavy hitter like Netflix.
A UK streaming service launched in 2020 offering a huge selection of dramas and mysteries with a particular focus on UK TV.
How much? £4.99 per month.
Best Shows : Midsomer Murders, The Chelsea Detective, Foyles War.
Sarah says: Rushing with its low price, this new kid on the block is yet to prove itself. Mystery buffs might be intrigued.
Home of the British classic. BritBox is a subscription video streaming service from the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and more recently Channel 4
Home to the largest collection of UK box sets, as well as exclusive shows from UK production companies, such as the new release Spitting Image.
How much? £5.99 per month.
Best shows: Life on Mars, Cracker, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, The Thick of It, Cracher Image.
Sarah says: Does what it says on the tin. If you like British box sets, this is for you. However, if you are more interested in the novelties, go your way.
A relatively new service, it has gained 118 million subscribers in just over two years.
It features family entertainment from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel, as well as National Geographic documentaries and newsworthy dramas.
How much? £7.99 per month.
Best shows: The Mandalorian, Pam and Tommy, Only Murders in the Building, Dopesick, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Kardashians, Grey’s Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Sarah says: If you’re a franchise fan or have young children to entertain, Disney+ is definitely worth it.