Top Streaming Services Available Right Now

Published On June 3, 2015 | Tech Business

If you have cable, there’s a good chance you’re paying too much to watch TV. Streaming services are available for a fraction of the cost with the added benefit of providing you more freedom to personalize your viewing options so you pay for what you actually want and not a bunch of channels you never touch. If you haven’t made the switch to streaming services, there’s no better time than now! Big names, like Sony and Showtime, are joining the streaming fold to offer more entertainment options than ever before. There are many streaming services available, each offering something unique. You can subscribe to one streaming service or multiple, depending on your viewing habits. Here’s a breakdown of some of the leading streaming services to help you decide which will work best for you.

Hulu

If TV shows are your thing, Hulu’s for you. For $8 a month, Hulu gives users access to current, popular TV shows, like Top Chef and the Biggest Loser, as well as a plethora of full seasons of classic TV shows. Seinfeld fans will be happy to learn Hulu will begin streaming the ENTIRE series starting June 24th.

Netflix

Netflix is the perfect streaming service for movie lovers. Netflix offers hundreds of movies ranging from action and adventure to family favorites. Netflix has also been making waves with its original programming like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Netflix is always changing its inventory, making it virtually impossible to exhaust your viewing options and for only $8 a month, it’s a steal.

Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video

Online shopping king Amazon.com has two streaming options,  Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video. For $9 a month, Amazon Prime gives users access to older HBO shows, like The Sopranos, book streaming from the Kindle lending library, and free two-day shipping on Amazon.com orders. Amazon Prime has also joined the original programming game with Transparent. Amazon Instant Video allows you to stream movies on an individual basis with two-day rentals starting at $3.

If you’re still not convinced streaming services can work for you, you may want to think twice.  Showtime and Sony are exciting newcomers to streaming services and they’re changing the streaming game.

Sony PlayStation Vue

Sony recently launched Vue, a cloud-based streaming service, available over it’s PlayStation gaming platform. Vue stands apart from other streaming services in that it allows users to stream some of the most popular networks, including Comedy Central, Food Network, Cartoon Network, Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel, TLC, CBS, NBC, TBS, and Fox. AMC, loved for popular shows like “The Walking Dead,” is slated to join the programming line-up soon. Let’s face it, these are the channels most of us succumb to signing a cable contract for. A Vue subscription cost about $59.99 per month.

Showtime

Showtime is changing the way premium cable channels do streaming. For only $10.99 a month, Showtime will give streaming service users the same programming as its cable subscribers. That’s something HBO’s streaming service, HBO Now, doesn’t offer. Showtime’s streaming service, called Showtime, will be released in July and is set to be available on a wide range of streaming platforms, like Roku, PlayStation Vue, and Apple.

With so many options for streaming services, it’s easier than ever to ditch the cable box. Which ones will you choose?

– By Jessica Oaks

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