For many Americans, the art of enjoyment and entertainment is best found online. Whereas in the past we were limited to what was on TV, the on-demand era is now well and truly upon us. This is one of the most important parts of modern internet usage, offering us total freedom over what we watch, view and read – and when. However, with so many different streaming services to pick from, you might be unsure of where to even start.
If you feel like this is the case, then we have some solutions for you to consider. Take, for example, the below streaming services. These are seen as some of the best on the internet and should really ramp up your entertainment options.
We’re sure just about everyone in the country has at least heard of Netflix. The popular streaming system is the go-to starting point for many people looking to find top quality entertainment. It’s got hundreds of shows and many Netflix exclusives. From finding awesome cartoons for the kids to a horror flick to watch on Halloween, this is a streaming service that you can love using.
However, you should be aware that Netflix loves to eat up your bandwidth. Like any good streaming service, you should be using high-speed internet to help make sure you can enjoy a good quality watching session. Also, keep an eye on problems with your bandwidth – if you start to notice needless buffering, you might be getting throttled by your internet provider. If that happens, you might want to consider enjoying Netflix on a new form of internet provider for the best results.
While most of us will use Amazon for shopping, some of us use it for streaming – especially movies. It’s quite a lot like Netflix, with some of the most popular and well-watched shoes on the internet appearing on it. Amazon Prime is growing all the time and shows no signs of slowing down. New content is added all the time, bringing in even more opportunity to enjoy the wider experience. You might soon find that Amazon Prime has a larger catalog to pick from than Netflix.
Given who backs up this amazing streaming service, it’s size and scale should be of surprise to nobody. It’s growing all the time at an incredible rate and shows no signs of slowing down. With so much to view and so much to enjoy, Amazon Prime Instant Video is probably one of the most upwardly mobile streaming services that you can access right now.
For a large chunk of Americans, sport dominates much of their social lives. Being able to cheer on your beloved teams at the sport of your choice is always a hugely enjoyable pursuit. However, for many of us, choosing the right way to watch them can be tough. One of the best streaming sites for sports fans at the moment is to use ESPN+, where you can get a huge amount of content to pick from.
There is a growing amount of live and replayable matches that you can watch from just about any kind of sport that you love. Most of us have a team in one of the big US sports, and you should be able to catch them on ESPN without a huge deal of issue. This is a site with a huge amount of content, and it looks set to become even bigger as American sports fans continue to be open-minded about new sports to watch.
FUBO TV is getting a lot of positivity from sports fans who love their sports from other continents. If you are a soccer fan, for example, you’ll love to have FUBO TV – it’s much more diverse than the ESPN+ offering. They cover major leagues in soccer like Serie A, Ligue 1 and La Liga. They also cover a lot of other sports, like the MotoGP and also various other college sports. This is why, for sports fans, FUBO TV is the best alternative to using ESPN+.
Though both are very much well-respected options, many fans are turning to FUBO TV as it has a touch more variety. With the easy control of the packaged add-ons, too, you can pick and choose what you went, when you want it, making it super-simple to get affordable, on-demand sports TV.
Though very much the outsider in many ways, Sling TV is hugely popular with a lot of users. It’s an ambitious project that has grown very quickly in terms of its size and scale in the last few years. With very cheap live TV packages, they allow you to get a lot of variety in what you watch. The fact that it comes with so much opportunity to change contracts, and it has no long-term commitment, makes this a common choice for those who don’t wish to be weighed down with contracts and other such headaches.
Streaming services such as Sling TV are growing all the time. Like most other streaming services like this, too, it does offer a decent trial experience that you can give a shot. With the affordable nature of its live TV offerings, though, those who still like to watch TV on a schedule will love Sling TV for sure.
Getting the most out of each streaming service
Of course, you should always look to make sure that your streaming service is backed up with high-speed internet. Through companies like Easy Internet Now, you can dodge the bandwidth throttling, buffering-causing internet issues that so many Americans face. This is the perfect way for you to get online and to enjoy modern entertainment without feeling trapped or constrained.
With the fact they reduce the need for things like credit checks and contracts, too, EIN is a fine place to start for those who like to stream. High-speed internet is very important for everything from watching your favorite shows to streaming your most beloved games. Quality counts, so don’t accept second best!
Hulu and Spotify, streaming services that have begun offering bundles of their two services, have both revealed how many subscribers they have.
Hulu, the popular video streaming service, announced on Wednesday that they had more than 20 million subscribers, according to CNN Money. These numbers aren’t as high as Netflix’s, as CNN Money notes that Netflix has about 55 million subscribers in the United States. But the numbers still suggest Hulu is a decent competitor when it comes to the video streaming game.
They could also potentially gain more subscribers, as well, as some announced changes certainly seem enticing. Hulu, like Netflix, already has some of their own original programming (like the popular Handmaid’s Tale). Until now, though, Netflix offered something Hulu didn’t: offline watching. Hulu now plans to make content available to download and watch offline, says CNN Money. The content would still play with ads, but an internet connection wouldn’t be necessary.
Spotify announced their own numbers on Thursday. Spotify is a popular music streaming service that offers paid and free accounts. According to TechSpot, Spotify now has 75 million paid subscribers to their service, and the number of people who use the service every month is also huge: 170 million. And as TechSpot also mentions, Spotify’s 75 million paid subscribers is far above Apple Music’s 40 million. This only further cements Spotify as the major competitor in the music streaming arena.
Hulu and Spotify both offer their own separate subscriptions, but over the past months they’ve begun offering bundles, as well. Last year they began offering a student plan that bundled the two services for only $4.99 a month. And just last month, a bundle was announced for everyone else that would offer both services for just $12.99, which is higher than the student price but still a significantly less expensive option.
Music and TV lovers, good news! You can now bundle Hulu and Spotify and save some money.
Currently only available to Spotify Premium subscribers, you can currently try Hulu for only 99 cents a month, says TechCrunch, and after this three month trial, you will be able to get both Hulu and Spotify for a combined total of only $12.99. This saves about 5 dollars a month on the popular streaming services.
The bundled Hulu subscription will be the version of Hulu with ads, but this is still a great deal and good news for people who already use one or both of the services anyway. And if you don’t currently use either one, this summer you’ll get a chance to start trying them both for quite a bit less than before.
A Spotify and Hulu bundle is certainly not a new concept. As I wrote last year, the Spotify Student Hulu Bundle became available for students. This bundle gives students both Spotify and Hulu (with ads) for only $4.99 a month and is available right now. Students simply have to follow the verification process to prove they’re currently enrolled in an institution.
Of course, $12.99 is a bit more than what students pay. But it still saves a decent amount of money. According to TechCrunch, the deal will be available to everyone in the summer. For now, if you have Spotify Premium, you can head to their page and add Hulu for an additional 99 cents during your three-month trial.
And for those of you using Hulu, there’s even more good news: for a limited time, you can add HBO to your subscription for only $5 a month. CNET reports that the add-on, which is usually $15 a month, is currently available at a huge discount. If you sign up for HBO during this promotion, you’ll get the $5 a month price for six months before it goes back to the normal $15 a month.
With Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu releasing so much original content, it might be a little hard to keep up. New shows and new seasons are coming out on a regular basis, ready to stream. Here’s a look at the original shows coming in the next couple months to Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu!
3/7: Hulu Hard Sun—Set in a pre-apocalyptic world, a pair of detectives must work together despite not seeing eye to eye. Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn star in this Hulu Original. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
3/8: Netflix Marvel’s Jessica Jones (new season)—Jessica Jones, private investigator and former superhero, is back for season 2 in the Netflix Original set in the Marvel universe. Watch the trailers on Netflix.
3/9: Amazon Sneaky Pete (new season)—Sneaky Pete’s first season starred Giovanni Ribisi as a con man and Bryan Cranston as the gangster he’s on the run from. Season two sees Ribisi’s character dealing with new problems. Watch the trailer on Amazon.
3/23: Netflix Alexa & Katie—Alexa & Katie follows Alexa as she deals with cancer and starts high school with her best friend. (A trailer isn’t yet available.)
3/30: Netflix A Series of Unfortunate Events (new season)—This Netflix Original based on the Lemony Snicket books and starring Neil Patrick Harris is back for a second season. Watch the teaser on YouTube.
In what I’d call a completely unexpected move, it’s been announced that the hit cartoon ‘Animaniacs’ will return to its viewers thanks to a partnership between Hulu, Amblin Television, and Warner Bros. Animation!
‘Animaniacs,’ in case you’ve forgotten or somehow missed out, was a hugely popular cartoon that aired in the 90s on Fox Kids and then later on The WB. The show featured a collection of shorts each episode, and some of the characters included the popular trio of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, as well as the scheming characters Pinky and the Brain.
This reboot will be available to watch through Hulu. Steven Spielberg will once again be the executive producer for the show, according to Variety, and there will be at least two seasons of the show starting in 2020. TechCrunch also reports that all of the previous episodes of ‘Animaniacs,’ as well as other related shows, are now available on Hulu. There are 99 episodes just of ‘Animaniacs,’ which means if it’s been a while since you watched—like, since the 90s—you’ll have time over the next couple of years to refresh your memory.
This is just the newest in a long line of cartoon reboots. There are, of course, some cartoons that just keep coming back in new cartoon series. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is a good example of this. It feels as though it’s never left television because there have been so many new series.
Other cartoons, though, have somewhat recently been brought back for the first time in a long while, and even more are coming. ‘DuckTales,’ for instance, was brought back on Disney XD just last year. Before that, ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ returned to television. Plus, according to Nerdist, ‘She-Ra’ is going to be rebooted sometime this year, with the show being released on Netflix.
The announcement about ‘Animaniacs’ is only surprising in that I simply hadn’t considered it as a possibility. However, it could be a fun show to reboot. With all the cartoon reboots in the works or already airing, it does make me wonder what might be next. Personally, I’d like to suggest that ‘Darkwing Duck’ actually come back (in spite of the fact that previous rumors about its reboot have been shot down). Or another popular cartoon from the 90s, ‘CatDog,’ could be interesting to revisit. Hey, just a thought.
(Featured image: Warner Bros)
For a long while, subscription streaming was simple. You might have heard someone talking about Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime—and you still will, since these three services are still at the top of their game. Now, though, there are far more offerings to think about adding to your list of subscriptions. Recently, Disney announced they would be removing their content from Netflix and creating their own streaming service in 2019. And YouTube is entering the arena with their own service. With so many services to keep track of, it can be difficult to decide which one (or ones) will be best for you. Here’s a list of just some of your subscription streaming options. (Since we all know and love Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, I’ll skip them for this list.)
What it offers: Live TV packages with channels like ESPN, AMC, and History. Subscribers can choose from monthly packages with 25+ channels, 40 channels, or all channels. Sling also offers add-ons, like sports or news packages.
What it costs: $20-$40 for basic packages; prices vary for add-ons
Where to go: http://www.sling.com
What it offers: Monthly packages with live streaming and on demand content from over 60 channels, like Disney, CNN, and TNT. DirecTV Now also gives subscribers the option to add premium channels HBO, Cinemax, and Starz on top of their subscription package.
What it costs: $35-$70 for basic packages; $5-$8 each for premium add-ons
Where to go: https://www.directvnow.com/
What it offers: Access to HBO content without a cable TV subscription. Subscribers can use their monthly subscription to watch commercial-free content like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and a selection of movies.
What it costs: $14.99
Where to go: https://order.hbonow.com/
CBS All Access
What it offers: Monthly or yearly subscriptions with live streaming and access to content on demand; CBS All Access offers plans with limited or no commercials. Subscribers can watch shows from CBS, and they can also watch programs exclusive to CBS All Access, like the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.
What it costs: $5.99-$9.99 monthly; $59.99-$99.99 yearly
Where to go: http://www.cbs.com/all-access
What it offers: A monthly subscription with commercial-free streaming of shows “from Britain and beyond,” their website states. Their offerings include programs viewers may already know and love, as well as shows exclusive to Acorn TV.
What it costs: $4.99
Where to go: https://signup.acorn.tv/
What it offers: Access to TV channels with a monthly subscription. YouTube TV allows subscribers to have 6 accounts per household, letting families or roommates share. It also has DVR that uploads your recordings to the cloud and offers unlimited storage space. Right now, YouTube TV is only available in some specific markets, but it will be rolling out to everyone soon.
What it costs: $35 for a basic subscription; $11-$15 each for add-ons
Where to go: https://tv.youtube.com/
College students, rejoice! Spotify and Hulu have joined together to offer the Spotify Student Hulu Bundle. Students who are attending an eligible college or university can take advantage of a new bundle that offers Spotify and Hulu for $4.99 a month. If you already paid for Spotify Student, this new bundle essentially gives you Hulu as an added bonus. The Spotify & Hulu bundle is available for new users and old, as long as they’re attending an accredited institution. This is fantastic news for college students, especially those who already pay for one of the services.
New and returning users can get the bundle by going to the Spotify Student page and get started with the process. To get a student plan, Spotify makes sure that you’re a student currently enrolled in college. In addition to the typical information you might enter for a new account, they ask for information like which college you’re attending. They use a third party called SheerID to verify that you really are a student. Whether you’re a new Spotify user or someone just switched to Student from a regular Premium account, Spotify will switch you over to a Student account once you’ve been approved.
During the account activation process, you’ll be asked to connect with Hulu. If you don’t have Hulu yet, don’t worry—you’ll be given a chance to start your account. If you already have Hulu and you’re using the same email on both Spotify and Hulu, the Hulu registration screen should show that your email address is already linked to an account. Just click to log in, enter your password, and sign in to your Hulu account.
If you’re already a Spotify Student user, and you just want to add Hulu to your account, all you need to do is log in to Spotify, visit the Spotify Student page, click “Get Started,” and follow the on-screen prompts. Spotify will tell you that you already have Spotify Student and ask if you want to add Hulu (why bother asking, honestly—who wouldn’t want free Hulu?). Just click through to either create a new Hulu account or link your existing one.
Keep in mind, of course, that this service is only available as long as you’re a student. Spotify sends reminders each year to re-activate Spotify Student by proving your enrollment status again. So you may not be able to keep this $4.99 bundle forever, but it’s definitely a much-needed perk while you’re battling your way toward graduation.
The top 3 streaming services—Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu—are always looking for a way to one-up the others, and Hulu may have found a way to come out on top.
Hulu is currently negotiating with HBO for access to its on-demand content and live TV, and the clock is ticking: will they be able to get access before the July 16th release of Game of Thrones Season 7?
Currently, customers can access HBO:
- Through cable providers.
- By subscribing to HBO Now.
- Through Amazon Channels: Amazon users can access HBO for an additional $14.99 per month through Amazon Channels, or purchase individual episodes.
Hulu already offers Showtime for an additional $8.99. It is possible that they may either offer HBO at an additional cost as well, or raise their prices once HBO is in the bag—especially considering the legions of rabid fans who will descend on the service for GOT season 7, if nothing else—but if Hulu maintains their low subscription, they will be offering access to HBO’s premium content for the lowest price in town. And that price includes all the excellent content that Hulu already offers.
Hulu also now has content from HGTV including popular shows, like:
- Property Brothers and PB Buying and Selling
- House Hunters, HH International, and HH Renovation
- Love It or List It
- Flea Market Flip
- Design on a Dime
- Flip or Flop
The thing that may differentiate the three streaming services the most is their original content. Each service makes their own movies and shows, and some of them are really great. In this contest of companies, the viewer is the winner. But to get to see all the most popular shows and movies coming out, you need access to all three services. Otherwise, you have to decide who has the original content you are most interested in.
Here are some of the most popular original shows on each platform:
- Stranger Things
- Orange is the New Black
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Arrested Development
- House of Cards
- 13 Reasons Why
- The Crown
- Sneaky Pete
- The Man in the High Castle
- Red Oaks
- Ripper Street
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Path
- The Mindy Project
Don’t know which service is right for you, or what other shows and movies are available? That’s ok, it’s hard to keep up because the shows on each service change so often. Consider this guide.
So far, my favorite shows are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Stranger Things. What are yours? Tweet your show recommendations @willreadforfood or @easyinternetnow. (Please, no spoilers. Be cool.)