After months of being cooped up inside due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's no surprise that many people have tired of watching their favourite TV shows and movies.
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If you've exhausted Netflix and are looking for an alternative streaming service to try during the second lockdown, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the vast amount of choices available. We’ve broken down all the best streaming services to satisfy everyone's needs.
Best streaming service for reality TV: Hayu
Known as the ‘streaming service for reality TV lovers’, Hayu has everything you could ever want for plenty of binge-watching. It’s one of the cheaper services, costing just £4.99 a month, and has lots of shows fresh from the US.
What should I watch on Hayu? Well, Keeping up with the Kardashians, of course! There’s also the Real Housewives of New York, New Jersey and Atlanta, Vanderpump Rules, Dance Moms and Top Chef.
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Best streaming service for kids: Disney+
Disney+ was one of the biggest launches of the year, and it’s already become a family favourite thanks to its vast selection. Don’t expect purely Disney classics; there’s also lots of Marvel, Pixar and more to be found on the service, which costs £5.99 a month, or £59.99 for the year.
What should I watch on Disney+? Star Wars fans can watch new series (featuring baby Yoda) The Mandalorian, while kids can access classics such as The Lion King. There's also movies and series exclusive to Disney+, such as Pixar In Real Life.
Best streaming service for live streaming: Sky Go
Existing Sky TV customers can stream on-the-go from their phone or tablet - and the best news? It's absolutely free if you already pay for the TV subscription. It's ideal for those who like to keep up-to-date with sports.
What should I watch on Sky Go? That depends on your Sky TV subscription, really. If you pay for sports and movies, you'll be able to access them on the move too. There is an extra add-on called Sky Q, which also acts as access to Sky Go content, but adds the ability to download recordings to watch offline.
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Best streaming service for movie lovers: Now TV
If you’re looking for the latest movie releases, Now TV is the service for you. Often the first to drop big Hollywood Blockbusters, they have something for all the family, along with a few classics, of course! You pay different prices depending on whether you want access to a movie pass, TV pass, sports pass or all of them. There’s also a special section dedicated to kids’ entertainment.
What should I watch on Now TV? There’s a new movie landing every week, and recently it’s been the likes of The Secret Garden, The Invisible Man and The Grudge. It’s also the only place you can watch all of the Game of Thrones episodes online.
Best streaming service for American TV shows: Amazon Prime
Those with an Amazon Prime membership have access to hundreds of TV shows and movies, too. It’s easy to sign up, and you pay one yearly fee of £79.99 - this includes free delivery on your Amazon orders and access to Amazon Music. You can get a generous free month trial when you sign up.
What should I watch on Amazon Prime? Prime is known for its great original TV shows like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Star Trek: Picard and The Grand Tour. It also has plenty of new-release films, such as Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
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Best streaming service for cinema lovers: Mubi
Touted as a ‘streaming service for cinema lovers’, this is for those who love indie cinema and want to find something really new. At any one time, there are always 30 hand-picked films to watch or download. It’s one of the more expensive services, at £9.99 a month/£95.88 a year, but you have access to a community of like-minded cinema lovers to chat to.
What should I watch on Mubi? Films change fairly regularly here, so it’s worth checking out for yourself!
Best streaming service for UK TV shows of the past: Britbox
This British TV service offers award-winning and most talked-about British archive dramas, comedies, film and documentaries from the BBC & ITV for just £5.99 a month - and your first 30 days are free.
What should I watch on Britbox? Broadchurch, Extras, Vera, Downton Abbey, Fawlty Towers, Gavin & Stacey, Happy Valley… the list goes on!
Best streaming service for new shows: Apple TV+
If you're getting sick of watching the same shows on repeat then Apple TV+ is a great place to look for new options. In the mood for a feel-good comedy movie or a gripping drama series? There are plenty. After a free 7-day trial, the monthly subscription costs £4.99, but you can get Apple TV+ free for one year if you redeem the offer within 90 days of purchasing an Apple device.
What should I watch on Apple TV+? It offers new Apple Originals every month such as The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and Truth Be Told starring Octavia Spencer.
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