Whether you are coming home from a long day at school or enjoying a relaxing morning in bed, it is nearly impossible to resist the urge to turn on your television and binge watch your favorite shows. With today’s multitude of streaming services, I thought it would be helpful to look into which of the most popular provides the best content while also being easy to navigate. All of the options have different prices, but they each offer a helpful free trial period, making it easy for potential subscribers to investigate the service while offering the option to cancel.
Netflix: 4.5/5 stars
With an assortment of TV shows and classic movies, a subscription to Netflix provides options for all age groups. Some standout options include “Tarzan,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Crown” and many more. In addition to these, Netflix has a wide variety of original shows and movies, such as the phenomenal hit “You,” the insanely popular “Stranger Things” and investigative documentaries like the recently released “The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.” Netflix is also extremely easy to navigate; one can simply browse by entering a title or by selecting a genre you are interested in, and it will generate suggestions. When users are traveling and are offline, a beneficial feature is the option of downloading shows and movies onto their device beforehand. Despite these advantages, the pricing is relatively high. Although it can range from $8.99 to $15.99 per month, all options beside the premium (the others being basic and standard), are limited to how many screens can be watching at once and the quality of resolution. To put it in perspective, premium is the only one that offers HD and Ultra HD with a whopping four screens at once, making it the most optimal for families, but also “Ultra” expensive, resulting in a near-perfect rating.
Hulu: 3.5/5 stars
In comparison to Netflix, Hulu’s price range is much more feasible, ranging from $5.99 to $11.99 per month. While it is more affordable, the $5.99 plan does come with annoying commercial interruptions and does not come with the download option, unlike Netflix. To enjoy entertainment without disruptions, one would have to upgrade to the $11.99. However, Hulu updates its shows the day after they air on television, so they do not keep you waiting to watch your favorites. Hulu also offers their own original content, with TV series such as the thrilling “Handmaid’s Tale.” Navigating Hulu is very similar to Netflix in that you can browse by categories or by titles. Also including quality content for all age groups, Hulu can be a great, cheaper option for both families and individuals.
Disney Plus: 4/5 stars
With the recent highly-anticipated arrival of Disney Plus, I thought it would be crucial to dive into the pros and cons of this streaming service. Disney Plus offers many house-hold names in its library, such as “Star Wars,” “Pixar,” “Marvel” and “National Geographic.” Although its content is mainly composed of TV shows and movies for younger audiences, it can be fun for young adults to rediscover gems from their childhoods with classics like “Toy Story” and “The Lion King.” Additionally, Disney Plus recently released “Mandalorian,” the first live action series of the Star Wars franchise which is enjoyable for all age groups. While there are other titles that adults can enjoy from action movies and National Geographic documentaries, the options are certainly more limited. Nonetheless, one of the major pros to Disney plus is the price: only $6.99, including the choice of downloading your favorites. Picking Disney Plus is surely a dream come true for most families with little kids, as it provides most, if not all, their favorite Disney shows and movies. The layout is very straightforward, allowing you to select if you want to watch Disney, Marvel or other options. However, because the content is more restricted for the older age groups, my rating dropped to a 4/5 stars.
Despite the magical bonuses to Disney Plus that will bring you to a “whole new world” of Disney movies, it lacks in content for all age-groups. Although Hulu’s price is cheaper, to ultimately have the most enjoyable experience it is necessary to subscribe to the $11.99 plan for the benefit of having no commercials. Thus, because it provides the most diverse options and always comes ad-free regardless of price, I would recommend picking Netflix to satisfy all binging needs.