Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'
When Netflix was founded back in 1997, nobody would have ever imagined that it will be as big as it has turned out today. Its ever-increasing catalog of films and TV shows from all across the world has something for everyone. From horror to romcoms, it serves a variety of content to over 137 million subscribers. With their aggressive expansion plans, these numbers will only go up.
While it has almost everything under the sun, there are some shows and movies you won’t find on Netflix. HBO’s Game of Thrones, for instance, can only be streamed on HBO Go or HBO Now. Also, Netflix still isn’t available in every country.
If you’re looking for Netflix alternatives for whatever reason, I have got you covered. Let’s look at my compilation of some similar services.
Amazon Prime Video
Although Prime Video is a relatively new player in the market compared to services like Netflix, it already boasts an impressive catalog of original and third-party content.
Amazon has upped the ante in recent years. They have been investing heavily in producing original content for their subscribers. The result is spellbinding shows like Tom Clancy‘s Jack Ryan, The Man in The High Castle, and many more that will instantly hook you. While Netflix has an edge in terms of pure numbers, Amazon seems to be closing in.
Subscription to Amazon Prime costs $99 per year, which is cheaper than its rivals. Besides getting access to movies, TV shows, and stand-ups, you’ll also get access to Amazon Prime Music, a music streaming service like Spotify.
In recent years, premium networks have started offering their shows and movies on their own streaming services. Starz Play is an initiative from Starz, one of the best premium networks in the US.
Their catalog of exclusive movies and shows is available for $7.99 per month for residents of the US or Puerto Rico. If you're unsure, take the 7-day trial. Signing up for the trial is free, but you must provide your payment details.
It’s available on Google Play, App Store, and Roku. Besides streaming your favorite movies and shows, you can watch them offline by downloading them. Only up to five devices can be registered at any point in time, while two of them can have simultaneous access to the account.
If you are in the US, Showtime can be a good alternative to Netflix. It’s available on almost every device, even your game consoles. Regardless of your platform of choice, it will cost you $11 per month. Besides, they are linked up with Amazon and Hulu. If you’re already subscribed to any of those, it will only cost you $9 per month.
As you will only be paying for streaming Showtime shows, there isn’t a lot of variety. Rest assure; whatever you find will be of top quality. From horror shows like Penny Dreadful to acclaimed comedies like Shameless, there is plenty for everyone.
Available only in Asia-Pacific regions, Hooq provides on-demand access to around 100 TV shows and 2000 movies. While the numbers aren’t very impressive, especially when you pit them against industry giants like Netflix and Amazon, it’s improving all the time. Also, it’s significantly cheaper than its rivals, costing only Rs. 89 (approximately $1) per month. A 30-day trial is available if you're looking to give it a shot.
While they have over 2000 movies, not everything is available for streaming. Newer films are only available through renting. Then again, it’s dirt cheap. For $1 per month, you’re getting access to so many excellent movies at once.
While there is no dearth of innovative titles on sites like Netflix and Amazon, they only invest in content that will appeal to the majority of their subscribers.
Launched in 2011, Fandor is home to over 4000 indie movies and documentaries. For $10 per month, you’ll get access to obscure movies that aren’t available anywhere else. If you’re bored of the usual Hollywood flicks, you’ll love what Fandor brings to the table.
Fandor claims that before hosting a movie on their website, they thoroughly assess if it’s worth your time. You’ll be served with handpicked movies and documentaries.
Read the movie description carefully to know what kind of content you're getting into. These detailed descriptions do a good job of diving deep into the movies.
While $10 per month is admittedly a little expensive, you’re getting access to a large pool of handpicked content exclusively available for this platform.
Priced at $10.99 per month, Pureflix is an online platform with a focus on providing family-friendly and Christian movies on demand. It’s available on Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, PC, Xbox One and Apple TV.
Started in 2005, Pureflix has continued building up its catalog of content. Besides movies, there are educational, faith, kids, and TV shows available to stream. You‘ll never run out of new content as they continuously update their catalog.
If you’re looking to stream movies with your family, Pureflix is the way to go. There is a 30-day trial available before they charge you. It's is not going to appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking to watch movies with no profanity or sex scenes, this platform might appeal to you.
Snagfilms offers over 5000 documentaries and indie movies along with some TV shows at no cost. There are advertisements, but they never ruin your experience.
Most of the movies are available in high quality with some rare exceptions. Contents available here are exclusive to this platform. You won’t, however, find any of the mainstream movies and TV shows. Once you watch a few movies and shows, the recommendation bar comes into action, which is more or less accurate with its suggestions.
If you’re looking for a free alternative to Netflix, Snagflims should be your best bet.
Available for $6.99 per month, Mubi offers diverse content from all corners of the world. Only the finest of movies are available, and that too for a limited window. Films only stay on the platform for only 30 days.
Faced with stiff competition from other streaming services, it’s a stroke of genius that has paid off well so far. Over one lakh subscribers are a testament to the success of this strategy.
One of the drawbacks of this streaming service is the lack of TV shows and blockbuster movies. The selection of films, however, are of exceptional quality. If you're a movie buff who likes something different, it will appeal to you.
Formed in 2012, M-Go is a unique streaming service that allows you to stream your favorite content from different platforms with no additional subscription.
M-Go shuns the subscription model in favor of “pay as you go” model, where you’re charged based on your consumption. You need not enter payment details to browse the content. Also, the trailers are free to watch. Credit card information is required only when you decide to rent a movie.
However, not all the movies can be rented. Some movies, especially the newer entries, can only be purchased. The company claims you can refund anything you don’t like. However, I couldn’t dig up any additional information about it. The refund policy is shady at best.
If you’re aren’t tech-savvy, I’ll recommend you to stay away from this service as getting started here can be a headache. The lack of good customer care support only makes things worse.
Despite the abundance of negative customer reviews swirling around the internet, I’ll recommend you to give it a shot. You’ll have access to movies and shows that aren’t available on mainstream streaming services like Netflix.
Like Amazon and Netflix, Hulu has a huge library of original and third-party content. Although Hulu’s original programming has been a hit or miss in the last couple of years, it has seen a consistent improvement in recent times. Shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Path, and 11.22.63 have been exceptional, to say the least.
Of course, Netflix will always have the upper hand since it has been around longer than any of its rivals. However, I find Hulu’s original programs more appealing than some of the Netflix originals.
Their subscription plans start from $5.99 per month, with Showtime, HBO, Starz, and Cinemax available as add-ons for additional prices. Try their one-month trial to see if it’s the best fit for you.
Vudu is a streaming service with a pay-as-you-go model, boasting a library of over 14000 movies and 1500 TV shows. There are no fees or subscription charges. Instead, you can rent or buy movies and shows. You’ll only be paying for what you watch.
Most of the times, content is available the same day it’s released. It’s a huge advantage over Netflix, where you have to wait at least a month before a movie is available on that platform.
Vudu is ad-free. Once you rent or buy a movie, watching the content is a hassle-free experience.
The downside is that it’s a little on the expensive side. Renting a movie will cost you around $3-$10. You can also choose to purchase the content, but I will recommend not to buy anything from there. There arebetter options available at lower prices.
For TV shows, the first episode is available for free in most cases. It’s an attempt to get viewers to purchase the full season, but let’s not complain about free content.
Going for Vudu is pricey, but remember that you’re paying for day-one access to blockbusters-something you won’t get anywhere else.
Let’s clear up the confusion first. A lot of people get confused between HBO Go and HBO Now. While both services provide the same content, HBO Go is for the traditional HBO subscribers. HBO Now, on the other hand, is an on-demand streaming service, which doesn’t require an existing subscription to HBO.
HBO has the best content available on TV, period. From award-winning Game of Thrones to Big Little Lies, there is everything for everyone. Almost every show on the platform is an HBO original. You won’t find any series from any other network. As far as movies are concerned, it features a huge library, comprising different genres.
HBO still follows the traditional method of releasing one episode per week, as opposed to the full season releases by Netflix and Amazon.
While HBO Now is pricier than its competitors ($14.99 per month), the content available on the platform makes it well worth. You’ll need an Apple device to sign up for the service, which is odd, considering you can watch the content on any platform of your choice.
Did I miss out on any other good Netflix alternatives? Let me know in the comment section below.
Abigail Parker on December 02, 2019:
i tried BlueTV and i really liked..faster than netflix and also very cheap when compared to alternatives
bathuhandemirtas on October 31, 2019:
noicee list. but regardless of what streaming service, regional restrictions still exist. im using pure myself. tried express vpn before but pures cheaper and does the same work
Keith Abt from The Garden State on December 11, 2018:
I watch a lot of stuff on TubiTV. It's free and has an impressive library.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on December 11, 2018:
I've not heard of a lot of these services, but Amazon Prime Video seems to be doing well. I've seen them advertising on TV quite a lot lately.