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The Best TV Streaming Services for 2020

Netflix

Netflix Streaming Services

Founded in August 29, 1997, Netflix has grown considerable over the last few years because of its vast libraries of TV series and movies.

Pros

  • Large TV series and movie libraries
  • Ad-free
  • Excellent customer support
  • Mobile and web friendly
  • Physical media option
  • 4K options
  • 1 month trial

Cons

  • Expensive compared to the competition
  • Minimum 3Mbps connection for Standard Definition content
  • High data usage

Pricing (Per Month)

Basic Streaming Plan$8.99
Standard Streaming Plan$12.99
Premium Streaming Plan$15.99
Basic DVD and Bluray Plans$7.99
Standard DVD and Bluray Plans$11.99
Premium DVD and Bluray Plans$14.99
Video ResolutionUp to 4K
Data UsageHigh
Free Trial30 days

Verdict

Netflix has a very large collection of TV shows and movies, both originals and hosted, thus being among the best Streaming Services in 2020.


Disney+

Disney + Streaming Service

A very recent entry into the streaming industry is Disney’s Disney+.

Pros

  • Wide platform compatibility
  • Little to no advertisements
  • 7 days trial
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • Limited TV show and movie options compared to Netflix
  • Users have reported several bugs and buffering issues

Specifications

Monthly Price$6.99
Annual Price$69.99
Video ResolutionUp to 4K
Data UsageMedium-High
Free Trial7 days

Verdict

Disney+ has exclusive blockbusters ranging from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar all the way to National Geographic, apart from the originals in production. If you’re a fan of these, Disney Plus is the perfect match for you.


Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video Streaming Service

Amazon Prime offers numerous features apart from Streaming Services such as rewards, discounts, free next-day delivery on items and much more.

Pros

  • Original content and a collection of other networks
  • 4k capabilities
  • Cost-effective
  • Ad-free
  • 1 month free trial

Cons

  • Not as much content as the competition
  • Not as compatible with third-party devices
  • Users have complained about difficulty discovering content

Specifications

Monthly Price$8.99
Annual Price$107
Video ResolutionUp to 4K
Data UsageMedium
Free Trial30 days

Verdict

Amazon Prime Video has a lot of original and other-network-content, but not as much when compared to other Streaming Services. It becomes a very viable option when bought along with Amazon Prime.


Hulu

Hulu On-Demand Video Streaming

Hulu has brought about a relatively inexpensive way to keep up to day with cable TV shows, but contains ads in its basic version.

Pros

  • A lot of cable TV shows to watch
  • Inexpensive basic package
  • Wide platform availability
  • Cloud DVR
  • 1 month free trial

Cons

  • Have to pay extra for limited advertisement
  • No live TV in basic or ad-free packages
  • Less originals compared to the competition

Specifications

Base Price (Hulu)$5.99
Standard (Hulu Ad-Free)$11.99
Premium (Hulu with Live TV)$44.99
Video ResolutionUp to 1080p
Data UsageLow-Medium
Free Trial30 days

Verdict

Hulu has been in the streaming industry for a long time thanks to its new and classic TV show collection and live TV. If you want to stream popular TV channels, Hulu might, in fact, be the best option for you!


ESPN+

ESPN+ Streaming Service

Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ became extremely popular among sports fans. It covers live as well as on-demand content on top of written analysis for you to enjoy.

Pros

  • User-friendly UI
  • Numerous platform compatibility
  • 5 simultaneous streams
  • HD capabilities

Cons

  • No 4K
  • Cluttered search option
  • No free trial

Specifications

Price$4.99
Annual Price$49.99
Video Resolution1080p
Data UsageLow-Medium
Free TrialNone

Verdict

ESPN+ can be your perfect sports companion if you’re someone who likes to stay updated throughout the day.


HBOMax

HBO has built a TV empire thanks to its devoted fans and numerous original series. There are several services HBO offers such as HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max. HBO Max has been designed just to tackle giants such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

Pros

  • Extensive libraries
  • Original content
  • HBO owns large entertainment properties such as Warner Bros, CNN, Cinemax, etc.
  • Good streaming service history (reliability)

Cons

  • Consumes data quickly
  • Max 1080p resolution (rumors about 4K are not yet official)
  • Occasional ads

Pricing (Per Month)

Monthly Price$15
Annual Price$180
Video Resolution1080p (4K unconfirmed)
Data UsageMedium-High
Free Trial7 days (not confirmed yet)

Verdict

With its myriad of originals, HBO Max might be one of the best streaming services out there. However, we’re going to have to wait a bit for its release to be sure.


DAZN

DAZN is a streaming service offering live as well as on-demand content. It’s solely focused on sports, specifically MMA, wrestling, and boxing.

Pros

  • 4K capabilities
  • Exclusive broadcasts on MMA, wresting, and boxing events
  • All fights can be replayed as well as seen live
  • Low data consumption

Cons

  • 4K only restricted to replays. Livestreams are 720p
  • Coverage not as extensive on other sports
  • No free trials

Specifications

Monthly Price$19.99
Annual Price$99.99
Video ResolutionUp to 4K (replays) and 720p (livestream)
Data UsageMedium-Low
Free TrialNo

Verdict

DAZN is a match made in heaven for you if you’re looking for a sports-rush.


YouTube TV

YouTube has been the go-to video platform for many over the past decades. YouTube TV was launched in 2017 and has seen incredible success ever since.

Pros

  • Diverse lineup of sports, news, and entertainment
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive design
  • Cross-platform compatibility
  • Live TV option
  • Low data consumption (because of improved bitrate control)
  • 7-day free trial

Cons

  • Up to 1080p streaming
  • Poor parental control options
  • Relatively older channels

Specifications

Monthly Price$49.99 ($55 if you subscribe through Apple)
Annual Price$600 ($660 through Apple)
Video Resolution1080p
Data UsageLow
Free Trial7 days

Verdict

YouTube TV is a good streaming service for you if you don’t have children at home because of its poor parental control options.


Sling TV

Sling TV is a subsidiary of Dish TV and has been providing a wide range of channels for online streaming since 2015.

Pros

  • Wide range of networks
  • Channel flexibility
  • Reliable
  • Allows movie rentals
  • Medium data usage
  • Minimum 0.5 MB internet connection required

Cons

  • Little-to-no originals
  • Most streams are 720p only
  • Limited local channels
  • Confusing packages
  • Inefficient app and web portal

Specifications

Sling Blue or Orange$30 per month
Sling Blue and Orange$45 per month
Annual Price$360-$480
Video Resolution720p (Movies are 1080p)
Data UsageLow
Free Trial30 days

Verdict

Sling TV is a streaming service with a lot of channels and movies to choose from, but its application and portals aren’t as user-friendly, neither is its video resolution keeping up with the times.


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