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Type
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Subscription services give you unlimited access to a TV/movie content library for a monthly/annual fee. Rent or buy services let you purchase individual movies, shows, seasons etc as a one time purchase. Rentals expire after a predetermined time, purchases are added to your account for repeat viewing. Free to air, aka catchup, services let you watch broadcast content after it's aired for free. Some of these services also offer online only content similar to streaming companies.

Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

Entry-level/single fee subscription price. Google Play, YouTube and Apple TV monthly fees based on one third of a purchased TV series and one rented movie per month.

$10.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$7.00
$8.00
$17.50
$9.00
$10.00
$25.00
$15.00
$25.00
$10.00
$0.00
$0.00
$10.00
$15.00
$15.00
Entry-level/single subscription price per month ($) Expand to view more details.

Tiered services provide standard definition content and simultaneous access to a small number of devices at this level. Services with a single monthly fee provide access to all available resolutions and a pre-determined number of devices. Google Play, YouTube and Apple TV monthly fees based on one third of a purchased TV series and one rented movie per month.

Mid-range price per month ($) Expand to view more details.

Tiered services provide high-definition content and simultaneous access to a handful of devices at this level. Services with a single monthly fee do not have a mid-range option as all content options are accessible at the entry-level price. Google Play, YouTube and Apple TV monthly fees based on purchase of one TV series per month.

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$13
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$24
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$14
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$20
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$14
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not applicable
$14
$20
not applicable
Premium price per month ($) Expand to view more details.

Tiered services provide 4K UHD content and simultaneous access to a handful of devices at this level. Services with a single monthly fee do not have a premium option as all content options are accessible at the entry-level price. Google Play, YouTube and Apple TV monthly fees based on purchase of one TV series and two rented movies per month. YouTube Premium price listed is for a family account. This increases the number of allowable users per household. It does not unlock any additional content.

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$19
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$38
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$18
$104
$32
$35
$20
$50
not applicable
$17
$32
$23
Annual subscription option ($) Expand to view more details.

Some services offer discounts if you sign up for a year.

No
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
Yes, $59
No
not applicable
Yes, $90
No
No
not applicable
No
No
Yes, $50 for Premium
not applicable
No
not applicable
No
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Scores
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

Made up of layout and stability score (40%), what to watch score (35%) sign up and cancel score (15%) and playback control score (10%).

Sign up and cancel score (%) Expand to view more details.

How easy it is to sign up to a service and to stop using it with no further payments.

Layout and stability score (%) Expand to view more details.

How intuitively the user interface is laid out and if it has any problems with crashes or connectivity.

What to watch score (%) Expand to view more details.

How easy it is to search for specific content, discover new shows and movies, revisit something you're already watching or save titles to look at later.

Playback control score (%) Expand to view more details.

How easy it is to move forward, back, and to a specific time stamp while viewing.

Recommended products
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We recommend streaming services with a CHOICE expert rating of 70% or above.

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Features
Free trial period Expand to view more details.

How long the free trial period is for each service, if any exists, as defined by the service provider.

1 month
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not applicable
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30 days
7 days
not applicable
7 days
14 days
10 days
not applicable
14 days
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
30 days
not applicable
1 month
Max authorised devices Expand to view more details.

How many devices can be associated with a service, though some services do not place a limit.

No limit
not stated
not stated
not stated
not stated
not stated
not stated
5
not stated
not stated
5
1 for rentals, 5 for purchases
2
not stated
not stated
not stated
not stated
1 for rentals, 5 for purchases
10
Entry-level max simultaneous streams Expand to view more details.

How many video streams can be run simultaneously with "entry-level" price at any one time across multiple devices.

3
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not stated
not stated
not stated
2
3
3
4
1
2
1 for rentals, 3 for purchases
2
1
not stated
not stated
1
1 for rentals, 3 for purchases
1
Mid-range max simultaneous streams Expand to view more details.

How many video streams can be run simultaneously with "mid-range" price at any one time across multiple devices.

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not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
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2
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not applicable
not applicable
2
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not applicable
3
not applicable
not applicable
Premium max simultaneous streams Expand to view more details.

How many video streams can be run simultaneously with "premium" price at any one time across multiple devices.

not applicable
not applicable
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not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
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not applicable
4
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not applicable
3
4
not stated
not applicable
4
not applicable
6
4K UHD support Expand to view more details.

4K or UHD (ultra-high definition) resolution is defined as 3840 by 2160 pixels.

No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Offline mode Expand to view more details.

Some services let you download content to watch offline. It typically expires after 48 hours.

Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Specifications
Cast to Chromecast Expand to view more details.

Can you cast to a Google Chromecast from a mobile device, PC or laptop?

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smart TV Expand to view more details.

Can you install the app on a smart TV. Check the service provides website prior to subscribing to make sure your TV brand/model is compatible.

Select Android TV-based smart TVs
Freeview Plus
Freeview Plus
Freeview Plus
Yes
Yes
Select LG and Samsung TVs
Select LG and Samsung TVs
Yes
Select Android TV-based smart TVs
Select LG, Samsung, and Android TV-based TVs
Select LG, Samsung, and Android TV-based TVs
Selected Samsung TV and Android TV-based TVs
Yes
Select LG, Samsung, and Android TV-based TVs
Freeview Plus
Select LG, Hisense, Kogan, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, TCL TVs
Yes
Yes
Android Expand to view more details.

Can you access the service on an Android device?

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
iOS Expand to view more details.

Can you access the service on an iPhone or iPad?

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Expand to view more details.

Can you access the service on Windows?

Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
App
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Mac Expand to view more details.

Can you access the service on MacOS?

Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
App
App
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
Browser
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Can you access the service on a PlayStation? Google Play Movies and TV purchases can be accessed in the YouTube app by using the same Google account.

No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Via YouTube app
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Can you access the service on an Xbox? Google Play Movies and TV purchases can be accessed in the YouTube app by using the same Google account.

No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Via YouTube app
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Nintendo Switch Expand to view more details.

Can you access the service on a Nintendo Switch. Google Play Movies and TV purchases can be accessed in the YouTube app by using the same Google account.

No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Via YouTube app
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
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