In the past decade or so, the world has seen such incredible advancements in technology that the way we imagined living has completely changed.
From health to travel to banking to entertainment, we now have everything at our fingertips on a screen.
We can even enjoy our favourite TV shows and movies while on the go, thanks to streaming services.
The need to sit in front of a TV on the couch at a particular time to catch your favourite show has been eliminated.
Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, all come with an app.
So, what are the best streaming services in the UK?
Before we start with the list, we must tell you that all the streaming services we’re going to mention are accessible only within certain locations.
To access them in a location where their content is blocked, you can take the help of simple unblocking guides of StreamingRant.
1 – Amazon Prime
Owned by the globally popular e-commerce giant, Amazon, Prime Video boasts a few yet popular original shows, including American Gods, The Grand Tour, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
It is compatible with most smart devices, but a Fire TV Stick is recommended if you want full 4k and Alexa integration.
Moreover, for an additional fee, it also lets you add subscriptions to a mix of traditional live channels and on-demand content.
(AD) Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD, £49.99 on Amazon
(AD) Amazon Prime + Video, £7.99 per month
Most Popular Titles: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Man in The High Castle, The Expanse, Bosch, The Grand Tour, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Good Omens, Homecoming.
2 – Disney Plus
Disney is a name we’re all too familiar with, and even though Disney Plus is a relatively new name, it has still gained a lot of popularity among audiences.
It does not boast a lot of originals the way Netflix does, however, it boasts a large family-friendly catalogue filled with popular titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic nonetheless.
Also, like Netflix, it allows 4 simultaneous streams.
Price: Disney+, £7.99 per month
Most Popular Titles: The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Jessie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Phineas & Ferb, Once Upon A Time, Puppy Dog Pals.
3 – Now TV
Now TV comes in five different flavours: Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids, and Hayu (giving you access to the latest reality shows from the US.), and, depending on the membership plan you choose, it offers up to 11 channels.
Moreover, once you’re subscribed to it, you can use the service on any smart device; it does not require a Smart Box or Smart Stick to work.
By purchasing a NOW TV Stick (powered by Roku), you will be able to pause and rewind live TV and turn your regular TV into a smart one.
Price: NOW TV Box with 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass, £109.99 on Amazon
NOW TV, £9.99 per month
Most Popular titles: Chernobyl, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Succession, Mare of Easttown, True Detective, Band of Brothers.
4 – Apple TV+
As compared to its competitors, Apple TV has a somewhat limited content library to offer, but it still boasts some interesting titles as mentioned below.
It was launched with the aim to provide an ad-free service with original content.
Not only is it cost-friendly, but it also offers a 7-day free trial, giving you plenty of time to explore its content before making a decision.
Lastly, an Apple TV box is not required to watch Apple TV+.
Price: (AD) Apple TV 4K (32GB), £169 on Amazon
Apple TV+, £4.99 per month
Most Popular Titles: The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, Defending Jacob, For All Mankind, Servant, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Truth Be Told.
5 – Netflix
Owing to its immense popularity, Netflix needs no introduction.
It is hands down the biggest streaming service in the world, and is currently available in about 180 countries, and boasts just over 200 million subscribers worldwide.
Moreover, in addition to a 30-day free trial, it allows you to download a tv show episode or a movie without having to stream.
It also has a parental controls feature so you can keep an eye on the content your kid is watching without having to worry about exposing them to harmful content.
Price: £8.99 per month
Most Popular Titles: ‘The Harder They Fall’ · ‘Love Hard’ · ‘Big Mouth’ · ‘You’ · ‘Narcos: Mexico’ · ‘Squid Game’.
6 – Vudu
Vudu has an extensive library with the most famous movie titles. Similar to Netflix, it allows you to either watch movies online or download them to watch at a later time.
There are no hidden subscription charges or fees of any sort, all you have to do is download the app for free and start watching your favourite movie titles.
Price: Rental prices on Vudu range from 99 cents to $5.99, while purchase prices can be anywhere from $4.99 to $24.99.
Most Popular Titles: 1. Gran Torino · 2. He’s Just Not That Into You · 3. Taken · 4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button · 5. The International.
7 – Hulu
Owned by Walt Disney, Hulu is a great platform to watch Tv Shows, movies, reality shows as well as many original productions, Hulu is one of Netflix’s biggest competitors.
With a massive content library, it offers over 50 channels with the option to expand for an additional cost.
It also comes with a free trial as well as Chromecast support.
Price: Monthly price after free trial. $6.99/mo. $12.99/mo. $64.99/mo.
Most Popular Titles: Boys Don’t Cry (1999) · ‘Waitress’ (2007) · ‘Silence’ (2016) · ‘Summer of Soul’ (2021) · ‘The Prestige’ (2006) · ‘That Thing You Do!’ (1996)
8 – HBO Max
HBO boasts a vast collection of titles including documentaries, movies from all genres, and much more.
The best part is that it allows you to enjoy HD-quality movies and TV series from a range of devices on the go.
Price: $14.99 per month for the ad-free version, or $9.99 per month for ad-supported content.
Most Popular Titles: Dune (2021) PG-13 | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Succession (2018– ), Game of Thrones (2011–2019), The Sopranos (1999–2007), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– ), The Many Saints of Newark (2021), Friends (1994–2004), Peaky Blinders (2014– ).
You can also visit here ,to know about upcoming shows of harry potter on hbo max.
As we said earlier, all of these streaming sites are geo-restricted. So, while there is a huge demand in the UK for all of them, accessing them without a reliable VPN is impossible.
What do you make of this story? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages! And if you enjoy listening to film podcasts, why not check out our podcasts, Small Screen Stories and Small Screen Film Club wherever you get your podcasts!