The advent of streaming services such as Netflix has resulted in a rise in the number of cord-cutters. According to a report, “the number of true cord-cutters accelerated in 2020. By the end of last year, 50 million US homes no longer had a cable, satellite, or telco TV subscription.”
Not to mention it also resulted in the coining of the term “cord-cutters”.
However, along with the rise in audiences’ inclination towards streaming, the number of streaming services also (naturally!) rose. There are now all sorts of options with regards to content, available at a range of prices in exchange for a range of services. The information overload can make it quite difficult for you to settle on one streaming service, whether you’re getting it for yourself as an individual or for your household.
Netflix, obviously, happens to be the most popular streaming service to date. We’re here to tell you about other best streaming services you can sign up for in 2021, so you can pick something that best suits your budget and streaming needs:
The best streaming services you can sign up for in 2021
Before we dive into the list, please note that all these streaming services are geo-restricted. If you want to access them in a location where their content is blocked, you can learn how to unblock them and any other channel or platform with the help of simple unblocking guides present on StreamingRant.
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.
E-commerce giant Amazon's take on online streaming services, Amazon Prime Video is part of the services that you get with a Prime subscription. Similar to Netflix and HBO Max, 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 Simpsons, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Jessie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Phineas & Ferb, Once Upon A Time, Puppy Dog Pals.
While Disney is not a new name to our ears, Disney Plus is a relatively new contender in the streaming industry and yet it has made such a huge name amongst streaming enthusiasts.
It does not boast a lot of originals like Netflix, but its vast family-friendly catalogue is full of globally loved titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic nonetheless.
It works on most web browsers, iOS and Android devices and the majority of smart TVs and dongles, and allows access to offline downloads. Similar to Netflix, it allows 4 simultaneous streams.
Disney+, £7.99 per month
Most Popular titles: Chernobyl, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Succession, Mare of Easttown, True Detective, Band of Brothers.
The list of most popular titles on Now TV should be enough to convince you to sign up for it.
If it isn’t, let us tell you a bit more about it. Depending on the membership plan you choose, it offers up to 11 channels. Another plus is that it lets you access some of the Sky channels without needing a satellite dish.
Another great thing about it is that it does not require a Smart Box or Smart Stick to work. Once you’re subscribed, you can use the service on any smart device.
However, by purchasing a NOW TV Stick (powered by Roku), you will be able to pause and rewind live TV, as well as turning your regular TV into a smart one supporting additional streaming services.
The service comes in five different flavours: Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids, and Hayu (giving you access to the latest reality shows from the US.)
NOW TV Box with 2 Month Sky Cinema Pass, £109.99 on Amazon
NOW TV, £9.99 per month
Most Popular Titles: The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, Defending Jacob, For All Mankind, Servant, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, Truth Be Told.
Launched with the aim to provide an ad-free service with original content, Apple TV+ launched towards the end of 2019.
It offers a bunch of interesting titles, as mentioned above, but as compared to its competitors, its catalogue is still somewhat limited.
It also costs less, and offers a 7-day free trial so you can explore the whole library of its content and then decide whether or not you want to subscribe to it.
Its streaming device (especially the 4K version) is excellent as it offers Dolby Atmos sound and HDR video both, which we all know makes for an amazing streaming experience. Plus an Apple TV box is not required to watch Apple TV+.
(AD) Apple TV 4K (32GB), £169 on Amazon
Apple TV+, £4.99 per month
Don’t forget to consider the extra features that some of them offer, such as offline downloads and 4K streaming. We hope this blog makes it easier for you to choose the best streaming services you can sign up for in 2021!