With the number of awesome TV shows growing every day, any self-respecting TV-series junkie will eventually encounter the problem of how to keep track of all of them, how to choose what to watch, and how to watch everything that interests you without spending your life savings on the cable bill. Let’s take a look at the best possible solutions.
Sky may have started as a televisual entertainment company, but the range of services they offer today is much broader than that. In addition to a great number of packages tailored to the needs of particular groups of customers, which allow you to fine-tune your dealings with the company and pay only for what you really need, Sky offers Internet and telephone services. Such abundance may look overwhelming, but you simply have to contact Sky customer service to get all the assistance you need in choosing a package to suit your needs.
2. Amazon Video
The world seems to be head over heels in love with streaming nowadays, and Amazon Video is one of the two most important players in this market, fighting over your subscriptions with Netflix. Amazon seems to be really putting forward its Amazon Prime subscription (£79/$99 per year), which comes not only with access to the streaming service, but with some additional perks as well: free postage from Amazon’s retail, a Kindle ebook lending library, and Amazon Music Prime streaming service.
However, there is a hitch – Amazon Video doesn’t provide all videos it has with Amazon Prime. Many newer shows will be available only for an additional payment, which can make you feel cheated.
The main competitor of Amazon Video shows a much more straightforward approach. It is a pure subscription service: after you’ve paid your monthly fee, there will be no extra charges, and you get full access to the entire library available in your country.
Right now, the choice between Netflix and Amazon Video heavily depends on the country you live in. For example, in the UK, Netflix offers almost twice as much choice as its competitor. If you are in doubt, you can always try the 30-day trials offered by both services before committing to anything.
Of course, iTunes is not a subscription service, but a store. This means that once you buy something, it is yours forever. It is more suited to those who watch the same shows multiple times and want that pleasant sense of ownership that just doesn’t come with rentals — which are available here as well, by the way.
A viable alternative to the Amazon Video and Netflix, Hulu is unfortunately available only in the USA and Japan, but for those living there it offers a wide choice of films and shows for a reasonable subscription fee. Its additional distinctive feature is that it streams a selection of anime titles from many distributors, such as Funimation, Bandai Visual, and TMS Entertainment, so those whose interests lie in this direction should certainly check it out.
6. Google Play
A more readily available alternative to Hulu, Google Play is available in more countries and offers a flexible store and rental service, with purchases that can be shared among up to five devices. Although somewhat less popular than the alternatives, Google can be trusted to perfect their service with time.
Finding the best arrangement to meet your watching needs may be tough, but it is certainly worth it. When you have all your video entertainment provided by one source and don’t pay for what you don’t need, you can considerably lower your expenses — and spend less time wondering what to watch next.
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