Netflix is one of the biggest streaming platforms, but by no means the only one. There are plenty of Netflix alternatives, both free and paid, and some are arguably even better than Netflix.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best Netflix alternatives available today. These are companies similar to Netflix, but offering streaming services with different features and content.
1. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is one of Netflix’s biggest competitors, and it’s well worth your time. Amazon’s original movies and TV shows (such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) are worth the price of admission alone.
You can only subscribe to Prime Video or pay an extra $4/month to get all the benefits of Amazon Prime.
- A wide variety of critically acclaimed original content that you can’t find anywhere else
- You can easily rent or buy other content not included in the subscription
- Prime Video is included as part of a full Amazon Prime subscription
Watch: Amazon Prime video ($8.99/month)
Disney+ had a lot of hype around its 2019 launch, as it was the House of Mouse’s big service against Netflix. If you’re a Disney fan, it’s worth subscribing to Disney+.
Since the company seemingly owns everything, it is packed with works from the likes of Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic. Of course, it also includes all the classic and latest Disney movies, along with original content like The Mandalorian (the Star Wars TV spin-off).
- Perfect for kids, thanks to Disney’s deep archives of classic animations
- Lots of adult content available outside the US (due to the Star brand)
- Impressive exclusive content, though leaning towards blockbuster brands like Marvel and Star Wars
Watch: Disney+ ($7.99/month)
3. Apple TV+
Apple was relatively late with the streaming game, but it got off the ground with shows starring Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey and Jason Momoa. It is a great Netflix alternative that offers a free trial.
However, Apple TV+ doesn’t have a lot of licensed content, so the breadth is extremely limited compared to Netflix. Nevertheless, it has decent shows like Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest and Dickinson, with more always on the way.
- Some good original content from top talent
- Not much to look at due to the lack of licensed content
- You get three months free with the purchase of a new Apple product; very affordable otherwise
Watch: Apple TV+ ($4.99/month)
Hulu has a great selection of movies and TV shows, both licensed and original. The licensed catalog is huge, spanning many broadcast networks and with something for every age, ensuring you have enough shows to last a lifetime.
The main problem is that the cheaper pricing plan has ads. You can pay double fees to remove them, but some shows will still have ads due to licensing issues.
- Great for its huge back catalog of old and modern TV shows
- Provides a low-cost entry point for basic membership
- Advertising on TV and movies
Watch: hulu ($6.99/month)
5. HBO Max
As you would expect given the name, HBO Max offers the great material that HBO produces. This includes shows like Westworld, Game of Thrones and Succession. The network is known for its high-quality creations, but whether it deserves the expensive price tag is up to you.
HBO Max also offers original content and a decent selection of movies from WarnerMedia.
- The largest selection of original HBO shows over the years
- Expensive compared to its competitors
- The cheaper plan includes ads – it costs an extra $5 per month to remove them
Watch: HBO Max ($9.99/month)
6. Jerk TV
Most streaming services focus on US content, so it’s great to have Acorn TV offering shows from places like Australia, UK and France. While there won’t be anything new to those living in those countries, of course, if you haven’t seen shows like Midsomer Murders and Inspector George Gently, you’re in for a treat.
Acorn TV is similar to another streaming service called BritBox. Check out our BritBox vs Acorn TV comparison for more details.
- A wide range of content from countries outside America
- Reasonable price and cheaper if you sign up for a year
- Available on a range of devices including iPhone, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire TV
Watch: Acorn TV ($6.99/month)
Paramount+ is the only way to watch great shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Halo and 1883, although the original programming is limited compared to Netflix.
There’s also a great selection of shows and movies from brands like CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon to keep you entertained.
- Paramount has produced some great shows and movies available here
- Only the higher price plan of $9.99/month is ad-free
- You can save on the monthly price if you sign up for a year
Watch: Paramount+ ($4.99/month)
MUBI is the perfect service for those who like their films that are slightly less mainstream, showcase works from film festivals and highlight independent creators. Every day it introduces a new movie, often only available for 30 days, although some are added to the rotating catalog.
It’s unlikely you’ve seen many of the movies here unless you’re an ultimate cinephile.
- A varying selection of movies from around the world
- While the quality is arguably higher than Netflix, the quantity is not
- Expensive considering the limited amount of content
Watch: MUBIA ($10.99/month)
Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service that streams its subsidiaries (such as Universal Pictures movies) alongside news, sports, and third-party content. Surprisingly for a major service, it offers a free membership tier, which lets you watch seasons of shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Sure, you’ll have to pay to see the newer and exclusive content (although some episodes may captivate you for free), but the ad-supported plan is reasonably priced.
- You can sign up for free and enjoy a selection of content
- Offline downloads and mostly ad-free streaming cost $9.99/month
- Supports up to six profiles, including kid-friendly profiles
Watch: Peacock ($4.99/month)
Tubi has thousands of free movies and TV shows, all supported by ads. While much of the content is of course older or lesser known material, there is so much that you are sure to find something you like.
It’s all sorted into handy categories, including a special kids area to keep your little ones entertained.
- A huge number of movies and TV shows from studios like Lionsgate and Paramount
- Available on all popular devices such as streaming sticks and game consoles
- Collections like ‘Highly Rated’ and ‘Award Winners’ help you find the good stuff
Watch: Tubic (Free)
Vudu has been around since 2004, but has been owned by Fandango Media since 2020. While it has a wide selection of movies to rent, there is also a sizable collection of free movies and TV shows to watch that are ad-supported.
It even streams in high-definition video and audio, which is a great bonus.
- Offers a decent selection of free ad-supported movies and TV shows
- Streams in high quality
- Provides a clean and easy-to-navigate interface
Watch: vudu (Free)
Plex offers 200 free live TV channels and over 50,000 on-demand titles from studios like Legendary, MGM, and Lionsgate, so you’re unlikely to run out of footage.
Plex also allows you to create your own catalog of your videos, which is what started the service originally, although you can just use the free streaming service if you prefer.
- Integrates into the existing Plex service, giving you access to free movies
- Lots of niche and older movies to choose from
- A stylish and fast interface
Watch: plex (Free)
13. Pluto TV
Pluto TV is a free, ad-supported streaming service from Paramount. It offers on-demand movies and shows, plus what it calls “live TV.” The latter is a mix of real channels and rolling streams of the on-demand content (dedicated to genres, themes or specific shows).
Pluto TV is available in countries like the US, UK and Canada, but you can watch Pluto TV anywhere with a VPN.
- TV channels are perfect for a more traditional viewing experience
- Probably available on whatever device you have
- No account needed to watch
Watch: Pluto TV (Free)
Crackle is a free service with movies and TV shows, including some original programs. Sure, there’s a lot of junk to wade through, but there are some diamonds in the rough.
Crackle is good, but the amount of ads you see on a full-length film is exhausting.
- A fair selection of movies and TV shows from the past decades
- Supports a wide range of playback devices
- Longer content has a large number of ads
Watch: Crackle (Free)
There is an endless supply of streaming content
All of these Netflix alternatives offer something different. With so many streaming services available, you may have to rotate between them all to access the widest range of content.
While these services offer pre-recorded movies and TV shows, you may also want to watch some live TV. Then there are plenty of free internet TV channels for you to watch.