The BEST Streaming Services to buy into right now

The BEST Streaming Services to buy into right now

Hulu was initially launched as an experimental streaming service by NBC, News Corp, and a private equity firm to compete with Netflix by providing new episodes of TV shows. However, after Disney joined the venture in 2009, Hulu’s content library improved significantly with additions from ABC and the Disney Channel, making it a streaming platform worth considering. While Hulu’s primary focus is still recent TV episodes, it also boasts an extensive collection of original shows and films, such as The Handmaid’s Tale and Only Murders in the Building, as well as an archive of older TV series and movies that rival Netflix’s offerings.

Following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and its majority controlling stake in Hulu, the platform became less of a collaboration between media giants and more of an essential component of Disney’s digital empire, alongside Disney+ and ESPN+. This is a good thing for subscribers, who can expect even more high-quality content, including FX shows that recently became available on Hulu.

Hulu offers subscriptions starting at $7 per month (or $70 per year) with ads. For true TV addicts, the ad-free plan is available for $13 per month. The company’s Live TV service is more expensive, starting at $70 per month with ads and $76 per month for an ad-free experience, but it includes bundled services from Disney+ and ESPN+. Hulu allows streaming on two devices simultaneously, and some content can be downloaded for offline viewing. For an additional $10 per month, Hulu Live TV subscribers can have unlimited streaming at home and on up to three remote mobile devices.


Number 5. Disney+


The BEST Streaming Services to buy into right now


Disney+ launched with a bang, capitalizing on the popularity of all of Disney’s well-known brands, such as Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything Disney, making it an irresistible choice for children, parents, animation enthusiasts, and anyone seeking classic films from the likes of 20th Century Pictures. Plus, unlike Disney-owned Hulu, there aren’t any R-rated movies or shows that could potentially expose curious kids to inappropriate content.

As Disney shifts its focus to streaming, Disney+ has quickly become a must-have for families. At just $8 a month (or $80 a year), it’s much more affordable than taking the kids out to the movies or buying one of Disney’s overpriced Blu-rays. You can also get a bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $14 a month. Some Verizon FiOS and mobile customers can even access Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for free.

Disney+ allows for four simultaneous streams and the option to download movies and shows for offline viewing, which is especially handy for those moments when you’re on the road without cell service and a crying toddler in tow. The service is compatible with all major streaming devices and most TV brands. Although it initially lacked support for Amazon’s Fire TV devices, it’s now available there as well.