Evaluating Top Streaming Platforms

Comparing the pros and cons of the various streaming platforms.

Kate Conway, Co-Photo Editor

Nowadays there are many streaming platforms and it is hard to decide which is the best for the price. With Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Apple TV, HBO All Access and more smaller services it seems impossible to pick which one. With varying prices and shows and movies how are you sure you’re getting the best service for your money? 


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Netflix is seemingly the most popular platform of the industry with millions of dollars worth of original films and series. Original series include; Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and You. Netflix offers a wide variety of the older classics and newer released shows. Netflix is a comparable substitute to a cable TV package and provides entertainment for the whole family. Netflix offers three different plans/subscriptions; $9 per month, $13 per month HD, and $14 per month with unlimited screens. 



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Hulu is a close second to Netflix but works a different angle by providing cable TV shows the day after they air from big channels like ABC, NBC, FX, Freeform, and Fox. Hulu also has their own original series including Little Fires Everywhere, The Mindy Project, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu also offers a live TV add-on to the subscription which includes the ability to record shows and have access to many live TV channels. The only downfall to Hulu is the lower subscription comes with ads. Hulu offers three plans; $6 per month with ads, $12 per month without ads, and $55 per month with live TV. 

Disney Plus

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Disney Plus is the perfect place to find all of the Disney classics from Marvel movies to Disney channel hits.It is the sweet spot for all things Disney. It includes all the big Disney brands such as Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and Pixar and even some original series unique to Disney Plus like High School Musical the Musical the Series. The cost is $6 per month.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon provides a much more diverse range of shows and movies from early classics to new releases. It does not have as many hit originals as the other services. This service comes with the Amazon Prime membership. The overall cost is $9 per month or with the subscription is $119 per year. 

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Overall, with all the varying options and prices, you cannot go wrong when picking a streaming service.  It all depends on your budget, your viewing interests and the format you enjoy the most.