Is Netflix at the top of the crops when it comes to video streaming services?
Posted 25/05/2016 by BrightHouse Team
As the use of streaming services is rapidly on the rise all over the world, so is the availability of multimedia content viewing services cropping up online. When it comes to choosing where to watch your favourite TV show or video content, it’s difficult to know which streaming service to use. It’s now possible to stream content on televisions, games consoles and portable devices such as tablets or iPads. BrightHouse has been digging a little deeper to find out more about some of the public’s favourite streaming websites in the UK.
Netflix has built up a reputation for being one of the go-to streaming services, and it’s now available in 190 countries. The great thing about Netflix is that the service boasts a highly-rated range of its own exclusive series and movies. Premium costs stand at £8.99 per month, which includes high-definition and use on up to four media devices. For users that only need streaming on one device, the standard Netflix package is only £5.99 a month. Don’t worry if you want to try before you buy; new customers can easily sign up for a free month’s trial online.
Sky is a big deal in the world of digital media, so it’s no surprise that they introduced their own streaming service to rival the rest. The great thing about SkyGo is that it’s free for customers who already have Sky TV. It’s not an ideal option for customers that want a pay-as-you-go content streaming service, but there are several other services where you can just pay monthly. SkyGo means that you can access up to 70 entertainment channels on your media device wherever you are. You can get some of Sky’s channels on a no-contract streaming service called Now TV (see below).
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime’s movie and visual content service comes equipped with access to thousands of television shows and movies, as well as some of its own exclusive shows such as the popular Alpha House or . In a bid to go one step further, Amazon have even created Prime so it can store an unlimited amount of personal photographs, and it also comes with free unlimited one-day delivery as long as the item states that it can be purchased through Amazon Prime.
If it’s just the instant streaming service you’re after, Amazon Prime also comes with a 30-day free trial, leading to an annual payment of £79.00 a year thereafter.
Now TV is one of the most flexible options when it comes to tailoring your streaming package. You can choose from a Sky Movies pass for £9.99 a month, an entertainment pass which includes TV shows from 11 different channels and a Sky Sports package which costs £6.99. The main benefit of Now TV is that there’s no contract, and you can cancel at any time. There are also no hidden fees for streaming content across multiple devices.
In summary, it really depends what you want from a streaming service when it comes to choosing which is best. Cost is a big factor, but if there’s any exclusive shows you have your eye on, you’ll want to go with the streaming provider that provides that specific show. Netflix’s monthly cost is the most reasonably priced service, but SkyGo is definitely the most convenient if you’re already a customer. Netflix’s range of exclusive TV shows and films are what really sways the decision here, but make sure you trial each service if you’re still unsure.