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What Should You Be Watching? The Best SVOD Platforms to Stream Your Favorite Shows

Is there anything better than curling up on the couch with a blanket and your favorite movie or TV show? We don’t think so either.

Data shows that we love our entertainment. Reports show that seven out of 10 households have multiple subscriptions to subscription video on demand (SVOD) services.

But with so many options out there, finding your next favorite service can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top SVOD platforms so you can compare and contrast. Keep reading to learn more!

Why SVOD?

Before we go any further, you might find yourself asking why people don’t just turn to cable. At the end of the day, it comes down to price.

You may have heard the term ‘cord-cutting’ used to describe a new generation of entertainment fans who would rather pass on lofty cable fees. According to surveys and financial reports, most people cut the cord to save money, as cable companies balloon their prices each year.

When you sign up for that affordable cable package, there are a ton of hidden charges your provider won’t tell you about.

You’ll have to pay extra for things like:

  • Local channels

  • DVR access

  • DVR storage

  • HD broadcasting fees

  • Local sports fees

  • Cable box rental fees

When all is said and done, your $60 cable package can come out to around $90 when you account for each fee. It’s no wonder why SVoD analytics show that it’s a profitable venture.

Our Favorite SVOD Platforms

Whether you’re ready to wave goodbye to cable or you’re just looking to supplement your TV subscription with some great originals and on-demand content, there are a ton of great ways to binge-watch.

Here are a few personal picks for our favorite non-linear VOD services!

Netflix

If it weren’t for Netflix, there’s a good chance that this list wouldn’t exist in the first place. When Netflix first introduced streaming options back in 2007, no one was quite sure what to make of it.

At the time, Netflix’s streaming was little more than an incentive for customers interested in its DVD service.

Over a decade later, Netflix is an entertainment juggernaut. With thousands of programs and movies to watch (and more added all the time) there’s always something to check out on Netflix.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon’s promise of discounts and free two-day shipping isn’t all you get with your Prime subscription.

If you’ve yet to check out their SVOD platform, Prime Video, you’re missing out on some sleeper hits like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Good Omens.”

Prime Video’s library is massive, which is both a blessing and a curse. While you could spend hours checking out their selection, the lack of curation means you’ll find far more misses than hits.

Hulu/Hulu + Live TV

Hulu has one massive advantage over its competitors: next-day network TV. While some channels are opting to create their own SVOD services, Hulu subscribers have access to the latest shows from networks like:

  • MTV

  • Comedy Central

  • NBC

  • ABC

  • Fox

  • Cartoon Network

If you somehow run out of things to watch from your favorite TV networks, you can check out some of Hulu’s fantastic originals like “Castle Rock” or the hilarious “Letterkenny.”

Meanwhile, those who would rather watch their favorite shows and events live can subscribe to Hulu’s ITV service, Hulu + Live TV. Not to be confused for Hulu’s ad-free service, Hulu+, Hulu + Live TV gives users access to over 40 channels of live streaming television, plus DVR capabilities and the entire Hulu catalog.

Disney+

The Mouse made some serious waves this year when they announced plans to pull massive portions of their catalog from Netflix. Their reason for doing so? To create a new service, of course!

Disney+ launches in November 2019 and already features a stacked line-up. Subscribers can catch up on all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, watch classic Disney movies, or enjoy the latest Marvel hits — all for $6.99 per month.

SlingTV

Sling has done quite a bit to clean up their act since launch. While their UI still leaves a lot to be desired, and their DVR access caps at 50 hours, Sling remains one of the better deals in SVOD.

Users can choose a variety of plans, with most starting at $25 per month.

Again, Sling isn’t going to change the way you watch TV. But if you’re looking to get rid of cable without missing your favorites, it remains one of the most affordable options out there.

YouTube TV

No one would blame you if you hadn’t heard of YouTube TV.

For some reason, Google seems reluctant to advertise the live-TV service. Which is bonkers to us, because YouTube TV is the most stable and fleshed-out service of its kind!

Channels come in at a full 60 frames-per-second so you can watch your favorite sports events in broadcast quality, and the DVR features unlimited storage for no extra cost (looking at you, Sling).

Its channel library is also quite robust, boasting 70+ channels.

Pluto TV

Pluto is SVOD’s best-kept secret. Though with Viacom’s recent investment, it may not stay that way for long.

So what makes Pluto TV such a great deal? Well, for one thing, it’s free. Yep, you read that right

You don’t even have to sign up for an account, either. Just head to the website or use the app and you can enjoy dozens of channels of curated video feeds, including live news, sports, and movies.

Since Viacom’s involvement, Pluto has received several updates to add Nickelodeon channels, MTV shows, and around 50 channels based around various music genres.

Life Is But a Stream: There’s Always Something to Watch on These Platforms

If you’re having a hard time finding something good to watch, make sure to check out these awesome SVOD platforms. We can’t stress how cool some of these services are.

And best of all, most offer free trials so you can try them without having to pay a penny!

Are you looking for more entertainment and lifestyle tips? Make sure you check back with our blog for plenty of other great content like this!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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