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(Pocket-lint) - Netflix may be one of the more popular video streaming services in the US, but it's certainly not the only option available.

We will readily admit that Netflix is one of the best available, and as such, we've included it in this guide. But, to be honest, the entire space is more complicated than that, as it is brimming with several different services, including on-demand or pay-per-view-style services.

If you're the type who only watches a few shows each month, you should consider services like FandangoNow or Vudu. If you watch several movies or shows and maybe ditch your cable plan once and for all, subscription services like Amazon Prime and Hulu are the best option for you. They offer carte-blanche access to entire catalogues of streaming content, at a price more palatable than cable.

In an attempt to help cord-cutters wade through all the services out there, we've assembled this handy guide. We’ll be updating it with new information and new services, too, so keep checking back for updates.

Best video streaming services in the US

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Amazon Prime Video

Cost: $119 a year or $13 a month, with Prime (or, a video-only subscription costs $9 a month).


Summary: Prime Video has a large collection, including original shows, like “The Grand Tour”. It also has exclusive series, such as “Downton Abbey”, HBO’s back catalogue, and NFL Thursday Night Football streams. You can also access rival "channels" with it, like Showtime or Stars, for $9 to $15 a month. You can only stream on up to three devices at once, however. And you can't create multiple accounts under the same subscription.

Read more: How to watch Amazon Prime Video on TV

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CBS All Access

Cost: $6 a month with ads or $10 a month ad-free.

Summary: With CBS All Access, you get wide access to the network - but without an antenna. It has full-length episodes of CBS programs, as well as All-Access-only original series like Star Trek: Picard and The Twilight Zone, plus live programming from local CBS affiliates in 124 markets. There's even a back catalogue of current CBS series. Plus, you get the 2018 NFL On CBS schedule, and you can stream the games on mobile devices.

Read more: Cord-cutter's guide: How to survive on just 8 apps in the US

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Cost: $7 a month or $13 a month when bundled with Hulu and ESPN+)


Summary: Whether you're a Marvel fan who wants to watch Endgame, a Star Wars fan excited to check out the Mandalorian, or a parent who wants to distract your kids long enough to fix supper, Disney+ has something for everyone. It includes content from not only Marvel and Star Wars, but also Pixar, National Geographic, and Disney's recently purchased Fox properties like The Simpsons.

Don't forget all the Disney classics, as well, like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. It has so many hits from the Disney Vault! 

Read more: Disney+ tips and tricks

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Cost: $5 a month or $50 a year for the basic service. You can pay an extra $25 monthly for full MLB.TV baseball and NHL hockey seasons.

Summary: ESPN+ is for sports fans. It has a huge lineup of live sporting events like the UFC, MLB, NHL,  and the MLS, as well as college sports of all types and rugby and cricket. It also has documentaries, like the entire 30 for 30 catalogue, among a ton of other films. It’s part of the main ESPN app for mobile devices and streaming boxes. You can also watch it online at ESPN.com. The ESPN+ app can also be purchased in a bundle with Hulu and Disney Plus

Read more: How does ESPN+ work and what does it offer?

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Cost: $15 a month.


Summary: This is for those of you who want HBO, but don't want cable. You get the network’s series, movies, specials, and documentaries. HBO is constantly adding more films to the service so there's always something new to watch. But, if you already have HBO through your cable provider, just use the HBO Go app, as it's included with your plan.

Read more: What is HBO Go and how do you watch it?

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Cost: Hulu is $6 a month or $10 for the zero ads version. It can also be bundled with Disney+ and ESPN for $13 a month. 

Summary: This is for cord-cutters who want broadcast TV. It has current shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC and older shows from CBS. It also has original content, like “The Handmaid’s Tale". Hulu even has a deal with Viacom for some MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon content. Hulu is also Disney-owned and has become the destination for some of the company's more adult-oriented content, like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, that it doesn't want to put on Disney+.

Read more: Here's how to create Hulu profiles

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Hulu With Live TV

Cost: $55 a month.

Summary: This offers over 50 channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. You also get cable channels like A&E, CN, CNN, Disney, Fox News, FX, TBS, and TNT. The sports lineup includes CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports. There are also deals with Discovery networks, Scripps channels, and DreamWorks Animation. While the base plan only lets two people can use the service at a time, it does include 50 hours of cloud DVR.

Read more: What is Hulu Live TV and how does it work?

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Cost: $9 a month for SD video on a single screen; $13 a month for HD video on up to two screens; $16 a month for 4K video on four screens.

Summary: Netflix has a huge catalogue of movies and TV shows, lots of them being older titles that Netflix has bought the streaming rights too, but Netflix is adding more of it's in-house produced content the streaming service all of the time, with series like Orange Is the New Black and Stranger Things (Season 4 is coming!) and films like Best Picture Nominees, the Irishman and Marriage Story, and blockbusters like Underground 6 and Spenser Confidential.

Read more: Netflix tips and tricks: How to master your binge-watching

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Cost: $11 a month, or $9 a month when bought through services like Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Summary: Similar to HBO Now, this lets you watch the cable network without cable. You get all of Showtime’s catalogue, including movies and documentaries such as Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars. There are also original shows like Homeland and Ray Donovan. But if you subscribe to Showtime through a cable provider, the Showtime Anytime app lets you watch Showtime on your mobile devices, much like HBO Go for HBO subscribers.

Read more: Showtime streaming hands-on: Not just on-demand films

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Sling TV

Cost: Sling Orange is $30 a month; Sling Blue is $30 a month. A combined package is $45 a month. Add-on packs cost $5 to $10 extra.

Summary: With Sling TV, you get channels with cloud DVR. The Orange package comes with about 30, including Disney, ESPN, A&E, the Food Network, and TBS. As for broadcast TV, it's limited. The Blue package comes with USA and the NFL Network. You can also add premium channels, such as HBO and Showtime, for an extra fee per month. There's also an NBA League Pass for $29.

Read more: What is Dish Sling TV and does it really offer ESPN?

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YouTube TV

Cost: $50 a month.

Summary: This is comparable to Sling TV and Hulu with Live TV. It offers access to live TV from up to 50 providers, including all the major networks. There's a nice selection of channels, too, including Bravo, Disney, ESPN, FX, Fox News, Fox Sports, MSNBC, National Geographic, USA, and some regional sports networks. It also has an unlimited cloud DVR and supports up to three simultaneous users.

Read more: What is YouTube TV and which channels does it offer?

Still looking?

There are also free video streaming services available, like IMDb TV, Sony Crackle, and Pluto TV. If you're specifically looking for more paid video streaming services to try, here are two more worth considering:

Fubo/Fubo Extra

Cost: $55 a month for over 100 channels is the basic plan with add-ons for more channels varying in price. 

Summary: This sports-focused service has both live and on-demand channels from broadcast networks (like CBS, Fox, and NBC), cable channels (A&E, Bravo, FX, and SyFy, and USA), and sports networks (BeIn Sports, FS1, Golf Channel, and NBA TV). It even has regional sports networks. It comes with 30 hours of free cloud DVR, and there’s a 72-hour “look back” that lets you replay programs from last three days.


Cost: $20 a month; $4 more for an add-on channel pack.

Summary: Philo is a sports-free streaming service that offers 40 channels from cable networks, including A&E, AMC, BBC America, Cheddar, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, History, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, Travel Channel, and others. There’s also a $4-per-month add-on that includes additional channels. It support up to three simultaneous users, and you get unlimited cloud DVR.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.