Streaming showdown 2024: Top picks for movies, shows, more

Airings of cable, broadcast TV shows make it a must-have for many cord-cutters unwilling to spend $40 or more
An undated image of various streaming services. — ShutterStock
An undated image of various streaming services. — ShutterStock

The best streaming service might keep users entertained for everlasting. Moreover, they feature hundreds of thousands of hours of movies and TV shows for the users to stream. Streaming services are in a state of change, with price hikes, password-sharing crackdowns and the introduction of ads.


Max, a streaming service, which no other streaming service can defeat in quantity and quality. It features everything from prestige HBO dramas to blockbuster Warner Bros. movies to light reality shows from Discovery.

Moreover, Max has featured live sports in its Bleacher Report section, like soccer, hockey and cycling.


Peacock is a rising streaming service, which continues to include great shows. However, Peacock joined its streaming rivals by establishing a price hike (up $1 per month).

Some users like the Peacock Originals "The Traitors" and "Poker Face. Additionally, the service gets next-day episodes of current NBC and Bravo shows, so the users never miss out on "Law & Order: SVU" or "Real Housewives" drama.

Sling TV

Sling TV is a streaming service to substitutes cable, giving the most popular live TV channels. Sling is specifically handy for sports fans, as it provides a variety of ESPN channels.

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Other popular networks, like NBC, BBC America, CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS and the Food Network, improve the deal. If the users want a live TV service with more channels, they might consider Fubo TV, unless users require TNT.


Hulu is one of the most engaging choices on the list, and its extraordinary nature ensures one of the best streaming services. Its quality-to-quantity ratio is enhanced.

However, airings of cable and broadcast TV shows make it a must-have for many cord-cutters who don't want to spend $40 or more on the likes of Sling. There's also Hulu + Live TV (which goes up to $77 in October) which is one of our favourite methods to cut the cable cord.


Netflix offers unlimited streaming of TV shows, movies, comedy specials and original programming for one monthly subscription fee. It's continuing to try and make big movies it's a big thing.

However, The Gray Man wasn't exactly a winner (a sequel is coming, though). The new Netflix with ads plan provides a $6.99 entry-point, while the previously affordable Basic plan just got a price hike. So did the already-too-expensive Premium plan. Netflix is frequently included and taking away movies, so the users are required to check our What's New on Netflix guide to see what is set to launch soon.

Disney Plus

Disney Plus is a primary player in the category, as it controls an alarming number of properties, including Marvel, Star Wars, Disney's animated canon, The Simpsons.

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Disney Plus gets the Netflix Marvel shows and enhanced parental controls. Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and Logan are the first R-rated Disney Plus movies, but those are just drops in the bucket, as Netflix and HBO Max have long outweighed Disney Plus.

Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus, a streaming service, show Shrinking, starring Jason Segel, Jessica Williams and Harrison Ford. However, there's the musical Schmigadoon, The Velvet Underground documentary, etc, including the excellent Mythic Quest.


Fubo, is the best streaming service, as if the users have to access live sports without an actual cable subscription. Fubo’s standard plan is $75 and provides 120-plus channels, including every major broadcast and cable network.

Fubo featured 4K streaming for select content on demand and select live events. However, Fubo has restricted Cloud DVR storage.

Prime Video

The users can get free two-day shipping on their purchases, a free Kindle book each month, and unlimited access to both Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Video. Like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video is a classic buffet of movies, television and original programming.

However, Netflix, Prime Video's new shows are few and far between, as its output rates don't quite pile up to the big red streaming machine, or HBO Max.