We included services like Vudu, Google Play and i Tunes in our review because you can download movies and whole seasons of shows, but we recognize there is a fundamental difference between those sites and sites like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.We tested the sites by using them as a normal consumer would, making profiles, watching episodes, turning on closed-captioning and contacting each company’s customer support team.However, the user experience is not as polished as other services. We tested all the top movie and TV streaming services for this comparison.We didn’t test services like Sling TV or Play Station VUE because they offer only live TV streaming and typically don’t let you delay watching or watch on demand.
If you want high-definition service, you’ll need a connection running over 7 megabits per second.
One downside to Netflix is that it takes an average of 10 months for new seasons of current shows to show up on the service.
This company offers apps for all mobile devices as well as smart TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles.
Amazon Prime Video is our top pick for best value because its yearly subscription comes with a great selection of movies and shows, as well as free two-day shipping from Amazon.
You can stream unlimited shows and movies, typically up to (but not including) the current season of a show.
And if you want to stream Netflix’s Ultra HD content, you’ll need an internet connection with 25 Mbps or higher.