There is no denying that we are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to having unlimited access to films and series at our fingertips. In 2021, there is more content than ever to choose from. Last year, at the height of lockdown, adults spent an average of six hours and 25 minutes each day staring at screens.
It comes as no surprise that streaming services soared throughout the pandemic. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ were amongst the most popular streaming services, with 12 million people joining a service they hadn’t used previously. 3 million of these viewers had never subscribed to any service before.
We all enjoy getting stuck into some binge-worthy shows but when there are so many platforms out there offering a range of different costs and subscriptions plans, which service should you choose? Let us give you a breakdown of the nation’s top 3 favourites…
Arguably the most popular platform of them all – and it’s easy to understand why! Netflix Originals has brought us some of the most viral series to date, including Bridgerton, Stranger Things, Lupin and Tiger King. Offering 3 different monthly payment plans starting from £5.99, you can stream from 4 different screens at the same time, from the same account – meaning only one out of 4 accounts is being charged for the service! A new study from Smart-pig revealed that due to its account sharing feature, only 51% of Netflix users actually pay the monthly subscription fee. It’s easy to see why so many of us opt for Netflix over the rest.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon has cleverly combined their expertise in online shopping with the whirlwind of streaming. For a monthly subscription at £7.99, you get access to thousands of popular films and TV shows, plus FREE One-Day Delivery on millions of items when shopping online with Amazon. Not bad hey?! What’s more, Amazon has a bespoke “X-Ray” feature, where you can pause the screen at any time to identify actors, discovering their biographies, and backstories. It’s worth mentioning that Amazon accounts are one per purchaser so you can’t stream and share across one account. It also has additional titles which aren’t included, however, these can be purchased or rented at a small extra fee.
A popular choice for parents, Disney+ hosts everything from Disney and Pixar classics to Nickelodeon and Natural Geographic documentaries. There’s also the new “Star” category which features adult series such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead and Family Guy. But perhaps the biggest swing for many is that Disney+ is the host of all things Marvel and Star Wars. If you’re a fan of sci-fi and superheroes, this is the platform for you! At £7.99 per month or £79.99 billed annually, you can benefit from a total of 7 profiles on one account.