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Top 10 video streaming services

Troy Zaher

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When you think of video streaming services, there are probably a few that already come to mind. Almost everyone uses one nowadays, and they can save you a lot of money as an alternative to cable. They can even be used with cable for a larger variety of shows to check out.

Our Softonic Solutions community has assembled a list of the best streaming services to help you choose which ones are best for you! Here are a few of their answers:

10. YouTube

Most people know YouTube for its free content created by everyday vloggers, gamers, comedians, etc. However, YouTube also has a premium service called YouTube Premium (a.k.a. YouTube Red). This service is an ad-free version of YouTube that also features its own original web shows such as the popular “Escape the Night” and “Foursome.”

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9. Viewster

Viewster is a free streaming service that is mostly popular for its anime, gaming, and comedies. It’s kind of a cross between YouTube and Netflix, where it streams both content created by indie gamers as well as content created by established studios. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into geek culture!

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8. Popcornflix

Popcornflix is another free streaming service. While the variety of movies may not be as expensive as Netflix, Popcornflix can work as a nice free alternative. It also features app support on a large number of gaming consoles and Apple devices.

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7. Sony Crackle

Similar to the previous two, Sony Crackle is completely free. All three of these services use ads to keep their service running. The ads are typically short, and feel more like commercials than “ads.” Despite being owned by Sony, Crackle doesn’t feature nearly as many shows or movies as Netflix. However, it features quite a lot for a free service, including some of its own original content!

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6. Crunchyroll

If you’re an anime fan, then Crunchyroll is one of the best services out there for you. Not only does it offer hundreds of anime to watch, but it even has some current season anime you can check out as its airing.

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5. Hulu

One of the more popular streaming services, the nice thing about Hulu is that it gets episodes for its shows as they air. Unlike other streaming sites, you don’t have to wait for the show to finish airing to be put onto the service. Likewise, Hulu has a large variety of exclusive shows at a reasonable price, the lowest being $7.99.

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4. HBO GO

The cool thing about HBO GO is that you get it for free as long as you have access to HBO. While this typically means needing to have cable, HBO GO is a streaming service that comes with it. If you plan to get cable and are looking for a streaming service, then HBO GO is one of the easiest choices to include.

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3. Amazon Prime Video

Similar to HBO GO, Amazon Prime Video comes with Amazon Prime. It has a pretty large selection including its own original shows as well. Amazon Prime gives you a lot of benefits for a reasonable price, and Prime Video is just another one of these great benefits.

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2. STARZ

The Starz streaming service is great for fans of the network. While it’s selection is limited to its own content, it has some great original shows that are worth checking out! Definitely look into the shows it has available to it before subscribing, and make sure it has something you like.

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1. Netflix

This is definitely the most well-known streaming service, and for good reason! It features thousands of movies and TV shows, along with hundreds of its own original series. It’s one of the cheapest streaming service compared to how much you actually get for it, being only $7.99 for the basic package. Out of every streaming service available, Netflix is still the best choice for variety and price.

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What do you think? Are there services our Solutions community missed? You can submit your own choices, vote on these options, and see seven more great video streaming options here.

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