Movie producers and distributors that have partnered with video streaming services allow the services to stream the movie a few months after it hits the theatres. Let’s consider an example of a production company named “A” that has produced two movies. The company has sold the streaming rights of each movie to different streaming platforms for a different price. Once the box office collection of the movie falls off the cliff, the streaming service that has bought its right will make the movie available on its platform. This is one of the reasons why despite being one of the best video streaming platforms, Netflix doesn’t have all the titles and shows released to date. If you’ve finished watching your favorite web series/shows and movies on Netflix, you can use one of the following Netflix alternatives to keep yourself entertained:
The Amazon Prime subscription comprises of 4 services – Music, video streaming, faster delivery of items you order or Amazon, and free books. The plan costs 6 to 13 USD per month in the US. In India, it is priced around 14 USD/year. Amazon Prime Video has a good collection of drama, thriller, comedy, action, anime, etc movies. It also allows you to watch TV shows produced by Amazon.
Prime Video allows users to change the audio language and turn on the subtitles. It makes you aware of the upcoming premium shows/movies and the amount of data the website will consume if you watch a video. It displays the name/photo of the artists that are performing in the current scene and a brief description of the movie when you hover your mouse cursor over the media control button interface.
Amazon Prime Video is a great service however movies are restricted by the country. For example, some Hollywood movies can be streamed only in select countries even though the movie was released in the country where Amazon won’t stream it.
Vudu is a Walmart owned service that allows you to rent buy or rent movies. It also enables users to explore its massive collection of free movies and watch them online. Unlike other video streaming apps where a one subscription unlocks all shows/movies on the site, Vudu charges you only for the movie/show you’ll buy or rent. Also, when you purchase a movie on Vudu, you can download the movie on your TV, phone or tablet for offline watching.
If you love superhero Nat Geo documentaries, movies or animations, Disney+ is a great option for you. The Netflix alternative allows you to watch high grossing movies such as Avengers Endgame, Captain Marvel, Frozen, Toy Story, etc. Disney+ plans are priced between 6.5 to 12.5 in the US.
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HBO Now is a great Netflix alternative for the people that love no nonsense original shows/series. Game Of Thrones is one of the many series that you can watch on HBO. HBO’s movie library is updated regularly. It has a “leaving now” section that displays the titles you may have not watched and are going to be removed from the platform.
YouTube Premium or free
YouTube Premium is a mix of Vudu and Amazon Prime. YouTube Premium offers multiple services under one subscription plan. However, it doesn’t allow users to watch movies that have a price tag. YouTube Premium offers ad-free streaming. YouTube free stops playing the video/audio when you switch to another app. YT Premium allows you to listen to the video’s audio in the background. It also enables you to download videos/audio files. The downloaded media files will remain on your phone’s/computer’s storage memory for 30 days.
If you don’t want to use the premium features offered by YT Premium, you can stick with the free version of YouTube. To find movies/shows/documentaries, you should use YouTube’s powerful filters.
Tubi TV has movies and documentaries that you may have never heard of. It also features 100s of award-winning shows and movies. Tubi is a completely free ad-supported service. It allows you to explore videos by their category. The collection of videos on the site is updated every week. Also, registration is optional in Tubi TV.
Hotstar allows you to watch TV shows that were popular on the TV. Hotstar displays ads when you watch TV shows. It won’t display advertisements when you’re streaming a movie. Disney+ is a part of Hotstar in India. Hotstar has a separate section “Disney Plus” where you’ll find the documentaries produced by Nat Geo and movies launched by Marvel, Pixar, Disney, etc.
Note: The quality of service depends on the cash available with the company. Large corporations such as Amazon, Walmart, Disney may cash out millions of dollars to get a superhit movie streamed on their platform. If you choose a good company, you won’t be bored. If you choose a cheap less know video streaming service, you’ll be bored.
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Conclusion: Apart from concentrating on work or hobbies, the best way you can pass time is to watch shows on Netflix or on apps like Netflix. Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Vudu, Disney Plus, Hotstar, Tubi TV, YouTube Premium/Free are the best Netflix alternatives.