Why pay two more dollars for Netflix when there could be a whole new world of TV shows and movies at your fingertips? Other streaming services are looking to compete with Netflix now that the company is raising prices on existing customers.
Netflix is raising the prices for long-term subscribers of the high-definition, or HD, plan who had been “grandfathered” in at a lower rate. The price will jump from $7.99 a month for the streaming service to $9.99 a month for U.S. users in May. The change was announced in May 2014 while subscribers enjoyed two years of the $7.99 rate.
The rate hike could cause some customers to search elsewhere for a streaming service. If you’re looking for services other than Netflix that offer movies, TV shows and documentaries, we’ve got you covered. From Amazon Prime to HBO Now, here are a few other services for your consideration:
Amazon Prime used to cost $99, but the service has announced a major change with how customers can pay for it. Instead of paying up front for the year, customers can now pay $8.99 a month for the Prime Video service and $10.99 a month for the packaging services. Prime Video features original shows like “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” and it has also funded a new Woody Allen film called “Cafe Society.”
Hulu has also started to compete amongst steaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix. Plans for Hulu start at $7.99 a month for access to original shows like “The Path” and “The Mindy Project.” Popular shows like “Seinfeld” and “Empire” are also available for streaming. Hulu also has a deal where if you pay $8.99 you can get access to Showtime. The service offers a free 30-day trial that includes both Hulu and Showtime content.
For those who may want Showtime but don’t want to sign up for Hulu, the premium cable channel also has its own streaming service. Viewers can access Showtime through the Showtime app on their Amazon, Apple, Roku or Android devices. The app can also be added to both Hulu and Amazon Prime accounts. Access to Showtime by itself cost $10.99 a month, but if you add it to a service like Hulu it’s $8.99.
If you want access to HBO’s hit shows and movies but don’t have a subscription, you can sign up for HBO Now. The streaming service offers all of the programming that HBO has to offer without a cable subscription. There is a free 30-day trial, and after that it costs $14.99 a month. You can access shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “The Sopranos” and “Girls” on HBO Now through your TV, mobile device or computer.
HBO and Showtime aren’t the only cable channels getting into their own streaming services. Starz is offering programming for $8.99 a month that can be purchased on its own or as a Prime add-on. Starz offers movies like “Ant-Man,” and “Inside Out,” with original shows like “Outlander” and “The Girlfriend Experience.”