With countless hits under its belt, it's no wonder why Netflix has grown to become one of, if not, the most popular video streaming services today. It's the most preferred streaming service of 47% of Americans and accounts for 8% of watched videos worldwide.

However, don't you sometimes feel their shows are getting a bit "formulaic"? So if you're looking to shake things up, boy do we have the perfect alternatives for your viewing pleasure. Here are eight streaming alternatives that you should absolutely try.

1. Prime Video 

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In addition to perks such as exclusive deals, free shipping and faster delivery times on Amazon, a Prime membership also grants you access to a great Netflix alternative in the form of Prime Video. Prime Video offers many popular TV series and movies that are unavailable on Netflix, as well as originals such as "The Man in the High Castle" (now on its final season), "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan." You can watch them either on Smart TVs or through the Prime Video app, with the latter allowing you to watch select titles offline. Prime Video also lets you control and save data while downloading and watching shows on select devices.

2. Hulu

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Unlike Netflix which generally takes a year or more to release an entire season of some shows at once, Hulu uploads new episodes of some of your favorite shows weekly. Besides "Seinfeld," "ER," "Futurama" and other old and new hit TV series, it features originals such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Mrs. America." In addition, Hulu is also home to 2020 Best Picture Academy Award Winner "Parasite" that is sure to please Asian cinema buffs.

3. CBS All Access

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Though its library is not as extensive as Netflix's, CBS All Access has a lot of great on-demand shows that you can stream any time, including "NCIS," "Blue Bloods," "Star Trek: Discovery," "The Big Bang Theory" and its spin-off "Young Sheldon" -- the fourth season of which will premiere on November. CBS' video streaming service also features classics such as "Frasier" and "The Twilight Zone," as well as live sports streams and news coverage from local CBS affiliates.

4. Disney+

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If you are a fan of the House of Mouse, then Disney+ is your best bet. Disney's on-demand, ad-free streaming service lets you watch thousands of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and "Star Wars" movies and TV series, as well as content from National Geographic and Fox. Like Netflix, it allows you to download episodes and movies for offline viewing.

Disney+ can be bought on its own for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year, or can also be bundled with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 monthly -- that's $6 less than when subscribed separately. Once you subscribe, be sure to check out the entire first season of the Emmy-winning "Star Wars" live-action series "The Mandalorian" in anticipation of the latter's second season!

5. HBO Max

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Missed out on all eight seasons of "Game of Thrones?" Then you can watch them at any time through HBO Max. Despite some issues, HBO's video streaming service still manages to deliver, with offerings ranging from new releases such as "Chernobyl" to older ones such as "The Sopranos" and "The Wire." It also lets you stream programs not found on the network, such as "Friends," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "Doctor Who," as well as classic and modern Warner Bros. movies, and even shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN and other WarnerMedia-owned cable TV channels.

6. Archive.org

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If you are into watching old, mostly black-and-white movies that can be downloaded for free, then the Feature Films section of the Internet Archive (archive.org) has everything you can wish for. It is packed with over 5,000 titles, many being high-quality flicks and short films that include numerous Charlie Chaplin movies.

7. Acorn TV

As a Netflix alternative, Acorn TV is a great choice if you love watching TV shows and movies from the other side of the Atlantic. The service offers popular shows, most from Britain, Ireland and Canada, that many Americans may not be familiar with, including "Line of Duty," "Peep Show," and "Black Books."

8. Vontronix 

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Missing live TV cable channels, but want to stream them in a Netflix-esque service? Then Vontronix is just for you. Combining the best of both Netflix and cable TV companies, it airs thousands of live TV channels, as well as pay-per-views of MLB, NFL, NBA and other sports leagues and an On-Demand library of 20,000 movie and TV titles that can be streamed anytime at no extra charge. In addition, Vontronix also automatically records 200 of the top shows from all available channels. And for $29.95 per month, you can enjoy these shows and channels on three devices, either on Fire TV sticks, Android devices or even Vontronix's own Android-powered set top box.