5 Netflix Alternatives Worth Checking Out in 2019

5 Netflix Alternatives Worth Checking Out in 2019

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Online video streaming services have taken the world by a storm. Advances in high bandwidth Internet made high quality streaming possible and Netflix took complete advantage of the opportunity, becoming the largest streaming service provider around the globe.

But Netflix has some pretty strong competitors in the OTT (over-the-top) media streaming industry and can hardly be considered the only option for binge-watchers to stick to.

So, what are these Netflix alternatives that are good enough to compete with a service provider that has become a household name everywhere?

I will get to that in a short while, but if you’re only interested in Netflix, then read our article on Netflix VPN to learn about services that can unblock US Netflix.

Top Alternative Streaming Services to Netflix

If for some reason you are not too fond of Netflix or are looking for a different content library for a change, here are some worthwhile Netflix alternatives to consider:

1. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s proprietary on-demand online streaming service. It has worldwide availability featuring a considerably large content catalog. Admittedly, the catalog is not as extensive as Netflix, but it’s still good enough to keep Amazon’s subscribers happy.

Prime-Video

Like Netflix, Amazon has some great original productions which include TV shows like American Gods and Man in the High Castle. One of the best features of Prime Video is that you can incorporate other streaming channels in it using add-ons. Some of the streaming services which you can include are HBO, Showtime, and Fandor.

This feature essentially means that you can use Prime Video as your gateway to online streaming channels, with all major channels being accessible through the hub of Amazon. You will however need Amazon Prime membership to avail this feature.

2. Hulu

Hulu is a streaming service quite similar to Netflix. Based in the US, it is one of the largest competitors to Netflix. The major factor behind the low popularity of the service is the fact that it is only available within the US. Naturally, that limits the audience that Hulu can target.

Hulu

Hulu has a number of critically acclaimed original TV shows including Difficult People, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Path etc. For an extra fee, you can also see content from Showtime, Cinemax, and HBO.

There is one area in which Hulu easily beats Netflix: streaming of live TV channels. So, if you want to completely kill your Television, Hulu is the way to go.

3. HBO Now

HBO has produced some of the greatest shows ever. If you are a TV show enthusiast, then you probably would like nothing more than a service that allows you to watch HBO shows at your will.

HBO-Now

Well, HBO Now offers just that: an OTT video streaming service with shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld available in HD quality. It is hard not to feel tantalized.

However, HBO Now is a little pricey compared to other options. But considering the outstanding production quality of its most popular shows and the fact that you can use simultaneously stream on an unlimited number of devices, it is well worth the price as a streaming alternative to Netflix.

4. Fandor

Fandor is not that well-known of a video streaming service. But don’t be fooled by its lack of popularity. The service offers movies that you won’t find anywhere else. It exclusively offers independently produced movies and documentaries, so if you have a taste for the indie movie scene, Fandor is a gem of a service.

Fandor

It has more than 6,000 movies in its library, which are neatly categorized for convenient searching. The provider also has a two-wee free trial for all users, but charge $10 per month after the trial period ends. The trial feature is great if you are unsure whether you’ll take a liking to the service.

Fandor sure is worth checking out if you are a cinema connoisseur mature enough to appreciate quality irrespective of whether there are huge budgets and big names attached to it.

5. Crackle

Sony’s Crackle is streaming service that is free of cost! This service provider offers TV shows and movies on rotation, which means you won’t always be able to choose what you want to watch, and the content you want will not always be available.

Crackle

But hey, don’t complain! They are offering you streams for free after all, aren’t they? The best thing about Crackle is that you can start streaming shows and movies from the get-go without even making an account for it first.

Unfortunately, the service only works in the US and has a lot of ads to annoy the users. Just remember that it is for free if you find some less-than-ideal things about it.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Netflix is by no means a monopoly in the OTT streaming industry. There are several strong competitors, each offering something unique, targeting different niches of audiences around the globe. So, pick your Netflix alternatives and explore the quality that lies beyond mainstream cinema.

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Osama is a staunch believer in the inalienable right of every citizen to freedom of expression. Writing about online privacy and security without regard to political correctness is his answer to the powers that be threatening our freedom. Deeply curious about Nature and the Universe, he is fascinated by science, intrigued by mathematics, and wishes to play guitar like Buckethead in some alternate version of reality.


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