Streaming Services… How do you Choose?


Lisa Alioto

09 July 2020 22 comments

When you are stuck in quarantine, television has proven to be a great distraction.  You can watch reality television, history lessons, comedians, movies, and really just about anything.   With all the streaming services out there how do you choose which one(s) are right for you?

I’ll fully admit that I found it impossible to choose just one streaming service.  I bought a Firestick recently and I have been streaming non-stop from a wide variety of paid subscription and free streaming services ever since.  They all seem to have their own unique characteristics.

Streaming Series

Some streaming services have really specialized in bringing to us series.  Where one television show leads to the next and so on… leaving us in suspense for only so long before the next episode starts.  I think this is where binge watching all began!

These streaming services have us on the edge of our seats waiting for the next season to release.  The series are just that good.   While these streaming services also have movies and television shows, their own original series seems to have left their mark amongst streaming service providers.


Other streaming services have not gone so much the route of series, but rather have focused on movies and getting them to us fast.  For those movie buffs out there, these types of services may just be the type of provider for them.

Movies are longer than series episodes and can keep us captivated for hours.  Sometimes that’s what we really need – an escape to a new reality that helps pass the time and keeps us entertained for hours!

Free Television and Movies

Yes, I said FREE!   There are many, many providers out there that are providing free movies, series, and television shows.  While they may have a few commercials sprinkled in there, they provide some great entertainment at a very affordable cost (nothing!) for everyone!

While the movies may not be the latest and greatest, they have some fabulous movies on there and their streaming series are quite entertaining.  Certainly, these offerings are nothing to be quickly dismissed.

What’s Caught Your Attention?

Do you have a favorite provider?  Do you prefer movies over series?  What’s caught your attention as of late?

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22 thoughts on “Streaming Services… How do you Choose?

  1. I probably watch Netflix the most, but we have Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney+ and there is great stuff on all of them! I tend to watch TV shows. I’m not a big movie watcher.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Ahh… Disney… I forgot about that one Jennifer. So, so many good ones out there!

  2. thank you for sharing! at the moment i only use netflix! but i also love finding opera shows online

  3. Lisa Alioto

    Opera shows – that sounds interesting! I think there is a whole channel for that, isn’t there?

  4. Kimberlie says:

    My family got rid of cable and have settled on Netflix and Hulu. Best decision. We save money and only get what we actually watch.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I did something similar – best decision I ever made

  5. I definitely like Netflix best, perfect for binging and I don’t need to worry about paying extra to watch anything like I do on amazon!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I hear you – I love Netflix myself. Especially their series!

  6. We only use streaming services and don’t miss cable at all. We have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and a few others. Great variety and not nearly as expensive as cable.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      So true – I think cable has really gone by the wayside as of late given all the streaming options these days.

  7. I got a free year of Disney + after I changed cable providers, and I like it so far except for the fact that I have to watch it on my phone because I dont have a smart tv. I’ve tried NetFlix and Hulu as well, and sometimes I find a show or two to binge, but it’s never anything I keep long term.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I don’t have a smart tv either and so wish I did. I did find a inexpensive option to get access to free streaming services – a firestick. best purchase I’ve made in a while.

  8. I don’t really have a favourite streaming service provider at the moment. I enjoy watching both movies and series and I refuse to choose between the two. I’m currently watching Love Island. The first reality show that I actually find interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I enjoyed Love Island too Kimberly! It’s a great, entertaining show

  9. Jojo Reyes Jr says:

    It gets a bit overwhelming with so many choices of stream providers out there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I agree – it’s a lot to choose from. Each with their own unique characteristics! Thanks for stopping by Jojo!

  10. So many to choose from! I do love Netflix 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I do too Cathy – I love their series!

  11. I used to have a ton of different streaming services. Now I just cut everything down to just Netflix. You can never go wrong with free!!

    Nancy ✨

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Free is a great option. 🙂 I just heard a new free one is coming out this week – Peacock. More options!

  12. I probably watch Netflix the most, but we love Amazon Prime too! Those are the 2 we use the most for sure!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Those are the two I use most too – at least until I got my new Firestick!

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