What are the best alternatives to Netflix?

Can't find anything interesting to watch on Netflix? Fret not, there are a good amount of streaming services which offer just as many shows and movies (sometimes, even more) that will definitely keep you entertained. Check out these alternatives to Netflix and start watching something new!

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    #1HBO GO

    HBO GO

    HBO GO is a Netflix alternative which has all of HBO network's TV series, movies, specials, documentaries, and more. The streaming service also offers free episodes to watch online and also has a subscription every month.

    Websites

    $14.99- Varies by plan

    Johnny Reyes
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "Not really a Netflix killer, though I like the idea of getting the subscription without cable now. Unfortunately, there's just not enough content that I like. When I was 10 or so, having commercial free movies was a novelty, now it's pretty much everywhere. The service itself worked fine for the trial on all my devices, so no complaints here."
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    #2Starz

    Starz

    Starz is a subscription-based streaming service that offers unlimited HD streaming and downloads and can also serve as an alternative to Netflix. The platform allows subscribers to stream with up to four devices at the same time.

    Websites

    $8.99- 1 month

    Daniel Black
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I recently have tried to expand away from using Netflix as I have seen most of the good shows there. I have been looking for other subscription services that provided new shows that I would like to watch. STARZ appears to be a good fit with many new shows to watch that were not available on Netflix along with some shows that were present on Netflix. Great selection and compatible with my Chromecast"
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    #3SHOWTIME

    SHOWTIME

    SHOWTIME is a platform similar to Netflix wherein users can stream in different devices such as a TV, tablet, phone or streaming player. The service lets users download full episodes and movies to watch offline.

    Websites

    $10.99- /month

    Shirley Zhang
    Written on January 18, 2018
    "showtime is not an alternative to netflix at all. there are better sites out there than netflix for a cheaper price on the dark web. just have to know where to look."

DID YOU KNOW?

Netflix used to go by the name Kibble. Back then, the people behind Netflix had trouble coming up with a permanent business name. Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph decided to call the company Kibble for the meantime. Although Randolph didn't want Kibble to be Netflix's name in the long run. After a bunch of test names, they finally settled with Netflix. Why did they decide to call it Netflix then? It's rather simple actually. The Net in Netflix is taken from the word Internet whereas Flix is a short version for the word Flicks. Netflix was a disc rental service in its early years and now it's the pioneer of streaming services. Netflix has emerged as a site that accounts for one-third of all internet traffic. It is also reported that Netflix gets 140-million hours worth of streams in its content in a day. Due to its wide audience, Netflix is willing to shell out billions for their original content. It's no surprise since Netflix is behind some of the best TV shows like Stranger Things and House of Cards.

Despite being a successful entertainment service, Netflix still has strong competitors. Some of which can become a solid Netflix alternative. These streaming services include Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Both platforms also offer promising original shows along with their streaming services. Amazon Prime Video's original show The Boys has been gaining widespread attention. The Boys has a controversial take on superheroes. Meanwhile, Hulu offers the popular show The Handmaid's Tale. The dystopian series is based on the classic novel of the same title by Margaret Atwood. If nothing seems interesting to watch on Netflix, you can resort to other streaming sites. Many of which offer different movies and television shows that are worth binge-watching. You might even find your next favorite series to watch!

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    Free Trial

    #4Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video is a video-on-demand service where users can gain access to various movies and television shows. Just like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video also has original shows and offers a free trial period for new members.

    Websites

    Check price

    Andy Zhu
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Amazon prime video is a great place to find movies and tv shows to watch. Not to mention it is included for free with the basic prime membership which many people sub to for just the 2 day shipping. This is a great alternative to other streaming services."
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    #5NBC

    NBC

    NBC is a television network which offers an online streaming platform for their television shows. These shows are America's Got Talent, The Voice, This Is Us, The Good Place, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and more.

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Carl Davis
    Written on January 24, 2018
    "Yeah, NBC has a nice collection of TV series and show but it cannot be an alternative to Netflix. What Netflix also have is a huge collection of movies that why people choose Netflix. NBC's collection old TV series is really nice though. "
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    #6Hulu

    Hulu

    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Joseph Washington
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "Hulu is simply a game changer from Netflix. It has more better programs, videos and its well organized."
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    #7FOX

    FOX

    The Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. It is a brand name used by different channels around the world.

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Sanvi Jhadav
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "FOX is great at producing quality television for many decades now. But it is not an alternative to Netflix in any way. It is a broadcast network, not a streaming service like Netflix. Anything they offer in the way of an app or online content, is linked to what they offer on their traditional network. "
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    #8Fandor

    Fandor

    Fandor is a social movie and entertainment company that produces original content designed for sharing. Movie lovers finally have a true community to watch and share everything around movies.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Rachel Morrison
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "This is an okay alternative to netflix. It has mainly older shows from way back in the day. Mostly stuff my parents would have watched. I have found a couple good shows that have interested me, but there are better options out there."
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    #9Crunchyroll

    Crunchyroll

    Crunchyroll is a platform where you can watch your favorite animes. It has over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of the latest and greatest anime series available, including a system that will help you discover new animes. 

    Websites

    $7.99- 1 month

    Anthony Price
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "This is a good alternative to Netflix, but it is very specialized. This likely wouldn't fit someone's criteria on its own, and would require other services as well."
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    #10MUBI

    MUBI

    MUBI is a curated online cinema where you can discover the world’s greatest films. Every day in-house film experts hand-pick a beautiful cult, classic or award-winning film and you have a month to watch it.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Crystal Henderson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "MUBI is a really great alternative to Netflix. I was hesitant at first to try MUBI but it's really surprised me by just how many great, long forgotten movies it has available. I now spend more time watching MUBI than Netflix!"
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    #11Sundance TV

    Sundance TV

    Sundance TV is the broadcast network for the Sundance film festival. Here you can find the best indie films and shows. You can find it through many cable and streaming services including YoutubeTV

    Websites

    $35- month

    Ayaan Gupta
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "Sundance TV is the network for the the Sundance film festival. It has a lot of old movies and lots of strange movies that I'm not familiar with. I have the channel in my tv package but I honestly don't see many things on there that I want to watch. I don't think this fits the topic at all for me."
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    #12The CW

    The CW

    The CW Television Network (The CW) is an American television network operated by the CW Network, a limited joint venture between CBS Corporation and AT&T, whose WarnerMedia subsidiary is the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

    Websites

    Free

    Jaime Delgado
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "For great broadcast TV you really can't beat The CW. It produces it's own shows like The Arrow, Flash, and Supernatural plus more. The CW also has great syndicated shows as well, And, best of all, it is free"
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    #13Flixserial

    Flixserial

    Flixserial is an entertainment website for streaming and downloading movies and television series according to genre and date of release. Upon registration, users can watch free movies and tv shows for free without ads. 

    Websites

    Free

    Grace Bishop
    Written on September 18, 2019
    "Great site for free movies and shows unlike the others on this list. I can watch all my favorite shows in decent quality."
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    #14Iflix

    Iflix

    Iflix is an online service for watching TV shows, movies, and exclusives as well as a dedicated kids section. The service is currently available in countries across Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. You can even download and watch offline.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jonathan Wagner
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Iflix is great for people living in countries where Netflix isn't available. It offers a vast selection of TV shows and movies without any contracts."

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to Netflix
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1HBO GOWebsites 18 Paid
2StarzWebsites 17 Paid
3SHOWTIMEWebsites 12 Paid
4Amazon Prime VideoWebsites 12 Free
5NBCWebsites 10 Free
6HuluWebsites 9 Paid
7FOXWebsites 7 Free
8FandorWebsites 5 Free
9CrunchyrollWebsites 4 Paid
10MUBIApps 3 Free
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