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Best Streaming Service of 2022

by Terry Jhon
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We’ve had more TV streaming service options than ever in the previous three years. With it comes a streaming subscription budget that expands or contracts based on whether services are worth your time and money. And there’s a lot of competition for your attention and your money.

Your options will most certainly be influenced by which original episodes and movies you want to watch, how essential a back library of older streaming TV shows is to you, if you have children, roommates, or sports fans, and, of course, your budget.

Some of these services have lower tiers (such as Peacock’s free tier), while others are provided as part of a package (like ESPN Plus in the Disney Bundle). With Netflix’s price increase in effect, services like Prime Video and Starz may be worth considering again.

We reviewed at each of these streaming services separately and gave them numerical scores based on content, app design and features, and overall value. Certainly, personal preferences in terms of content mix impact our judgments, so keep in mind that even if you enjoy a particular episode or kind of show, you may have a different favorite.

With that in mind, here’s a ranking of the greatest streaming services, starting with the best.

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Netflix – Best streaming service overall

Netflix has become a synonym for streaming in general for a reason. In 2022, the seasoned service has matured into a top-tier streaming service that is a must-have. When blockbuster originals like Stranger Things, Bridgerton, or Ozark premiere, they attract millions of viewers as well as critical acclaim and accolades, bringing us the closest thing to modern-day watercooler debates.

While Netflix has lost a few major back-catalog titles to other platforms (specifically, TV series favorites The Office to Peacock and Friends to HBO Max), the streaming service continues to offer a wider range of familiar network shows as well as more original series, films, documentaries, and specials than any of its competitors.

Every week, new episodes and movies are added to Netflix, with 70 new original films added to the platform in 2021 alone. With game options and categories for youngsters, anime, and foreign language titles from all around the world, the corporation isn’t afraid to appeal to a wide range of preferences.

Its basic plan, which starts at $10 per month, is in the center of the TV service pack, and its standard plan, which includes HD and two simultaneous streams, has been raised to $15.50 per month. Netflix recently revealed that in the future, it will provide ad-supported pricing options to users who wish to pay less. However, for the diversity (and the lack of advertising), it’s still a top choice. Our Netflix review may be seen here.

Disney Plus – Best for Kids and Kids at Heart

For good reason, Disney Plus is Netflix’s closest competition. The streaming service debuted in late 2019 and already has approximately 130 million users. It’s the only place to see the great majority of Disney and Pixar films, as well as every Star Wars film, Marvel films and original TV programs, National Geographic programming, and 31 seasons of The Simpsons. While The Mandalorian was the network’s initial hit show, its Marvel episodes have subsequently attracted millions of viewers, including WandaVision, Loki, and Moon Knight.

Turning Red, Encanto, and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back all received positive reviews. In addition, there will be a lot more Star Wars and Marvel original content in the coming years. Disney Plus is still one of the least costly ad-free streaming TV options and a wonderful bargain, even despite the price increase to $8 per month. If you have children or are a fan of any of the company’s previous titles (and who isn’t a fan of Baby Yoda? ), we think it’s a must-have. Take a look at our Disney Plus review.

Hulu – Offers Value for its Low Price

At $7 a month, Hulu is a terrific complement and contrast to Netflix (with advertisements). This channel’s lineup includes a growing number of critically regarded original shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and PEN15, as well as a growing database of familiar episodes from networks like ABC, Fox, and CBS that you can watch right after they air (unlike Netflix).

If you have $7 to spare each month and don’t mind exchanging a few advertisements for a variety of TV options, Hulu is a no-brainer. To have a full cable alternative, you may switch to a subscription with no advertisements for $13 per month or add live TV streaming for $70 per month.

HBO Max – Massive Library of Premium Content

HBO Max is a well-designed software that offers a large range of popular TV shows and films. It has HBO’s entire library, as well as titles from the DC Universe and fan favorites including Friends, Rick and Morty, Sesame Street, the Lord of the Rings films, and practically every Studio Ghibli film. In 2021, it was the only streaming service that offered movies like The Many Saints of Newark, The Matrix Resurrections, and King Richard on the same day that they were released in theaters at no additional cost.

That will no longer be the case, but it will remain the primary home for new Warner Brothers feature films. HBO Max has a solid streaming library for kids, albeit it isn’t as excellent as Disney Plus, and it allows parents to better control ratings on their children’s accounts than most other providers.

It costs $10 per month, which puts it on par with Netflix on the pricier end of the streaming range, and $15 per month if you want an ad-free experience. In general, HBO Max is increasing the number of new originals it produces, and we expect this trend to continue.

Viewers are enthusiastic for the platform’s increasing lineup because to shows like Hacks, DC Comics’ Peacemaker, and The White Lotus. HBO Max routinely drops new films, has a big back catalog, and delivers smooth, user-friendly features, despite its 8.0 rating being neck-and-neck with Prime Video.

Prime Video – Best Value Bundled With Other Services

There are a lot of ad-free, high-quality original series and movies on Prime Video, as well as an outstanding back library of older faves (and B-movies you’ve never heard of) and NFL on Thursday evenings. You can even watch live MLB games for the 2022 season if you’re a New York Yankees fan.

It lacks Netflix and Hulu’s archives, as well as Disney’s streaming platform’s celebrity power, and I found its menus to be more confusing because premium content is blended in with free content. The Prime Video channel, on the other hand, is already provided at no additional cost for millions of Prime customers.

If you’re interested in watching any of its originals, such as The Wheel of Time, The Boys (or the planned Lord of the Rings prequel), or its enormous movie choices, the $9 monthly TV subscription cost (if you don’t have Amazon Prime) could be worth it.

Apple TV Plus – Home of Ted Lasso

Apple TV Plus, which costs $5 a month and includes high-end features like 4K resolution, HDR, and mobile downloads, is the cheapest premium, ad-free streaming service available. It is, however, the only service on our list that solely offers fresh material, with no back library of series or films to browse.

While it currently boasts over 50 unique, big-budget original television programs and movies, only Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Schmigadoon!, and Severance have garnered global recognition. Despite improvements such as live MLB baseball on Fridays, the service’s library is significantly less than any of the others on our list.

Because it’s part of a bigger Apple TV app with other content, the app is also perplexing. Apple TV Plus, on the other hand, has one significant advantage: there are several methods to acquire it for free, at least temporarily. You can get a long-term free trial of Apple TV Plus if you’re a degree-seeking college student, a new Apple device owner, or a subscriber to the Apple One package.

ESPN Plus – For Die-hard Sports Fans

ESPN Plus is a fantastic streaming service for die-hard sports fans, particularly those who watch the NHL, Major League Soccer, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This is because ESPN Plus has become the new home of all out-of-market NHL games, as well as out-of-market MLS soccer matches and matches from other soccer leagues across the world. It features UFC Fight Night and title bouts, as well as exclusive UFC matchups and pay-per-view events (for additional fees).

Fans of hockey and Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs who aren’t located in their present location rely on ESPN’s streaming service to keep up with their favorite teams. Fans of the home teams, on the other hand, will not benefit from the service. Local games aren’t available on ESPN Plus, so you’ll have to watch them on your local sports network through cable or a live TV streaming provider. However, there is some good news for golf fans: in 2022, ESPN Plus will broadcast the PGA Tour with over 4,000 hours of unique content. From January through the end of the season, PGA Tour Live will broadcast more than 30 tournaments.

ESPN Plus, on the other hand, does not broadcast live NFL or NBA games, and its extensive collection of original programming is difficult to explore. While the $7 per month, $70 per year service is best suited for die-hard followers of the sports it covers, more casual fans may end up with an ESPN Plus membership through the Disney Bundle, which also includes Hulu and Disney Plus for $14. The package saves you $7 per month above the cost of each individual subscription, thereby making ESPN Plus free.

Conclusion

Most of the names on this list are likely recognizable to you already, but it is by no means exhaustive. There are a plethora of additional ways to stream, as well as hundreds of other options. We kept a few factors in mind while evaluating these specific streaming alternatives.

This ranking is based on the numerical value I assigned to each streaming service in their individual review, which I determined based on design (ease of use across various TV and mobile platforms), features (such as 4K HDR, mobile downloads, recommendations, watch lists, and number of streams), content (number of shows and quality of originals and back catalogs), and value (the number of shows and quality of originals and back catalogs) (price compared to these other factors). For additional information, read the entire reviews.

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