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Netflix is famous for its wide variety of shows and movies in a ton of genres, so that’s where we’re starting out.
If you’re looking for Netflix alternatives for whatever reason, I have got you covered. Let’s look at my compilation of some similar services.

Amazon Prime 
Amazon Prime is a membership service from Amazon that provides exclusive services and products to Amazon customers. Customers willing to pay the $10.99 per month or $99 per year membership fee receive access to Amazon Prime-only deals as well as expedited delivery at no additional charge -- including two-day shipping options and even same-day delivery in eligible areas via the Amazon Prime Now mobile app.

An Amazon Prime membership also includes unlimited access to select movies and TV shows through Amazon Prime Video, unlimited ad-free music streaming through Amazon Prime Music, unlimited photo storage and unlimited reading of select e-books on any device.

Finally, an Amazon Prime membership also carries additional benefits such as 30-minute early access to exclusive "Lightning Deals" on Amazon and members-only access to special deals on a Black Friday-like discount day called "Amazon Prime Day" that typically occurs each summer (starting late July 10th and extending through July 11th in 2017).


Hulu
Hulu is a dependable option for streaming new and classic shows as well as live TV across a wide variety of platforms. It's a top choice among streaming video services.

Hulu continues to offer a strong library of shows and movies, as well as a robust live TV option. The service is also one of the cheapest we've tested for both categories. That said, Hulu's original series are hit-or-miss and while offline downloads were recently added, they're currently only available for premium subscribers. In addition, the cheapest on-demand plan includes ads. Keep in mind that since Disney is now solely in control of Hulu, the scope and direction of the service may well soon change. For now, though, Hulu retains its Editors' Choice distinction for its mass appeal and value.

HBO Now
HBO Now is a subscription service from premium US TV network Home Box Office that brings you all of the best HBO content, including movies, original TV shows, sports events and documentaries. 

The difference between HBO Now and HBO Go is HBO Now is a completely standalone service, which means you don't need an HBO subscription already in order to use it and you don't need a cable box – HBO Now is app-only.

The service costs $14.99 (about £10, AU$20) per month and gives new users a free one-month trial. It was first rolled out to Apple iTunes users with an Apple TV or devices running iOS like the iPhone 6 and iPad. 

However, HBO Now content can also be accessed through the HBO Now website, on Android and Amazon Kindle Fire, as well as via HBO Now apps for Xbox 360, Xbox One, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. 

Aside from seasons of Game of Thrones and Girls, like you might expect, HBO Now offers dozens of movies, and all of its best original series going back to The Sopranos and several … ahem ... "after dark" skin flicks.

Crackle
Crackle is Crackle is Chicken Soup hicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s free streaming service for full length movies and TV shows, along with original programming to set it apart from other free services.

Crackle has a simple and easy to navigate interface, making it easy to see featured content, search for specific titles, or browse by category or alphabetically. While you won’t find as many titles or the variety of a paid service, there are plenty of movies and TV shows to choose from when you’re looking for something to watch and don’t want to pay for another app.

Crackle divides its content by TV shows and movies, then allows you to browse by category. Look for blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, and handpicked content to help you escape and recharge.

Crackle recently announced that they plan to create more original content going forward, through the new Landmark Studio Group, owned by parent company Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

Included in the lineup of new original content is an original docu-series from Ashton Kutcher. Going From Broke is a 10 part series where millennials gain financial confidence and work toward financial freedom.


Acorn TV
Acorn TV is a subscription video-on-demand service with a strong focus on British television shows. Users pay a monthly or yearly fee to access a growing library of television shows in Acorn's library. The platform primarily offers TV series from the United Kingdom, but there are also some classic Aussie shows, like Jack Irish, available to stream.

Acorn first started distributing British television in the United States in 1994; first on VHS, then DVD and Blu-ray. It eventually launched a streaming platform and quickly became the largest service focused on British and international TV in North America. Acorn TV currently offers world-class dramas, comedies, mysteries and documentaries, all ad-free.

The service also invests in original programming. Its most successful original was an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in the summer of 2014, which ended up being nominated for an Emmy. That’s a huge accomplishment for a niche streaming service like Acorn TV.

Acorn TV is a one-stop shop for anyone with a taste for British comedy and drama.

The service's Australian landing page boasts "thousands of hours of programming, including dozens of exclusive shows and the latest seasons of your favourite series".

You can binge-watch fan favourites like Jack Taylor and Foyle’s War, as well as Acorn TV originals like Agatha Raisin, Striking Out, Loch Ness and Detectorists.

The library is conveniently organised into categories, so you can easily find something to match your preferences. Categories include Mystery, Period Drama, Modern Drama and more.


YouTube
YouTube is one of the most popular video sharing platforms and the second largest search engine behind Google Search. Billions of videos have been uploaded and shared on the platform since it was founded in 2005.

Anyone with access to a computer or mobile device and an internet connection can watch YouTube content and even share their own. YouTube is really for everyone — whether you're an individual simply looking for a creative outlet or the CEO of an organization with a large budget for a video ad campaign.

Although its user base ranges from young to old, YouTube is particularly popular among younger people who prefer the wide variety of content, interactive components and instant gratification of YouTube video content over traditional television. Many use it for entertainment purposes, for learning how to do something (tutorials), for keeping up with their favorite artists' latest music videos and so much more.

YouTube is available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Since it's owned by Google, all you need is a Google account to create a YouTube account and start using it.

Tubi TV
Tubi is the world’s largest ad-supported video on demand (VOD) service. Tubi is the world’s largest ad-supported video on demand service with over 12,000 movies and television shows from nearly every major Hollywood studio. The service gives fans of films and television programs an easy way to discover new content which is available completely free. Tubi is the future of movie and TV consumption, with the largest library of streaming movies and TV shows available for free! Scratch that—we're not just the future, we're the present, too.

Tubi has partnered with leading Hollywood studios including Lionsgate, Paramount and MGM to curate an extensive programming guide available on mobile, web, and connected TV devices like iOS, Android, Roku, Xbox, Playstation, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and more.

Check out New Releases, see What's Trending, make plans for Movie Night, or browse through our diverse array of categories to find something that fits your mood.

Facebook Watch
Facebook Watch is an on-demand video service that specializes in original content, created in tandem with actors, celebrities, and influencers. The whole intention is to create content that’s shareable, material that people would become engrossed in and have to share with their friends — a bit like when you stumble upon a meme. 
Facebook Watch is Facebook's video-on-demand service that combines aspects of its video-sharing functionality with premium content. It allows creators to upload their own short- and long-form videos, but it also includes original comedy, drama, and news programming. The service is free, but it does require a Facebook account.

Facebook Watch isn't a cable replacement service. It's more like YouTube than YouTube TV, because it doesn't include live television from networks or cable channels. It also has a lot in common with Instagram TV, which is Instagram's entry into the YouTube-dominated field of user-generated content.

Facebook Watch includes a mixture of content from users and professionally-produced content Facebook pays to have produced. It's a lot like YouTube Premium, which includes regular YouTube videos and exclusive original programming, but Facebook Watch is free.

Mubi
MUBI is a curated streaming service. A never-ending collection of hand-picked films. From new directors to award-winners. From everywhere on earth. Beautiful, interesting, incredible movies — a new one, every single day. Always chosen by us. MUBI is available to watch in 195 countries, and the films we pick are guided by local cultures and cinema. We are the world’s biggest community of film-lovers, with over 9 million members around the globe. You can stream or download all our movies, anytime. On any screen or device, anywhere. 

On first glance MUBI sounds like a gimmick of 30 films for 30 days - with a new one added and an old one removed every day - but the thinking behind it is a bit more user-driven.

Speaking with Jon Barrenechea, VP of Marketing for MUBI, we found that the idea is to bring back a sense of urgency to watching movies and serial dramas.

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