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85 Free & Paid Streaming Services You Could Be Watching Right Now

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From Acorn TV to YouTube TV, the number of streaming services just keeps increasing. If you thought you were already suffering from subscriber fatigue, then you might want to look away now. There are more than 85 free and paid streaming services listed below that you could be watching right now.

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Pause for a moment and imagine having to sign up, manage payments, and change between apps for 85 different streaming services. If that all sounds a bit too much, that’s because it is. In fact, there are so many free and paid services now that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. On a positive note, with a quick check of the streaming services list below, you might just find your next favorite one.

Before going any further, this list excludes any service that’s considered to be only a digital rental or storage shop (for example, Google TV), services that have already closed down (For example, CNN Plus), and any others that just looked a little suspect. The list also doesn’t include any streaming services that are only available outside the United States.

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Streaming services list

Below is a brief overview of each service, including the current subscription price. The list is in alphabetical order, as that’s probably the easiest way to actually digest the list. Not to mention, the easiest way for us to add new ones when they launch (or delete old ones when they fade away).

Acorn TV

Acorn TV is a subscription service that focuses on the “best of British” although its content does also include shows and movies from outside the UK, with a selection of comedies, dramas and mysteries from Australia, Ireland and more. Acorn TV costs $6.99 per month and comes with a seven-day free trial.

ALLBLK

ALLBLK is a streaming service that’s specifically focused on delivering Black TV & film. This not only includes movies and TV shows, but also original content, short films, music, and more. ALLBLK comes with a seven-day free trial. After which, a subscription costs $5.99 per month.

Apple TV Plus

Apple TV Plus is the official streaming service from Apple and it is entirely populated original movies and shows. While Apple TV Plus was initially limited in terms of the selection of content and device support, it has greatly expanded over time. An Apple TV Plus currently costs $6.99 per month and a seven-day free trial is available.

AMC Plus

AMC Plus is a premium subscription bundle that not only includes access to AMC content, but also Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited, and Shudder. An AMC Plus subscription costs $8.99 per month and comes with a seven-day free trial.

Bally Sports Plus

Bally Sports Plus is a streaming service that offers access to live, local Bally Sports games, replays, highlights and more. For those with a live TV plan that don’t get access to their regional sports networks, Bally Sports Plus could be the solution. The exact cost depends on the area, but subscriptions generally cost between $15 and $20 per month.

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BlazeTV

BlazeTV is billed as a streaming service for “people who love America” and offers access to news and entertainment from a variety of conservative personalities. A Blaze TV monthly subscription currently starts at $9.99 per month.

BritBox

Like Acorn TV, BritBox focuses on British content. In fact, BritBox claims to be the service that offers access to the most British content overall. A standard subscription costs $7.99 per month and comes with a seven-day free trial.

BroadwayHD

BroadwayHD is a streaming service with a focus on Broadway favorites, and provides access to musicals, classics, Shakespeare productions, and more. Essentially, it lets you watch filmed live theater performances right from the comfort of your own home.

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BroadwayHD subscriptions are all ad-free and cost $11.99 per month or $129.99 when paid annually, following a seven-day free trial.

Cineverse

Cineverse is a streaming service that looks to offer access to as much content as possible in a bid to stand out from the other services that seem to be constantly removing titles and focusing more on their own originals. In addition, Cineverse also says it uses curation and its own Matchpoint technology to provide more useful recommendations that are based on user feedback.

Crackle

Crackle is owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul and provides access to a wide range of movies, TV shows, and original programming. The selection of content changes regularly with fresh titles frequently available. Crackle is free and relies on ads to generate revenue.

Criterion Channel

The Criterion Channel looks to bring together a collection of classic and contemporary Hollywood movies. The selection includes Criterion Collection movies, as well as some titles that you probably won’t find anywhere else. Padding out the content is a large selection of shorts and other film-related videos. A Criterion Channel subscription costs $11.99 per month and a 14-day free trial is available.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is a popular service for those looking for anime, manga, and similar. One of the benefits of the service is that it airs episodes shortly after they’ve been broadcast in Japan. A lot of the content is free to watch but it is also possible to pay for an ad-free plan with access to more content. Crunchyroll paid plans range from $7.99 to $14.99 per month.

Curiosity Stream

Curiosity Stream is the ideal service for those looking for more documentaries and especially on topics such as history, nature, science, and technology. Compared to other streaming services, Curiosity Stream is also fairly cheap. A standard subscription can be picked up from as low as $2.99 per month.

DAZN

DAZN is a streaming service that provides access to both live and on-demand sports events, including boxing and MMA. While a monthly subscription costs $19.99 per month, the annual plan offers some fairly big savings making it the better option.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream is a live TV streaming service with access to a variety of channels, an on-demand library, and more. There are a number of plans to choose from which makes it possible to pick the one that best suits the channel needs and budget of a home. In terms of the cheapest plan, DirecTV Stream starts at $69.99 per month.

Discovery Plus

Discovery Plus brings together the best of Discovery in one subscription, including popular shows from the Discovery channel, HGTV, ID, and other Discovery networks. A standard subscription costs $4.99 per month but subscribers can opt to pay $6.99 per month for an ad-free experience.

Disney Plus

Disney Plus has proven to be a major hit with the general public, which is not surprising considering it provides streaming access to the Disney classic vault, as well as Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic shows and movies. A Disney Plus subscription costs $6.99 per month, or $12.99 per month when bundled with ESPN+ and Hulu.

Dove Channel

Dove Channel looks to provide access to content deemed family-friendly. For example, the service is in partnership with The Dove Foundation and the selection of movies and shows look to reflect inspirational and family values. Some content can be watched for free, while the full catalog is available ad-free for as little as $4.99 per month following a 30-day free trial.

ESPN Plus

ESPN Plus is a popular sports-focused streaming service with access to plenty of live events, including MLB, NHL, MLS, Serie A, FA Cup, and more. The service does also offer the option to pay for individual pay-per-view events when available. An ESPN Plus subscription costs $9.99 per month, or $12.99 per month when bundled with Disney Plus and Hulu.

Epix

Epix is a popular option for those looking to access new movie releases as well as classic movies. The service also provides access to a range of documentaries, shows and Epix originals. Epix is actually one of the few services that can either be added to an existing TV package or subscribed to as a standalone service. Epix prices vary by provider, although the standalone subscription costs $5.99 per month.

F1 TV

F1 TV is a great steaming solution for those keen on Formula 1 racing. The service not only provides access to all F1 races, but also unique angles during races, as well as plenty of background and supplementary data for analysis. Those looking for the complete experience will want to go with the $9.99 per month F1 TV Pro plan. Otherwise, there’s a $2.99 monthly plan that limits subscribers to watching full race replays.

Facebook Watch

Facebook Watch is Facebook’s take on steaming. The service provides access to both short and long-form content uploaded by users, as well as shows commissioned by Facebook. Making it quite a mixed bag when it comes to what’s on offer. Facebook Watch is free to access.

Fandor

Fandor is a subscription streaming service designed for those who love films and want to support the industry, especially the independent side of it. Fandor provides access to a selection of movies, documentaries, and more for free, and there’s also the option to upgrade to an ad-free viewing experience for $4.99 per month.

FlixFling

FlixFling claims to offer more than 5,000 movies including new releases and cult classics. The service specifically makes the point of its ‘hard-to-find gems’ which should give you an idea of the type of content that’s available and what to expect. A FlixFling subscription costs $7.99 per month following a seven-day free trial.

Frndly TV

Frndly TV is a live TV service that focuses on family-friendly content. In addition to the selection of live TV channels, Frndly TV also unlocks access to an on-demand library. A subscription starts at $6.99 and rises to $10.99 per month, depending on whether additional streams and a DVR are needed. Frndly TV is available with a seven-day free trial.

fuboTV

fuboTV is a live TV streaming service with an additional focus on sports channels. However, the channel lineup is varied enough that the service will appeal to non-sports fans as well. There are three main fuboTV live TV packages to choose from with the cheapest costing $69.99 per month. fuboTV does also offer a seven-day free trial.

Gaia

Gaia is a little different to many of the other streaming services on this list as it comes with a clear focus on content that’s good for the body, mind and spirit. The service claims to offer access to more than 8,000 films, shows and classes, including yoga, meditation, fitness and lifestyle content. A Gaia subscription costs $11.99 per month.

GINX Esports TV

GINX Esports TV is a service designed to deliver video gaming and esports content. Some of the shows are free to watch although unlocking the full and ad-free experience requires a $4.99 per month subscription. GINX Esports TV does offer a one-month free trial to get you started.

GuideDoc

GuideDoc offers a library that’s entirely filled with documentary films. The service tries to stand out by focusing on the “best hand-picked and award-winning documentaries” rather than the latest. A GuideDoc subscription costs $7.99 per month.

Hallmark Movies Now

Hallmark Movies Now bring together a selection of feel good movies and shows, as well as exclusive Hallmark Movies Now originals, making it a great option for fans of Hallmark. The service delivers all of the content ad-free for $5.99 per month, and a seven-day free trial is available.

HBO Max

HBO Max is best described as HBO+, as it not only provides access to all the content available through HBO, but also content pulled from the wider Warner Bros. Discovery catalog. HBO Max offers ad-supported and ad-free plans, with the cheapest subscription tier priced at $9.99 per month.

HIDIVE

HIDIVE is a streaming service with access to anime and live action shows and movies. The service looks to offer a more unique experience through additional features, such as the ability to chat with others while watching an episode. A HIDIVE subscription costs $4.99 per month following a 30-day free trial.

History Vault

History Vault is part of the History family and this should be enough to make clear the type of content you can expect. The service is packed full of historical documentaries that span the ages. A History Vault subscription costs $4.99 per month once the seven-day free trial has ended.

Hi-YAH!

If you’re a fan of martial arts and Asian action movies and shows, then you’ll want to be taking a closer look at Hi-YAH! This streaming service can be subscribed to directly or through Prime Video Channels and The Roku Channel. A Hi-YAH! subscription costs $3.99 per month following a seven-day free trial.

Hoopla

Hoopla is not your usual streaming service, but it can be a good way to watch movies for free. The service is offered in conjunction with public libraries and users do need to have a library card to sign up. Each library has a monthly borrowing cap in place for its users, and Hoopla is not available everywhere, so access will depend on where you are.

Hopster

Hopster is more of an ecosystem than a service and it is designed from the ground-up for young children. As a result, all of the content has been hand-picked based on how appropriate it is for the youngest of viewers. A Hopster subscription costs $7.99 per month.

Hulu

Hulu is a popular and well-known subscription service with access to plenty of shows and movies to choose from, including all of Hulu’s own original programming. A Hulu subscription currently costs $7.99 per month and subscribers can opt for an ad-free viewing experience by paying $14.99 per month.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is basic Hulu plus live TV, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus. Due to the service combining live TV with multiple SVOD services, Hulu Live TV has plenty to watch. A Hulu Live TV subscription costs $69.99 per month. There is also the option to remove the Hulu ads by paying an additional premium each month.

Freevee

Freevee, formerly IMDb TV, is owned by Amazon and the big selling point is that it is a completely free service. As a result, users don’t have to pay anything to watch any of the shows or movies. However, they will need to create a free account and sit through ad breaks.

Kanopy

Kanopy is a very similar service to Hoopla in the sense that it also partners with public libraries to offer free streaming of movies (and more) for those with a library card. Also like Hoopla, while the content is free to the user, the library has to pay. Not all libraries currently support Kanopy, and some may place additional caps on how many movies you can stream each month.

Kocowa

Kocowa makes it possible to stream South Korean content, including K-Pop, K-Dramas, and K-Variety from the main South Korean broadcasting channels. While some of the content can be watched for free, subscriptions are available for those wanting a richer and ad-free experience. A Kocowa subscription costs $6.99 per month.

KlowdTV

KlowdTV brings together multiple internet TV channels into one single package. In fact, there are different packages available, making it possible for users to create one that best suits them. The main Premium plan costs $9.99 per month and is listed as coming with access to 132 channels.

Lifetime Movie Club

If you’re a fan of Lifetime, then Lifetime Movie Club might be the streaming service for you. This one is populated with both new and classic Lifetime movies and the service says it rotates content each week to ensure a wide selection of fresh content is available. Lifetime Movie Club is available with a seven-day free trial and costs $4.99 per month.

LG Channels

LG Channels is a streaming service available with LG smart TVs. The service integrates into the live TV guide and results in access to 175 live TV channels for free. As this is a service powered by Xumo, the experience is very similar to Xumo in general.

Magnolia Selects

Magnolia Selects is a streaming service created by Magnolia Pictures and offers a curated selection of movies and shows that spans most genres. A Magnolia Selects subscription costs $4.99 per month and comes with a seven-day free trial.

MLB.TV

MLB.TV is for fans of Major League Baseball. The streaming service is offered directly by the MLB with access to all games, including out-of-market games, as well as a ton of other features and background content. A yearly MLB.TV subscriptions costs $94.99, or $74.99 for a single team, and the offseason Package is priced at $24.99.

Mubi

Mubi is a service aimed at film-lovers and the content takes more of a quality over quantity approach. The selection is hand-picked and limited to around 30 movies at a time. However, every day one is removed and replaced with a new one. A Mubi subscription costs $10.99 per month once you complete the seven-day free trial.

NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass provides online access to basketball content. With a pass, subscribers can stream every out-of-market regular season games, as well as replays of local games. A League Pass costs $14.99 per month and there is the option to upgrade to League Pass Premium for $19.99 per month.

Netflix

Netflix likely needs no introduction as this is one of the most popular streaming services in the world. With a wide selection of shows and movies, including Netflix Originals, the service offers a lot of content. Subscriptions start at $6.99 per month and rise to as much as $19.99 per month, depending on ads, playback quality, and the number of streams.

NFL Plus

NFL Plus allows subscribers to watch live games. For those happy to watch on their mobile device, a subscription costs just $4.99 per month. For those wanting additional device support, and the ability to watch full replays, a subscription costs $9.99 per month.

Outside Plus

Outside provides access to a selection of free videos, but those wanting more can subscribe to Outside Plus. The subscription unlocks access to different elements of the Outside network, including digital access to Outside Magazine, and the ability to watch Outside online. A standard Outside Plus subscription costs $4.99 per month.

Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus is Paramount Global’s streaming service and it brings together shows from a number of popular networks. Previously CBS All Access, Paramount Plus includes everything CBS All Access offered, as well as content from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and more. A Paramount Plus subscription costs $4.99 per month although there’s also a $9.99 per month plan that removes the ads.

Popcornflix

Popcornflix is a free streaming service that’s filled with a selection of Hollywood movies and shows, although it does lean more heavily on movies than shows. As it is a completely free service, users should expect to see ads.

Peacock

Peacock provides access to a wealth of NBCUniversal content and is available in three different pricing tiers. The basic and most limited version of Peacock is completely free. Alternatively, consumers can opt to pay $4.99 per month for unlimited access to all of the content, or pay $9.99 per month to removes the ads.

Philo

Philo is designed to be an affordable solution to streaming live TV over the internet. The live TV plan costs $25 per month and subscribers get access to more than 60 live TV channels. In spite of the low price, Philo offers a premium experience, including an unlimited cloud DVR and the option to stream on multiple devices at the same time.

Pluto TV

Pluto is another completely free streaming service and one that offers both live channels and on-demand videos. As Pluto is free, the service relies on ads to generate revenue. In addition, the channel list is not exactly comparable to a paid live TV service, so that’s something to keep in mind.

PokerGo

PokerGo is your one-stop shop for everything poker. The service provides access to live events, but also lets you catch up through replays. Adding to the content is some originally programming and access to classic poker events. A PokerGo subscription costs $14.99 per month.

Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is both an online video store and subscription service. The service is populated with a wealth of shows and movies including many Amazon Studios originals. An Amazon Prime Video subscription costs $8.99 per month, although it is free to access for anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Pure Flix

Pure Flix is an inspiration-based streaming service packed with a selection of family-friendly and Christian content. You’ll find full movies, TV shows, documentaries, kids shows, and more. Pure Flix offers a seven-day free trial and costs $7.99 per month.

Qello Concerts

Qello Concerts provides access to a collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries, making it an ideal streaming destination for anyone in need of more music-based content. An All Access Pass subscription costs $11.99 per month and a seven-day free trial is available.

Revry

Revry is a streaming service that focuses on LGBTQ content. This not only means content created and/or starring LGBTQ filmmakers, but also stories that revolve around an LGBTQ character or world. The service is actually free to use and there is the option to upgrade to an ad-free viewing experience for $6.99 per month.

Screambox

Screambox is exactly what it sounds like, a horror and terror-themed streaming service. Screambox offers a wide range of horror movies and claims to offer horror you won’t find anywhere else. A Screambox subscription costs $4.99 per month and there’s a seven-day free trial to kick things off.

Shudder

Similar to Screambox, Shudder is another streaming service that’s focused on horror content. However, this one does spread its wings a little further with a subscription also unlocking access to thriller and suspense movies, shows, and even podcasts. Following the seven-day free trial, a subscription will set you back $5.99 per month.

Sling TV

Sling TV is another live TV streaming service, but one that takes more of an a la carte approach. Essentially, you can choose between one of two $40 per month subscriptions and then add additional channel packs on top to create more of a unique package and experience. There’s also a $55 per month plan which brings the best of both $40 plans together – again with the option to add channel packs on top.

Shout Factory TV

Shout Factory TV is the streaming service designed for pop culture fans. The service claims to offer over 2,000 hours of programming with a focus on cult and classic TV. This is another free-to-watch service with ads, although those interested can opt for a $2.99 per month subscription and remove the ads.

Showtime

Showtime is a premium network and home to many popular TV shows, including Homeland, Billions, Shameless, and Ray Donovan. The service can be added to an existing live TV plan or subscribed to directly. The price varies depending on provider, although astandalone Showtime subscription costs $10.99 per month, following a seven-day free trial.

Spectrum TV Essentials

Spectrum TV Essentials is a streaming service specifically aimed at Spectrum Internet customers. Therefore, if you’re not a Spectrum internet customer, this won’t be the service for you. For those that are eligible, the service offers access to more than 60 live TV channels as well as a selection of on demand content. Spectrum TV Essentials costs $24.99 per month.

Sundance Now

Sundance Now is a streaming service that claims to be a bit different to the rest thanks to a stronger focus on storytelling and emotionally moving stories. According to the service, you can expect gripping true crime, political thrillers, and dramatic series. A subscription will run you $6.99 per month after you’ve finished the seven-day free trial.

Starz

Starz is another premium network and home to a selection of popular TV shows, including Power, Outlander, American Gods, and more. Like many other premium networks, Starz is a service that you can add to an existing TV package or subscribe to directly. Although the price varies depending on TV provider, going the direct route nets you a seven-day free trial and a subscription for $8.99 per month.

The CW

Many will already be familiar with The CW as it is typically bundled with live TV packages. However, The CW shows can also be watched for free via many platforms and directly through The CW website. No sign-up or subscription required.

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel is more than just a channel considering you can also subscribe to other channels and premium networks. However, skipping all of that for now, The Roku Channel provides free access to a selection of movies and shows each month, thanks to ads.

Tubi

Tubi is another completely free service making it a good option for those looking to spend as little as possible each month on streaming. Tubi provides access to a wide selection of shows and movies without the need for a subscription and through the use of ads. You don’t even need to create an account with Tubi although doing so adds to the experience with the ability to create a watchlist and sync devices.

UP Faith & Family

UP Faith & Family looks to provide streaming access to a selection of content that’s not only family-friendly, but also faith-friendly. The service offers a wide selection of titles including UP original content. A subscription costs $5.99 per month and you do get a generous 14-day free trial.

UFC Fight Pass

If you’re into mixed martial arts then UFC Fight Pass is for you. Not only do you get access to live events, but also original programming and an archive of MMA fights to stream whenever you want. A UFC Fight Pass subscription costs $14.99 per month or $95.99 when paid annually.

Vidgo

Vidgo is a live TV streaming service which offers multiple plans for consumers to choose from. While all of the plans come with a good selection of channels and a similar experience, the most expensive plans offer the greatest number overall. Vidgo’s live TV plans start at $59.95 per month and rise to $99.95 per month.

Viki

Viki is a service brought to you by Rakuten. The service mainly focuses on content from South Korea, but covers Asian content in general. While the service is free, there’s also a “Viki Pass” which opens the door to exclusive content, an ad-free streaming experience, and more. The standard Viki Pass costs $4.99 per month while the unlimited version is priced at $9.99 per month.

Vimeo

Vimeo is a video-sharing platform, similar to YouTube. However, it does have a slightly different edge as you will find a lot more artistic content on the platform. With the content being user-generated, there’s plenty to watch for everyone, and for free.

ViX Plus

ViX Plus is a Spanish-language streaming service that’s packed with 1,000s of hours of original series and movies. In addition, Vix Plus also unlocks access to some live sports, including Champions League and Liga MX. For those signing up in the US, a ViX Plus subscription costs $6.99 per month.

WatchFree+

WatchFree+ is a streaming service specifically for owners of a Vizio smart TV. The service is free to access and offers the option to watch 100s of live channels or on-demand content. Similar to most free services, the channels on offer are not traditional live TV services, but channels that have been specifically curated for the viewer.

VRV

VRV is not only an anime-focused service, but one that also unlocks access to cartoons, tech, and gaming videos as well. VRV is free to stream with ads, and there is the option to upgrade to an ad-free experience for $9.99 per month. In addition to ad-free videos, Premium subscribers also get access to the newest episodes and exclusive series.

Vudu

Most people might know Vudu as a digital rental store, but it also offers access to a wide selection of movies and episodes for free. These free titles rotate over time so there is always something new being added to the free library.

Willow TV

If you’re into cricket, then Willow TV is likely to be the streaming service for you. Not only does it broadcast live cricket matches, but also highlights and replays as well. A Willow TV subscription costs $9.99 per month.

Xumo Play

Xumo Play (formerly, Xumo) is very similar to Pluto and Tubi in the sense that it provides access to live TV channels free of charge. Again, as this is a completely free service, it does rely on ads to generate revenue. While the channels might not be the most familiar channels, the service offers access to more than 190 channels in total.

YouTube (and YouTube Premium)

YouTube should need no introduction and includes videos on just about anything and everything. While YouTube is primarily a user-uploading platform, it does offer access to free movies and shows as as well. YouTube Premium is an $11.99/month subscription option that removes the ads, offers online playback, and the ability to watch in the background on mobile devices.

YouTube TV

Unlike the standard YouTube experience, YouTube TV is all about live TV. The service currently charges $64.99 per month for a subscription and provides access to more than 100 live TV channels. This is in addition to an unlimited cloud DVR and the ability to share with five other people. YouTube TV typically offers a seven-day free trial.

Updated Nov, 2022

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

John's preferred live TV streaming service right now is YouTube TV although he does tend to switch live TV services multiple times each year to keep up to date with their changes. Outside of live TV, John also actively streams HBO Max (for the shows), Peacock (for Premier League), and Paramount Plus (for Champion's League). However, John is also currently subscribed to Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

Contact John via email at john@streamingbetter.com or say hi on Twitter

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