If you’re looking for an easy place to cut your spending, your expensive TV package is a great starting point. If you’ve got a decent internet connection, switching to a TV streaming service can save a bundle each month. In this post, I’ll run through the 3 of the best streaming services in the UK to help you pick the best option.
There’s no tie-in with streaming services either – they all let you cancel any time and offer free trials. So, if you’re not impressed, simply cancel after the free period and try another one.
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What’s a Streaming Service?
A TV streaming service is an alternative to terrestrial, cable or satellite TV that delivers Video content using your internet connection.
Netflix is a real powerhouse in the TV streaming world. It currently has over 139 million subscribers worldwide! Netflix originally was a DVD rental business but in 2007 they moved into the TV streaming space.
Netflix’s Basic package is just £5.99 a month for the standard package. With the standard package, you can only watch on one device at a time and don’t get HD. But, if your focus is on the best value, this is perfectly fine (this is the package I use).
You can upgrade to their standard package for £7.99 a month which gives you HD and ability to watch on two devices at once.
Finally, there’s the premium package for £9.99 a month which gives you HD and you can watch on 4 screens at the same time.
Netflix boasts a massive catalogue of thousands of TV shows and films. Several are exclusive to Netflix in the UK like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Orange is the New Black and Making a Murderer.
You can sign up for a 30-day free trial with Netflix. If you’re not happy you can cancel at the end of the trial and try another service for free.
Amazon Prime Video
on obviously needs no introduction as the most valuable company in the world. Amazon’s video service matches Netflix with the same £5.99 entry price. Or, you can upgrade to their full Prime membership for £7.99 a month where you get:
- Free one-day delivery on eligible items
- Prime Video, which lets you stream and download TVs and Movies from their online library
- Prime Reading, which gives you access to a rotating selection of eBooks, magazines and comics
- Prime Music which gives you instant access to over 2 million songs ad-free on demand.
So, if you buy a lot from Amazon or like your music and eBooks, this could be the best option to go for.
Notable TV shows available on Amazon include The Walking Dead (Seasons 1-7), The Americans (Seasons 1-5), Vikings and the US version of The Office.
Like Netflix, Amazon also produces its own original content too such as The Grand Tour and The Man in the High Castle.
Amazon has also recently started acquiring the rights to Sports-related content too. It now has British TV rights to the ATP World Tour and 20 live Premier League games from the 2019-2020 season in a three-year deal.
So, if you’re a sports fan but don’t want to pay for a hefty Sky Sports subscription, Amazon could be a good bet.
Again, Amazon Prime comes with a 1-month free trial and you can cancel at any time if you choose the pay monthly plan. You can also pay for a year in one go for £79 which works out at £6.58 a month. Amazon often offer this at an even bigger discount during promotions too, so this is worth looking out for.
To watch Amazon Video, you’ll either need a smart TV, Blu-Ray player, Games Console or streaming device, such as a Fire Stick or Roku Streaming Stick.
Now TV is owned by Sky. So, if you’re moving away from a Sky deal but don’t want to give up your favourite shows, then this might be your best bet.
Now TV’s monthly price is £6.99 a month with a 14-day free trial. You can buy entertainment passes though, which gives you access at a slightly cheaper monthly price if you shop around. Currently, there’s a deal on Amazon to get a 2-month pass for just over £7. This only gives you access to the TV shows though, which is a bit of a kick in the teeth. To get access to movies you’ll need to pay an extra £9.99 a month and if you want Kids shows too that’s another £2.99.
If you’re going to try Now TV, you’ll either need a Smart TV or need to invest in a streaming stick. The good news is that the Now TV streaming boxes come with either an entertainment pass or a movie pass. They’re often on promotion too, so you can get them for next to nothing once you factor in the value of the Now TV pass.
At the time of writing this post, you can get a Now TV Smart Stick with a 3-month entertainment pass and a 1-day Sky Sports pass for just £19.99 at Currys. It’s also worth checking out this post for some tips on how to find the best deals online.
The Now TV box will also let you watch Netflix as well as iPlayer, All4, ITV Hub, 5 on Demand and YouTube. So, it’s a decent investment if you’re new streaming.
As Now TV is owned by Sky, you’ll get access to all the top shows you’d get with Sky. So, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, or love The Walking Dead this could be your answer. You can also watch older classics such as The Sopranos and The Wire. The Box Sets do rotate quite a lot on Now TV though, so if you want to see what shows are currently available to a look at this list.
So, there you have it. My round up of 3 of the Best Alternatives to an expensive Sky TV deal. Have you ditched an expensive Sky deal and joined the streaming revolution? Which streaming service do you think is the best value? I’d love to hear your comments below.it away.