Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video may not have quite the wealth of original content that Netflix brings to bear, but it does feature a well-rounded library that includes both critically acclaimed original series and movies and mainstream hits. The ability to bolster that library through Prime Channels and a la carte purchases is an added perk. The interface could use some fine-tuning, but that content library and a fairly aggressive pricing strategy ensure that Prime Video is a strong option for users who either want to use it as their go-to streaming source or as a backup to a Netflix or Hulu subscription.
For more, check out our full Amazon Prime Video review!
Disney+’s impressive lineup of old and new movies and TV shows is reason enough for any Disney fan to subscribe. Thanks to 4K streaming at no extra charge and the ability to download titles for offline viewing, Disney+ is well-positioned to compete with any streaming service out there.
For more, check out our full Disney+ review!
WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service has an impressive library of beloved shows and movies to binge – offering what is arguably the most robust and broad selection of recognizable properties for both adults and kids (something Disney+ struggles with). If you’re already an HBO subscriber, for the same price HBO Max opens the door to an incredible array of new and classic titles, as well as a few entertaining original series, with the promise of more to come.
For more, check out our full HBO Max review!
Hulu’s strength lies not with its original content or catalog of big movies (though there’s plenty to choose from), but with its traditional network offerings and Live TV plan option. It’s the first step, and sometimes only step, for cord-cutters looking to lower their monthly bill while keeping most of what they used to watch on regular TV.
For more, check out our full Hulu review!
Netflix cements itself as the streaming king with a vast and diverse library of movies and TV shows that currently dwarfs any other platform available. With an estimated $15 billion earmarked in 2019 for developing and acquiring new content, the streamer has plenty of budget to stay ahead of its competitors. But a consistent rise in monthly costs, the loss of acquired titles like The Office, Marvel, and Friends, and additional charges for 4K content might encourage subscribers to venture elsewhere.
For more, check out our full Netflix review!
Those are our picks for the best streaming service of 2020 – let us know in the comments what’s on your list that didn’t make ours, and be sure to cast your vote for our TV Series of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award here!
There are plenty of other awards! Check out all our movies, TV, and comics nominees below!
Best Movies of 2020
Best TV of 2020
Best Comics of 2020
Be sure to check out all of our other movies, TV and comics of the Year award nominees as well as our picks for the best games of 2020!