While I hate to admit it, I tend to spend more time than I should watching TV. I have always loved movies and TV shows because I feel like I can escape the real world for a little while and amerce myself in a whole new world (bonus points if you thought of Aladdin just then).
But I know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, watching TV (and movies) has never been so easy and enjoyable.
As a college student living on a part-time job paycheck, investing in all streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, the Amazon Fire stick, etc. isn’t practical. As much as I’d like to enjoy all services for free, that isn’t something that I can do.
So how do I know which service is right for me? It all comes down to what you are looking for. Original programming? Live TV streaming? No commercials? Fortunately, there are services out there that can do all of this for you and more.
Live TV Streaming
If you are looking for live-streaming TV, the team over at Reviews recommends DirecTV Now. Unlike Netflix, you don’t have to wait for whole seasons to roll out and instead you can watch your scheduled programming live as it airs. This type of service is ideal for those of you who are into sports and award shows. What’s the point of watching the Super Bowl two days later when you already know the score? Of the channels Reviews checked out, DirecTV Now had the best selection of channels by far with 18 of the 20 channels people said they would most want in a streaming service with the exclusion of HBO which can be added on for an extra $5.
With all that said and done, not everyone is into live TV. As a college student, watching live TV isn’t the easiest thing to do when I have homework and projects to do and then 6 hours of work. I prefer to watch TV and movies when I have free time to relax and watch at my own pace (and by that I mean binge watching). According to Reviews, the best on-demand subscription is Netflix. In 2017 alone, Netflix spent $6 billion in content showing how serious they are when it comes to their library. Not only do they invest in quality shows and movies, but they also have started creating original content such as Stranger Things which has proven to be a huge success. Of course, Hulu and Amazon have followed suit and have started their own original programming but really it all comes down to quality and how fast they can put out new content.
After reading all about this, I feel confident when I say that Netflix is the way to go if you are only interested in purchasing one subscription. I have yet to meet someone who has said they don’t have a Netflix account and I really think that says something about the company and how well they have been able to reach out to the general public. I will continue to use Netflix more than any other streaming service and if I could only have one, I’d pick Netflix.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out Reviews.com. They did a ton of research to help them come to these conclusions and all of it is backed up tremendously well.
So what would you choose if you could only have one? Let me know in the comments below!