The war for streaming customers’ hearts


Streaming services have been fighting for customers’ money and attention for more than a year now. From exclusive content to large libraries of their movies and TV shows, each streaming service has a way of grabbing people’s attention and making them spend money. This review will cover five primary streaming services: Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, Peacock, and HBO Max. 

Netflix is probably the most well-known streaming service and the oldest of the five I will be highlighting. They started by mailing DVDs to customers but later moved to the internet and specifically to streaming. Netflix offers hundreds of original shows and films, not to mention the thousands not originally created by them. Netflix may be the most popular streaming service with 200 million subscribers, but is it the best? Netflix offers around 15,000 different movies and shows, with popular original content like “The Witcher,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” and “Project Power.” Netflix prices start at $9.99 a month for the basic service and can reach up to $17.99 a month for the premium service. This is a good deal when considering Netflix’s extensive library and original content. If you like browsing for movies and watching whatever comes to mind, Netflix is for you. 

Amazon Prime Video does not have as much original content as Netflix, but its selections are impressive nonetheless. Their library is not small, including many shows and movies and NFL Thursday night games. Amazon Prime Video costs $9 a month but comes included with Amazon Prime, Amazon’s premium membership. While Prime Video is a decent streaming service, paying exclusively for Prime Video and not an Amazon Prime subscription isn’t worth it unless you want to see some of their exclusive content like “Jack Ryan” or “Coming 2 America.”

Disney+ is a prominent streaming service filled with Disney content and exclusive Disney+ shows and movies. While it does not have as much variety in their offerings since they only have Disney content, it is a great choice. For $8 a month, you gain access to their large streaming library. This is an excellent choice if you want to watch shows like “Wandavision” or “Loki,” and it also offers recent movies such as “Soul” and “Mulan.” Additionally, Disney+ is experimenting with premier access, where subscribers can pay an additional fee to watch a newly-released movie. This started with “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which was released in theaters and on premiere access. If you enjoy Disney content and don’t mind the smaller library, Disney+ is an excellent choice. 

Peacock is owned by NBC and has hundreds of offerings for customers. From popular shows like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” Peacock offers a large variety of content. Although this does not include every TV show and movie on the site, Peacock has a free subscription and includes ads. Peacock Premium costs $9.99 a month. Some shows and movies may still have ads due to streaming rights. Peacock is a great choice for anyone, especially since you have the option of watching for free and upgrading if you want to. 

HBO Max is the final service this article will cover, with a decently large library and good exclusive content. The service’s base price is the most expensive of all five streaming services, at $14.99 a month. HBO has excellent shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Friends,” as well as movie offerings such as “Godzilla vs. Kong” and Zack Snyder’s “The Justice League.” Due to the higher cost and selection of older movies and shows, I wouldn’t recommend HBO Max unless there are some specific shows you want to watch or if you enjoy older films and performances by Warner Bros. 

Remember, choose whichever streaming service works best for you, not just the ones I recommend. Make sure you enjoy what you are watching because at the end of the day, you’re paying for what you want to see.