Best Video Streaming Services 2019

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If you are looking forward to cutting your expensive cable TV subscription, now is the best to make the move. There are a plethora of video streaming services that can use to watch your favorite movies, TV shows, exclusive web series and more. You can use the services on multiple devices. So as long as you have a high-speed internet connection, you can enjoy watching content wherever you want. Some services also offer 4K HDR / Dolby Vision content that you can play on your high-end TV to get the most out of it.

In this article, we are going to highlight the 5 best video streaming services in 2019. We are also going to discuss features of individual streaming services and include the subscription details to help you decide. Continue reading this article to learn more.

Best Video Streaming Services in 2019

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime
  • Hotstar
  • Crunchyroll
  • FuboTV

Netflix

Netflix is undoubtedly the biggest and best video streaming platform available worldwide. It offers a vast collection of movies and TV shows. They also release new Netflix Originals movies and series almost every month to keep their shelves fresh.

Netflix has partnered with popular entertainment networks to bring big-budget shows exclusively to its streaming platform. Popular shows include House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, Stranger Things, Gracie and Frankie, and more. You will also find Indian Netflix series like Sacred Games, Bard of Blood, Delhi Crime and many more.

They had also partnered with Marvel Television to bring Marvel series such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. These shows are canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it is highly popular among hardcore Marvel fans. Though it should be noted that the Marvel shows are canceled now.

You can enjoy almost all the Netflix Originals movies and series in 4K HDR quality with support for Dolby Atmos audio. Most of the movies and TV shows are available to watch in up to 1080p Full HD with 5.1 surround sound. There’s plenty of high bitrate Dolby Vision content that you can watch on your Dolby Vision compatible TV. This also carries over to supported smartphones and tablets.

You can download the Netflix app on Android, iOS, Windows, Android TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV devices. You can also use the browser version on your PC to enjoy Netflix.

Netflix Features

  • You get access to a versatile collection of movies and popular TV shows from various networks. The Netflix Originals library is constantly updated.
  • Shows are properly sorted in different genres, with easy access to seasons and episodes.
  • The Netflix app consists of a modern user interface with a focus on endless scrolling and easier navigation between different menus.
  • Enjoy your favorite content in up to 4K Ultra HD quality with Dolby Atmos audio.
  • You can create up to five different profiles on a single account with four simultaneous streams running on multiple devices.
  • Download movies and TV episodes and watch it anywhere you want without an internet connection.

Netflix Subscription Plans

Currently, there are 4 monthly subscriptions: Mobile, Basic, Standard, and Premium. You can sign up for a 1-month free trial and cancel it anytime you want. For pricing and more details, check the table below.

Packages Price (Monthly) Features
Mobile ₹199 480p quality, mobile-only, 1 stream
Basic ₹499 540p quality, watch anywhere, 1 stream
Standard ₹649 1080p HD quality, watch anywhere, 2 simultaneous streams
Premium ₹799 4K Ultra HD with HDR10+ quality, watch anywhere, 4 simultaneous streams

Amazon Prime Video

If you are a shopping addict, you probably have an Amazon Prime subscription. You get Prime free shipping, early access to lightning sales, and access to unlimited music on Prime Music. You can also use the Amazon Prime subscription to watch movies, TV shows, and exclusive Amazon Originals web series on your smartphone, tablet or television. The video library is not as big as Netflix, but Netflix is much more expensive compared to Prime Video.

Amazon Originals have popular series such as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Ordeal By Innocence, Goliath, The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel and more. Amazon Prime is very popular in India because of its exclusive shows and aggressive pricing. Indian shows like Mirzapur, Made in Heaven, The Family Man, Four More Shots Please, Gangstars, and many more are available to watch on Prime Video.

Amazon also offers a variety of exclusive shows rated for kids, which are marginally better than the offerings from Netflix.

You can download Prime Video for Android (Google Play Store link), iOS (App Store link), Windows (Microsoft Store link). It is also available for Android TV and Apple TV. In case you own an Amazon Fire TV device, Prime Video is already integrated into the FireOS. For PC users, you can use a web browser to stream content from Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video Features

  • Enjoy exclusive movies and shows with Amazon Originals
  • Watch your favorite content in up to 4K HDR quality on compatible TVs
  • The app has a simple and elegant user interface including a filtered search function and easy navigation.
  • Get recommendations based on your watch history.
  • No extra charges with Amazon Prime subscription.

Amazon Prime Video Subscription Plans

Prime Video currently offers the cheapest subscription packages for the Indian market. You can join Prime at ₹129/month or ₹999/year to enjoy Amazon Prime Video, Prime Music, and other special services.

Hotstar

Hotstar is India’s largest premium video streaming service. It offers over 100,000 hours of both Indian and international movies and TV shows across 9 languages. The Premium membership will grant you ad-free access to all the premium content alongside live sports including Cricket, Tennis, Premier League, F1 and many more. The VIP membership is similar to the Premium one but excludes International/American movies and TV shows. In case you want to upgrade your VIP membership to Premium, you can just pay the difference and enjoy International content from various networks including HOOQ, HBO, ABC Studios, Star World.

With Hotstar Premium, you can watch blockbuster Hollywood movies and International TV series such as Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Grey’s Anatomy, The Flash, Watchmen, Big Little Lies and many more. Hotstar also has invested in handcrafted exclusives for Indian viewers called Hotstar Specials. You can watch shows like Hostages, City of Dreams, Criminal Justice, The Office 2. Hotstar has also partnered with multiple film production companies to bring the latest Bollywood movies to their platform as quickly as possible.

Hotstar has also announced to bring Disney+ shows and movies to their platform and make them available in multiple languages at no extra cost.

Alongside VIP and Premium content, you can watch regional TV shows from Star channels without paying for any subscription. And if you are Jio user, you will get access to live sports and selected Indian movies for free.

You can download the Hotstar app for Android, Android TV (Play Store link), iOS, Apple TV (App Store link), Fire TV (Amazon Appstore link). For watching content on PC or Laptop, visit hotstar.com and sign in to your Hotstar account. Hotstar also supports Chromecast, so you can cast content on TVs with Chromecast built-in.

Hotstar Features

  • Access to a massive library of Indian and International movies, TV shows, documentaries, live sports, news, and Hotstar-exclusive content in 1080p Full HD.
  • Adaptive video streaming technology specially designed for India. It adjusts the quality based on Wi-Fi or mobile data connection and helps to eliminate frequent buffering while watching live events.
  • Download your favorite movies and TV shows and watch them offline on the go.
  • Get recommendations based on your viewing activities in the Home section.
  • Friendly user interface for one-tap access to your watchlist.

Hotstar Subscription Plans

You can subscribe to the Premium membership for ₹299/month and ₹999/year. The Hotstar VIP membership is priced at ₹365/year. Please note that all the subscription plans are non-refundable.

Crunchyroll

If you are a hardcore anime fan, Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service for you. You get access to not only a wide variety of anime series and Japanese drama shows, but also manga and an anime discussion forum. You have access to the whole anime library for free, but the video quality is restricted to 480p and contains ads. With Crunchyroll Premium, you can enjoy 30000+ anime episodes on Crunchyroll in 1080p Full-HD quality on your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV.

You can watch popular anime series like Naruto Shippuden, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Monster Strike, Radiant, and more. You will find all the aired episodes organized by seasons. The anime library is updated daily and new episodes drop as soon as an hour after the Japanese broadcast.

The Crunchyroll app is available for Android and Android TV (Play Store link), iOS and Apple TV (App Store link), Fire TV and Tablet (Amazon Appstore link). Crunchyroll service is also accessible from a web browser. Just sign up for your Crunchyroll account and start binge-watching your favorite anime series.

Crunchyroll Features

  • Watch your favorite anime series in up to 1080p Full HD (with Premium subscription) quality.
  • New anime episodes are added in one hour after the Japanese broadcast.
  • You can stream Crunchyroll on multiple devices simultaneously. There is no limit on the number of screens at a time.
  • Supports DLNA and Chromecast for casting content from your smartphone to a Chromecast-compatible TV.
  • No ads with the monthly Premium subscription.

Crunchyroll Subscription Plans

You can get the 14-day free trial of Crunchyroll Premium and cancel it whenever you want. After the trial ends, you will be charged $7.99/month (₹566 in Indian Rupee) and get ad-free access to unlimited anime, manga and Japanese drama shows on Crunchyroll.

FuboTV

FuboTV is a US-based video streaming service that offers 150+ popular entertainment, sports, news, and infographic live TV channels. This includes channels like A&E, CNBC, FOX, CNN, FOX News, CBSN, National Geographic, AMC, BBC America, CBS, Nat Geo Wild

And many more. If you like to watch sports all day, FuboTV got you covered. It has 70+ sports channels including NFL Network, NBCSN, FS1, CBS Sports, TVG, MLB, NBA TV and more.

You also get access to early broadcasts for popular TV shows and a huge collection of movies on demand. With the Cloud DVR feature, FuboTV lets you record TV shows or sports events that you can save on cloud and watch later.

You can watch FuboTV on Android, Android TV (Play Store link), iPhone, iPad and Apple TV (App Store link), Fire TV and Tablet (Amazon Appstore link). It is also compatible with Google Chromecast and web browsers.

Note: In order to access FuboTV outside the US, you will need to use a VPN on your device.

FuboTV Features

  • FuboTV has 150+ live entertainment, sports, infographics, and news channels from the US and Canada.
  • Watch on-demand movies and TV series.
  • Enhanced TV guide with a fast search function.
  • Special sports events broadcasted in 4K HDR.
  • Cloud DVR storage for recording and saving 30 hours of content. It can be upgraded to 500 hours with the Enhanced Cloud DVR package.

FuboTV Subscription Plans

You can sign up for a free trial of 7 days and cancel anytime. If you have decided to pay for a  monthly subscription, you have three options. For more information, check out the chart below.

Package Price (Quarterly) Features
Standard USD 54.99 72 channels, 30 hours Cloud DVR, 2 simultaneous streams
Family USD 59.99 72 channels, 500 hours Cloud DVR, 3 simultaneous streams
Ultra USD 74.99 141 channels, video-on-demand, 500 hours Cloud DVR, 3 simultaneous streams, 4K HDR live sports events 

There are two add-on packs called Fubo Extra (36 premium entertainment channels, $5.99/month) and Sports Plus (24 premium sports channels, $8.99/month). These packs are already included in the Ultra package.

Wrapping Up

In this article, we have extensively talked about the 5 best video streaming services in 2019. We have also covered the features and subscription packages of individual video streaming services. However, some of the services we mentioned in this article can be a bit heavy on your wallet. But you will get the best online home streaming experience. In case we have missed out on your favorite streaming platform, let us know in the comments below. We will try to cover them in the near future.

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