In other articles covering alternatives to cable TV, I’ve explained how to legally watch just about any TV show on pay TV and broadcast networks. However, what if your tastes are a bit more eclectic. If you are the type of person left unsatisfied by Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime then this article is for you.
Below is a breakdown of 9 TV streaming services outside of the big three everyone uses to cut the cord. There is a little something here for everyone.
Are you the type of person that loves independent films and is never interested in the movies found on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Then, Sundance Now is for you. Sundance Now is a streaming service focused on indie movies, award-winning foreign films, and independent documentaries.
The service even has a cool feature where celebs like Dan Savage, Susan Sarandon, and Anthony Bourdain curate a collection of their favorite films. This provides a great way for film fans to explore the world of independent film.
A Sundance Now subscription will cost $6.99 per month. However, if you sign up for 1 year, the cost is $59.99. That breaks down to $4.99 per month. Like most streaming services, you can sign up for a 1-week free trial to see if you enjoy the service.
Currently, the service is available on Roku, Android, and Apple iOS. You can also add the service through Amazon Prime if you are an Amazon Prime member. Therefore, it will work on any device that supports streaming through Amazon Prime.
Shudder is for the horror aficionados out there. You won’t find big blockbuster horror like “It Follows” or even classics like “The Exorcist” or “The Shining.” Instead, you get a vast library of every type of horror out there. From greats like “Audition” to the Tromo classic “Toxic Avenger”, and even great cult movies like “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.”
The coolest feature of Shudder is Shudder.TV which shows horror movies all day one after another. It’s great if you just want to sit on the couch and let someone else decide which horror movie you want to watch. This feature is freely available to anyone.
If you love horror, this service is worth the $4.99 per month subscription fee. You can sign up for their 7-day free trial and see if Shudder is for you. Shudder is supported on Roku, iOS, and Android. It’s also available through Amazon Prime.
Curiosity Stream specializes in non-fiction documentaries and series about science, technology, history, and nature. You can check it out yourself with a very generous free trial, or check out my full review of CuriosityStream.
Britbox is for the Anglophiles out there. The BBC Worldwide service boasts over 2000 hours of on-demand British TV. Certain new shows will show up on the service just one day after the episode airs across the pond.
However, Britbox just isn’t for current shows. The service also classic British shows on demand. Their catalog includes “As Time Goes By,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” “Blackadder,” “The Office” (Ricky Gervais version), “Blackadder”, “Absolutely Fabulous” and much more.
A free trial is available for new users. After that, Britbox will cost $6.99 per month. The service will work on the web, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Android mobile phones and tablets.
Do you like Classic Films? FilmStruck shows classic movies you would see on TCM (Turner Classic Movies). Furthermore they also offer a Criterion ad on that provides more art house, indie and foreign films.
FilmStruck Supports Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV (not Roku). The basic FilmStruck library is $6.99 per month. Adding the Criterion Channel brings the total monthly cost up to $10.99 per month. They offer a 2-week free trial.
Mubi started the same time Netflix did back in 2007. The streaming service specializes in international and independent movies. However, they are unlike most services as it’s all about the curation. Mubi gets the rights to only 365 movies a year and makes them available for 30 days each. There is a new film daily so you have roughly 30 movies available to you at any given time.
Consider it like the staff picks section of an old video store. The service is avaialble on Android, iOS, Apple TV, PlayStation, and Roku. The cost is $5.99 and you get aone-weekk free trial.
Crunchyroll has come here to do two things, provide you with anime and Asian drama and chew bubblegum. Crunchy roll is all out of bubblegum.
In all seriousness, Crunchyroll is the streaming service to have if you enjoy anime and manga. I can’t pretend that I know and like any anime (or Asian drama for that matter), but Crunchyroll has a ton of it, so check it out.
There is a lot for free on Crunchy Roll, but they also have a premium tier which simulcast a lot from Japan, eliminates ads and opens up the entire catalog. They offer a 2-week free premium trial. Crunchyroll is supported on Roku, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Fandor shows films that areoutside the mainstream. It has independent films, classics, silent films, foreign films, documentar, es and shorts. This service is for people that took a few film classes, fancy yourself a film buff, or just enjoy rolling your eyes when I talk about how awesome Ant-Man was.
If you are any of those things then Fandor is something you should try. They have everything from classic silent films, to international films, to classic B horror. This is the streaming service for film majors.
Fandor is available on Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android, and iOS. There is a lot of content here that’s hard to find elsewhere, but that comes at a price of $10 a month, or $90 for the year. They offer a14-dayy free trial.
Feeln has been rebranded and is now called Hallmark Movies Now.
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