Streaming service showdown: Which one is really worth your money?

With hundreds of streaming services offering you a variety of shows, we can understand why it can be a problem for you to pick just one. The alternative would be to splurge to your heart’s desire if you’re loaded. 

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A piece of advice: regardless of which streaming service you go for, it should not bind you for a lifetime. There should be an easy way out if you’d like to unsubscribe to a streaming service. 

So, let’s get into it.

Disney+ Hotstar –  It’s All in the Name

Disney+ Hotstar is a streaming service owned by none other than The Walt Disney Company. As you can tell from the name, it’s quite similar to Disney+. In fact, it has the same user interface and offers most of the content which is available on Disney+.

The subscription plans start at CAD $25.26 (Rs. 1499) per year which is quite low as compared to other streaming services. It’s also worth noting that the content library varies from region to region.

So, what’s available in Canada might not be available in India and vice versa.

If you’re a Canadian resident and want to access Disney+ Hotstar in Canada with its Indian library, you can use a VPN. This will allow you to change your location and get access to the content which is otherwise not available in your region.

The only difference is that it’s not just limited to movies and shows produced under the Disney umbrella. You get access to a lot of other shows, Live Sports, News and whatnot. This makes it a great option if you’re looking for a one-stop solution rather than just a platform to watch shows and movies. 

One of the best things about Disney+ Hotstar is that it offers a great selection of Indian movies and shows. You get to watch both Hindi and regional movies which can be quite difficult to find on other streaming platforms. The platform also offers live sports which is a great addition for sports fans. 

If you’re looking for a platform where you can find both entertainment and sports, then Disney+ Hotstar is definitely the way to go. However, the platform can be quite expensive if you’re not living in India. 

Netflix – The Pioneer of Streaming Services

Netflix is a streaming service that has become a household name across the globe. With its monthly releases and stack of original shows debuting every now and then, this streaming service knows how to keep its users on their toes. 

It offers numerous content libraries with over 100,000 titles for you to stream and enjoy.

Netflix also offers a variety of genres to browse and stream. Whether you want to watch an anime like One Piece or an old sitcom like Master of None, Netflix has most of the titles at its disposal. 

It provides high-quality streaming depending on your internet speed. Although, our experience has been top-notch.

Even though it’s the most popular streaming site, there are certain drawbacks. For instance, just recently Marvel pulled most of their shows off Netflix to stream on Disney+ instead. Similarly, many other shows get pulled off or worse get canceled before they even get a chance to shine. 

Over the last few months, Netflix received a lot of backlash for canceling shows like Space Force, Another Life, Pearl and many others.

However, it’s still one of the best streaming platforms out there and definitely worth investing in.

Hulu – An Alternative for Cable TV

Hulu is the perfect option if you’d like to avoid buying humongous DVD sets of most cable TV dramas. 

It offers a variety of shows which are airing on ABC, NBC or similar channels. It has a decent collection of movies as well if you’d like to take a break from episodic shows. 

Some of the most upcoming and popular Hulu originals are The Handmaid’s Tale, The Dropout, Deep Water, Shrill, and many more. You get your hands on shows the moment they land with Hulu and binge-watch them. 

Also, Hulu offers one of the most reasonable pricing plans as compared to other streaming services.

One of the worst things about Hulu is commercials. Many find Hulu’s frequent commercials quite annoying. Specifically, the plans which are low-priced. The streaming platform also allows very limited downloading ability so you cannot catch the shows in offline mode when you’re on the go. 

Unless you upgrade to a pricier plan, you can watch Hulu simultaneously on two screens only. There have been various reports of the streaming platform crashing often whilst streaming a show. 

So, whether you deem Hulu worthy or not, we’ll leave the decision up to you.

Disney+ – A Trip Down the Memory Lane

Disney+, the streaming platform which garnered quite the attention before and after its launch. For an individual who grew up watching the Disney channel, this streaming platform will be like a callback to your childhood memories for sure. 

But nostalgia’s not the only thing offered by Disney+. Apart from Disney classics, it offers most of the Marvel movies so you can strap yourself in for a good time.

Disney+ has branded itself as a family-friendly streaming platform. As a result, it has closed itself off to adult audiences. Shows like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad and sorts will never be offered by Disney+. 

You won’t find any horror shows on the platform either. It’s not surprising but it can be off-putting and make you question whether a subscription like this is worth investing in or not. 

The worst part about this streaming site is it’s not offered globally. So far Disney+ has been launched in five countries: the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, with varying content libraries. 

So, one title could be available in the US but may not be available in Australia until weeks or possibly months later.

One thing for sure, Disney+ cannot serve as your primary streaming service, unless you’ve got kids. Then you can definitely consider investing for their sake rather than yours. 

That’s all from our side. We hope you’d be able to decide at least between these three streaming services and which one’s the best. Feel free to check out others if these don’t work out for you. 

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