In the early days of television, three networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS dominated the airwaves. Today, cord-cutters might be more familiar with the big three streaming-video services: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix. If you’ve cut the cord—or plan to—in order to save money, you might one to choose one of these. We’ll compare what each service has to offer in terms of original and licensed content, usability, and price to help you choose the one that’s right for you.
If finding great entertainment is more important to you than saving cash, on the other hand, we wouldn’t discourage you from signing up for all three.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon has been leaning into producing its own original content—some of it quite good—but it also licenses movies and TV series from other sources. Amazon is unique among these three services in that it operates on a hybrid model: You get lots of content for the price of a subscription, but if you don’t want to wait for a particular movie to “age” into that availability tier following its theatrical run, you might be able to rent it for an additional fee (once you start streaming a rented movie, you typically have 48 hours to finish watching it).