Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and extra

Streaming companies have modified the best way we watch TV reveals and films. We not have to attend till a sure date and time to look at one thing that tickles our fancy – there’s a lot accessible to look at on a number of units, wherever we occur to be.

The one downside is, with so many subscription companies and locations to stream content material on-line, which ought to get your hard-earned money?


We hope to make that call straightforward for you with our in-depth information to the film streaming companies which are accessible within the UK proper now. We even have a US-specific alternative, if that’s more relevant to you.

Which is one of the best streaming service within the UK?

You’ll be able to learn all concerning the largest streaming companies within the UK beneath. Nonetheless, we have additionally chosen our present favorite… Disney+.



Editor’s Alternative

Disney+ was the winner of the TV streaming service of the yr class within the Pocket-lint Awards 2023, and its present line-up of Star Wars and Marvel reveals and movies is completely complemented with different dramas accessible via the Star part (within the UK and Europe). Wu-Tang: An American Saga is a fantastic instance of one thing you would not essentially affiliate with Disney, for instance.

  • Value: £7.99 monthly or £79.90 when paid for 12-months upfront
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): The Mandalorian, Hawkeye, Andor, Willow, Pam & Tommy
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, video games consoles, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream), Virgin TV

As a result of it is run by Disney, the presentation and depth of content material on Disney+ may be very spectacular. All of the Disney basic animated movies can be found, in addition to all of Pixar’s output, the entire Star Wars saga and many extra, together with hit present The Mandalorian and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Field units of TV reveals for teenagers younger and previous are on provide, and due to the Star part within the UK and Europe, there are additionally loads of extra mature motion pictures and collection to select from. Reveals and films will also be downloaded for offline viewing – for a automotive journey, say. And content material is out there in 4K HDR (Dolby Imaginative and prescient) and with Dolby Atmos the place accessible – all as a part of the usual membership price.

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Netflix is the most important identify in streaming for a number of causes – it provides a wide array of films and TV reveals, with a number of collection being unique to the platform or made and funded by Netflix itself.

  • Value: From £5.99 monthly for Fundamental with Adverts membership, as much as £15.99 for Premium with 4K HDR (Dolby Imaginative and prescient) viewing
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Stranger Issues, The Umbrella Academy, Higher Name Saul, Squid Recreation
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, video games consoles , Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream), Virgin TV

Netflix is among the many oldest, most established streaming companies and that’s mirrored within the quantity of content material accessible to look at – the library is huge. It additionally creates its personal programming and massive finances motion pictures, so there’s often one thing new to look at on the platform.

In addition to profiles for every member of the household, you may arrange a devoted youngsters account, so your youngster will solely view age-appropriate reveals.

4K video streaming is out there for a considerable amount of content material, in HDR and Dolby Vision for supported units. You have to to pay for the most costly tier to get it, nevertheless.

Offline viewing can be accessible to all however the Fundamental with Adverts plan.

Amazon Prime Video


Amazon Prime Video

Like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video provides a subscription-based streaming service. It too makes a variety of TV reveals which are unique to the platform and has content material offers for reveals made overseas, however can solely be discovered on Amazon Prime Video within the UK.

  • Value: As a part of Amazon Prime membership (at £8.99 monthly, £95 per yr), or £5.99 monthly for simply Prime Video
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy, The Boys, Jack Ryan, The Handmaid’s Story
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, video games consoles , Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream), Virgin TV

Amazon successfully provides one of the best of each worlds with its service, as you may stream reveals and films as a part of your subscription, but additionally pay to lease or purchase newer releases or field units.

Like with Netflix and Disney+, it makes its personal reveals and movies which are unique to the platform, with a latest instance being the Lord of the Rings TV collection, The Rings of Energy.

A lot of the content material is introduced in 4K HDR and Dolby Imaginative and prescient the place doable, however 1080p when not. Decision is basically dependent in your broadband speeds.

Though it was one of many final main streaming companies to undertake completely different profiles, now you can arrange completely different homescreens for every member of the family and restrict entry for youthful members.

The one major caveat to being able to additionally lease and purchase motion pictures via the identical platform is you could typically get confused as to what’s accessible to stream as a part of your subscription, and what is going to value you further.

Apple TV Plus


Apple TV+

Apple’s personal premium streaming service is one other comparatively latest entrant to the market, and supplies an fascinating possibility for folks. Whereas its lineup is truncated compared to others, it is choice of unique programming is of a really prime quality – with the likes of Ted Lasso and film Coda profitable awards across the globe.

  • Value: £6.99 monthly, you additionally get three-months free when buying an Apple system
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Ted Lasso, The Morning Present, Coda, Severance
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, video games consoles , Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Google TV, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream)

Apple’s TV+ service is not a broadly served with content material as compared with a number of the others, because it solely ranges unique programming and films (principally made by Apple itself). It additionally appears to set a excessive bar with regards to high quality, with a lot of its collection and movies profitable awards – similar to Ted Lasso and the Oscar-winning film, Coda.

Apple additionally units the usual with regards to image and audio efficiency, with 4K HDR (Dolby Imaginative and prescient) and Dolby Atmos coming as normal throughout most of its productions. Plus, as with Amazon’s Prime Video, you need to use the identical Apple TV app throughout nearly all of platforms to view rented or bought movies. You’ll have to purchase or lease the present or film via your iPhone or iPad first, however can then watch it at its greatest on a Sensible TV or streaming system.

In contrast to most of its friends, Apple TV+ doesn’t at present assist completely different household profiles on the identical account. Though you may arrange completely different accounts and hyperlink them to the identical household subscription.




Sky-owned Now (previously Now TV) is a service supplied by the broadcaster and supplier for these with out entry to a satellite tv for pc dish or who need one thing easier and extra versatile than a standard TV bundle. It provides content material to view reside and on demand that may usually be broadcast by Sky on a number of of its many channels.

  • Value: Plans embrace Leisure or Cinema for £9.99 monthly every, Sky Sports activities £34.99 monthly
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Dwell Premier League soccer, total F1 season, Succession, Home of the Dragon
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, video games consoles, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV

With Sky being larger up the film launch window listing, the movies on provide via Now are wonderful – they’re actually forward of most different streaming companies. You even have the added bonus of with the ability to subscribe to Sky Sports activities, for all reside channels and on demand content material, plus a variety of leisure channels and field units. The latter contains HBO programming within the UK, together with Home of the Dragon and Succession.

You do must subscribe to particular person packages although, which might get dear in case you select to take the whole lot that is on provide. As well as, it’s a must to pay further for one of the best video and audio high quality – at present 1080p and 5.1 – with a Now Enhance add-on costing £6 further monthly. It does additionally skip adverts throughout on demand content material although.

Paramount Plus



A relative newcomer to the UK, Paramount+ contains loads of reveals and movies from the eponymous studio, together with Tom Cruise starrer Maverick, plus the vastly profitable Yellowstone and its spin-offs.

  • Value: £6.99 monthly, though it is also price noting that Sky TV subscribers get Paramount+ without cost
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Halo, Yellowstone, Maverick (the High Gun sequel), South Park, Star Trek: Discovery
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream)

Paramount+ has been accessible within the US for a while, however solely got here to the UK in newer occasions. Due to that, it is content material line-up will not be as in depth as some others, though there are many franchises and collection unique to the platform. This contains the Halo TV Sequence and far of Star Trek. Each episode of South Park can be accessible to look at via Paramount+, as is the Tom Cruise film, Maverick.

The place it suffers at current is in its streaming high quality. The UK model of the service is at present restricted to 1080p at most and stereo sound. The US model does have a 4K encompass sound possibility, so we hope that can lengthen to Britain too sooner or later.

Sky TV subscribers ought to notice that they will get Paramount+ without cost within the UK, due to a deal between the businesses. You’ll be able to then watch reveals in your Sky system or every other appropriate field or cell phone via the sign-up you create.




Unique to the UK, ITVX is free for many who simply need to watch ITV programming with adverts however will also be subscribed to for added bonuses. That features ditching the advertisements plus entry to your complete gamut of BritBox content material – together with all the basic Physician Who episodes.

  • Value: £5.99 monthly or £59.99 for an entire yr
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Basic Physician Who, A Spy Amongst Buddies, Downton Abbey, The Twelve
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, Xbox consoles, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream), Virgin TV

ITVX is a UK-only service that changed the free ITV Hub in 2022. It’s primarily the house to all on demand and catch-up content material from the broadcaster, ITV, though there’s additionally a subscription factor that expands the providing and contains BritBox.

Whereas present BritBox subscribers can proceed to make use of the older BritBox app, all new members should subscribe via ITVX – therefore we have changed BritBox on this listing. You continue to get entry to the massive catalogue of archive British programming from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, however via the ITVX system as a substitute. A subscription additionally contains ad-free catch-up streaming and offline viewing (via downloads).

All ITVX streams at present max-out at 1080p and Dolby Digital sound.

Lionsgate Plus



Beforehand known as StarzPlay, the streaming service from Lionsgate has, maybe unsurprisingly, been rebranded Lionsgate+. It provides a wholesome choice of TV reveals to stream, albeit from a smaller pool than a few of its rivals.

  • Value: £5.99 monthly
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Outlander, BMF, the Energy Guide collection, The Serpent Queen
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream)

Lionsgate+ appears new however is definitely the brand new identify for StarzPlay. It has a wholesome choice of unique programming and films which are unique to the platform, though they’re arguably much less well-known than on a number of the different streaming companies.

There are apps accessible throughout a variety of units, though you may as well subscribe to Lionsgate+ via the Amazon Prime Video service as certainly one of its channels, and watch all of the reveals and movies through that app as a substitute. Meaning it might probably theoretically work on a wider array of units than Lionsgate lists itself (something that has entry to Prime Video, principally).

Lionsgate+ reveals and films are at present introduced in as much as 1080p solely.




Discovery+ is a bit completely different to most streaming companies – it focuses totally on actuality TV and sports activities. There is a risk that it’s going to embrace BT Sport programming in future too, underneath the brand new identify of TNT Sports activities, though that is but to be absolutely confirmed.

  • Value: £3.99 monthly for an Leisure cross, £6.99 monthly for Leisure & Sports activities
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Gold Rush, Ghost Adventures, reside sports activities together with tennis and snooker
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, Xbox consoles, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Sky Q and Glass (Stream)

Discovery+ primarily focuses on actuality TV, together with documentaries and true crime reveals. Nonetheless, you may as well subscribe to view reside sports activities from Eurosport, together with snooker, biking and tennis.

Plus, due to a merger between BT Sport and Warner Discovery, the Discovery+ app would be the doubtless dwelling of the newly rebraded and relaunched UK sports activities service, TNT Sports activities, from the summer season of 2023. That is nonetheless awaiting affirmation, nevertheless, so maintain your horses for now.

Streaming high quality is restricted to HD content material at current.



Amazon Freevee

Amazon’s Freevee service is out there each via its Prime Video service and as a standalone app. It does precisely what it says on the tin and provides hundreds of reveals, motion pictures and reside broadcasts to look at without cost.

  • Value: Fully free
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Alex Rider, Bosch Legacy, Judy Justice, Neighbours
  • Units embrace: Android Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Google TV, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV

Freevee is Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service that gives fully free content material 24/7. There isn’t any subscription required and also you solely want an Amazon account to view it.

It hosts a wholesome library of archive reveals and movies to stream on demand, similar to Miami Vice, Baywatch and The West Wing, whereas there are channels displaying reside streams of standard programming, together with Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen. Amazon additionally has a choice of unique programming accessible, with the Bosch spin-off, Bosch : Legacy being unique to the platform. It is going to even be the brand new dwelling of Neighbours – the decades-old cleaning soap opera that has been given a brand new lease of life as a Freevee unique.

The image decision for Freevee will not be quoted, however we suspect it is 1080p most. Many of the basic reveals have been shot in decrease resolutions anyway.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV

Pluto TV

Like Freevee, Pluto TV is a very free providing that provides you entry to an enormous quantity of streamed content material without charge. You do not even must log into the service, simply both watch reside channels or on demand reveals and movies.

  • Value: Fully free
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Public sale Hunters, Geordie Shore, Mad Males, Charlies Angels
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, video games consoles, Sensible TVs, iOS and Android, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV

Like Freevee, Pluto TV is free to look at. Though you do not even must log into this service.

It has been established for an extended whereas within the US and is making its mark within the UK too, with over 100 free-to-stream TV channels and a big library of basic and archive reveals to look at on demand. Due to offers with the likes of Channel 5 and MTV, there are some channels primarily based on true crime collection and music hits, whereas others additionally give attention to particular reveals, so you may sit again and simply binge limitless episodes of Mad Males or cartoons.

Image high quality once more appears to max-out at 1080p though that largely fits the huge quantity of supply materials.

Sky Go


Sky Go

Sky Go is probably the most distinctive on this listing as it is a live-streaming and catch-up TV service for present Sky TV prospects. The content material accessible is determined by your TV subscription and there’s an additional add-on that permits you to develop the providing to incorporate offline viewing on cellular units.

  • Value: Free to Sky TV prospects, with Sky Go Further included in a Sky Multiscreen bundle
  • Notable reveals (and/or movies): Succession, Home of the Dragon, Premier League soccer, Sky Cinema motion pictures
  • Units embrace: PC, Mac, PlayStation consoles, iOS and Android

Sky Go is extra an add-on than a streaming service, because it requires an energetic Sky Q, Sky Glass or Sky Stream subscription first. It permits you to view Sky programming on a cellular system or PlayStation console, with the accessible content material relying in your Sky bundle. For instance, in case you subscribe to Sky Sports activities additionally, you will be capable of watch reside sports activities protection in your telephone or pill.

A Sky Go Further add-on is required for offline viewing, whereas Sky Q prospects can even obtain their recordings onto a cellular system to look at later.

Different streaming apps

There are a selection of different film and TV streaming companies on the market which are accessible by UK customers, similar to these devoted to film and TV present leases and buying – similar to Rakuten and Google Play. We have primarily included those that supply content material streaming packages above, nevertheless.

There are additionally some which are restricted to cellular units solely, similar to Virgin Media’s Virgin TV Anywhere and the newest model of TalkTalk TV.

Mainly, you by no means should be with out one thing to look at, whether or not or not it’s at dwelling or out and about. It simply relies upon how massive your pockets are to how lots of the companies you may afford to subscribe to.

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