By Isaac Rosso Klakovich
These days most high schoolers watch movies via online streaming services. The problem is that all of these services cost money and it is sometimes difficult to find the service that offers quality content at a fair price. Thankfully these problems are no more as the ECHO has a breakdown of the best streaming services and why.
While it might be more commonly known as a TV streaming service, Hulu also has a multitude of movies to choose from. That being said, the selection is much smaller than that of Netflix or Amazon Prime, as they only have about 2,500 titles. Hulu Plus does stand out in that they stream much of The Criterion Collection. The Criterion Collection is a company that distributes many classic, contemporary, and influential films that can be difficult to find in other places, such as many of the earlier works by Charles Chaplin. Hulu Plus has around 900 of their titles available for streaming. Hulu Plus is $7.99 a month.
Netflix is without a doubt the most well-known movie streaming service due to its extremely diverse selection of films. It also boasts the largest selection with a library of roughly 100,000 films. These films include everything from new releases to 1902’s “A Trip to the Moon” and everything in between. Netflix also features a wide range of genres, making every user be able to find something that fits their specific taste. Also, Netflix just released its first original film “Beasts of No Nation,” and if it is any indication of what is to come Netflix can now be relied on as an original content provider. Netflix is $8.99 a month for new members, but $7.99 for current members.
Like Hulu, Amazon is best known for something besides its movie streaming, but it still is a great option for cinephiles. Amazon Prime’s collection contains about 40,000 titles making it only second to Netflix as far as the size of its library. Despite having a large selection of films it shares many titles with Netflix. The one advantage it has over Netflix is that it is a little bit cheaper as it is $99 per year ($8.25 per month).
Despite being a rather unheard site, MUBI separates itself from other services due to its rotating library. Every day a new film is added and one is removed, maintaining a small library of 30 films. While MUBI’s library contains some contemporary films, it is mostly focused on introducing its viewers to classic and foreign films. MUBI also stands out due to its personal touch, as the curators specifically handpick a new film everyday they feel like their subscribers would enjoy. MUBI is $4.99 a month.
When it comes to what streaming service to subscribe to, the answer depends on what the viewer is looking for. For fans of smaller cinema MUBI or Hulu Plus is the definitive choice, but for those looking for a little bit of everything Netflix is the site to choose.
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