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Best On-Demand Streaming Service 2022
So you want an on-demand streaming service.
You want to find one that has the on-demand TV series and movies that will keep you entertained for hours. We hear ya.
We know it isn’t that simple, so we’ve put together our top five best streaming services list, including Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO Max. We also detail reasons why these services might be great or not so great for you and your family.
What’s important to you? Lots of content, newer content, more benefits, family-friendly content, or Original content? Let’s find out.
- : Best streaming service overall
- : Best for newer content
- : Best benefits for the family
- : Best for Disney fans
- : Best for excellent productions
Netflix: Best streaming service overall
Netflix’s Originals changed the game for on-demand streaming services. That, plus its user-friendly interface and huge on-demand library, make Netflix the best on-demand streaming service in the industry.
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What we like about Netflix
- Netflix has unbeatable Original content, not to mention its vast on-demand library.
- This service also has a great interface and features.
Netflix has content you’ll get hooked on
The one-of-a-kind, Original content you get with Netflix includes hilarious comedy specials and TV series and movies with famous actors. So you’re guaranteed an enjoyable watching experience when you need to pass the time.
Need a laugh? Watch a comedy special by Dave Chappelle or Kevin Hart.
Need to escape from reality? Get sucked into the movie Don't Look Up with Leonardo DiCaprio or the series Ozark with Jason Bateman.
Other Originals include the following:
- Sweet Magnolias
- The Great British Baking Show
- Love Is Blind
- Dead to Me (with Christina Applegate and James Marsden)
- Stranger Things
The interface we all love
You know we all love the organization of Netflix’s homepage with its vertical rows of suggestions. Netflix sifts through its content for us by putting them in categories of Popular, Trending, New Releases, Top 10 in the US Today, and more.
It even categorizes by genres. So jump straight to documentaries to watch Dirty Money or action movies to watch Bad Boys ll.
An awesome feature Netflix has is strong parental controls. We named it the best streaming service for kids because you can create a kids profile and a PIN. So just tap on your Kids profile on your streaming device, and you won’t have to worry about your little ones accessing mature content.
What we don’t like about Netflix
- Unfortunately, Netflix is the priciest on-demand streaming service.
Netflix has three plans, but you'll likely want the $20/month one
Netflix has some of the priciest plans in the industry. But you get what you pay for, right?
What are Netflix’s subscription plans?
- Basic Plan ($9.99/mo.): You can stream Netflix on one device at a time in standard definition (SD).
- Standard Plan ($15.50/mo.): You can stream Netflix on two devices at a time in high definition (HD).
- Premium Plan ($19.99/mo.): You can stream Netflix on four devices at a time in HD and Ultra HD.
So if you want to share Netflix with the family or your roommates, the Premium Plan is the way to go.
Hulu: Best for newer content
Hulu is best for cord-cutters because of its great feature: recently-aired TV episodes will be available on this streaming service.
What we like about Hulu
- Hulu is best for newly released content.
- This service's lowest-priced plan is affordable.
Get new episodes the following day
If you’re all caught up with The Good Doctor and want the new episodes the day after they air, you need Hulu if you want to avoid spoilers on social media.
Hulu is also great for those who want to stop paying for the cable bill because you’ll get access to the following shows after they air on television:
- The Bachelor
- Family Guy
- 9-1-1 Lone Star
- The Masked Singer
- Drug Lords: The Next Generation
- Young Rock
- Law & Order
- Bob's Burgers
We must warn you that Peacock has acquired all NBC shows, so new episodes of Saturday Night Live and Chicago Fire will no longer be on Hulu.
Choose to have ads or no ads
Similar to Netflix, Hulu has more than one plan to choose from. And Hulu’s lowest plan makes Hulu one of the cheapest in the industry.
The two Hulu subscription plans include:
You just have to decide if it’s worth the extra $6 for uninterrupted streaming (we know we don’t like commercials). But the Basic Plan has a price anyone can fit into their budget.
What we don’t like about Hulu
- Hulu has a smaller library than Netflix.
Missing classic TV shows and movies
The caveat of Hulu providing newer network content is the lack of older classic content.
To compare, Netflix has about 5,000 movies and TV shows while Hulu has over 3,000. So you can imagine all of the great older content that Netflix has such as Cheers, The Andy Griffith Show, and That '70s Show.
But not every streaming service has everything. So why not get Netflix and Hulu to cover all of your bases?
Amazon Prime Video: Best benefits for the family
You get many perks with an Amazon Prime membership, including unlimited streaming on Prime Video and 2-day shipping for all of Amazon's products.
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What we like about Prime Video
- Amazon has perks you and your family will love.
On-demand content is just one perk you get with Amazon Prime
We’re pretty sure you like getting the most out of your money, especially if it benefits you and your family.
With a subscription to Amazon Prime, you get many perks including:
- On-demand content, including Originals, on Prime Video
- Rent or buy movies and TV shows
- Prime shipping
- Free monthly Kindle book
Prime Video has popular movies such as The Proposal, The Protogé, Forrest Gump, and The Tomorrow War, just to name a few. Your little ones will also enjoy the kids section with TV shows Kung Fu Panda, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Spongebob Square Pants.
Not only do you get lots of on-demand content, but you can also rent and buy movies and TV series on Prime Video.
If you haven’t watched newly released movies Spider-Man: No Way Home, Encanto, or King Richard, you’ve just found yourself the service you need.
And last but not least, you get super quick shipping with Prime. Does your daughter need a new toothbrush? Order it in a swipe. Do you need desk organizers? Get it on your doorstep within a few days.
Prime Video is a unique service where you get on-demand content, the choice to rent or buy new movies, and quick next-day Prime shipping.
What we don’t like about Prime Video
- Amazon Prime Video has a random mixture of content.
New, old, popular, and unpopular content
There isn’t a theme with Amazon Prime Video in terms of what type of content you will get on there, but hey, we can’t complain.
You’ll find new movies like Rambo: Last Blood, old movies like Scooby-Doo: The Movie, popular TV series like Dexter, and somewhat unpopular content like Tyler Perry’s Madea movies.
Either way, you’ll still have lots of content to entertain you and your family. Luckily everything is categorized like Netflix and Hulu for you to find something to watch in a jiff.
Disney+: Best for Disney fans
Get magical Disney content at your fingertips. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that you get galaxy-ridden Star Wars, action-filled Marvel, and lovable Pixar content with this streaming service, as well.
What we like about Disney+
- The content, of course.
- A Disney+ subscription doesn't break the bank.
Disney is what makes this world go round
Calling all Disney fans! (Which should be everybody.)
Disney+ has answered our prayers by gifting us all with Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic content in one place. We could be on the couch for hours.
Disney+ includes the following titles:
- Raya and the Last Dragon
- The Lion King
- The Simpsons
- Spidey and His Amazing Friends
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- West Side Story
- Free Guy
- The Sandlot
Having a bad day? Turn on Disney+. Need a break from work? Pull out your phone and tap that Disney+ app. Kids need a distraction while you soak in a bath? Disney+ at your service.
Disney at home for $7.99
Maybe you miss Disneyland, or perhaps you miss California Adventures.
But for less than one takeout meal, you get Disney in your living room. That’s not a bad deal if we do say so ourselves.
Make sure to enjoy Up while making some homemade Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets.
What we (kinda) don’t like about Disney+
- Disney+ is not a standalone service.
Disney+ is not a diverse streaming service
Everyone loves Disney, right? But the only reason Disney+ isn’t ranked higher on our list is that Disney+ doesn’t have a variety of TV show and movie genres.
With Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video, each member of the family can find something they want to watch, whether they’re kids, teens, dad, or mom.
HBO Max: Best for excellent productions
HBO Max has all of the beloved HBO content we can spend hours watching. Are you addicted to Euphoria too?
What we like about HBO Max
- HBO Max is full of fantastic series and movies.
HBO is known for its Emmy-winning series
HBO has been great at producing Emmy-winning content. HBO Max is free of fluff, and you’ll only find quality content—other services you have to sift through loads of content you know you'll never watch.
HBO Max is also home to classic TV shows we all know and love, like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Batman: The Animated Series.
HBO Max's binge-worthy series include the following:
- The Gilded Age
- The Wire
- The Sopranos
- Key & Peele
- Game of Thrones
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Sesame Street
If you want to learn more about HBO Max and the new Original content that will come with it, check out our full review.
What we don’t like about HBO Max
- You could say HBO Max has a scarce amount of content compared to Netflix and Hulu.
Not as much content as the other services in the industry
As mentioned above, HBO Max is free of fluff. With that, there are fewer titles available on this streaming service in comparison to the others.
HBO Max has more than 2,000 titles, while Netflix (with almost the same monthly price) has about 5,000.
But it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the money for those 2,000 great titles. We just know we don’t like the feeling of missing out on a series everyone is talking about.
Recap: Which is the best on-demand streaming service?
- Netflix: All streaming services have great Original content, but arguably, Netflix is king. You’ll also get about 5,000 on-demand titles to play in the background while you're working or to watch on a Saturday night with the family.
- Hulu: Hulu gives you your newly-aired programming within hours straight to your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV to watch whenever it’s convenient for you. No need for cable TV and a DVR when you have Hulu.
- Amazon Prime Video: Enjoy on-demand streaming, movies you can rent or buy, and fast shipping with Prime Video. Everyone in the family will thank you.
- Disney+: With Disney+, you get access to all Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic movies and series. Geez, force us on the couch for hours at a time, why don'tcha?
- HBO Max: Watch Emmy-winning TV series with this service and enjoy all of HBO Max's new Originals and classic TV shows, along with classics HBO Max picked up like Friends and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Library Size of Major Streaming Services in Hours
Did you know that Amazon Prime has nearly double the amount of content Netflix has? It would take you more than seven years to watch Amazon Prime's entire streaming catalog.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have Disney+ still in its streaming infancy with a mere 140 days worth of content (laughable!). Perhaps one day, the little Disney underdog can overcome the odds and catch up. Just kidding, Disney is coming for us all.
- Surprisingly, the Amazon Prime Video library is nearly twice the size of Netflix.
- In fact, Amazon Prime has more content than HBO Max, Peacock Premium, and Netflix combined.
- If a household subscribed to all six streaming services, they would have access to 169,947 hours, or 19 years, of streaming!
In a recent survey, Reviews.org found that only 3% of respondents plan to subscribe to NBC Peacock's premium offering when it launches July 15. Here's how the 15,000 hours of premium content stacks up against other streaming libraries.
Time in Hours
Time in Years, Months, and Days
4 months and 19 days
1 year, 1 month, and 1 day
1 year, 8 months, and 20 days
4 years, 2 months, and 8 days
4 years, 8 months, and 24 days
Amazon Prime Video
7 years, 3 months, and 4 days
We compared the library size in hours across streaming services for this report. Please note that titles are being added and removed from these streaming services on a daily basis, meaning the total hours available will vary at any given time.
Reviews.org conducted a streaming survey on July 11, 2020, with an anonymous group of 500 U.S. respondents 18 and older. The sample error is ± 4.5 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.