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The best Netflix alternatives: Binge-watch elsewhere

Breaking up with Netflix over its recent price hikes? There are plenty of other Netflix alternatives to watch original content -- and even live TV.
Written by Allison Murray, Staff Writer
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While Netflix is often hailed as the king of streaming services, it's also known for frequently raising its prices -- and this year, it even started cracking down on password sharing. If the streaming conglomerate has finally priced you out as a subscriber, there are plenty of other options out there for watching TV shows and movies.

Also: The best live TV streaming services

Netflix has the most subscribers out of any streaming service at 247.15 million subscribers in Q3 of 2023. But that doesn't mean you have to buy into the hype. Its tiered subscription options have increased anywhere from $3-$5 since 2020, the most recent price hike being $2 and $3, respectively, for its basic and premium subscription tiers, effective October 2023.

Combined with the fact that the company is now charging its account holders $7.99 for each additional user, customers are looking for alternatives. In addition, you might want to leave Netflix if you've become frustrated with its ever-changing titles and what is added/removed from the platform monthly.

There is more to the streaming world than Netflix: In fact, there are more than 200 streaming services available today. Our top alternative is Hulu, but we've rounded up the best streaming service alternatives that include live TV, unique originals, binge-worthy shows, and more for you to keep on streaming.

The best Netflix alternatives of 2024

Pros & Cons
  • Familiar and popular shows as well as unique content
  • Live TV streaming option with unlimited DVR
  • Still has ads (for base plan)
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Hulu features: Access to Disney+ and ESPN+ | Live TV | 3,000+ titles

For more than half of the price of a monthly Netflix subscription, you can watch a wide array of TV shows and movies on Hulu for just $7.99 per month. The platform has original content like The Handmaid's Tale, How I Met Your Father, Dollface, and more, along with classic and popular movies.

Something Hulu has that Netflix doesn't is the option to stream live TV. With the highest tier subscription ($82.99 per month), you can watch live TV and sports and get access to Disney+ and ESPN+ without ads.

However, two out of four of Hulu's subscription tiers still have ads. Also, its base subscription only supports one streamer at a time, so you can't share your account with friends or family as you can with Netflix.

Pros & Cons
  • Already included in your Amazon Prime subscription
  • A la carte option so you can buy movies or shows
  • No ads
  • Limited original content
  • Pay extra to watch certain movie titles
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Amazon Prime Video features: Comes with Amazon Prime subscription | Buy or rent titles | About 26,000 titles

If you're one of the more than 200 million subscribers with Amazon Prime, you already have Amazon Prime Video. Amazon's streaming service also comes as a standalone option if you don't have a Prime membership, at $8.99 per month.

Amazon Prime Video has original series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Boys, and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. What's great about this specific platform is that you can buy/rent movies/TV series a la carte, so if you're looking for something specific, it may be worth it.

While Amazon Prime is a decent Netflix alternative, it lacks the large number of original series and movies that  Netflix offers. Also, even with your subscription, you still must buy/rent certain titles, making the overall cost go up.

Pros & Cons
  • Lots of original content
  • Watch recently released movies
  • Have to pay almost as much as a Netflix subscription for a no-ad experience
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Max features: Comes with HBO subscription | More than 2,500 titles | 4K UHD streaming

To watch some of the most buzzworthy shows, you'll need Max (formally known as HBO Max). The streaming service costs $9.99 per month with ads and $15.99 per month for an ad-free experience and streaming in 4K UHD. The good news is that if you already have an HBO subscription, Max comes free.

Max is home to popular series like The Last of Us, Euphoria, Succession, The White Lotus, and more. You can also watch recently released movies from the past six months if you couldn't catch them in theaters.

Its higher tier no-ad subscription will cost you almost as much as Netflix. Also, keep in mind that with the Warner Brothers/Discovery merger, some content like Westworld, Raised by Wolves, and The Nevers, has been removed, and you're likely to see some more fluctuation with the content.

Pros & Cons
  • Award-winning original content
  • Inexpensive
  • No commercials
  • Episodes only roll out weekly
  • Smaller content library than other options
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Apple TV+ features: Compatible with many devices | No ads | One subscription allows you to enjoy 6 simultaneous streams

Apple TV+'s lineup is almost all original shows and movies, so you know you're watching something you can't watch anywhere else. At $6.99 per month, you can stream award-winning shows and films like The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, Severance, Coda, and more. The best part is that there are no commercials.

While you may think Apple TV+ is only compatible with Apple devices, the platform actually works on gaming consoles, streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs, and, of course, on Apple TV and other Apple devices.

However, episodes on Apple TV+ roll out weekly instead of all together, making it hard to binge-watch a really good show. Also, there is currently no Apple TV+ app available for Android devices or PC users.  

Pros & Cons
  • Live TV and sports
  • Least expensive streaming option
  • Still has ads
  • No 4K streaming option
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Peacock features: Free tier | Live TV | More than 80,000 hours of content

NBC's streaming service offers two tiers: a premium subscription at $5.99 that has limited ads but also live sports and events, and a plus tier that is $11.99 and has zero ads and allows you to download and watch select titles offline. 

On Peacock, you can watch original series like Bel-Air, Dr. Death, Girls5Eva, and Wolf Like Me, as well as cult classics like The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, the Harry Potter collection, and more. There's also live TV and sports you can tune into including WWE and soccer. Peacock also offers exclusive 24-hour coverage of every Olympics, including the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Of course, the downside here is that Peacock still has ads, and it recently got rid of its free tier. Some of the content is paywalled. Also, there is no 4K streaming option, so the quality could be better.

What is the best Netflix alternative?

Hulu is the best Netflix alternative based on our analysis of the top streaming services. 

Netflix Alternative


# of Titles


Starting at $7.99/month


Amazon Prime Video

$14.99/month (with Amazon Prime membership) or $8.99/month

About 26,000


Starting at $9.99/month

More than 2,500

Apple TV+




Starting at $5.99/month

More 80,000 hours of content

Which Netflix alternative is right for you?

If you really want to leave Netflix to pay less, you can't go wrong with Peacock, since it is the cheapest option. However, if you're more interested in watching popular, original content, Max and Apple TV+ have shows and movies that everyone is always talking about.

As another option, if you are just an occasional watcher but like specific movies or shows, Amazon Prime Video's a la carte setup is a great alternative. 

Choose this Netflix alternative...

If you want...


The best overall option. You even have the option of adding live TV to your subscription. 

Amazon Prime Video

A streaming service to watch along with Amazon Prime benefits. It comes free if you're a prime member.


Access to award-winning and binge-worthy shows. There is also a 4K UHD streaming option. 

Apple TV+

A streaming service with plenty of original shows and movies. Plus, there are no commercials. 


A budget streaming service with familiar titles. You can also watch live sports and events. 

How did we choose these Netflix alternatives?

There are a few important factors to keep in mind when choosing a streaming service to replace Netflix. These are some to consider. 

  • Number of titles: You want a streaming service that will allow you to watch plenty of movies and TV titles. We paid attention to services that provide original content, as well as play host to well-known titles. 

  • Ads: Commercials and ads are annoying, but unfortunately, they are apart of streaming services, especially at the lower-priced subscription tiers. However, we provided services with ad-free options, and Apple TV+ always has zero ads. 

  • Subscription cost: Many streaming services offer multiple tiers of subscription options, so pricing definitely varies. We paid attention to the cheapest subscription cost for each streaming service in order to effectively compare. 

Have Netflix subscriptions gone up?

Yes, Netflix subscription prices have increased substantially in recent years. Its standard subscription has increased by $2 in three years (from $13.99 to $15.49), and its premium subscription has increased by a whopping $5 in that same time frame ($17.99 to $22.99).

You can still get a cheaper version of Netflix at $6.99, but it has ads. In addition, there is a basic plan that also just increased in price ($11.99, up from $9.99). Note that the basic plan is no longer available to new subscribers, so this price hike will only affect current customers who already are subscribed to that plan. 

Should you cancel Netflix?

If you decide to cancel Netflix, there are plenty of options to replace the platform. And, since its catalog is constantly changing, something on Netflix one day could end up on one of the above streaming platforms the next. The only thing you'd really miss out on is Netflix's original series and movies; the service does offer a good selection of award-winning content.

Are there alternative streaming services worth considering?

Here are a couple of other Netflix alternatives to look into: 

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