TV and film on demand guide: which streaming service should you choose?

What is the best streaming service in the UK? Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC Store and more compared

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Amazon Prime

Do you have to subscribe? 

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No. You can rent or buy movies and TV shows from Amazon Video without a subscription.

But you can subscribe? 

Yes. You can become an Amazon Prime member.

How much does it cost?

Amazon Prime membership costs costs £79 a year, or £7.99 a month.

What do you get?

A monthly membership gets you unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV shows to stream instantly.

Prime membership also gives you access to a whole bundle of services, from free next day delivery, music streaming service Amazon Music, as well as, of course, TV series and films.

Original content? 

Yes. The service boasts Amazon Original Series like Transparent, Hand of God and Man in the High Castle as well as some content exclusive to Amazon Video, like Outlander.

What can you watch it on?

Your Kindle Fire HC, iPad, iPhone, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, smart TV, set-top box and Blu-ray player from LG, Sony and Samsung. And on your computer, of course. If you are buying without a Prime subscription you can also download content for watching whilst offline.

Free trial?

Yes. 30 days. If you’re a student, you can get a six month trial.

Adverts?

No.

Parental controls?

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You can apply a pin to authorise video purchases as well as set a restrict content on Amazon Video by classification certificates.

Netflix

BBC Store

iTunes

Disney Life

TalkTalk TV

Now TV

Hayu

BFI Player