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

BBC Store

Do you have to subscribe?


No. You can use it as much or as little as you like.

So how does it work?

You can buy BBC content to own digitally and watch again and again. You can purchase individual episodes or entire series, as well as themed collections collated by the BBC.

How much does it cost?

Around £7.99 for a series and £1.89 for single episodes.

What do you get?

Access to hours and hours of BBC content, from the latest shows the day after they’ve been on TV, to classic titles from the archive.

Original content?

Yes. Some of the BBC’s back catalogue is only available on the BBC Store.

What can you watch it on?

You can stream programmes you’ve bought online instantly when signed into BBC Store and BBC iPlayer via your browser on mobile, tablet, PC or Mac. To watch purchases without an Internet connection or when you’re abroad, download them to your PC or Mac using the BBC Store Downloader.

Free trial?

No. But remember you can still catch up on TV from the past 30 days for free on BBC iPlayer.



Parental controls?


You can set up a Parental Guidance Lock, which lets you control what content can be viewed from your account. Once activated you will only be able to play ‘G-rated’ content if you have the four digit PIN.


Amazon Prime


Disney Life

TalkTalk TV

Now TV


BFI Player