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


Do you have to subscribe?


No, but you do need to download iTunes and sign up for an Apple ID to use the service.

So how does it work?

You can rent or buy films and TV series. When it comes to TV, you can buy individual episodes or entire series – or you can purchase a series pass which gets you every episode as it airs on TV. If you rent a film you have 30 days to start watching – and 48 hours to finish it once you press play.

You can watch purchased content anytime again and again – and you don’t need to be connected to the internet to do so.

How much does it cost? 

Prices vary, but buying an episode of a TV series costs around £1.89 while film rental starts at around £3.49.

What do you get?

Access to brand new releases and thousands of films and TV series.

Original content?

No. But iTunes does offer some films and TV series before any other on demand providers.

What can you watch it on?

Your computer, iPad, iPhone, iPod or Apple TV.

Free trial?

No. But the iTunes store does sometimes offer free episodes or films.



Parental controls?


No. But you can set up parental controls on Apple products to restrict access to certain types of content or for content with certain ratings.


Amazon Prime

BBC Store

Disney Life

TalkTalk TV

Now TV


BFI Player