Your home is ready, willing, and able to get those outstanding streaming services so what do you do now? Which one do I buy? Are there any free ones? Which one has the stuff I want? Movies, TV shows, podcasts, music, it all seems overwhelming. Like my dad used to say, "It's clear as mud."

Well, it can be overwhelming. You just need to take one step at a time and mush through all of the options to figure out what fits your and your media lifestyle.


I gave grouped TV Shows and Movies together because when we choose the streaming service for TV shows we will probably be choosing that same service for movies. If you have some unusual TV show favorites like a non-English channel, you may end up with two (or more) different programming services so you can get everything you want.

Streaming Services

Let's take a look at the most popular streaming services. Keep in mind that some of these services and what they offer change almost on a daily basis. This list represents the most popular but not all of the streaming services.


Which One Do I Choose?

Back in Step 2, you listed what kind of video you want. Movies, TV Shows, specialty programming, and so on. This is your selection guide.

Shop around and see what fits your video wish list. You may end up with 3 or 4 different services to get exactly what you want. Don't overlook the more expensive full content services, they may have just what you want all on one service.

You are not locked in when you make a choice. If you change your mind later, just change your service.


This is a moving target. Services that may be a perfect fit today may change dramatically going forward. Your programming tastes evolve. Keep an eye on the monthly bill and when things start creeping up, start shopping.

Action Item: Must get a streaming media service to replace my Cable TV channels.



ACTION ITEM: Ask your friends and co-workers about their streaming services

  • Which one(s) do they have?
  • How do they like them?
  • Are they easy to use?
  • What is the picture quality like?
  • Are they happy to have left Cable TV behind?

You may get some surprising answers. Surprising or not, you will get the honest scoop about streaming services, and that's what you are looking for.