The 10 Best OTT Streaming Services of 2021
There are many OTT streaming services on the market. Some of these are niche services, and others have broader offerings and are geared towards a more general audience. Some focus on OTT live streaming and others only offer on-demand content. Most offer free content, premium content, or a mix of both.
What all OTT streaming services have in common is that they all use the internet to deliver video content.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular OTT streaming services.
Netflix is one of the original OTT streaming services. It started as an online DVD rental shop, but it evolved as live streaming technology began to surface.
Today, Netflix is one of the largest on-demand streaming platforms on the internet, featuring over 15,000 titles. Netflix features titles from other production companies as well as original content that is only available on its platform.
Netflix uploads entire seasons of television shows at a time, and it is popular among people who enjoy “binge-watching.”
Netflix offers three different monthly pricing plans that include unlimited, ad-free streaming. The Basic plan is $8.99/month and it includes “Good” video quality. Users can upgrade to “Better” video quality for $13.99/month and “Best” for $17.99/month.
Disney+ is an OTT streaming service that offers access to films and TV series that are owned by The Walt Disney Company. These include programs by Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star, National Geographic, and Star Wars.
Disney+ costs $7.99/month or $79.99/year for unlimited, ad-free streaming access.
As we mentioned Disney+ can be bundled with other streaming services, including Hulu, as well.
Hulu is another popular OTT streaming service. Hulu is a bit different than Netflix in the sense that new episodes are typically uploaded the day after they air.
Hulu offers four pricing plans, including:
- Hulu: $5.99/month
- Hulu (No-Ads): $11.99/month
- Hulu + Live TV: $64.99/month
- Hulu (No-Ads) + Live TV: $70.99/month
In addition to these plans, Hulu offers add-ons and bundled packages that give viewers access to other collections of content, as well.
ESPN+ is an OTT streaming service that is dedicated to sports streaming. This service is a little bit different from the others we’ve covered in the sense that it focuses on live video streaming.
ESPN+ is $5.99/month or $59.99/year. It can be purchased as part of a bundle with Disney+ for $13.99/month.
5. Prime Video
Prime Video is the OTT streaming service from Amazon. It offers unlimited access to a library of video content with a subscription, and it also has additional content available for rent or purchase.
One unique feature of this platform is that users can purchase access to films that are still in theaters. Prime Video also has access to live programming, like sporting events.
Prime Video is included in the Amazon Prime membership.
6. HBO Max
HBO Max is an OTT video streaming service that mostly offers content that is from WarnerMedia, which is the parent company of HBO.
An interesting aspect of HBO Max is that it offers access to movies that are still in theaters at no additional cost.
HBO Max comes in two pricing tiers. Streaming with ads costs $9.99/month, and ad-free streaming is $14.99/month.
7. YouTube TV
You’re likely familiar with YouTube as a free online streaming platform, but did you know that YouTube has a premium offering, as well?
YouTube TV offers both subscriptions for unlimited streaming and pay-per-view for accessing individual pieces of content. YouTube TV offers access to live streaming from more than 85 television channels, and is popular with video gamers similar to the Twitch streaming platform.
This OTT streaming service costs $64.99/month or $500/year.
Starz was originally a television network, but the content available from the network is now available on a dedicated OTT streaming service.
Users can log into Starz with the credentials to their account with their television providers. Users without a television or cable subscription can get an online subscription for $8.99/month.
9. Sling TV
Sling TV is another OTT streaming service that originated as a television network. It provides a combination of the traditional live television experience with the more modern internet-based on-demand streaming experience.
One unique aspect of SlingTV is that it provides access to local stations.
Sling TV starts at $35/month.
Peacock is a relatively new OTT streaming service. It is owned by NBCUniversal, which is a subsidiary of Comcast. Peacock features many different types of movies and television series, including titles owned by NBC and some Peacock originals.
Users can start streaming on Peacock for free. Upgrading to Peacock Premium for $4.99/month opens access to a larger library of content. $7.99/month gives access to the same library of content with ad-free streaming.