Monday, May 29, 2023

10 Best Alternatives To Netflix in 2020

Netflix may be one of the best streaming services of all time but not everyone wants to or can use it. The subscription price may put many people off for a start, although it isn’t the most expensive one around. A lot of content is also geo-restricted, which means it can only be streamed in certain areas and, thirdly, you might find that it simply doesn’t show what you want to watch. No matter why you don’t want Netflix, there are lots of alternatives to choose from; all you have to do is pick one.

Top Ten Netflix Alternatives:

Our list includes a choice of free and subscription apps – just be aware that most free ones are ad-supported.

  1. Apple TV App – Subscription

If you are running iOS 12.3 or above you already have the Apple TV App on your iPhone or iPad. It is Apple’s one-stop-shop for all your viewing requirements. As well as streaming what you purchased in iTunes, stored in your library, or from services you already subscribe to, the Apple app also gives you access to tons of movies and shows as well as other subscription channels. Some are free, some movies must be purchased or rented. The subscription is $4.99 per month with a 7-day free trial and new iOS and Mac users get a year’s subscription to AppleTV+ for free.

  1. Kodi – Free

Already the most popular and well-known media app, Kodi provides you with a free way of storing all your own media in one free and legal place. Here’s where it gets illegal – they also offer hundreds of add-ons that let you stream movies, series, sports, live TV, music and much more. As these are not legal to use, do use a VPN and be prepared for them to disappear suddenly – you might need to search for new ones quite regularly. Addons can be found with a simple Google search. Kodi app is available for download in

  1. Tubi TV – Free

Not the largest streaming service, Tubi TV is fast gaining in popularity simply because of what it offers. Growing rapidly, it offers movies and shows in all the popular genres and more are being added all the time. It is free to download although you do need a free account to stream anything, and you will need an internet connection as it won’t work offline.

  1. Amazon Prime – Subscription

Another subscription service, Amazon offers new users a 30-day free trial on Prime. Here, you can watch Amazon Originals, such as Jack Ryan, Good Omens, The Grand Tour Tumble Leaf for kids and more. Offline watching is available for some content and you get a huge choice of other TV series and movies too – not all are free though; some must be rented or purchased.

  1. Hulu – Free

Another popular app, Hulu is full of movies, TV shows, TV series and a whole lot more besides. It receives regular updates with enhancements and new content; a simple click lets you watch what you want It is web-based, which means you need an internet connection, and is Chromecast compatible.

  1. Vudu – Free

One of the best streaming apps, Vudu is packed with over 10,000 titles to choose from – movies, shows, series and more. It is ad-supported but they don’t get in the way or spoil your viewing. You can watch in HDX, use Airplay to stream to other devices and you can watch offline too.

  1. HBO GO – Subscription

A one-stop-shop for all of HBO’s channels, you can watch some of the very best TV series, movies, documentaries and a whole host of other stuff. There are complete seasons of HBO Originals, including Game of Thrones, The Wire, Sopranos, The Handmaids Tale and more, along with external distributor content, including The Vampire Chronicles, Supergirl and more. Viewing is in full HD and there is something for everyone. Content is geo-restricted.

  1. Viewster – Free

Viewster is ideal for those who like to watch anime. Here you will find the most popular anime, movies, shows and more. There is plenty of content that you won’t easily find in other apps and it is free to download and use.

  1. Globo Play – Free/Subscription Available

A useful app if you like international content, Globo Play provides access to TV shows, movies, Globo programs, exclusive content, even drawings, and a lot more besides. You get the option of downloading to watch offline and you can even download books, although there aren’t too many of those. You can watch for free or subscribe for more features and content choices.

  1. SnagFilms – Free

A popular free streaming app, SnagFilms offers free TV-series, full-length movies, shows, cartoons, documentaries and more. With more than 6000 titles to choose from, you can watch anywhere you want, so long as you have an internet connection – no offline mode – and you can choose from all the major genres.

You should be able to find a decent Netflix alternative amongst those but don’t expect the free apps to be as comprehensive or up to date in terms of content as the paid ones. That is one of the beauties of apps like Netflix – because you pay to use it, you get all the latest movies and shows. Feel free to share this an enjoy whichever app you settle on.

Andy Debolt
Andy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing Andy enjoys water sports and spending time on the golf course.


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