From Netflix to Hulu to Disney+: The best streaming sites for movies

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Most of us have our staple service — the one that's been solidified into our monthly budget like bills and rent. (This is Netflix for most people in the U.S.) But ol' reliable probably doesn't have every single film you want to watch, especially when titles are constantly flip-flopping which service they call home.
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THE BEST, PERIOD

Netflix


There's a reason that the iconic buh bum sound just played in your head — Netflix is that widespread because it's that good.

Price: $8.99/month for Basic, $13.99/month for Standard, or $17.99/month for Premium


Free trial: None


Max simultaneous streams: 1 with Basic, 2 with Standard, or 4 with Premium







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BEST FOR DISNEY, MARVEL, AND STAR WARS

Disney+


The combination of nostalgia and action between Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and vault classics is unbeatable.

Price: $6.99/month


Free trial: None


Max simultaneous streams: 4







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BEST FOR THEATRICAL RELEASES AT HOME

HBO Max


A month of HBO Max costs less than a movie ticket and grants access to new Warner Bros. theatrical releases.

Price: $14.99/month


Free trial: 7 days


Max simultaneous streams: 3







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BEST FOR AMAZON REGULARS

Amazon Prime Video


Anyone who already pays for Prime shipping has access to one of the best streaming libraries on the market.

Price: $12.99/month or $119/year


Free trial: 30 days


Max simultaneous streams: 3







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BEST COMBO OF MOVIES AND LIVE TV

Hulu


Hulu continues to challenge Netflix with an increasing number of originals and recently-released films.

Price: $5.99/month or $11.99/month for no ads


Free trial: 7 days


Max simultaneous streams: 2 (unless you upgrade to Hulu + Live TV)







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BEST FOR HORROR

Shudder


A must in the pocket of any horror fan, Shudder organizes its scary-good selection of classics and originals with sick curation.

Free trial: 7 days


Price: $5.99/month


Max simultaneous streams: 1







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BEST FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND DREAMWORKS CONTENT

Peacock


You'll end up in a paid tier if you care about 'The Office,' but a huge majority of Peacock's movies are available for free.

Price: Free for some content, $4.99/month for Premium with ads, $9.99/month for ad-free Premium


Free trial: 7 days


Max simultaneous streams: 3







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BEST RENTAL SERVICE

Vudu


Walmart's movie platform is a wicked up-to-date rental service that often touts films that just left theaters.

Price: Rentals range from $1.99 to $19.99, plus free movies


Free trial: None, but get 30% off first rental or purchase


Max simultaneous streams: 3







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BEST FREE LIBRARY

Tubi


Between its surprisingly-legit library and non-existent monthly charge, there's no reason to not download Tubi.

Price: Free


Free trial: N/A


Max simultaneous streams: N/A







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BEST FOR STAR-STUDDED ORIGINALS

Apple TV+


Head to Apple TV+ for fresh original films and music docs featuring some pretty huge stars.

Price: $4.99/month


Free trial: 7 days


Max simultaneous streams: 6







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BEST FOR NICHE AWARD WINNERS

Sundance Now


Your whole friend group can peruse this collection of stellar films that often don't hit the mainstream.

Price: $6.99/month


Free trial: 7 days


Max simultaneous streams: Unlimited







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BEST FOR PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE CBS ALL ACCESS

Paramount+


CBS All Access is rebranding to Paramount+, a more expansive service featuring carry-over content plus favorite Paramount films.

Price: $5.99/month with ads or $9.99/month ad-free (expected)


Free trial: 7 days


Max simultaneous streams: 2







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BEST FOR FREE DOCUMENTARIES

Documentary+


It only takes seconds to get lost in a new nonfiction world on this totally free documentary app.

Price: Free


Free trial: N/A


Max simultaneous streams: Unlimited (no account necessary)







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BEST FOR DOCUSERIES

PBS Video


Catch 'Masterpiece', 'Nova,' and other PBS-exclusive shows on the broadcast service's free app.

Price: $5/month for Thirteen Passport, some free content


Free trial: N/A


Max simultaneous streams: 1




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