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Apple TV+, Disney+, and Hulu recently raised prices. Here are the streaming services that give the most bang for your buck.

Jeremy Allen White at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza
Making decisions on what streaming service to subscribe to can be trick, here is some information to keep in mind when doing so.Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
  • Streaming services like Apple TV+, Disney+, and Hulu have been raising prices.

  • We looked at data to figure out how much content you get per dollar on various streamers.

  • Prime Video gives you the most bang for your buck, per streaming search platform Reelgood.

At this point, the number of streaming services — and the cost of them — is reminiscent of cable.

As well as the old guard of Netflix and Hulu, there's also Max, Prime Video, Paramount+, Peacock, and Discovery+.

And with so many options and streaming services often changing their pricing and content, users need to carefully select what they value most — whether that means critically acclaimed TV or the ability to watch both movies and live sports.

Using data from streaming search engine Reelgood, we put the major US streaming services — with the exception of Discovery+ — into greater context. This includes which service provides users with the biggest bang for their buck in terms of movies and TV shows available per dollar spent, as well as the sheer volume of content across these libraries.

Here are the most important things to think about when subscribing to a streaming service:

Streaming services are getting expensive. Apple TV+, Disney+, and Hulu recently raised prices.

monthly subscription costs of US streaming services as of jan 24
Hulu appears to be the most expensive ad-free subscription at $17.99 a month.Reelgood

Combined, the eight major streaming services' all-access, ad-free plans could cost consumers over $100 per month.

Apple TV+, Disney+, and Hulu are the latest streamers to raise the prices of their ad-free plans, with all three increasing by $3. The premium, ad-free plan for Paramount+ now includes Showtime and live access to subscribers' local CBS stations.

Here are the current costs of ad-free plans:

  • Prime Video (only) — $8.99/month

  • Apple TV+ — $9.99

  • Paramount+ with Showtime — $11.99

  • Peacock Premium  — $11.99

  • Disney+ — $13.99

  • Netflix (standard plan) — $15.49

  • Max — $15.99

  • Hulu — $17.99

It can be difficult to know which streaming services to subscribe to.

tv shows available on us streaming services jan 24 (updated chart)
Hulu has the most TV shows.Reelgood

For those looking for a robust collection of TV shows, Hulu, Prime and Netflix have you covered — though the latter appears to have a larger amount of shows rated 6.5 stars and up on IMDb, according to Reelgood.

Here's the total number of TV shows each streaming service offers:

  • Hulu — 2,699

  • Netflix — 2,537

  • Prime Video — 2,313

  • Max - 1,368

  • Peacock Premium — 1,203

  • Paramount+ w/Showtime — 859

  • Disney+ — 586

  • Apple TV+ — 139

Prime Video gets you the most TV shows per dollar, followed by Netflix and Hulu.

how many tv shows you get per dollar jan 24 (updated chart)
Amazon's Prime Video offers the most bang for your buck for TV shows.Reelgood

Amazon's Prime Video appears to be leading the streaming services pack in the number of TV shows it hosts.

Here's how many TV shows you get per dollar on each streaming service:

  • Prime Video — 257

  • Netflix — 164

  • Hulu — 150

  • Peacock Premium — 100

  • Max — 85

  • Paramount+ — 72

  • Disney+ — 42

  • Apple TV+ — 14

Prime Video offers more movies than any major streamer.

movies available on US streaming services
Prime Video leads in total movies.Reelgood

Amazon's Prime Video appears to have nearly triple the amount of movies as its closest contenders Netflix and Peacock Premium.

Here's the total number of movies each streaming service offers:

  • Prime Video — 11,923

  • Netflix — 4,013

  • Peacock Premium — 3,939

  • Hulu — 2,422

  • Max — 2,070

  • Disney+ — 1,432

  • Paramount+ — 1,173

  • Apple TV+ — 75

Prime Video also takes the crown for having the most movies per dollar, when accounting for the Prime Video membership and not the price of the full Prime plan.

how many movies do you get per dollar as of jan 2024
Prime Video gets you the most movies per dollar.Reelgood

It would make sense that Prime Video offers subscribers the most movies per dollar spent, given that their film library has three times as many movies as Netflix.

Total movies per dollar on each streaming service:

  • Prime Video — 1,327

  • Peacock Premium — 329

  • Netflix — 259

  • Hulu — 135

  • Max — 130

  • Disney+ — 102

  • Paramount+ w/Showtime — 99

  • Apple TV+ — 8

Subscribers should keep in mind these numbers are based on the ad-free versions of the streaming services, many of which offer cheaper ad-supported plans. But those may not include all of the content that is on the more expensive plans.

 

Read the original article on Business Insider