Best Streaming Services for Every Family
If you have young children:
Feeln . a division of Hallmark, has about 1,000 family-friendly movies. Think: Babe, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Footloose. The menu also includes more than 80 short films produced specifically for the service.
What’s missing: Variety. This highly curated selection of titles is ideal for family movie night—not necessarily date night.
Cost: $5 per month
If your house is all sports, all the time:
NBA /NHL /MLB streaming apps—for pro basketball, hockey and baseball—broadcast out-of-market contests: games played by out-of-state teams (some restrictions might apply).
What’s missing: No home games. But if you’re willing to head to a bar or a pal’s house—or buy an antenna (most local games are broadcast on network TV)—you’re set.
Cost per season. MLB.TV Premium, $130; NHL GameCenter Live, $170; NBA Game Time, $199. All together, that comes to about $42 per month.
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If you’re already using Amazon.com for everything else:
Amazon Instant Video gets you access to a huge selection of newer films, often the same day they’re released on DVD (such as Boyhood, Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction). It’s free to sign up (you just need an amazon.com account), after which you purchase or rent movies and TV shows à la carte.
What’s missing. For current TV shows, you’re probably better off with a Hulu Plus membership. That service has a huge inventory of current shows for a flat $8
per month; one season of the same show on Amazon Instant Video would cost you $30.
Cost: Two-day rentals start at $3.
Amazon Prime (not to be confused with Amazon Instant Video) provides access to older HBO shows, like The Sopranos and The Wire, free two-day shipping on items ordered through amazon.com and free streaming of more than half a million books from the Kindle lending library (via the Amazon Instant Video app). Prime also offers exclusive series including Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor and Gaby Hoffmann.
What’s missing: Brand-new movies and episodes of TV shows. The offerings can feel random. For instance, you can find Seasons 1 and 4 of Parenthood, but you have to pay for Seasons 2 and 3 on Amazon Instant Video.
Cost: $9 per month
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