Finding the best streaming service of 2023 is no easy feat. There was a time when there were only one or two options to choose from. But fast-forward to today and many of the best TV series and best movies are scattered across several streaming services, making it difficult to pick the right one (or three) that you need.
In our guide below, we've selected the best streaming services available right now, including Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Prime Video, Netflix and Paramount Plus. We've included the pros and cons of each streaming platform, as well as what you're likely to find when you sign up, how easy each of the dashboards are to use and which region you'll need to be in for it to work.
If you want to see what's on each platform before you decide which is the right one for you, then take a look at our best Netflix series, best Amazon Prime series and best Hulu shows guides first. Otherwise, read on to find out who will win in the battle of the streaming wars and which are the best streaming services of 2023.
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Competition might be fierce, but Netflix remains our top pick for the best streaming service of 2023. The content available is fantastic, the app experience is one of the best around, and it offers 4K resolution in its most expensive tier. If you can only have one paid streaming service in your life, you'll miss out on a few favorites, but you won't regret choosing Netflix.
Alongside some of the best Netflix series, like Beef, Russian Doll and The Good Place to name just three, you'll find plenty more films and TV shows to enjoy, like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Seinfeld. New content is released every week too, so you'll always find something new to watch.
The best Netflix movies feature fantastic classics, such as Taxi Driver and Oscar-nominated Netflix originals like Marriage Story, The Irishman and Roma. The service is committed to theatrical-level movies – although obviously not all of its original films are great. Quantity over quality applies a little bit here.
If you're looking for the cheapest subscription, you'll want to choose Netflix's cheaper, ad-supported plan, which sets you back £4.99 / $6.99 per month with standard definition (720p). However, you'll have to put up with five minutes worth of adverts for every hour you stream.
After an ads-less experience? The £10.99 / $15.49 standard tier will suit most households, with full HD and two simultaneous streams allowed. Finally, the £15.99 / $19.99 Premium Plan offers Ultra HD streams for content available in 4K, and allows four devices to stream Netflix at once. The cost is lean for just how much stuff you get to watch.