Best Videos and Movie Streaming Services for Covid Times

Over the past decade or so, since Netflix showed the world what can be in terms of watching our favourite TV shows and movies on our computers, as opposed to our own local TV, several other video streaming services sprung up, resulting in an abundance of movie streaming websites to choose from.

And then of course, we have the pandemic. Covid19 may have stopped us from enjoying the outdoor life, but there is no reason to stop living indoors. Movies are for entertainment and while we are not minimising your pain or sufferrings, we are simply here to tell you that you can divert your mind in these tough times and take a mental health break for an hour or two and watch your favourite TV shows or movies.

You know, a year after Netflix made its debut, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video joined it, and these three have, in subsequent years, cemented their places as the holy trinity of digital streaming.

While these video streaming services started as places to watch movies and TV shows on their second runs and such, they have since developed to become avenues on which to watch original movie content. This trend does not occur with just these three video streaming leaders, but with most of the other streaming service providers present in this day and age.

Movie Streaming Services & Platforms

This article is a guide on the several video and movie streaming services that exist. It spans the entire planet, from the top of the Great China Wall, through the windy sands of the Sahara to the depths of the Grand Canyons. It is a guide for people from all parts of the world who are looking to have fun and see an interesting movie using a service that is easily accessible and native to their location.

Okay, so if its not easily accissbile, you can always download a good VPN Software and connect to it and then access what you want.

HBO Max

HBO Max is a newcomer to the video on demand streaming industry: it was launched in May, 2020. The service is HBO’s successor; it primarily hosts content from the television service. On a wider scale, it also hosts content created under the umbrella of WarnerMedia as well as from third-party distributors.

HBO Max has two pricing tiers: a premium ads-free tier that costs $15 and a newly-launched ads-supported tier that costs $10. Apart from being ads-free, subscribing to the premium plan gives you access to WarnerBros theatrical releases in 2021. That is to say, you can watch Warner Bros newly released movies on the service, instead of going to a theater which up until very recently has been impossible, thanks to our Pandemic of Covid19.

Pros

  • You can watch theatrical releases on your devices with a premium subscription
  • It has a wide array of premium, top-notch content, like Lord of Rings trilogy, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Sopranos.
  • You can use the service on numerous devices including web browsers, Fire TV, smartphones, and Roku.

Cons

  • It is only available in select territories
  • It is pricy
  • The app’s layout can be better; it isn’t very intuitive

If at any point you think your region is blocked from viewing the movie streaming site, kindly launch a VPN Tool or lift the restrictions using a DNS service

Disney+

Disney+ has quickly become a fan favourite because well, its Disney! And then everything Marvel is on it! The streaming platform hosts a vast and diverse range of video content with shows from Pixar, Marvel, and National Geographic. Some of its most popular videos are the “Star Wars” franchise and “the Simpsons”. Also, with a monthly fee of $8, it provides a solid entertaining investment.

Pros

  • It has a everything Disney and Marvel!
  • It is cheaper than many other streaming services
  • It offers numerous content in multiple languages
  • You can view it on several platforms and devices, including Chromebook, Chromecast, web browsers, and Roku.

Cons

  • It is not present in every country
  • It only hosts movies and shows from Disney controlled companies like Marvel, Pixar, etc.

Netflix

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Netflix is unarguably the largest and most widely known video streaming service in the world. Ever since it began operation as the first streaming service ever, it has run with the baton and still remains ahead of every of its competitors. While it started off showing movies and shows by other content creators, it now has content that is exclusive to it. And what’s more, a vast majority of its original shows are available all at once such that you do not have to wait an entire week just to see one episode. It is also the streaming service with the most diverse catalogue with movies from different cultures and countries of the planet being offered up on its platform.

Netflix charges $7.99 a month for its basic plan, which is quite cheap when compared to other streaming services out there.

Pros

  • It is quite cheap
  • It is very diverse
  • You can choose to watch movies offline
  • You can use on several devices including Android, Apple, Windows, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and so on.
  • 30 day free trial that requires no payment verification. Signup and just watch.

Cons

  • Shows and movies from other content creators can be taken off when Netflix loses its license to show them

If at any point you think your region is blocked from viewing the movie streaming site, kindly launch a VPN Tool or lift the restrictions using a DNS service

Hulu

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Hulu is one of the three biggest services to stream movies easily. And what’s more, it is also one of the cheapest with a base subscription that costs $5.99 a month. One other selling point of this particular streaming service is the fact that several TV shows by the big networks are available on it the day after they air on the big networks. Hulu now belongs to Disney though, which also has its own streaming service. It will be interesting to see what they do with it.

Pros

  • It is one of the cheapest digital streaming services
  • Several TV shows are available on it the day after
  • You can use on several devices including Android, Apple, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and so on.

Cons

  • It does not have a very diverse, or large catalogue of movies
  • As networks are looking to build their own streaming platforms, Hulu stands the risk of losing several of its content
  • Hulu’s base plan is not ad-free, which can be pesky when using the platform

Amazon Prime Video

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Amazon Prime Video is one of the “big three” of streaming services, along with Netflix and Hulu. Amazon Prime Video is free for Amazon Prime subscribers and it costs $8.99 a month for non-subscribers. While Amazon Prime Video also started off with video streaming licensed from other content creators, it has since then begun producing its own original content a lot of which are critically acclaimed.

Pros

  • It is great for Prime subscribers
  • It can be used on different devices including Android, Apple, Windows, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and so on.
  • It has several original contents a lot of which are highly acclaimed.

Cons

  • Its content is not as diverse as Netflix’s
  • The interface is not as easy to use as that of Netflix

iQiyi

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iQiyi is a streaming service whose operation is largely based in China. It was created by Chinese tech giant, Baidu. While it initially started off as a service accessible to only those with a Chinese IP, it has since then opened its doors to people from other country. It has an impressive library of content native to the country. Its subscription fee is $2.71.

Pros

  • It is compatible with several devices and available on multiple platforms including web, iOS and Android
  • It has a freemium version wherein users can stream movies easily
  • Although it has several foreign contents, a vast majority are local

Cons

  • Its free version is riddled with ads
  • Its content library is not very diverse

If at any point you think your region is blocked from viewing the movie streaming site, kindly launch a VPN Tool or lift the restrictions using a DNS service

Viu

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Viu is another on which you can stream movies easily on the Asian continent. Although it operates out of Hong Kong, it is available in other countries on the continent: Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, India and Indonesia. Its pricing varies from country to country. Its premium subscription, which is the ad-free version costs between $3.7 and $4.4.

Pros

  • It is compatible with several devices and available on multiple platforms including web, iOS and Android
  • It primarily offers local content especially Korean drama
  • It can be used for free

Cons

  • The free version is riddled with ads which can be pesky
  • Its content library is not exactly diverse

iFlix

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iFlix is a video on demand service that operates out of Malaysia. It is one of the most well-funded video streaming service in Southeast Asia having raised millions of dollars in 2015 and more since then. While iFlix was originally created for customers in Southeast Asia, it has since shifted its focus into other markets in other parts of the world including Sri Lanka, Brunei and Pakistan. Its pricing is cheap as it costs about $3.5 a month in Thailand.

Pros

  • It is compatible with several devices and available on multiple platforms including web, iOS and Android
  • It has a vast library of content both from local and foreign producers

Cons

  • Its pricing model varies from country to country

iROKOtv

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iROKOtv is an African video streaming service that was established in 2011. Its content is exclusively Nigerian and are from the Nollywood movie industry which is the Nigerian version of USA’s Hollywood and India’s Bollywood and which also happens to be one of the largest movie industries in the world. It is quite cheap, costing $60 a year in the USA and other countries, while it costs about $3 for a 3 months subscription in Nigeria.

Pros

  • It has an impressive library of African content with a catalogue of over 5,000 movies as at 2014 which has since grown
  • It is compatible with several devices and available on multiple platforms including web, iOS and Android
  • Users can download and watch movies offline
  • Downloaded content can also be shared with friends
  • It is very cheap

Cons

  • Its content is not diverse

If at any point you think your region is blocked from viewing the movie streaming site, kindly launch a VPN Tool or lift the restrictions using a DNS service

Showmax

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Showmax is a streaming service that is native to the African continent. While it was launched in South Africa in 2015, it has since made efforts to expand to other countries on the continent. While it has several foreign contents on its library, a vast majority of its content are native to the African continent. It is quite cheap, with a pricing of $7.99 per month and what’s more, users can download and watch movies offline.

Pros

  • It is affordable
  • Users can download and watch movies offline
  • It has a vast catalogue of African movies and shows
  • It is compatible with several devices and available on multiple platforms including web, Android, iOS, Xbox, Chromecast, and Apple TV

Cons

  • A vast majority of its content are African

We are aware that there are several more streamers are out there, and if you want, we can showcase them here for you! So, let us know in the comments about the ones you want featured here.

Tobi
A versatile writer with more than 7 years of writing experience, Tobi is also a voracious reader with a constant thirst for knowledge. He dreams of seeing the world and becoming a renowned fantasy writer someday. He is loves good music, good books, good food, good air and the good life in general.

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