7 Streaming Services to Try During Quarantine


As of writing this, we’re living in extraordinary times. COVID-19 has been a global-scale pandemic for weeks, and everyone in the world has received the same piece of advice: stay home. Many people have turned into new hobbies at home, such as baking, crafts, or baking. However, not everyone has the desire or patience to learn a whole new skill at this time. And even if you are, sometimes you need to head to the couch and watch some mindless TV. With so many streaming services readily available at all times, which ones should you get?

There seems to be a streaming service for every entertainment need now, so we’ve created a list of pointers for each available one!

1. Netflix

The one that started it all, Netflix has a pretty impressive variety of titles. In the past few years, they’ve focused on uploading more original content than movies and shows from other places. There are seemingly countless shows and movies for just about anyone here, so you’ll have a lot to do.

Trial period: 30 days.

Pricing: $8.99 to $15.99/mo

Special deals: T-Mobile customers on the Magenta or Magenta Plus plans get free Netflix.

2. Amazon Prime Video

Another major player in the streaming game, this is Amazon’s service, which you can take with Prime. 

Trial period: 30 days.

Pricing: $13/mo

3. Hulu

This is probably going to grow a bit now that Disney owns most of it after acquiring Fox. Either way, it has a lot of great new and old shows, and content curated from a myriad of studios.

Trial period: 30 days.

Pricing: $5.99 to $11.99/mo

Special deals: Membership is included in the Sprint Unlimited Plan.

4. Disney+

If you have kids at home or really love children’s movies, Star Wars, and/or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you need to have access to Disney’s full library. Besides, the studio is releasing new movies and shows exclusively there!

Trial period: 7 days.

Pricing: $6.99/mo

Special deals: Those with Verizon’s Wireless Unlimited or 5G Home Internet plans can get free Disney+ for one year.

5. HBO Now

With fantastic shows of the past 20 years (like Game of Thrones, or The Sopranos), HBO Now has one of the best offerings.

Trial period: 7 days.

Pricing: $14.99/mo

6. The Criterion Channel

If you’re a fan of great cinema, The Criterion Channel is the best place to find classics, foreign movies, and exciting arthouse films.

Trial period: 14 days.

Pricing: $10.99 a month, or $99.99 a year

7. Mubi

Another excellent service for movie fans, Mubi is a service of curated movies. They play 30 films each month (one per day), with examples of excellent cinema from all over the world.

Trial period: 30 days.

Pricing: $10.99/mo.