Greatest Streaming Service of 2022: Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus and Extra


The streaming TV setting has advanced to the place you’ll be able to watch reveals, motion pictures and even reside sports activities with the press of a button. The largest barrier is the price of every subscription, but it surely’s easy to stream no matter you need on a platform like Netflix, Disney Plus or HBO Max or a distinct segment streaming service for youngsters, anime, or actuality TV

Extra selections include extra modifications. Disney simply introduced an ad-supported model of Disney Plus, for instance, and can elevate costs on its different plans by $3 a month in December. In the meantime Netflix with adverts is coming quickly too.

Your streaming subscription funds is probably going altering on a regular basis too, relying on which companies are price your money and time. Your selections possible rely on which authentic reveals and flicks you need, how vital a again catalog of older streaming TV reveals is to you, whether or not you could contemplate youngsters, roommates or sports activities followers — and your funds. A few of these companies supply cheaper choices (like Peacock’s free tier), whereas others come primarily free as a part of a bundle (like ESPN Plus within the Disney Bundle). With current worth hikes, choices corresponding to Prime Video and Starz could also be price a re-assessment. 

We have reviewed every of those streaming companies individually, and assigned numeric rankings based mostly on content material, app design and options and general worth. Actually, some private preferences relating to content material combine affect our choices, so be aware that for those who love a selected present or type of present, you could have a distinct favourite.

With that in thoughts, here is the listing, ranked so as beginning with the most effective streaming companies first and CNET’s Editors’ Selection picks.

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There is a motive why Netflix has change into shorthand for streaming typically. The veteran service advanced into the top-tier streaming service that is essential in 2022. When huge originals like Stranger Issues drop, they seize the eye of hundreds of thousands of viewers together with crucial reward and awards, giving us the closest factor to watercooler conversations we’ve got these days. 

Whereas Netflix has misplaced a few main back-catalog titles to different platforms — particularly TV collection favorites The Workplace to Peacock and Associates to HBO Max — the streamer nonetheless affords all kinds of acquainted community reveals and extra authentic collection, movies, documentaries and specials than any of its opponents. New reveals and flicks arrive every week, and 70 new authentic motion pictures arrived on the Netflix platform in 2021 alone. And the corporate would not thoughts catering to totally different tastes with gaming choices and classes for teenagers, anime and international language titles from all around the globe. 

Beginning at $10 a month for primary, its worth is in the course of the TV service pack, and its normal plan bumped as much as $15.50 monthly, which incorporates HD and two simultaneous streams. Netflix has plans to supply ad-supported subscriptions for members who wish to pay much less. However for the range you get (and no commercials ever), it is nonetheless a prime decide.


  • Easy interface that is straightforward to navigate
  • Stable advice system
  • Ample catalog of licensed motion pictures, reveals and originals together with Stranger Issues, The Umbrella Academy and Cobra Kai.

Do not like:

  • Costly subscription plans

Learn our Netflix assessment.


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Disney Plus is one in every of Netflix’s closest opponents — for good motive. It is the one place the place you’ll be able to stream the overwhelming majority of the Disney and Pixar libraries, together with each Star Wars film, Marvel movies and new authentic TV reveals, Nationwide Geographic content material and 30-plus seasons of The Simpsons. Whereas The Mandalorian was its first breakout collection, its slate of Marvel reveals, together with Loki and She-Hulk, have since drawn hundreds of thousands of viewers. Options corresponding to Turning Pink and Encanto gained rave critiques. Plus, there’s heaps extra Star Wars and Marvel authentic programming coming within the subsequent few years. 

On the present worth of $8 a month, Disney Plus remains to be one of many least costly ad-free streaming TV selections and an ideal worth. We contemplate it essential if in case you have youngsters or are a fan of any of its different titles (and who is not a fan of Child Yoda?). 

On Dec. 8 the worth for the ad-free model will leap $3, to $11 a month, and Disney will roll out the ad-supported model of Disney Plus for $8 monthly. On the similar time it would add further bundles, the most affordable of which is a brand new $10-a-month plan that mixes Disney Plus and Hulu, each with adverts.


  • Enormous library that features Thor: Love and Thunder, Obi-Wan Kenobi, She-Hulk and Luca 
  • Advert-free with cheap month-to-month worth (for now)
  • Adjustable content material ranking system

Do not like:

  • Prolonged waits for brand new or authentic releases

Learn our Disney Plus assessment.


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HBO Max is a well-designed app stuffed with well-liked TV reveals and flicks. It has HBO’s whole library, DC Universe titles, together with favorites corresponding to Associates, Rick and Morty, the Lord of the Rings motion pictures and nearly each Studio Ghibli movie. And it is the first vacation spot for brand new Warner Brothers-owned characteristic movies. It is not Disney Plus, however HBO Max has a stable streaming assortment for teenagers too, with the flexibility to regulate rankings on youngsters’ profiles higher than most different companies. 

At $10 a month, it sits subsequent to Netflix on the increased finish of the streaming spectrum, and for those who choose the ad-free expertise, the fee jumps as much as $15 monthly. On the whole, HBO Max is ramping up its new originals, and we count on that to extend over time. Although its 8.0 ranking is neck-and-neck with Prime Video, HBO Max constantly drops new releases, possesses a big again catalog and affords clean, user-friendly options.


  • Slick interface
  • A great deal of content material for all audiences. Reveals and flicks embrace The Batman, Euphoria, Hacks, Teen Titans, Succession and Home of the Dragon
  • Dependable, customizable parental controls

Do not like:

Pricier subscriptions, even with adverts

Learn our HBO Max assessment.


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For $7 a month (with adverts), Hulu is an ideal complement and counterpoint to Netflix. Its channel lineup has an enormous number of acquainted reveals from networks like ABC, Fox and CBS that you could watch quickly after they air (in contrast to on Netflix), in addition to a rising catalog of its personal critically acclaimed authentic collection like The Handmaid’s Story and Solely Murders within the Constructing. You probably have $7 a month to spare and do not thoughts buying and selling just a few adverts for a wealth of TV choices, Hulu is a no brainer. You have additionally bought the choice to improve to a no-ads plan for $13 a month, or add on reside TV streaming for $70 a month for a full cable alternative.

On Oct. 10 the worth for Hulu with adverts will enhance $1, to $8 a month, and the ad-free model will enhance $1, to $15 a month. 


  • Low month-to-month worth
  • Entry to community reveals and originals together with Abbott Elementary, The Handmaid’s Story, Solely Murders within the Constructing, The Kardashians, Love Island
  • New episodes out there nearly instantly
  • Choice to get the Disney Bundle

Do not like:

  • Smaller catalog of originals than its rivals
  • Menus are generally onerous to navigate

Learn our Hulu assessment.


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Amazon’s Prime Video options a number of ad-free, high quality authentic reveals and flicks, a formidable again catalog of older favorites (and B-movies you have not heard of) and NFL on Thursday nights. And for those who’re a New York Yankees fan, you’ll be able to even stream reside MLB video games for the 2022 season. 

It lacks the catalogs of Netflix and Hulu, and the star energy of Disney’s streaming platform, and I discovered its menus extra complicated since there’s some paid content material combined in with free content material. Prime Video’s new redesign goals to chop down on that confusion with clearer labeling and menu updates for its world buyer base. For hundreds of thousands of Prime subscribers, the Prime Video channel is already included at no additional value. In the event you’re enthusiastic about trying out any of its originals like The Rings of Energy or its giant film choice, it might even be price paying the stand-alone $9 a month TV service price (if you do not have Amazon Prime).


  • Included in with Prime membership
  • Massive choice of motion pictures and TV reveals together with The Boys, The Rings of Energy, Hunters and Reacher
  • Offline downloads

Do not like:

  • Complicated search course of and menus
  • Free and paid content material stacked collectively

Learn our Amazon Prime Video assessment.


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Priced beneath Netflix at $9 a month, Starz supplies a novel however increasing library of movies and authentic reveals. With greater than 800 motion pictures in its financial institution that vary from ’80s classics to Westerns to the most popular new Sony releases like Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling, the streamer homes each style in its catalog. However Starz has been inching its means into the status TV market with a top quality lineup of authentic programming.

It is best recognized for the Energy universe, Outlander and The White Queen, and the community stands aside by selling variety and illustration in its originals, elevating the voices of girls and other people of colour. As a Lionsgate-owned firm, Starz additionally airs the studio’s motion pictures and reveals — like John Wick and Noticed. Whilst you cannot stream characteristic movies as day-and-date releases, Starz just lately inked a cope with Common to broadcast its 2022 and past lineup. That features flicks corresponding to Jurassic World Dominion, Halloween Ends, Minions: The Rise of Gru and Oppenheimer. For $9 a month, the Starz app offers you limitless downloads, early entry to new TV present episodes, and 4 simultaneous streams, all with no adverts disrupting your viewing expertise. Whether or not you wish to stream blockbuster motion pictures, documentaries, authentic collection, or one thing for teenagers, Starz is price the fee.


  • High quality TV reveals together with P-Valley, Energy Guide III: Elevating Kanan, The Serpent Queen and Shining Vale; motion pictures embrace Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling and Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • New episodes drop early on the app
  • Limitless downloads

Do not like:

  • Playback points on some telephones

Learn our Starz assessment.


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ESPN Plus is a good streaming service for the tried-and-true sports activities followers, particularly those that observe the NHL, MLS and UFC. It’s because ESPN Plus is the brand new residence of all out-of-market Nationwide Hockey League video games, whereas additionally providing out-of-market MLS soccer matches, together with these from different soccer leagues all over the world. It hosts unique UFC matches and pay-per-view occasions, corresponding to UFC Struggle Night time and championship bouts (for extra charges).

Hockey and MLS followers who root for groups that are not based mostly the place they at present reside want ESPN’s streaming service to look at their workforce’s motion. The service will not be of a lot use, nonetheless, to followers of the house groups. Native video games are blacked out on ESPN Plus so you may want entry to your regional sports activities community by way of cable or a reside TV streaming service with a view to watch them. However there’s excellent news for golf followers: ESPN Plus will livestream the PGA Tour in 2022 with greater than 4,000 hours of unique footage. PGA Tour Stay will present protection for greater than 30 occasions from January by way of the autumn. 

ESPN Plus would not present reside NFL or NBA video games, nonetheless, and whereas its huge library of authentic programming is spectacular, it is tough to navigate. Whereas the yr service is finest fitted to die-hard followers of the sports activities it covers properly, extra informal followers would possibly discover themselves with an ESPN Plus subscription anyway by way of the Disney Bundle, which additionally contains Hulu and Disney Plus for $14 whole. 

On Aug. 23 the worth for standalone ESPN Plus elevated to $10 a month, though the worth of the Disney Bundle will stay the identical till December. At that time the least-expensive model of the Disney Bundle with ESPN Plus will embrace Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus with adverts for $13 a month.


  • ESPN originals
  • A lot to look at for NHL, UFC and MLS followers

Do not like:

  • Lacking reside broadcasts for NFL and NBA

Learn our ESPN Plus assessment.


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NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock has one main benefit over its friends: It has a free, ad-supported tier with about 13,000 hours of reveals, motion pictures, information and reside sports activities. You may improve to premium for $5 a month (with adverts) or premium plus for $10 a month (with no adverts) to unlock extra content material, together with each season of fan favorites just like the TV collection The Workplace and Parks and Recreation, in addition to reside Premier League soccer matches and WWE occasions. As a result of NBC ended its cope with Hulu, new episodes of its reveals will stream completely on Peacock, starting this fall. Different additions for 2022 embrace new film premieres 45 days after their theatrical releases.

Peacock drops within the rankings on account of its lack of cellular downloads for its non-premium plus tiers and 4K HDR streaming, which most of its opponents supply. But it surely would not harm to check out the free model — all you could join is an e-mail deal with.


  • Free tier
  • Stream Yellowstone, The Voice, Chicago Fireplace, reside sports activities, The Actual Housewives franchise or originals like Bel-Air
  • Stay broadcasts of NFL’s Sunday Night time Soccer
  • Respectable choice of motion pictures 

Do not like:

  • No offline downloads for cellular
  • Paywall prevents entry full seasons
  • Peacock Premium has adverts, not the most effective worth

Learn our Peacock assessment.


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Paramount Plus brings collectively reside information and sports activities with on-demand reveals and flicks, together with originals, leaning on mum or dad firm Paramount’s manufacturers like CBS, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Paramount Community, plus its Paramount Footage film studio. 

The service has a ton of content material: 30,000 episodes of TV and a pair of,500 motion pictures, plus dozens of authentic collection arriving this yr, for both $5 a month (with adverts) or $10 a month (ad-free). Two of its greatest attracts from its CBS All Entry days embrace the Star Trek catalog and new originals like Star Trek: Discovery and Picard, and the collection The Good Struggle. Buzz-worthy originals embrace two Yellowstone spinoffs (although Yellowstone itself is on rival Peacock), a Star Trek animated present, a collection based mostly on Halo, and new motion pictures like Mission: Unimaginable 7 arriving 45 days after theaters. However proper now, its important worth lies in nostalgia: You may watch nearly each outdated Nickelodeon present, Comedy Central stand-up specials and well-liked collection starting from Frasier and Cheers to SpongeBob SquarePants and Younger Sheldon. Moreover, Paramount Plus launched a Stay Channels characteristic which permits subscribers to look at curated content material in particular classes. Try channels for Star Trek, CBS Sports activities HQ, Paw Patrol, and extra with both subscription plan. 

At present, new subscribers can obtain a seven-day free trial.


  • Massive choice of actuality reveals together with RuPaul’s Drag Race, youngsters’ content material from Nickelodeon, and entry to CBS hits NCIS, Younger Sheldon
  • Streams main motion pictures corresponding to Scream 5 and High Gun: Maverick quickly after launch
  • Stay NFL video games
  • Cheap month-to-month worth

Do not like:

  • Few originals outdoors of Evil, Yellowstone: 1883, Halo and Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds
  • Not a lot 4K HDR content material

Learn our Paramount Plus assessment.


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At $5 a month, Apple TV Plus is the lowest-priced premium, ad-free streaming service out there, with high-end options like 4K decision, HDR and cellular downloads. Nonetheless, it is also the one service on this listing that features solely authentic content material, and no again catalog of reveals or motion pictures to discover. Whereas it now has greater than 50 unique, big-budget authentic programming reveals and flicks, just a few have captured widespread consideration, corresponding to Ted Lasso and Severance, whereas CODA gained Greatest Image amongst different Oscars. Although the service is branching out with additions like reside MLB baseball on Fridays, its library is much smaller than any of the others on this listing. 

The app can be complicated as a result of it is housed within the bigger Apple TV app with different content material. Nonetheless, Apple TV Plus has one huge benefit: There are a number of methods to get it without cost, at the least for some time. In the event you’re a degree-seeking school scholar, a brand new purchaser of an Apple gadget, or somebody who subscribes to the Apple One bundle, you’ll be able to snag a long-term free trial of Apple TV Plus.


  • Ted Lasso, and status reveals corresponding to Pachinko, Basis, The Morning Present, Severance
  • No adverts
  • All originals stream with 4K, HDR, Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Atmos
  • Low-cost month-to-month price

Do not like:

  • Small choice of titles
  • Lack of older content material
  • No Android help

Learn our Apple TV Plus assessment.


How we take a look at streaming companies

Likelihood is you are already fairly conversant in a lot of the names on this listing, but it surely’s under no circumstances complete. There are many different methods to stream, and lots of of different selections on the market. As we evaluated these specific streaming choices, we stored sure issues in thoughts. 

This listing is ordered based mostly on the numerical worth I assigned to every streaming service of their particular person assessment, which I decided by design (i.e. ease of use throughout totally different TV and cellular platforms), options (like 4K HDR, cellular downloads, suggestions, watch lists and variety of streams), content material (variety of reveals and high quality of originals and again catalogs) and worth (worth in comparison with these different elements). Click on by way of to the total critiques for extra particulars.

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In the end, you’ll be able to select any streaming service you need based mostly on worth, content material and who watches what in your family. However for those who’re trying to pare down prices, choose without cost platforms or ones that supply essentially the most worth for $10 or much less. CNET affords recommendations on trim your streaming funds, and we sustain with the most recent streaming service offers and reductions. You may at all times have a number of subscriptions and cancel a service at any time when content material feels dry. 

What about reside TV streaming and area of interest companies?

This listing contains main on-demand streaming companies solely. It doesn’t embrace reside TV streaming companies for cord-cutters (assume Sling TV, YouTube TV, which supply reside channels meant to exchange cable), free streaming companies like Tubi or Crackle or smaller, area of interest companies like Crunchyroll or PBS Youngsters or regional sports activities networks. You may take a look at our different finest lists for streaming companies that cater to anime, youngsters and extra. 

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