For a really long time here in Canada, Netflix was essentially the only option people had when it came to streaming. Over the past few years, things have changed a bit, and more competition has been pushing boundaries in the streaming world. The launch of Crave has allowed Canadians to stream their HBO favourites like Game of Thrones, and Hayu has given those of us who love drama a chance to binge-watch shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In 2019, the competition has gotten even steeper with the launch of Apple TV+ and the coming Disney+, leaving people to wonder exactly which services they should continue to pay for. Which streaming service is best? We weighed the pros and cons so you don't have to.
Obviously, pretty much every streaming service on this list has reasons why you should subscribe to it. They all appeal to audiences in very unique ways (some more than others), making it worth the extra funds every month. If you're hoping to keep your costs at a minimum though, consider this the ultimate guide to help you determine whether you should axe Netflix and take a chance on Disney+, or stick it out with your current subscriptions.
Monthly Price: $8.99 - $15.99/month, depending on your chosen plan
Best Offerings: Original content such as Stranger Things, Money Heist, and Orange Is the New Black, as well as third-party shows like The Good Place and Friends.
If you're the kind of person who already watched a lot of Netflix, and really enjoys most of their original content, this one is worth sticking out. However, if you already have contemplated cancelling your account in the past, you should probably try out some of the other services and see if they're a better fit.
Monthly Price: $5.99/month
Best Offerings: Pretty much any reality drama you could dream of, such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives franchise.
If you've ever wanted to watch every season of KUWTK or Bad Girls Club, we highly recommend spending the $6 a month on Hayu. If you're not into reality TV, definitely skip it in favour of other options.
Monthly Price: starts at $8.99/month
Best Offerings: Original content such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Man in the High Castle, as well as classic favourites like Parks & Recreation and House.
Although the original content on Amazon Prime Video doesn't seem to be as popular as Netflix's, it does offer access to third party shows like Two and a Half Men and Parks & Rec, so if that's your thing, you could definitely ditch Netflix in favour of this slightly more affordable option.
Monthly Price: $20/month
Best Offerings: Basically all the sports content one could dream of, including live games from all over the world.
This one is pretty simple - if you're a sports fanatic who's looking to forego their cable subscription, DAZN is the perfect option for you. If sports are of no interest to you, skip it.
Monthly Price: Starts at $6.99/month
Best Offerings: Every movie from the Disney vault, original reboots of your favourite childhood shows, every season of The Simpsons and more.
Ultimately, Disney+ has the power to appeal to everyone. Not only can you watch all your favourite classic Disney films, but you can also access the Marvel Universe, and cult classic cartoons like The Simpsons. Definitely try it out, but make sure you're actually using it if you're paying.
Monthly Price: $5.99/month
Best Offerings: Original content such as The Morning Show, several Oprah documentaries, with even more being announced daily.
Apple TV+ seems to be one of those things that people are getting simply because it's so affordable. The original content being put out has received good reviews so far, and you can actually get the service for free if you've purchased a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac since September 30.
Monthly Price: Starts at $9.99/month
Best Offerings: Hit shows like Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale as well as classic favourites like Seinfeld.
Much like Amazon Prime Video, Crave may be a good option to consider if you've been thinking about cancelling Netflix. The service gives you access to a wide variety of shows that a lot of people love, as well as HBO favourites like Game of Thrones.