The best streaming services you can sign up for in 2021

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The best streaming services include on-demand, live TV, and channel-specific apps.

  • Streaming services provide an alternative to cable TV, offering movies and shows online for a fee.
  • There are three main streaming service categories: on-demand, live TV, and channel-specific.
  • Which streaming service is best for your needs will largely depend on your budget and taste in shows.

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Viewers now have more places to watch their favorite movie and shows than ever. Choosing the right streaming service for your home entertainment setup will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, which exclusive programs you like the most, how many screens you want to watch on, and more.

Netflix and Hulu have grown from startups to industry juggernauts, while major studios have entered the market with services like Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock, and Paramount Plus.

To help you decide what to sign up for, we rounded up the best streaming services of 2021. Our picks primarily focus on on-demand platforms like Netflix and Hulu, but we also included separate sections for live TV and specialty streaming channels.

Here are the best streaming services:


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With its exclusive shows and incredible 4K quality, Netflix continues to set the streaming standard for the competition.

Pros: Fantastic library of originals, industry-leading video quality, impressive app support, special interface for kids, no commercials

Cons: Slightly more expensive than the competition, movie selection pales in comparison to newer services

Netflix has spent the last few years producing a growing collection of original programming, including exclusive movies, ongoing TV series, documentaries, and comedy specials. Netflix Originals keep subscribers invested when their favorite classic show or movie leaves the platform for another service. 

The success of Netflix exclusives, like “Bridgerton,” “Stranger Things,” “The Witcher,” and “Tiger King,” has helped the service justify its slightly higher price, and encouraged streaming competitors to prioritize creating their own original titles to generate more value. 

Netflix also has a large library of children’s series and a separate interface designed to let kids choose their own shows without running into adult programming, making it a good choice for families in need of all-ages entertainment.

When it comes to app support, Netflix is available on virtually any streaming device you can think of, including computers, smartphones, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, smart TVs, and more. It also offers support for all of the latest video and audio formats, including 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos — though it does charge extra for those features.

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Thanks to a mix of content and various plans, Hulu remains one of the most affordable streaming options with unmatched choice.

Pros: On-demand library with live TV option, can subscribe to “channels” like HBO, discounted bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+

Cons: Harder to share due to two-device limit on Basic plan, Basic plan includes commercials

Hulu offers two main packages that provide on-demand streaming, including a Basic option with commercials and a Premium plan without commercials. The service also offers upgrade packages that add live TV channels.

Hulu arguably boasts the most impressive TV show library of any on-demand streaming service, with a wider range of new and classic shows than Netflix or Amazon. This includes next-day streaming access to select broadcast series on networks like ABC, FX, and Fox. Hulu also offers a solid selection of original shows, like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but its slate of exclusives isn’t quite as notable as some of its competitors.

Though Hulu does offer 4K and HDR streaming on select devices, its 4K lineup is limited compared to Netflix, Amazon, and Disney Plus. 

Hulu allows only two devices to stream at the same time, but you can remove that limit with Hulu + Live TV subscription and the $10 add-on for unlimited screens. Hulu also lets subscribers add other channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz for an extra monthly price. 

You can even bundle Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for a 30% discount on the monthly price of all three. Subscribers should be aware, however, that Hulu will be raising the price of its Basic and Premium plans by $1 starting October 8.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Amazon Prime Video is a capable, competitive streaming service that’s more than just a Prime membership perk.

Pros: Included with Amazon Prime, offers extra movie rental and purchase options, lots of international titles, can add streaming channels, 4K HDR support is included in base plan

Cons: The Prime Video library is less impressive than the competition

More than 110 million Amazon Prime members help make Prime Video the second largest on-demand service in terms of subscribers, even if they’re not all streaming video on a regular basis. 

Prime Video features a mix of movies and shows that are provided for free with membership, including original titles like “The Boys” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” You can also rent or buy just about any film that’s available on home video for your personal collection and watch with the Prime Video app whenever you like. This is a feature that most subscription streaming apps don’t offer.

Prime Video has launched several award-winning original shows since 2013 and has successfully imported dozens of series from the BBC, as well as Hindi language films from India. The platform offers up to 4K streaming with support for HDR10+ playback on select titles. And, unlike Netflix, it doesn’t charge extra to get the best video and audio quality.

Though Prime Video is included with a Prime Membership, you can subscribe to the service on its own for $9 a month if you prefer. You can also sign up for add-on channels to other services, like Showtime, AMC Plus, and even Paramount Plus.

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Disney Plus

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Disney Plus is the top streaming choice for families and fans of blockbuster franchises like Marvel and ‘Star Wars.’

Pros: Disney’s vault of classic movies and shows, 4K HDR, blockbuster Marvel and “Star Wars” titles

Cons: Lack of mature content limits the platform’s potential, library of original shows is still small compared to the competition

Disney Plus is the fastest growing streaming service on the market, having amassed more than 100 million subscribers since its launch in November 2019. The platform is the sole subscription streaming home of Disney’s classic animated films, as well as franchises like “Star Wars” and “The Simpsons.”

With that in mind, the main draw of the service is its wide catalog of existing Disney, “Star Wars,” Marvel, and Pixar movies and shows. There are some original films and series as well, but the lineup remains small compared to Netflix and Amazon. 

It’s also important to note that Disney Plus is designed to be family-oriented, so even Disney’s hit exclusive shows, like “The Mandalorian” and “Loki,” are rated for teen viewers. Movies are also limited to PG-13 so you won’t find any R-rated content here.

That said, at $8 a month with no commercials, Disney Plus might offer the best combination of titles, streaming quality, and value. With an endless supply of family-friendly entertainment, Disney Plus is a popular choice for parents, but adults who didn’t grow up on Disney or “Star Wars” may want to find a second streaming service to fill their palette with more mature shows.

On that note, you can bundle Disney Plus with Hulu and ESPN+ for $14 a month. The bundle saves you about $7 a month compared to signing up for each service separately. 

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HBO Max is a premium service for fans of prestige television, iconic films, and the latest movie releases.

Pros: Prestige shows and films, day-and-date streaming for Warner Bros. theatrical releases, collections from Adult Swim, TCM, Sesame Street, and more

Cons: More expensive than most competitors, only a few 4K titles so far

HBO Max combines critically acclaimed shows and movies from HBO’s cable network with new originals, additional WarnerMedia films, classic shows like “Friends,” and collections from channels like Adult Swim, TCM, DC Universe, and the anime streaming service Crunchyroll.

Like the cable channel, HBO Max prides itself on having some of the best movies recently released on home video. HBO exclusive shows, like “Lovecraft Country,” “Succession” and “Watchmen,” continue to define prestige television and HBO Max is the best way to catch up on past hits like “The Wire” and “Game of Thrones.”

New episodes of “Sesame Street” are the highlight of HBO Max’s family offerings; there’s not a ton of educational content for young children, but there’s enough to satisfy kids for a few hours on an indoor afternoon.

Perhaps best of all, HBO Max is home to brand-new Warner Bros. movies the same day they premiere in theaters. “Wonder Woman 1984” was the first titled released like this, and the upcoming lineup includes “The Matrix 4,” “Dune,” and more. 

For now, the biggest drawbacks of HBO Max are technology related. Outside of the new Warner releases, HBO Max doesn’t offer much support for 4K or HDR yet, limiting the quality of some movies and shows. For example, “Game of Thrones” is available in 4K on Blu-ray, but HBO Max streams are limited to 1080p.

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Paramount Plus

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Paramount Plus is a fantastic destination for classic cable TV shows, with potential for even more value in the future.

Pros: Huge library of classic TV shows, live CBS with Premium plan, new Paramount films 45 days after theater release

Cons: Less exclusive content than the competition

Paramount Plus is a new on-demand streaming service from ViacomCBS, replacing CBS All Access. The platform gives viewers access to the live CBS TV channel (Premium Plan only), along with a large collection of TV shows and movies. 

In addition to CBS series, Paramount Plus draws programming from Viacom cable channels like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. Paramount Plus is also home to exclusive content like a reboot of “iCarly” and several “Star Trek” shows.

The streaming service hosts newly released Paramount movies as soon as 45 days after they hit theaters. “A Quiet Place Part II” was the first film to get an early release on the service. “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run” was a launch title for Paramount Plus, and “Mission Impossible 7” is due out next year.

Sports fans can also tune into local NFL games broadcast on CBS, as well as UEFA matches and March Madness matchups when each season is in session. 

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With free and premium streaming options, Peacock is a convenient source for hit TV shows and movie nostalgia.

Pros: Free to watch many shows and movies, live news and sporting events

Cons: Premium plan doesn’t offer many exclusives, movie library lacks newer releases, no 4K or HDR support

Peacock is the free-to-watch streaming home for NBCUniversal shows like “30 Rock,” “Cheers,” and “The Office,” as well as some new original titles. The service also offers a rotating slate of hit movies. Though few of the choices are less than 10-years old, Peacock has dozens of memorable films.

Peacock’s base plan is free but it offers a limited library and it’s ad-supported. If you want access to all of the platform’s content you can pay $5 a month, but this plan still features commercials. To unlock everything with ad-free access, you need to pay $10 a month for the Peacock Premium Plus plan.

Starting in 2022, the service will stream brand-new Universal movies within four months of their theatrical releases. Select movies also debut on Peacock at the same time they premiere in theaters, like “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “Halloween Kills.”

Peacock has some live news and sports broadcasts as well. In April, the service became the exclusive streaming home of WWE Network, and it streamed highlights from the 2021 Olympics.

Peacock doesn’t stream in 4K resolution, though given the platform’s emphasis on television and older films, the 1080p limit isn’t a huge drawback.

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Apple TV Plus

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Apple TV Plus has a limited lineup, but its cheap price makes it a solid option for fans of its exclusive shows.

Pros: Affordable price, exclusive shows, movie rental and purchase options, can add streaming channels, 4K HDR support

Cons: The lineup of movies and shows is small compared to other services

Apple TV Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services you can subscribe to. The platform costs just $5 a month for ad-free access to its entire lineup of on-demand movies and shows.

While that’s an attractive price, the Apple TV Plus library is relatively small compared to competing platforms like Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu. Most notably, the service lacks a large back catalog of movies and shows from other networks and studios. That said, there are some standout exclusive series like “Ted Lasso,” “The Morning Show,” and the docuseries “The Me You Can’t See.” 

Like Prime Video, Apple TV Plus also lets you access a huge library of additional movies and shows that you can pay to rent or purchase. Though it would be great to have more programs included as part of your subscription, being able to order more titles within the Apple TV Plus app is convenient. You can also add extra channels to your subscription, like Showtime, for an extra fee.

If you’re someone who plans to use other Apple services, you should also consider the Apple One bundle. The base package includes Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for $15 a month.  

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The best live TV streaming services


Live TV streaming services are marketed as a cheaper alternative to cable or satellite, offering tighter channel packages for potential “cord cutters.” However, prices have gone up in this space, reducing the cost benefit that streaming has over traditional TV.

That said, in many cases you can still save with certain services, but choosing the right package is essential for getting the most out of these platforms, so you’ll want to figure out which TV stations are your must-haves before you choose a provider.

If you plan to use a live TV streaming service to replace cable on multiple TVs in your home, be prepared to pay a bit extra so you can stream simultaneously on separate devices. Also, keep in mind that these TV services have the same commercials and general experience as cable even though they’re broadcast online.

Streaming quality can vary from channel to channel, but they all typically maintain 720p or 1080p resolution. Again, you’ll want to check the specific channel packages and other perks offered by each service to figure out which is best for you.

Here’s a rundown of the leading live TV services available now:

Sling TVSling TV offers two different packages, Sling Blue and Sling Orange, for $35 a month each, or for $50 a month bundled together.

Sling Blue offers streaming on up to three devices and more channels, including MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and the NFL Network. Sling Orange offers Disney channel and the ESPN family of channels, but only allows one streaming device at a time. You can find a full breakdown of Sling channels here.

Getting the bundle makes the most sense, since you’ll get the full set of channels and features for $15 extra. It’s worth noting that Sling viewers can’t access their local ABC or CBS affiliates, so if you want those channels, you should look to another service or an antenna.

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Hulu + Live TVHulu’s Live TV plan costs $65 a month for access to around 75 channels. You need to pay for an upgrade to stream on more than two devices at the same time, however, and it also costs extra if you want more than 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. On the plus side, Hulu + Live TV includes Hulu’s on-demand service, so you get a bit more value there.

The base bundle includes all the major local networks in most markets, the ESPN family of channels, Fox and NBC Sports channels, and SEC Network. However, the service lacks access to the NFL Network, NBA TV, and the MLB Network, all of which are standard for YouTube TV. 

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Fubo TVFuboTV starts at $65 a month for over 100 channels, 250 hours of cloud DVR space, and streaming on up to three devices. Unlike most of its competitors, Fubo charges extra for sports channels like the SEC Network, NBA TV, and the MLB Network. Local channels are included at no additional cost.

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YouTube TVYouTube TV costs $65 a month for more than 85 channels with unlimited cloud DVR storage and streaming on up to three devices at once. YouTubeTV includes more sports channels in its base package than its competitors, including ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, the NFL Network, NBA TV, and the MLB Network.

YouTubeTV is also the only live TV streaming service currently offering PBS alongside local affiliate networks from CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC.

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DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV)Starting at $70 a month for a no-contract plan, DirecTV TV provides more pricing and package options than most live TV streaming competitors — the service offers nearly every channel, but like standard cable, it can be hard to get all the channels you want in a cheap bundle.

Because DirecTV Stream comes from AT&T, which is HBO Max’s parent company, most of the packages also include an HBO Max subscription, which would cost $15 a month separately.

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Philo TV Philo TV is the most affordable option at $25 a month for 60+ channels. Unfortunately, Philo viewers don’t have access to their local affiliate networks, and the service doesn’t offer many upgrade options for watching sports or cable news. It does offer popular channels like Comedy Central, MTV, and AMC, though, so there’s still plenty to watch.

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The best streaming channels

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Some streaming services act as an online portal for access to a specific channel. If you want to watch Showtime, for instance, but don’t want to subscribe through a cable provider, you can simply sign up for the network’s standalone streaming option. Some of these channel-specific platforms also include exclusive content you can’t find anywhere else.

In many cases, these types of streaming channels can also be added to existing platforms, like Hulu and Prime Video, while others are exclusive to certain devices and services. Be sure to check if the channel you want is available on your device before signing up.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the best streaming channel services you can subscribe to now:

Showtime – Showtime offers a lineup of critically acclaimed original shows and blockbuster movies from the premium cable channel. Some of Showtime’s most popular hits are “Billions,” “Shameless,” and “Homeland.” You can stream Showtime directly from the official website or app for $11 a month, or sign up through Prime Video or Hulu.

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Starz – Like Showtime and HBO, Starz offers on-demand streaming of its original shows and a rotating catalog of movies. Notably, Starz is the exclusive premium network home for Sony films like “Spider-Man” and “Jumanji.” The service costs $9 a month, though new subscribers can get their first three months for $3 a month.

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ESPN+ – ESPN’s service is another example of a channel-specific streaming platform, offering live broadcasts of sporting events that aren’t normally aired on cable and exclusive access to niche coverage of sports like UFC and “League of Legends.” With that said, ESPN+ does not actually provide live streaming access to the regular ESPN cable channel. The service costs $7 a month, and you can bundle it with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month.

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What we look for in on-demand streaming services

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On-demand subscription services, like Netflix, popularized streaming by providing a larger library of on-demand movies and shows than cable providers could offer, and at a cheaper price. Subscribers gain instant access to thousands of titles rather than paying more for dozens of channels or rental fees for new releases. Many streaming services have also launched their own exclusive programming that you can’t see anywhere else. 

Since the goal is entertainment, choosing the best on-demand streaming service for your needs will largely come down to your personal tastes. However, we can judge the different on-demand platforms based on a few common factors, like their library size, selection of critically acclaimed exclusives, video quality, app functionality, and price.

The best on-demand streaming services have set a standard for 4K video quality, with support for HDR color and contrast on compatible TVs. TV channels rarely broadcast in 4K, so we have lower expectations for live TV streaming services, which still use HD resolutions like 1080p or 720p.

Quality can still vary based on the movie or show being streamed, and you’ll need a strong, stable internet connection to stream consistently at 4K. Even if you don’t have a 4K TV, these services will still deliver the best possible quality for your setup.

We expect app support on iOS, Android, and most home entertainment devices, though the growing number of streaming services has led to slower releases on competitive platforms, like Amazon and Roku. The best on-demand services also give subscribers an option to save select movies for offline viewing while they travel, though an online check-in is still required occasionally.

When comparing catalogs, we try to consider the range of entertainment offered by each streaming service, how much the platform has invested in exclusive programming, and which age ranges are best suited to watch. While most streaming services will have a rotating list of movies, it’s important to pay attention to which series and franchises will remain platform exclusive, like “The Office,” “Star Wars,” and “Stranger Things.”

The best deals on streaming services

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Streaming services offer frequent promotions and discounts for new members and students. Special packages are also common, allowing you to bundle services together and save.

Check out some notable streaming deals you can take advantage of right now, below. We’ll update this list of deals with more discounts as they become available.

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‘Survivor’ returns with a new group of competitors on September 22 – here’s how to watch on CBS and Paramount Plus

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  • “Survivor” is back for a new season starting September 22.
  • Danny McCray, a former player for the Dallas Cowboys, is one of this season’s competitors.
  • You can watch new episodes as they air on CBS or with a Paramount Plus premium plan ($10/month).

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Season 41 of “Survivor” premieres on September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The castaways will be dropped off in Fiji and split into tribes for the competition. After weeks of forming alliances, dominating challenges, and living off the land, one person will be named the sole survivor.

The filming for season 41 of “Survivor” was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Survivor” typically strands competitors on an island location for 39 days, but reporting from Entertainment Weekly suggests this season will be limited to 26 days.

Danny McCray, a former football player for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears, is the most notable of this season’s competitors.

Where to watch ‘Survivor’ season 41

Season 41 of “Survivor” will premiere on CBS on September 22 at 8 p.m. ET. New episodes are broadcast weekly on Wednesdays.

If you don’t have cable, you can watch new episodes of “Survivor” as they air on CBS through Paramount Plus. To get live CBS access, you need the Paramount Plus premium plan for $10 a month. Subscribers to the cheaper essential plan ($5/month) can stream episodes on-demand, likely starting the day after the original broadcast.

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New members are eligible for a one-week, free trial of Paramount Plus. For on-demand access to “Survivor,” college students can claim 25% off the essential plan, bringing the monthly price below $4.

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In addition to Paramount Plus, viewers who do not have access to CBS from a cable provider can watch new episodes of “Survivor” through select live TV streaming services. YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and FuboTV all start at $65 a month and include access to local channels like CBS.

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Where to watch past seasons of ‘Survivor’

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Paramount Plus is the best streaming service for watching “Survivor.” The platform offers on-demand access to the current season and all of the previous 40 seasons.

Certain seasons of “Survivor” are also available to watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video, but Paramount Plus has the most comprehensive catalog of “Survivor” episodes.

What other reality TV shows can I watch on Paramount Plus?

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House guests from season 23 of “Big Brother.”

Between watching episodes of “Survivor,” fans of reality TV may enjoy streaming “Big Brother” on Paramount Plus. Every past season of “Big Brother” is available to watch on-demand. New episodes from season 23 can be streamed live by premium plan members or the next day for those with the essential plan.

“Ink Master,” “Love Island USA,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are other popular reality TV shows you can watch with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

For more streaming entertainment, take a look at Insider’s roundup of original shows and movies on Paramount Plus.

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Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers buy new movies like ‘Jungle Cruise’ while they’re still in theaters

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  • With Premier Access, Disney Plus members can pay $30 to unlock select movies while they’re in theaters.
  • Jungle Cruise” is the latest Premier Access title.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

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With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Jungle Cruise” is the latest Premier Access movie. “Black Widow” also debuted through Premier Access, but the movie is no longer available to buy on Disney Plus. It will be unlocked to all subscribers without an extra fee on October 6.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

That said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How do you get Premier Access on Disney Plus?

To get Premier Access, you first need to be a Disney Plus member. Once subscribed, you can follow these simple steps to purchase a Premier Access title:

  1. Log in to your Disney Plus account.
  2. Browse the Disney Plus library to find Premier Access titles like “Jungle Cruise.”
  3. After you select the film you want, click “Unlock Now” on the movie’s title page.
  4. Enter your credit card information to pay the $30 Premier Access fee.
  5. The Premier Access movie will now be available to stream on Disney Plus.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access window typically lasts around three months. After that period, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video.

What movies are on Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney has released five movies via Premier Access on Disney Plus. Three of those titles are now available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee.

Below is a full rundown of Premier Access titles released so far, along with details on when all members can watch them without paying extra.

Premier Access movie release dates

Premier Access release date When can all Disney Plus subscribers watch?
Mulan September 4, 2020 Now available to all subscribers
Raya and the Last Dragon March 5, 2021 Now available to all subscribers
Cruella May 28, 2021 Now available to all subscribers
Black Widow July 9, 2021 Available to all subscribers on October 6
Jungle Cruise July 30, 2021 Available to all subscribers on November 12

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney has not announced any new Premier Access titles. Instead, the studio has committed to debuting the rest of its 2021 lineup exclusively in theaters.

Upcoming Disney movies will play in theaters for a minimum of 45 days before hitting streaming services like Disney Plus. The one exception is “Encanto,” which will have a reduced 30-day window before arriving on Disney Plus.

Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though all Premier Access movies debut at home exclusively on Disney Plus, their exclusivity periods are only temporary. The movies typically become available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiere.

Will ‘Shang-Chi’ be available with Premier Access on Disney Plus?

Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” will not be released through Premier Access on Disney Plus. Instead, the movie debuted exclusively in theaters on September 3.

Shang-Chi” will be released on Disney Plus on November 12. All members will be able to watch the movie without any extra fees.

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‘F9,’ the latest movie in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, is now available to rent at home for just $6

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  • F9,” the ninth entry in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, is available to stream through VOD services.
  • Starring Vin Diesel, “F9” earned big numbers at the box office when it hit in theaters in June.
  • You can rent the movie at home for $6 on services like Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, and more.

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After an impressive debut in theaters, “F9: The Fast Saga” is now available to rent or buy through video-on-demand (VOD) services. The movie initially carried a $20 rental fee when it first hit home video in July but, as of September 21, it now costs just $6 to rent.

Directed by Justin Lin, “F9” is the ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” series. The action movie features Vin Diesel and John Cena as feuding brothers. “F9” delivers a constant rush of adrenaline with all the wild car chases and extreme stunts the franchise is known for.

“F9” also honors the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013. Walker played Brian O’Conner in the first seven “Fast & Furious” movies. For more details about how the film pays tribute to Walker, read Insider’s interview with director Justin Lin.

Where to watch ‘F9’ online

F9” is now available to watch at home through video-on-demand services. You can rent the movie for $6 or buy the movie for $20 from Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Microsoft Movies, and Apple TV. The film’s streaming debut occurred just one month after it premiered in theaters.

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When renting “F9” and other movies through VOD streaming services, you’re typically given a month to begin watching the film and two days to finish after pressing play.

If you choose to purchase the movie, you can watch “F9” as many times as you want with no time limit. Rental and purchase options range from standard definition (SD) to 4K UHD with high dynamic range (HDR), but the price remains the same no matter what quality you choose.

In addition to VOD services, “F9” is likely to arrive on HBO Max or Peacock later this year, but an official release date has not been announced. The movie is also available on Blu-ray ($25) and Ultra HD Blu-ray ($30).

Where can I watch other ‘Fast & Furious’ movies?

HBO Max is the best streaming service for watching movies from the “Fast & Furious” franchise online. A few of the “Fast & Furious” movies were free to stream with ad-supported Peacock, but the films are not currently part of the Peacock catalog.

The HBO Max catalog includes access to the first two installments:

  • “The Fast and the Furious” (2001)
  • “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)

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Additional movies from the “Fast & Furious” series are available to rent individually on VOD services like Prime Video and Vudu.

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Where to watch every 2021 Emmy-winning and nominated show – from ‘Ted Lasso’ to ‘The Crown’

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The 73rd annual Emmy Awards were broadcast on September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount Plus. With 24 nominations each, “The Crown” and “The Mandalorian” were the most nominated series at this year’s ceremony.

Whether you’re looking for a period drama like “Bridgerton,” a heartwarming comedy like “Ted Lasso,” or a superhero series like “WandaVision,” you can watch many of this year’s Emmy-nominated and winning shows through a subscription streaming service. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, and Apple TV Plus all have Emmy-nominated series that you can stream right now.

To help you catch up on the year’s biggest shows, we rounded up all the winners and nominees in the drama, comedy, and limited or anthology series categories, along with details on where you can stream every series. Winners for each category are designated in bold.

Outstanding drama series

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Competition was stiff for the outstanding drama category at this year’s Emmys, with audience-favorites like Netflix’s “Bridgerton” and Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” vying for the top spot. 

The award ultimately went to Netflix’s “The Crown,” which ended up taking home a total of 11 Emmys throughout the night.

Of the nominees, FX’s “Pose” received the highest percentage of positive reviews from critics on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The final season of “Pose” holds a “100% Certified Fresh” rating.

2021 Emmy nominees for drama series and where to stream them:

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*The first two seasons of “Pose” are available to stream on Netflix. The third season is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Outstanding comedy series

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Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso.

Netflix continued its streaming dominance with multiple shows nominated for outstanding comedy: season three of “Cobra Kai,” season three of “The Kominsky Method,” and season one of “Emily In Paris.”

That said, the Apple TV Plus series “Ted Lasso” took home the top prize, along with wins for other categories, including lead actor in a comedy series.

2021 Emmy nominees for comedy series and where to stream them:

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Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit” won the award for best outstanding limited or anthology series. The show took home a total of 11 Emmys during the ceremony.

Of the shows nominated, “WandaVision” from Disney Plus led the pack with a total of 23 nominations. 

Meanwhile, the HBO Max limited series “I May Destroy You” was one of the most critically acclaimed nominees. The show is created, written, and directed by Michaela Coel. The limited series received a “98% Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

2021 Emmy nominees for limited or anthology series and where to stream them:

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‘Cry Macho,’ the latest film from Clint Eastwood, is now available to stream on HBO Max while it’s in theaters

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Clint Eastwood in “Cry Macho.”

  • You can now watch Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • To watch the movie at home, you need an ad-free HBO Max subscription ($15/month).
  • “Cry Macho” will remain on HBO Max through October 17.

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Clint Eastwood is back with a new western that you can watch at home and in theaters. Directed by and starring Eastwood, “Cry Macho” will remain available to stream on HBO Max through October 17.

Mike Milo, an injured rodeo rider played by Eastwood, goes on a journey through rural Mexico to help his old boss find his son. Searching for a fresh start, Milo encounters more than he anticipated, including Macho the rooster. The movie is based on N. Richard Nash’s novel that was released in 1975.

According to Variety, Eastwood first considered directing and starring in a “Cry Macho” movie in 1988. Instead, he decided to star in the final “Dirty Harry” film, “The Dead Pool.” “Cry Macho” is Eastwood’s first movie to receive a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release.

Where to watch ‘Cry Macho’

“Cry Macho” is now available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max with an ad-free subscription. The Clint Eastwood movie will remain part of the HBO Max streaming catalog until October 17.

A subscription to HBO Max‘s ad-free plan costs $15 a month. As part of a limited-time deal, new and returning members can get 50% off their first six months, bringing the cost down to $7.49 a month. The promotion is available through September 26. Although the streaming service has a less expensive ad-supported plan for $10 a month, only the ad-free HBO Max plan gives you access to same-day theatrical releases.

If you’re a Hulu subscriber and have not previously tried HBO Max, you can claim a free one-week trial of the add-on service.

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You can watch HBO Max on your web browser or through the HBO Max app on smartphones, tablets, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and certain smart TVs, such as LG and Samsung. For a full list of compatible viewing options, visit the HBO Max website.

While you might be watching “Cry Macho” at home, you can still have a quality viewing experience with up to 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR on compatible streaming players and TVs.

What other Clint Eastwood movies can I watch on HBO Max?

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Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry.”

Viewers looking for more Clint Eastwood movies will find plenty of options to choose from in the HBO Max catalog. Subscribers can watch over 15 movies starring or directed by Eastwood.

You can stream these Clint Eastwood movies on HBO Max:

  • “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964)
  • “For a Few Dollars More” (1965)
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)
  • “Where Eagles Dare” (1968)
  • “Dirty Harry” (1971)
  • “Magnum Force” (1973)
  • “The Enforcer” (1976)
  • “Every Which Way but Loose” (1978)
  • “Sudden Impact” (1983)
  • “Pale Rider” (1985)
  • “The Dead Pool” (1988)
  • “Unforgiven” (1992)
  • “Mystic River” (2003)
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
  • “Changeling” (2008)
  • “Gran Torino” (2008)
  • “Jersey Boys” (2014)
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Apple TV Plus has a packed lineup set for fall – here’s a list of all the upcoming shows and movies

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  • Apple TV Plus showcased its fall slate of movies and shows at the iPhone 13 event on September 14.
  • Premieres include “The Problem with Jon Stewart” and movies starring Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali.
  • Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; new members get a free seven-day trial.

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Apple TV Plus has a stacked lineup ready for Fall 2021, building off the successful second season of “Ted Lasso,” which premiered on July 23. The service will celebrate its third anniversary this fall and welcomes a mix of new and returning content to its slate, from the second season of “The Morning Show” to feature-length films starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali.

Apple showed off a sizzle reel of its upcoming original programs during its iPhone 13 launch event on September 14. Apple TV Plus will offer more than 75 exclusive movies and shows by the end of 2021, and The Information reports that Apple plans to spend as much as $500 million marketing its original content this year.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the movies and shows premiering on Apple TV Plus through the end of 2021. That includes shows returning for subsequent seasons, like “The Morning Show” and “Dickinson.”

‘The Morning Show’ – September 17

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The Morning Show” debuted as one of Apple TV Plus’ top dramas, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starring as co-hosts of a fictional television news show. The two women work to defend their jobs and navigate a hostile industry. Billy Crudup returns in a supporting role that won him an Emmy in 2020, along with Steve Carell. The second season premiered on September 17, and you can stream new episodes every Friday.

‘Foundation’ – September 24

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“Foundation” is an adaptation of science fiction author Isaac Asimov’s influential book series about a galactic empire in decline. The story spans more than 1,000 years and explores the human factors that lead to the rise and fall of civilizations. David S. Goyer, writer of “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” serves as executive producer and showrunner. The first two episodes will debut on September 24.

‘The Problem with Jon Stewart’ – September 30

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Jon Stewart earned his fame as the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central for more than 15 years. His new Apple TV Plus show will see him taking on a different subject in current events during each hour-long episode, which include segments filmed in front of a live audience. The show premieres September 30 and will be accompanied by a podcast.

‘The Velvet Underground’ – October 15

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Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes directs this feature-length film about the New York City rock band that influenced a generation of artists. Though The Velvet Underground was not as commercially successful as other bands during the late 1960s, their unique sound remains culturally significant decades later. The documentary will be available on Apple TV Plus on October 15.

‘Invasion’ – October 22

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“Invasion” tells the story of aliens coming to Earth from the perspectives of different people around the world. The 10-episode series was co-created by X-Men movie franchise producer Simon Kinberg and David Weil, who previously collaborated on the 2019 reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

‘Swagger’ – October 29

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“Swagger” is a basketball drama inspired by the early years of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. It’s written, directed, and produced by Reggie Rock Bythewood, producer of the Fox miniseries “Shots Fired.” The series will premiere October 29.

‘Finch’ – November 5

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Tom Hanks stars in this post-apocalyptic drama that was originally intended for a theatrical release before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanks plays the last man alive on Earth, joined by a robot of his creation. The film will be available on Apple TV Plus starting November 5. Apple also purchased the rights to the Hanks-led “Greyhound” in 2020, which received critical acclaim despite its streaming-only release.

‘Dickinson’ – November 5

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“Dickinson” was one of the first original shows on Apple TV Plus and it will come to a close with its third season starting November 5. Hailee Steinfeld stars as young poet Emily Dickinson in this coming of age series set in the mid-19th century. The first season earned a Peabody Award for entertainment in 2019, the first received by an Apple TV show.

‘The Shrink Next Door’ – November 12

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Based on the podcast of the same name, “The Shrink Next Door” is a dark comedy series starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Rudd plays Dr. Isaac Herschkopf, a real-life psychiatrist accused of exploiting his patient’s lives for personal gain, like Marty Markowitz, played by Will Ferrell. The eight-episode series will premiere on November 12. The 10-episode podcast is available in full from Wondery.

‘Swan Song’ – December 17

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In “Swan Song,” a father with a terminal illness is given the opportunity to replace himself with a healthy but otherwise identical clone. Star Mahershala Ali also serves as a producer, with a cast that includes Naomie Harris, Glenn Close and Awkwafina. “Swan Song” will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV Plus on December 17.

How to sign up for Apple TV Plus

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Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; Apple offers a seven-day trial for new subscribers, and the subscription can be shared with up to six family members on Apple devices.

The Apple TV Plus app is also available on streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and LG, Samsung, Vizio, and Sony smart TVs.

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‘Reminiscence’ is now available on HBO Max, but you only have until September 19 to stream it

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Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in “Reminiscence.”

  • “Reminiscence” is available on HBO Max through September 19.
  • Starring Hugh Jackman, “Reminiscence” is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy.
  • To stream the movie on HBO Max, you need to subscribe to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

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On August 20, “Reminiscence” received a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max. The movie is available to stream until September 19, but only subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free plan are able to watch at home.

The sci-fi adventure stars Hugh Jackman as a private investigator who can access and relive memories. When a client (Rebecca Ferguson) disappears under peculiar circumstances, he’s determined to uncover the truth and find her.

The dystopian movie is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy. “Reminiscence” is Joy’s first feature film. “Westworld” will return for a fourth season on HBO in 2022. You can stream the first three seasons right now on HBO Max.

Where to watch ‘Reminiscence’

“Reminiscence” is available right now to watch in theaters and with HBO Max. The movie will remain on HBO Max through September 19. To stream “Reminiscence” and other theatrical premieres with HBO Max, you need a subscription to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

After September 19, “Reminiscence” will play exclusively in movie theaters until its official home video release later this year.

HBO Max offers a cheaper ad-supported plan for $10 a month, but this option does not include access to brand-new theatrical releases like “Reminiscence” and “Malignant.”

If you subscribe to Hulu, you can claim a free one-week trial of the HBO Max add-on. Only new HBO Max members are eligible for this promotion.

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HBO Max works with computer browsers, smartphones, Xbox consoles, Playstation consoles, tablets, and most smart TVs, including LG and Samsung. The HBO Max website provides a full list of compatible devices.

Select devices can stream “Reminiscence” in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). Check the HBO Max website to see if your smart TV and media player is compatible with high-quality streaming.

What other theatrical releases can I watch on HBO Max?

You can stream “Malignant” right now on HBO Max with the ad-free plan. The horror movie from James Wan, director of “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring,” is available to stream until October 10.

The next four theatrical premieres coming to HBO Max are:

  • “The Many Saints of Newark” (October 1)
  • “Dune” (October 22)
  • “King Richard” (November 19)
  • “The Matrix Resurrections” (December 22)

You can learn more about HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review. For more streaming recommendations, check out our guide to the best streaming services and the best streaming devices.

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‘The Morning Show,’ starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, is back for a second season – here’s how to watch on Apple TV Plus

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“The Morning Show.”

  • “The Morning Show” is a workplace drama centered on the fictional UBA network.
  • Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon play journalists who confront a toxic working environment.
  • Season two is now streaming on Apple TV Plus ($5/month).

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Season two of “The Morning Show” premiered September 17 on Apple TV Plus. The series stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as journalists navigating the cutthroat world of broadcast television at the fictional UBA network.

Steve Carrel also stars in the series as a powerful anchor who was fired due to sexual harassment. Hasan Minhaj (“Patriot Act”) and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) are among the new faces joining the cast for season two. New episodes are expected to focus on culturally relevant issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and workplace racism.

Season one of “The Morning Show” premiered in November 2019 and received multiple Emmy nominations. Aniston was nominated for outstanding lead actress and Carell was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. For his portrayal of Cory Ellison, UBA’s president of the News Division, Billy Crudup won an outstanding supporting actor Emmy.

How to watch ‘The Morning Show’

The second season of “The Morning Show” premiered exclusively on Apple TV Plus on September 17. Season two is expected to have 10 episodes that will be released in weekly installments every Friday.

If you still need to catch up on older episodes of “The Morning Show,” you can stream the entire first season on Apple TV Plus right now.

A subscription to Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month and gives you access to the streaming service’s entire catalog of original movies and TV shows. If you’re new to Apple TV Plus, you can claim a one-week free trial.

Longer promotional periods are available for customers who make eligible purchases. Select Apple devices include a free three-month trial, and PlayStation 5 owners can claim a free six-month trial.

You can watch Apple TV Plus in a web browser or on Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Roku players, Fire TV, PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, and most smart TVs also work with Apple TV Plus. Visit the Apple website for a full list of compatible devices.

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If you’re considering subscribing to multiple services from Apple, the Apple One bundle has Apple Music, Apple Arcade, 50GB of iCloud, and Apple TV Plus for only $15 a month. Apple One members can claim one-month trials for new Apple services that they have not previously used.

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What other original series can I watch on Apple TV Plus?

On Apple TV Plus, you can also stream the Emmy-nominated series “Ted Lasso” starring Jason Sudeikis. He plays a football coach from Kansas who is hired to lead a British soccer team. At first, the coach is in over his head, but he wins the team over with his positive demeanor and surprising skills.

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website, the first season of “Ted Lasso” holds a “92% Fresh” rating and the second season holds a “98% Fresh” rating. Episodes from season two of “Ted Lasso” are being released in weekly installments on Apple TV Plus. Right now, season one is available to watch in its entirety.

Other popular shows on Apple TV Plus include “Schmigadoon!,” “Mr. Corman,” and “Mythic Quest.”

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How to watch the NFL without cable – the 2021 season enters its second week with a Thursday night game on NFL Network

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The 2021 NFL season began on September 9.

  • The 2021 NFL season kicks off its second week with a Thursday night matchup on NFL Network.
  • Games are spread across several channels, including NFL Network, ESPN, NBC, Fox, and CBS.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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The 2021 NFL season enters its second week with a Thursday night matchup between the Washington Football Team and New York Giants. The game starts at 8:20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

Throughout the season, NFL games are spread across five primary channels: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to every game you want to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of streaming the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL week 2 schedule

Week two of the NFL regular season features an exciting lineup, including a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens on NBC and Peacock. This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on ESPN.

Primetime games are shown nationally, but local broadcasts for afternoon games are determined by your area. Bye games will not start until after week four.


Date and time Channel
Washington Football Team at New York Giants September 16, 8:20 p.m. ET NFL Network
New England Patriots at New York Jets September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns September 19, 1 p.m. ET CBS
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers September 19, 1 p.m. ET Fox
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals September 19, 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 19, 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks September 19, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers September 19, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens September 19, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock Premium
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers September 20, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN, ESPN2

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season began on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will typically air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will typically air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.

Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 



At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 

YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.

NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 

Paramount Plus

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If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Peacock Premium

Peacock Sports

Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.

What you get:

For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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