Which streaming site is best? UK streaming services compared

Posted August 6, 2015 by Student Profit Staff

Netflix, Amazon’s Instant Video, Blinkbox, Now TV and Viewster all provide on demand on TV shows and movies but are any of them worth it? And if so which?

The four services are all slightly different, ranging from monthly subscriptions to pay per view to FREE shows.

Here’s how the four streaming services stack up here in the UK and which is best.

NetflixAmazonNOW TVBlink BoxViewster
Price1st month free, £5.99/mo after. No contract1st month free, £79/yr after.Movies: 1st month free, £9.99/mo after. No contract

TV: 1st month £1. £6.99/mo after. No contract

Varies. Pay per title.FREE
Latest releasesCan take a whileCan take a whileYes. At least 16 new movie premieres each monthYesNo
Original contentYes, including Orange Is The New Black, House of CardsYes, including new Top GearExclusive content from Sky/Sky MoviesNoNo

Source: UK Streaming websites Comparison


Netflix has a rather large collection of TV shows and content but is still unfortunately limited in its selection of recent series and movies.

HOWEVER there are ways (use Google!) to be served the American version of the app which will get you pretty much every piece of content on offer and far quicker than when it eventually launches on the UK site.

Netflix also produces its own original series including hits such as Orange Is The New Black.

At just £5.99 a month – with no contract – Netflix is by far the cheapest option here and is our top pick for unlimited streaming.

Amazon Prime Instant Video ( Formerly Love Film)

Amazon Prime’s Instant Video, previously known as LoveFilm, matches up to Netflix with its content library and is also producing original content including a new series of Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Unfortunately the pricing system lets itself down as you need to sign up for Amazon Prime at £79 a year. This works out at over 50p a month more than Netflix but you do get the benefits of faster Amazon delivery too.

Unlike Netflix’s monthly fee with the ability to cancel anytime, it’s worth noting that once you use your Amazon Prime Instant Video membership you’ll not be able to get even a partial refund on the yearly fee should you wish to cancel.

Now TV

Offered by Sky, Now TV is split into two products: A monthly movie pass and entertainment (TV) pass, with no contract.

The movie pass has a one month free trial and then costs £9.99 a month but does have the latest movies with 16 new premieres added every month.

The TV pass costs £1 for the first month and then £6.99 thereafter and has a number of UK exclusive titles.


BlinkBox is a TalkTalk product that works on a pay-per-view basis with episodes and TV shows costing anywhere from 99p to over £10. It’s therefore almost always far more expensive than either Netflix or Amazon Prime if you’re a big movie or TV fan, only working out cheaper if you’re just after the one title every now and then.

Of course, if the movie or TV show you want is on either Netflix or Amazon Prime then you can sign up for their free one-month trials to watch it for nothing – just remember to cancel your account before your trial ends!


A relatively new streaming site, Viewster is FREE but comes with ads. Generally you’ll have to watch around 5 minutes of adverts for a two hour film, which is less than you’d get on TV so it’s not all bad.

The Viewster streaming library however is VERY limited with few new series or movies but does have some older classics and foreign shows, especially Anime series.