Netflix (NFLX) has been named the best value for money streaming service, while Disney+ is best for kids, research suggests.
Online streaming platforms are all currently in high demand, but a new report reveals that not all of them are created equal.
The study by savings site VoucherCodes analysed 270 of the top-rated movie titles and cross-referenced their availability across six popular streaming services to determine a cost per title based on monthly subscription prices.
It found Netflix to be the best value-for-money streaming service, with the most movies and TV shows from the list of 270 top titles — 67. This equates to only £0.09 ($0.11) per title based on a basic package, costing £5.99 per month.
This is less than half the price of the next cheapest cost per title, available on Apple TV+ at 20p. Although Apple TV+ is the cheapest streaming service available at £4.99 a month, only 25 of the 270 titles are available.
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Amazon Prime Video has 26 of the 270 titles available, amounting to 23p per watch — however, many titles are available to either buy or rent digitally at an extra cost from £1.99 upwards.
Now TV’s Sky Cinema pass gives access to 55 of the top films and, despite being the most expensive service at £11.99 per month, is one of the better value for money options — costing 22p per watch.
Looking at specific genres, the study also analysed which service offers the best value for kids, action-lovers, romance buffs, comics, true crime fanatics, and musical fans.
It found Netflix offers the best value for money in all but two of the nine categories analysed.
NOW TV’s Sky Cinema is the cheapest option for action films, and Disney+ is the best value for kids’ movies.
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Having just launched in the UK this week, Disney+ offers parents the greatest value in terms of cost per title for the top 20 kids’ films, at 75p per movie. The service is priced at £5.99 per month and hosts the highest number of recommended kids’ films of the platforms analysed.
The next best option is Now TV Sky Cinema, but each movie will cost you double the price of Disney+ at £1.50.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are the most expensive options for families, with kids’ films costing £2 and £5.99 per title, respectively.
Netflix has the last laugh for comedy films at £1.50 per watch, while Now TV Sky Cinema is a close second with more available titles, but a higher cost per watch of £2.00, due to the more expensive monthly subscription cost.
All top-rated comedy films can be found on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ at an additional charge.
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“People are spending far more time at home than usual so, naturally, they’re turning to on-demand and streaming services for entertainment,” said Anita Naik, lifestyle editor at VoucherCodes.
“Thankfully we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to content, but we wanted to investigate whether certain services offer better value based on the best-rated shows and films they have available.
“Netflix is clearly the front runner in most cases, but it’s certainly interesting to see that if you are into a particular type of show or movie you might be better placed looking elsewhere. Disney+ is, of course, proving hugely popular for families and, given that many of the top kids’ films are from Disney, the service provides great value.
She added: “No matter what type of TV you like to watch, it’s a good idea to do your research before you sign up to make sure that you can access the content you want.”