Do you consider binge-watching a competitive sport? Or maybe you need a break from the recommended shows on Netflix? If so, check out some of the best new streaming services for 2020. Grab the popcorn, and stay in your pajamas all day.
$6.99/month or $69.99/year
Disney has created the ultimate service for Star Wars fans, Marvel lovers, and parents alike. The service has made a big splash with The Mandalorian, featuring Pedro Pascal’s gruff bounty hunter and adorable “baby Yoda.” However, Disney+ has far more to offer than just one hit show. Viewers also can enjoy a wide variety of newer and classic movies, including the Star Wars movies remastered for 4K, most of the Avengers movies, and classics like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. The kids also will love the full library of the Disney Channel’s most popular shows, including a TV series riffing off of High School Musical. And if you want educational programming, Disney+ also includes National Geographic favorites like Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER and Hostile Planet.
HBO Max (Coming in May)
While it’s one of the more expensive services, HBO Max will feature far more than Game of Thrones. WarnerMedia is making a big bet on offering shows and movies from HBO, Warner Bros., and The CW. The service will host blockbuster movies from the DC franchise, including Joker, fan favorites like the Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies, and newer hits like Crazy Rich Asians and A Star is Born. To compete with The Simpsons on Disney+, HBO Max will feature comedy classics Big Bang Theory and South Park. Original programs include the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragons, a home designer show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, Americanah starring Lupita Nyong’o, and the rebooted teen drama Gossip Girl. Customers who subscribe to HBO through AT&T will get Max for free, though it’s still unclear whether HBO subscribers on other cable services will have to pay extra.
CBS All Access
$5.99 a month with ads | $9.99 without ads
CBS All Access has original programs and the network’s most popular TV shows, along with ET Live, CBS Sports HQ, and CBS News. Star Trek fans can binge all past series as well as the new Picard, which features Patrick Stewart’s famous captain coming out of retirement to help a mysterious woman on the run. Other original series include the new Twilight Zone and dark comedy Why Women Kill. Viewers can catch up on the current CBS hits, like Big Brother, NCIS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Young Sheldon. But if you’re looking for classic TV, CBS All Access has an incredible back catalog, including Twin Peaks, I Love Lucy, and Wings.
Peacock (Coming in April)
Monthly subscription to be announced
Not to be outdone by other networks, NBC will launch its new service in April. In addition to all of NBC’s current hits, such as The Good Place, Peacock will host comedy classics, like The Office and Parks and Recreation. Sports lovers will appreciate the expanded coverage of the upcoming Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, new original programs will include Dr. Death, based on the popular crime podcast Brave New World with Demi Moore, and reboots of ’80s hits Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. Movie lovers will appreciate the biggest box office hits from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation, ranging from action movies like Fast & Furious to comedies like Bridesmaids to family favorites Kung Fu Panda and How to Train your Dragon. NBC has yet to announce a final subscription cost, but the service is supposed to be free for Comcast cable subscribers.
Quibi (Coming in April)
$4.99 a month with ads | $7.99 without ads
Quibi is a streaming service aimed at the YouTube generation. Even the service’s name is a mash up of “quick bites.” Viewers will get access to short (10-minute or less) and punchy episodes optimized for smartphone streaming. In addition to news and sports, Quibi will offer a new beauty docuseries starring Tyra Banks; Chrissy’s Court, where Chrissy Teigen will preside over real small claims cases; and musical comedy Royalties. MTV fans will be excited to hear that Quibi is bringing back reality hits Punk’d and Singled Out. If you prefer a good scare, Spielberg After Dark will feature short scary stories that can be viewed only at night.