The Best Alternatives To The Most Popular Streaming Platforms
There’s no doubt that streaming has taken over our capitalist system. It has only been around for a few years, but having content on demand suddenly seems only natural to us. Imagine having to buy every album you wanted to listen to, or even having to pay a dollar for each single! Imagine needing a cable subscription or DVDs just to watch your favorite shows!
While it is tempting to think of a world in which you just need one streaming subscription for all the content across platforms, the reality is that competition makes for better content. Nowadays, the most popular streaming platforms are not necessarily the best anymore.
Here are the best alternatives to the most popular streaming platforms.
Video: Amazon Prime Video
Access to Amazon’s Prime Video is, of course, quite widespread, seeing as it comes with a Prime subscription. But many people still simply assume that Netflix is ahead of everyone else in terms of content. The truth is that Prime Video has tons of content you won’t find anywhere else, along with some incredible originals.
If you have access to a VPN, you can get access to added content from around the world. Take a look at how to watch Firestick from restricted countries.
In particular, Prime Video has a fortune of Bollywood content which, if you get into it, provides an experience that is unmatched by any Western shows. It also has some of the best original series you’ve never heard of. Check out Al Pacino in Hunters and John Krasinski in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. You won’t regret it.
When Jay-Z (among others) launched Tidal, it made quite a wave in the news cycle, although many people wondered why they should bother with it. Apple Music and Spotify had already taken a strong hold of the market. And while Tidal would be exclusively releasing albums from big name artists such as Beyoncé and Rihanna, their music would make it onto the other platforms before long.
However, Tidal is worth a try if you are a true audiophile. It is more expensive than the other streaming services, especially if you get the highest tier, but the music quality far exceeds anything you can get on Apple or Spotify. Music is offered in FLAC (or lossless audio) which means you hear the song exactly as the artist intended.
Tidal does provide a free trial, so be sure to give it a try to see if it is worth it for you. Be aware, however, that if you do not have high quality headphones, you won’t be able to notice the difference in quality.
Other types of “streaming”
Music and video are not the only types of content that work on a subscription basis. Other services have taken the accessibility of streaming and applied it to other forms of entertainment.
Apple, for example, has Apple Arcade, which gives you immediate access to hundreds of mobile games. This is far better than having to pay for individual games which you might end up hating after a week.
Amazonhave also applied this format to Kindle books and now Audible. You can get a Kindle Unlimited subscription which gives you access to all the books you could possibly want. Audible’s monthly membership now comes with a ton of included content that you don’t have to spend your credits on.
Streaming has changed the game. Competition is important in a healthy capitalist framework, so give the alternatives a try.