From Netflix to Amazon Prime, our lowdown on which telly streaming services are best for lockdown

AN AMAZING 12million of us signed up to online telly streaming services such as Netflix during lockdown – led by the over-55s.

Not surprisingly, people stuck at home have been watching more TV than ever, with the average adult getting through a daily six hours and 25 minutes of shows such as Netflix series Tiger King, about zookeeper Joe Exotic.

Ofcom said streaming platforms Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video were the biggest factors, with viewing of these services doubling.

They can be watched on TV, ­laptops, tablets, games consoles and phones — ideal for when you are commuting again. Here we round them up — and three of their competitors.


Best for: True crime freaks and series bingers.

Best content: The Last Dance, Stranger Things, Tiger King, The Good Place, After Life, Making A Murderer.

Is it for you?: This is the home for habit-forming documentary fans, gritty series lovers and serial binge-watchers. From Tiger King to Evil Genius, this platform has all the best stranger-than-fiction documentaries.

The Last Dance, about basketball star Michael Jordan’s reign with the Chicago Bulls, has been a summer hit.

Interface: Good at suggested viewing. Auto-preview showing a trailer can get annoying.

Price: Basic £5.99/month (1 screen at a time), Standard £8.99/month (2 screens), Premium £11.99 (4 screens and Ultra HD available).


Best for: Movie and sports fans who don’t mind paying a bit more for the best content.

Best content: Game Of Thrones, Chernobyl, Joker, Frozen II, Christopher Nolan’s ­Batman trilogy, Disney films (for a limited time only).

Is it for you?: Offers separate passes for Sky’s premium content, including Sports, Cinema, and Kids box sets. Pick and choose each month. You will need to, given the prices. Other streaming services offer a mix but rarely sport. I suggest a month of Now TV’s cinema pass and binge on movies.

Interface: Very basic and no frills — but as a result, it is clean and easy to use.

Price: Entertainment (box sets) £8.99/month, Sky Cinema £11.99/month, Kids £3.99/month, Sports £25/month.


Still new and with limited but high-quality content such as Tom Hanks’ new movie Greyhound.

Anyone buying an Apple ­product gets it free for a year. Otherwise, it’s £4.99 a month.


Best for: Those who are feeling patriotic and want to relive the best of British TV.

Best content: Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Love Island, Doctor Who, Only Fools And Horses, ­Midsomer Murders, Spooks.

Is it for you?: A wonderful reminder of the cracking and thoroughly British telly through the decades. Britbox is the long-term home for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 shows over the years.

Interface: A bit buggy — if you lose wifi mid-show, you lose your place. But it does have a brilliant search-by- actor feature. I had no idea Olivia Colman was in The Office and with one click I was watching her episode.

Price: £5.99/month.


Best for: Fans of stylised Sixties drama who order a lot of stuff on Amazon.

Best content: Mad Men, The ­Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Man In The High Castle, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ocean’s 8, Back To The Future.

Is it for you?: Better for movies than Netflix but lacks its rival’s range of top TV series. Generally, there’s much less quality control.

For example, we ended up watching a very low-budget Australian time travel movie that was a struggle. However, I would sign up just for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel alone. Prime Video comes with Amazon’s Prime delivery service so if you are an ­Amazon junkie, it’s a great deal.

Interface: Not as slick as Netflix but gets the job done.

Price: £7.99/month or £79/year with Amazon Prime subscription.


Best for: Star Wars fans, superhero junkies and Disney addicts or families with kids of all ages.

Best content: The Simpsons, The Mandalorian, Star Wars, Avengers, Hamilton, the entire Disney, Pixar and Marvel canons.

Is it for you?: Millennials, Generation X and Boomers can all find favourites from their childhood, with titles such as Mrs Doubtfire, Bedknobs And Broomsticks and The Jungle Book.

Also a great way to finally see stage musical ­Hamilton. Loads of high-quality, feel-good content.

Interface: Very simple to use and you can search by character, which is handy for when your kid wants to go on an Elsa binge.

Price: £5.99/month or £59/year.

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