Britain’s best TV streaming services as families face cost of living crisis


It’s the age of TV streaming wars, with fierce competition for our loyalty – and our money.

Streaming services offer blockbuster movies, star-studded dramas, and global documentaries.

But as the cost-of-living crisis hits, many households now consider it a luxury — 1.51 million canceled TV subscription services in the first three months of 2022, over half a million of them due to “money savings.”

But if you only want to keep one streaming service, which one should it be?

Our TV previewer Sara Wallis gives her opinion.


The grandfather of streaming platforms offering unlimited streaming of TV dramas, documentaries and movies.

How much? Plans range from £6.99 to £15.99 per month.

Best Shows: Breaking Bad, Bridgerton, Better Call Saul, The Last Kingdom, Stranger Things, Good Girls, Squid Game, Anatomy of a Scandal, Inventing Anna, Love is Blind, Selling Sunset, Maid.

Sara says : Despite the recent £1-a-month price hike, it’s still tough to compete with Netflix’s incredible performance. Best for binge watchers and US TV fans. Mega success stories like The Crown make you forget about the occasional slag.

Netflix has an incredible power

Prime video

Perhaps the best TV service you didn’t know you were paying for.

Anyone who subscribes to get Amazon packages delivered as soon as possible has access to the massive library of releases on Prime Video.

How much? £5.99 per month. However, Amazon Prime membership costs either £7.99 a month or £79 a year and comes with other benefits.

Best Shows: Hacks, Reacher, American Gods, Scandal, The Wilds, Mad Men, Hanna.

Sarah says: One of the cheapest streaming services. Not quite on Netflix par, but you can buy or rent additional movies and series. “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” and “This Is Us” drew me in – and I never left.

According to Sara Wallis, Prime Video is one of the cheapest streaming services


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TV now

Sky’s subscription-based TV service with subscription-free access to Sky’s premium sports, films and entertainment.

How much? Various passports.
The Entertainment Membership + Boost package with access to award-winning box sets and Sky Originals costs £14.99.

Best Shows: Mare by Easttown, successor, The White Lotus.

Sarah says: The #1 place to find the latest HBO or Sky original series, plus a great back catalogue.

Now the television belongs to Sky


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Reality TV fans will think they died and went to heaven.

It offers the best real-life shows, new and old, from the USA. Home to over 250 and a generous sprinkling of true life crime TV.

How much? £4.99 per month.

Best Shows Vanderpump Rules, The Big Shot with Bethanny Frankel, The Real Murders of Orange County, Below Deck.

Sarah says: If you can’t get enough of reality TV, this is your happy spot.

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They bring you the latest money news and also offer expert advice.

Whether it’s skyrocketing utility bills, the cost of weekly groceries, or increased taxes, our team is always by your side.

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Despite its name, you don’t need an Apple device to watch it.

It’s available in the standalone Apple TV app used by many devices and has built a quality library.

Best Shows: Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Severance, Euphoria, Servant, Truth Be Told, Tiny World, Defending Jacob.

Sarah says: For brand new content, this feels like an exclusive club. A club you’d probably only join if you’d already paid for a hitter like Netflix.

Acorn TV

A UK streaming service launched in 2020 offering an extensive selection of drama and mysteries with a particular focus on UK television.

How much? £4.99 per month.

Best Shows : Midsomer Murders, The Chelsea Detective, Foyle’s War.

Sarah says: With its low price point, this new kid on the block has yet to prove itself. Fans of mysteries might be intrigued.

Acorn TV offers an extensive selection of drama and mysteries


Home of the British classic. BritBox is a subscription video streaming service from the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and most recently Channel 4

Houses the most comprehensive collection of British box sets, as well as exclusive shows from British production companies – such as the relaunched Spitting Image.

How much? £5.99 per month.

Best Shows: Life on Mars, Cracker, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, The Thick of It, Spitting Image.

Sarah says: Does what it promises. If you’re into British box sets, this is for you. However, if you are more interested in brand new stuff then go ahead.

BritBox houses the largest collection of British box sets


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A relatively new service that has gained 118 million subscribers in just over two years.

It offers family-friendly entertainment from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel, as well as National Geographic documentaries and binge-worthy dramas.

How much? £7.99 per month.

Best Shows: The Mandalorian, Pam and Tommy, Only Murders in the Building, Dopesick, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Kardashians, Grey’s Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Sarah says: If you’re a franchise fan or have young kids to entertain, Disney+ is totally worth the money.

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