Research tries to determine which streamer offers the best value – The Streamable

To paraphrase a line that will likely be prominent in an upcoming streaming series, is there one streamer to rule them all? With varying prices, programming investments, content libraries, and more, there’s undoubtedly something on the streets of streaming for everyone, but is there a “best streaming service”? definitive?

Probably not, as this distinction should take into account all sorts of personal preferences, but Isabel Riofrío of Reelgood’s UpNext tried to use statistics to determine which service offered the best value.

Riofrío compared the nine premium subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services in terms of price, catalog size and quality. To keep things consistent, the pricing analysis only focused on the ad-free tiers of each service, as not all platforms have a cheaper, ad-supported option… at least not yet. .

And in the case of Netflix, which has multiple subscription tiers, Riofrío opted for the Standard option at $15.99 per month; Netflix also has $9.99 and $19.99 per month tiers. Despite this decision, the streaming giant is still the most expensive service on the market. However, HBO Max, which currently has the second highest number of subscribers, is just $0.50 behind.

Paramount+, Peacock’s Premium tier, and Prime Video (unbundled from a much more expensive Amazon Prime membership) establish a middle ground with Disney+, Discovery+, and Apple TV+ in a low-cost bunch. However, at least two of them could leave the price basement sooner rather than later.

As Disney+ prepares to launch an ad-supported tier, it looks like they’ll be raising the price of their ad-free option as well. And with the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger now complete, Discovery+ is expected to be integrated into HBO Max at some point.

While there’s a pretty big gap between Netflix’s $15.49 per month and Apple TV+’s $4.99 per month, there’s more to the value of a streaming subscription than just the price. Riofrío therefore used IMDb’s ratings to analyze the quality of programming on each platform. While certainly not a perfect rating system, IMDb’s numbers provide a good basis for comparison.

For a show to qualify as “Quality”, it had to have at least a 6.5 rating and at least 300 votes on the website, with programs at 8.0 or higher being considered “High Quality”.

In terms of TV shows, Netflix and Discovery+ lead the way with 2,142 and 2,139 respectively. The former’s streaming longevity and the latter’s vast supply of cable programming make them hard to beat when it comes to volume. television content.

But when it comes to quality shows, Hulu overtakes Discovery+ to take a dominant position in second place. Netflix, again thanks to its epically deep library, still leads with 1,273 “quality” shows, while Hulu is next with 907. Prime Video is third on the list, but trails Hulu by 256. emissions.

HBO Max leads in percentage of content qualified as quality with 62.5% at 6.5 or better on IMDb. Apple TV+ is in second place with 60.5%, followed by Netflix (59.4%) and Hulu (57.6%). At the other end of the scale, with all of its basic cable and unscripted programming, Discovery+ is last with only 12.9% being considered “Quality”.

HBO Max also holds the highest percentage when discussing “high quality” shows with just over a quarter of the qualifiers.

When it comes to movies, due to its vast library, Prime Video has the most content, surpassing Netflix by 2,894 movies. But, according to Reelgood’s analysis, Amazon only has 11 more “quality” movies than Netflix, which isn’t ideal in terms of a percentage. Nearly 63% of HBO Max movies are considered “quality”, while Disney+ is at 59.2%, Hulu at 53.7% and Netflix at 49.1%.

In terms of “high quality” movies, HBO Max takes the top spot with 517 movies compared to Netflix’s 447. HBO Max’s “high quality” total is 20% of its movie library.

The thing is, a lot of those raw totals are backed up by the impenetrable number of offers on each service. We’ve all been there, paralyzed by the overwhelming number of options on a service, so instead of watching something, we turn off the TV completely or stick to scrolling on our phones.

So, to further mitigate the volume aspect of the analysis, Riofrío broke down programs by dollar spent per month. Combining its huge catalog and low cost, discovery+ leads with 306 issues per monthly dollar. That’s 137 more than Prime Video’s second-place 169. However, when it comes to “quality” and “high quality” shows per dollar, the live-style streamer drops dramatically; just 13 in all.

Netflix leads with 82 “quality” shows per dollar, followed by Prime Video (72) and Hulu (70). These three also nearly tied for “high quality” shows per dollar: Prime Video (24), Netflix (23), Hulu (22).

On the movies side of the equation, Prime Video’s unrivaled archive gives it a leg up, leading in all categories with 777 movies per dollar as well as 225 “Quality” movies and 45 “High Quality” movies per dollar. .

HBO Max is relatively close with 34 “high quality” movies, but that’s 19.6% of its movie catalog, compared to Amazon’s 5.8%. Technically, Apple TV+ leads in terms of the percentage at 33% of its movies per dollar being “high quality,” but since they only average nine movies per dollar, that hardly seems worth trumpeting.

Ultimately, one of the benefits of streaming is that consumers can choose the options that best suit their budget and content needs. So there will probably never be a one-size-fits-all solution to everyone’s streaming situation. However, having the information at your fingertips to make an informed decision can help, whether it’s analytical breakdowns like Riofrío’s or individual first-hand experiences after watching a platform’s content by yourself.

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