Guide to Streaming Video Services

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Acorn TV

Price: $5 per month or $50 per year.

Who it’s best for: Lovers of British TV fare. Goodies include TV dramas (“A Place to Call Home”), mysteries (“Agatha Raisin”), and comedies.

Latest news: Acorn TV is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable box, accessible via Xfinity on Demand and on the go via the Xfinity Stream app. Among the exclusives on the service is the classic ’80s comedy series “Alfresco,” which kick-started the careers of Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, and Stephen Fry. Also in the mix: “The Witness for the Prosecution,” an original Agatha Christie movie with Kim Cattrall.


Amazon Prime Video

Price: $99 per year or $11 per month, with free shipping. A video-only subscription costs $9 per month.

Who it’s best for: Anyone who’s already paying for an Amazon Prime membership. It now has a solid roster of original shows, including “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Grand Tour.” Amazon Prime has some exclusive series, such as “Downton Abbey” and “The Americans,” plus HBO’s back catalog of shows. You can add HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels for $9 to $15 per month.

Latest news: Amazon just snagged the rights to a 10-episode anthology series, “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Extra Prime perks include access to Prime Music and a free Kindle book each month.


CBS All Access

Price: $6 per month with ads or $10 per month ad-free.

Who it’s best for: Cord-cutters looking for major-network fare without using an antenna. The service provides full-length episodes of CBS programs, plus live programming streams of local CBS affiliates in 124 markets. CBS All Access also includes complete back catalogs of most of its current series.

Latest news: At a recent analysts’ conference, a CBS executive said there would be six or seven new original series on CBS All Access in the next 12 months. The company reports that there are now a combined 5 million subscribers to its two paid streaming services, CBS All Access and Showtime, roughly split half and half. The company says that later this year it will launch two new streaming services, CBS Sports HQ and Entertainment Tonight. CBS All Access saw an increase in subscribers thanks to the new series “Star Trek: Discovery.” That series started off free on broadcast TV, but the remainder of the episodes can be seen only on CBS All Access. The streaming service now lets you watch local Sunday and Thursday night NFL games. In addition to “Star Trek: Discovery,” original series include “The Good Fight,” the sequel to “The Good Wife.”

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