With so many different streaming services available now, it can be tricky to know which one is best for you and more importantly, with a cost of living crisis, with money tighter than ever, knowing which streaming services offer the most content is vital. But more choice doesn’t always mean better quality, and it’s important to take that into consideration. A streaming service offering thousands of TV shows you don’t want to watch isn’t offering you good value for money either.
Some new data from Reelgood, showcases the amount of content available on the numerous streaming services, including Apple TV+, Discovery+, Disney+, MAX, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+ with Showtime, Peacock Premium and Prime Video, along with a comparison of how many shows and films that are provided per dollar.
Looking at data, Amazon Prime Video stands out as the streaming platform that offers the most amount of shows and films, with almost ten times the amount of films available and over four times as many shows compared to Disney+. However, one thing that Amazon offers that the other streaming services don’t, is the ability to purchase or rent films and shows from other studios. Without a straight-up comparison of films and shows that are only available within a Prime Subscription, in many ways, to me, this disqualifies it from being able to offer a fair comparison, since having films like “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 3” or “Super Marios Brothers” available to rent or buy, isn’t included in your subscription.
Without a doubt, Discovery+ offers the most amount of shows available, which is mainly a collection of unscripted reality and documentary shows. It also benefits from being one of the cheapest streaming service out there, so dollar for dollar, it offers more value per show. However, most of those shows are considered lower quality shows, since they have a user rating on IMDB below 6.5. In comparison, Peacock and Netflix stand out as streaming services with the most amount of films available, with Netflix having more higher-rated films available.
Netflix, on the whole, offers the biggest selection of films and shows, which is why it is the biggest and most popular streaming service.
Another thing that stands out from this data, is how Disney+ in the United States offers a much smaller library than the majority of other major streaming services. And this is why Disney+ and Hulu merging later this year in the United States will result in a drastic shift in its standing on this chart. Together, Disney+ and Hulu would have 2,161 shows and 2,670 films available. This puts it much more on the same level as the other streaming services, which offer a much more varied product. Both Paramount and Max have recently benefited from mergers with other streaming services. This results in subscribers being offered many more films and shows , increasing the value per dollar.
Unfortunately, right now, on stats alone, Disney+ in the United States has much less to offer subscribers, with a tiny collection of TV shows, when compared to the others. Hulu, however, does offer a much larger selection of TV shows. But ultimately, it’s going to come down to not how many shows and films you want to be included in your streaming service, its more about do you enjoy watching them. Having thousands of reality shows you don’t want to watch, isn’t offering value for money, but when you look at everyone in your household, offering more choices, is ultimately better for a streaming service subscription. Since not everyone in your household will have the same taste in entertainment.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.