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‘Coronacation’ binge-watching options

‘Coronacation’ binge-watching options
  • On March 23, 2020

By Maddy Warren
Staff Writer

In today’s world, as more people are straying from regular television, streaming services seem to be taking over. Four of the most popular are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

As a user of all four, I carefully examined each one, taking into account things such as monthly cost, free trial length, whether or not they offer a student discount and, of course, content quality.

I have rated all four services on a scale of one to five stars below:

NETFLIX (4 stars): The OG streaming service, Netflix, has changed immensely since it was founded in 1997. It started off with DVD rentals and eventually moved to online streaming.

The quality of movies and shows has increased over the years. Netflix has added more big Blockbuster movies to its lineup. I can only assume this is to keep up with other ever-growing streaming services.

Netflix has a Google Chrome extension called “Netflix Party,” which allows multiple users to stream and sync the same show or movie together. The group chat feature allows people to communicate with friends while they watch, no matter how far apart they are.

HULU (4.5 stars) A nice feature Hulu has is that viewers can watch new episodes of television shows the day after they air. The regular Hulu plan does include commercials, but they are short, so it is still worth it.

Since I am in college, I get the student discount. I love it because I get Hulu and Spotify Premium for $5 a month.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO (3.5 stars): Amazon Prime has some of the same content that Netflix and Hulu do, but not as much.

The benefits of two-day online Amazon shipping with the full subscription are what really makes this service worth having, in my opinion. The shows, music, etc., are an added bonus.

DISNEY+ (4 stars): Disney+ is currently the cheapest of the four streaming services, but it is offset with a shorter free trial. In my opinion, it is perfect for anyone who grew up watching the Disney channel.

It has classic shows such as “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “That’s So Raven” and more, and almost every Disney movie you can imagine.

Disney has also come out with a series of original content, such as “The Mandalorian” (with Baby Yoda) and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

Depending on how you look at it, one downside to this streaming service is that it obviously only has Disney and Pixar content.

So when boredom strikes while practicing “social distancing” this semester, check out these streaming services. Much more information on all the services is listed below:

Basic: $8.99 (watch one device at once)
Standard: $12.99 (watch up to two devices at once)
Premium: $15.99 (watch up to four devices at once)
Free trial length: 30 days
Student option: No

Monthly Price:
Hulu (with ads): $5.99
Hulu (no ads): $11.99
Hulu (with ads) + Live T.V.: $54.99
Hulu (no ads) + Live T.V.: $60.99
Free trial length: 30 days
Student option: Yes
$4.99 per month. Allows users to bundle Hulu (with ads) with the music streaming app, Spotify’s premium plan and access to the television network SHOWTIME.

Amazon Prime
Monthly Price:
Amazon Prime Video: $8.99
Amazon Prime: $12.99 (Users can save money by paying $119 upfront for a whole year).
Free trial length: 30 days
Student option: Yes
Includes a six-month free trial. After the trial ends it is $6.49 per month. Users must verify their accounts with a college or university email address.

Monthly Price:
Basic: $6.99 (Customers have the option to purchase the annual subscription for $69.99, making it $5.38/month).
Basic Hulu and ESPN+ bundle: $12.99
Free trial length: 7 days
Student option: No