Netflix Alternatives You Need to Try if You’re Canceling Your Subscription

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Sep 15

Netflix may have brought us into the streaming era, but many users are frustrated with the legendary streaming service’s strict account-sharing policies, and other major streamers are likely to follow (laaame). If you've been mooching off your ex's account, it's not like you'll be asking them to forward access codes when you’re just trying to binge The Great British Baking Show.

A few years ago, there may not have been many promising Netflix alternatives. Now they’re all over the place, and we’ve pulled together some of the best the internet has to offer. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to watch all sorts of shows from horror to humor, or you want to deep-dive into your most niche interest, take a look at what the internet has to offer. 


Part of the appeal of Netflix was that it was basically a mall of content. At its best, Netflix had a few decent choices, from feel-good romance to grim existential horror. Hulu has that same vibe, and you don’t have to track how long it's been since you connected to a specific internet provider, unlike some streaming services. Hulu has plans starting as low as $8 a month, and you can watch on two devices at once, but their cheapest subscription does have ads. We like to think of those as built-in snack breaks! Try a month of Hulu for free when you sign up today. 

Curiosity Stream

Miss the sound of David Attenborough's voice telling you how cool the ocean is? Curiosity Stream has that and worlds more. Interested in true crime? Space? Ancient civilizations? Cats? Curiosity Stream has a library with thousands of documentaries and docu-series for you to get lost in.

Explore collections dedicated to your favorite niche interest, listen to celebrity narrators like Nick Offerman and Queen Latifah, or browse until you find something awesome to learn about. New content is added every week, and it’s good stuff. The average rating for Netflix documentaries is just 7.4/10; meanwhile, Curiosity Stream won an Emmy, and you can get an ad-free lifetime subscription to Curiosity Stream for $200. That’s not much more than Netflix's standard ad-free plan for just a single year!

Curiosity Stream HD Plan: Lifetime Subscription

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Fearless Unlimited

Netflix used to get some serious praise for how diverse the casts often were in their original shows, but Netflix isn’t the only place you can go if you’re looking for a strong leading lady, well-rounded LGBT characters, stories from people of color, and more. Fearless features a library of over 3,000 titles, including more than 1,500 independent filmmakers creating documentaries, comedies, films, and series, including some animation. It’s a smorgasbord of stuff to watch where the unifying theme is inclusion. Stream on up to five devices at once with Fearless Unlimited and get a lifetime subscription with no recurring costs for only $30.

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Fearless Unlimited Streaming Plan: Lifetime Subscription

Indigenous, Black & More! Enjoy Lifetime Access to 3,000 Titles from 1,500 Independent Creators!

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Dogs work hard, too, and they deserve to be able to sit down to their favorite shows after a long day of scratching, sniffing, and playing. Some studies have found that dogs really do like watching TV, but you’d be barking up the wrong tree if you asked them for recommendations. Pups typically go for shows that feature—surprise surprise—animals.

DogTV is a dog-centric streaming service with sounds and scenes created just for pups. Programming runs 24 hours a day, so your furry friend doesn’t have to sniff out something new to watch when their show ends. This deal doesn't include cable or satellite access to DogTV, but you’ve got a lot of options between streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku, television operating systems, desktop, iOS, and Android. Not to mention, the whole thing is pretty entertaining for humans too.

Treat your little floofer to some paw-some content and get a lifetime subscription to DogTV for just $150.  

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You may have heard of Curiosity Stream before landing on this article, but don't sleep on MagellanTV if documentaries are your jam—particularly in the war and history categories. This streaming platform offers pretty deep coverage on those topics plus technology, science, culture, and more. Watch more than 3,000 ad-free programs and movies with new content added weekly. Sign up for a lifetime of MagellanTV for $200.

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