With scads of feature films and more than 500 streaming scripted shows, it’s an exciting time to be a viewer. But it can also be anxiety inducing, with a growing number of platforms—from old standbys like Netflix and Hulu to recent upstarts Disney+ and Apple TV+ to buzzy newbies launching this spring like HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi—fighting for your time and money. Whose side should you take in the streaming wars, and how many services do you really need to subscribe to?
The answer lies in your budget and personal taste. Below, a guide to choosing from some of the most notable services.