Whether you've got a taste for the latest Hollywood blockbusters, small indie films, the best of British cinema or children’s favourites, subscription film services have got you covered.
With a range of contemporary and classic films available at your fingertips and on demand, there’s never been a better time to be a cinema fan.
From Amazon Prime Video to Netflix and NOW TV, there’s a wide range of streaming services for movie buffs to pick from. Here, we’ll outline what each one offers to help you find the one that’s right for you.
Sky’s movies output is broadcast by satellite for Sky subscribers or over the web for NOW TV customers, so it’s up to you which you choose.
Sky’s movie channels are divided up by genre and include action and adventure, family, comedy and crime and thriller, plus themed or seasonal channels.
Customers also get to enjoy all 11 Sky Cinema channels wherever they are in the UK and Ireland with the Sky Go app on their mobiles or tablets.
Here's how to get Sky Cinema.
The original streaming service is still the most popular. Netflix is a US-based provider of on-demand streaming — and rentals by post, depending on your package — which launched in the UK in January 2012. This streaming service offers thousands of films and TV shows, including incredibly popular original shows like The Crown, Black Mirror and Orange is the New Black.
Read more about what's on Netflix.
Amazon Prime Video, formerly LoveFilm Instant, is a video-on-demand service that offers unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including original content like The Grand Tour, Vikings and Outlander.
You can sign up for Amazon Prime on a monthly basis or shell out for an annual Amazon Prime membership, which also includes free one-day shipping on select Amazon purchases. Additional packages offer DVD or Blu-ray rentals by post.
Find out more about what's on Amazon Prime.
Sky’s movies library is perhaps the most extensive in the UK. Their streaming service, NOW TV, offers unlimited streaming of all 11 Sky Cinema channels, including a new premiere every day, if you sign up for a monthly Sky Cinema pass. Unlike a full Sky subscription, you're not locked into a contract with NOW TV and can cancel your monthly pass at any time.
Learn more about what's on NOW TV.
Contract terms differ greatly among movie TV providers. Netflix and NOW TV both frequently offer free trials, so you can easily see if they’re right for you without committing to a lengthy contract. Even if you sign and change your mind, you’re free to cancel at any time without incurring an extra charge.
Most TV providers, including BT and TalkTalk, offer Sky Cinema channels as a monthly add-on to your existing TV contract, too.
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