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.
Movies TV streaming services
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 or over the web, 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,
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.
Virgin Media movies TV
Virgin Media TV customers with a V6 or TiVo box get a huge library of movies to choose from and can add Sky Cinema channels to their package for an additional monthly charge.
Additionally, Virgin's set-top boxes are integrated with Netflix, so if you have a Netflix subscription, you can seamlessly stream content to your TV.
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.
Price: £5.99 to £8.99 per month, depending on the package you choose.
Amazon Prime Video
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.
Price: £5.99 a month or £79 for a year of Amazon Prime, which also includes free one-day shipping on select Amazon purchases. Additional packages offer DVD or Blu-ray rentals by post.
Sky’s movies library is perhaps the most extensive in the UK. Their streaming service, Now TV, offers unlimited streaming of all 11 Sky movie channels, including a new premiere every day.
Price: £9.99 for a monthly Sky Cinema pass.
Movie TV package contracts
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.
If you take Sky Cinema channels through a TV provider and want to cancel, however, you will have to commit to a one-year contract. This applies whether you sign up for them through Sky or Virgin Media and BT.