Your TV antenna offers great free channels, but you’re left wanting more. Netflix and Hulu are great, and a lot of major companies, like Disney and HBO, offer their own streaming services. But you’re not getting anything truly unique with these big names.
You want something different.
Do you have options?
These streaming services offer you a new, unique option for streaming content.
Shudder offers a free trial, and I suggest you give it a try for the seven days allotted. If you’re not into horror movies or thrillers, skip to our next pick. But if you’re a fan of horror and thrillers, Shudder is exactly what you’re looking for in a streaming service.
Collections are handpicked and provide you with access to the horror movies that Shudder professionals have handpicked. You’ll find things like Horror 101 and Zombie Jamboree collections.
You’ll gain access to new and classic movies, too.
If you want to watch a television series, the company also has shows that are truly unique. You’ll find A Discovery of Witches, which is a Sundance Now original series along with Drive-In, Rillington Place, History of Horror and a plethora of other great series.
Shudder also has its own original series that allows you to get started with new content.
If you’re missing the horror and thriller experience because Netflix doesn’t offer it, this is the streaming service for you.
Acorn TV is available with monthly and annual memberships. The service is very affordable, and you’ll find that it’s also very niche. The service aims to bring UK shows to American audiences, so if you’re a fan of UK humor and television, Acorn is for you.
You’ll find that the service offers:
There’s a free trial to give the service a try. Classic series are available along with many new series. You’ll find apps for all major devices, including iOS, Android, Roku and many more.
Foreign language content and films are also available.
A few of the titles that you can watch today are:
One thing that I can warn potential subscribers about is that some shows don’t seem to have all of the episodes available just yet. It must be a licensing issue, but it’s a major concern when you’re stuck in the middle of a series you’re binge watching only to be stuck without an ending.
Acorn does have a unique library, and for anyone that loves British television, this is your best bet.
Criterion Channel is more expensive than many of the other streaming services we’ve listed, so keep this in mind when reading through our review. There is a 14-day free trial which is nice, and the company promotes itself as a “movie lover’s dream.”
Apps are available for all major devices, and you’ll find movies from around the world in the service’s library.
What’s different about this service than Netflix, for example, is that you’ll find a lot of movies you’ve never seen on traditional streaming options. There are classics, and there are also a lot of titles to discover from around the world.
The library has over 1,000 important contemporary and classic films.
Criterion also works with independent film studios so that they can offer the cult classics people love that haven’t been made available on other services.
The content is also thematically presented. Criterion wants to be different, so the company offers you a “film school.” You’ll find a lot of spotlight content, guest curators and new ways to find great movies that you may have missed otherwise.
A few of the many movies that are in the service’s collection are:
If you look at the service’s blog, you’ll find more than enough great content on movies and a look inside the company.
Qello is a lot different than anything we’ve ever seen before. The service is meant for music lovers who want to be able to watch full length concerts and documentaries about their favorite bands.
Qello gives you the inside scoop into the bands you love, providing insights into how the bands were formed and the action that happens behind the scenes.
If you’re not a fan of watching this type of content, they do offer their own music channels which you can listen to for free.
This is truly a niche service, with some of the Qello Essential content including:
You’ll also be able to watch a lot of your favorite bands “live,” such as Rival Songs and Kasabian. The summer’s biggest tours are also streaming along with documentaries behind the bands that you love.
Qello has been around since 2010, and you will enjoy how the service breaks up their content. You can flip through a live concert by songs so that you don’t have to sit through the entire set list if you don’t want to.
It’s all-day and all-night music like you’ve never seen before.
Audio quality is amazing, and you can create your own playlists, too. Think of Qello as your favorite music streaming service on steroids. You’ll be able to listen to your favorite artists or watch them perform live.
Skipping back and forth doesn’t have any lag, so it’s great if you want to skip forward in a concert to a specific part of a set.
All of these streaming services have their own niche audience. You may like one and not the other, but if you’re a fan of any of these niche services, you’ll be able to enjoy the exact content you love without fear that Netflix won’t have it anymore.
You should also be on the lookout for new streaming services, as many media companies are trying to compete with Netflix by offering their owns service.