Five movie streaming services available in the UK

Britta O'Boyle
Five movie streaming services available in the UK

Movie and TV show streaming services have become more and more popular over the last couple of years, with numerous options available to you.

Here are five services to choose from to catch up on your favourite TV show, or watch the latest DVDs without having to leave your sofa.


Netflix features a range of TV shows and movies, with some of the TV shows exclusive to the service and some funded by Netflix itself.

There two monthly subscription options available with £5.99 allowing you to watch on two devices simultaneously, and £8.99 letting you use four.

Netflix can be used on PC or Mac though your internet browser, as well as a range of gaming consoles, Smart TVs, selected Blu-ray players and Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

Amazon Lovefilm

Amazon's Lovefilm is similar to Netflix in that it offers a subscription-only streaming service, but it also has the option to have physical rental copies delivered to you by post.

It offers movies and TV shows and it can be used on a range of devices, just like Netflix.

Amazon Lovefilm is available for £5.99 a month, which will give you access Lovefilm Instant, or £9.99 a month which lets you have one disc at a time sent to you and returned by post, as well as access to the Instant streaming service.

Now TV

Now TV is a service provided by Sky and offers users live or on demand content normally shown on the broadcaster's channels.

There are a number of price options with Now TV including the Sky Movies Month Pass for £8.99 a month, giving you access to the Sky Movies Channels. There is also the Sky Sports Day Pass for a one-off £9.99, offering you access to six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours.

In addition, there is also the Now TV Entertainment Month Pass, which costs £4.99 until 31 March, after which it will be increasing to £8.99 a month and will give you access to channels not available on Freeview, such as Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic.

There is a Now TV application for a range of devices, as well as the option to buy a Now TV streaming box for £9.99.


Blinkbox is a movie and TV show rental and purchase service owned by Tesco and allows you to rent or buy the latest films, but offers no subscription service.

Prices for TV shows and films vary by title but to rent a new film will cost you £3.49 for standard definition (SD) and £4.49 for high definition (HD), with 30 days to watch it. To buy a new film, you can expect to pay £10.99 for SD and £13.99 for HD.

TV shows are available to buy only, costing £1.89 per episode in SD and £2.49 for HD, as well as the option to buy box sets outright.

There is a Blinkbox app available for a range of devices including games consoles, Smart TVs, Android, iOS and Windows 8 tablets, as well as through your browser.

Knowhow Movies

Knowhow Movies is similar to Blinkbox and offers films and TV shows to rent or buy, with no subscription option available.

Slightly more expensive than Blinkbox, Knowhow Movies offers new movies to rent for £3.99 in SD and £4.99 in HD with the same 30-day period. Buying prices cost £12.99 in SD and £17.99 in HD.

Older films are a little cheaper at £2.99 to rent in SD and £3.99 in HD, and buying prices vary starting from £3.99 to £12.99. In terms of TV shows, you are looking at £1.99 for an SD episode and £2.99 for HD.

You'll be able to stream through your browser on a PC or Mac and there is also a Knowhow Movies app for a range of devices.

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