Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In on Streaming Service Options

Though Netflix started out as a simple by-mail DVD rental service that was used as an add-on to cable subscriptions, not an alternative to them, its eventual development of a robust streaming library of movies and TV shows inspired a slew of copycat services and disrupted the media space forever.

These days, streaming services are causing more and more people to cut ties with old-school media sources like cable packages, satellite radio subscriptions, and tangible media lenders in favor of streaming subscriptions. In turn, the streaming space is filling up with competitors: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling, and a host of network-affiliated services in the TV and movie space; Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Apple, iHeart Radio and more for music.

So which are the favorites? We turned to you to find out.

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When it came to music streaming services, your preferences were all over the map. Pandora took the lead with 37% of the vote, with Spotify trailing slightly behind at 23%. Amazon (14%), iHeart Radio (11%), and Apple Music (8%) also proved to be pretty popular. Artist-owned platform Tidal? Not so much. It garnered a mere 1% of the vote.

 

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Movie and TV show streaming service tastes were more homogenous. Netflix racked up a whopping 62% of the vote. Hulu and Amazon Prime (at 13% and 12%, respectively) also had a decent showing. Network-owned streaming services barely made it onto the board.

When asked to explain your choices, content selection and price were the most often-cited reasons. The quality of their original content garnered Netflix quite a few shout-outs as well.

Here’s a sampling of your replies:

“Netflix is my most watched. It streams very quickly & easily. Is cheap to purchase a subscription and can be used by multiple devices & multiple log in’s, at same time. Also numerous movies & tv shows that are always being updated. Plus they have amazing authentic shows” – Erica, 33, MA

“I use Netflix most because of convenience and sheer catalog volume. I can access Netflix on any of my devices and watch just about anything on it. The multiple profile option is also a huge plus: several users can benefit from one subscription.” – Brittany, 22, WA

“I use Spotify most but often use a combination of Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify is where I seek out new music and is my most consistent go-to music app. iTunes is used because I have historically buy albums via iTunes, so I use it only to access those past purchases.” – Maxwell, 30, CA

“Spotify and Netflix are my most used streaming services. I like how Spotify keeps up with my music preferences and suggests playlists. Netflix has a huge array of movies, tv shows, and anime that I love.” – Leila, 25, MS


 

No matter what your rationale, most users agreed that Orange is the New Black was not to be missed. A whopping 33% of those polled professed to LOVING the Netflix original show.

Do you agree with the stats? Let us know below.

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connie1963

I Don’t mess with netflix.

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Lynnora Sims

netflix is best

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Erin M

I seem to be one of the very few who loves her Hulu.

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Anonymous

Hulu, by far!

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Jaime

Awesome!

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Jaime

So awesome!

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Bje

Agree with results.

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Rodena MacNeil

I love Netflix! 🙂

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Any Tapia

My faves are Pandora and Netflix. Although i wish Netflix had new movies. I feel like ive watched everything

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Frances Eidson

I really don’t care for Hulu but Netflix just don’t put new stuff out fast enough.

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Pamela J Cash

I have not had chance to try net flicks or hula yet instick to continental cable and internet.i agrer that net flicks dont have enough movies.

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joan fitzpatrick

used to be a subscriber to Netflix…but..cancelled…as the content wasn’t as current as I would have liked

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Carrie

Netflix doesn’t work well in my area, I love the fire stick!

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cbn

good stuff

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Terri Jessie

Netflix for movies and Hulu for tv!! Love em in their own ways!

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Pamela J Cash

I just use continental cable ive not yet experienced net flex or hula.

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Pamela J Cash

I have not had chance to try net flicks or hula yet instick to continental cable and internet.

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Judy

The only problem with Netlix is that they don’t add new stuff that often. Actually considering getting HBO Now, any thoughts and experiences?

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Carmem

I really in joy my NexFlic on TV, I watch a lot of movies.

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sharon

I use netflix less than hulu at this point. Hulu is awesome for basic tv and some cable channels.

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Shari

I love Netflix. It loads super quick. Plenty of movies to choose from. Reasonably priced.

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Tymesha Whelps

Netflix is easy to use and has real good TV shows and movies

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Lisa Rivera

I subscribe to Pandora and Netflix

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Emily

Love my Netflix and Pandora 🙂

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Laurie Miller

I subscribe to Netflix and Pandora.

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