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.
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.
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.
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