Working out which streaming service is best for you can be difficult when all too often their costs are hidden beyond the advertisement of a free trial. Here we look at the UK monthly subscription charges for everything from Spotify to Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Prices were correct on 20 October 2015.)
Music-streaming services UK prices
How much is Spotify UK? How much is Spotify Premium UK?
Spotify is available as a free service in the UK, but includes ads. To lose the ads and benefit from on-demand and offline music streaming, you need Spotify Premium. In the UK Spotify Premium costs £9.99 per month; a 30-day free trial is available. Also see: Spotify Free vs Premium.
How much is Deezer UK? How much is Deezer Premium+ UK?
It's a similar deal with Deezer in the UK: you can enjoy unlimited music on a PC or tablet, and flow and mixes on a mobile, all for free. But to enjoy ad-free and offline listening, high-quality tracks and the ability to import your own MP3 files, you need Deezer Premium+. Like Spotify Premium, you can have a 30-day free trial of Deezer premium+, and it costs £9.99 per month thereafter. Also see: What's the best music-streaming service.
How much is Google Music All Access UK?
Google Music allows you to buy single tracks and albums, or you can subscribe to Google Music All Access for a monthly fee of £9.99. All Access offers unlimited music streaming, and a very generous three-month free trial.
How much is Apple Music UK?
In the UK Apple matches Google's deal for unlimited music streaming - with Apple Music you get a three-month free trial, and it costs £9.99 per month thereafter.
How much is Amazon Prime Music UK?
With an Amazon Prime account you not only get access to Amazon Prime Music, but Amazon Prime Instant Film movies and TV shows, unlimited one-day delivery for eligible items purchased through Amazon UK, unlimited photo storage and you can borrow free Kindle books. An Amazon Prime account costs £79 per year, which works out at £6.58 per month. Also see: How to cancel Amazon Prime.
How much is Rdio UK? How much is Rdio Unlimited UK?
In common with its rivals, you can listen to Rdio for free with ads, or sign up to Rdio Unlimited for on-demand and offline, ad-free listening for £9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial. With Rdio Unlimited you also get "pristine-quality" 320kb/s audio files and unlimited mobile downloads.
Rdio also offers discounts for families, while subscriptions for web-only (with Rdio Web) or mobile-only (with Rdio Unlimited Select) users will come to the UK soon. The Rdio Unlimited Family Plan allows you to add up to four half-price Rdio subscriptions to a full account.
How much is Napster UK?
You'll pay an extra penny a month for Napster over it's UK rivals, at £10 per month following a 30-day free trial. Napster offers ad-free streaming of more than 34 million songs.
How much is Tidal Premium UK? How much is Tidal HiFi UK?
Tidal is another music-streaming service available to UK users, and it offers two subscriptions to its music catalogue. A standard Tidal Premium membership is the equivalent to the other music services here, charging £9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial. You can save some money with a value plan, which costs £8.49 per month but you must pay six months in advance. You'll get standard sound quality and high-definition music videos in return.
Alternatively, Tidal offers lossless high-fidelity sound quality on its Tidal HiFi subscription. This costs £19.99 per month in the UK, and again there is a value pack available that lets you save some cash by paying six months in advance. The value plan for Tidal HiFi works out at £16.99 per month. Also see: What is Tidal? Jay-Z's music-streaming service explained.
How much is Qobuz UK? How much is Qobuz Hi-Fi UK? How much is Qobuz Sublime UK?
Audiophiles will also like Qobuz which, as well as its standard £9.99 per month subscription for the Premium (standard) package, offers Hi-Fi and Sublime packages that provide much higher-quality audio. Qobuz Hi-Fi, like Tidal Hi-Fi, costs £19.99 per month and offrs true CD-quality 16-Bit/44.1kHz audio files. Qobuz Sublime commands an annual payment of £219.99 and allows you to download true CD-quality audio in 24-bit hi-res files. 30-day free trials are available for Qobuz Premium and Qobuz Hi-Fi.
Movie-streaming services UK prices
How much is Netflix UK? How much is Netflix Basic UK? How much is Netflix Standard UK? How much is Netflix Premium UK?
Three Netflix subscriptions are availble in the UK, with the cheapest Netflix Basic package costing £5.99 per month and allowing you to watch unlimited films and TV programmes on your laptop, TV, phone or tablet. Also see: Best films on Netflix.
A Netflix Standard account costs £7.49 per month and adds HD content and the ability to watch content on two screens at once. Netflix Premium costs £8.99 per month, adds Ultra-HD content (when available) and lets you watch films and TV shows on four screens at once. Also see: How to watch US Netflix in the UK.
How much is Amazon Prime Instant Film UK?
You have three options if you want to stream movies and TV shows from Amazon. First you can buy them outright in digital form, and SD and HD versions are available. Second, you can sign up to Amazon Prime Instant Video, which as a standalone product is sold at £5.99 per month.
However, if you also shop at Amazon and would benefit from free one-day delivery of eligible items, unlimited photo storage, Amazon Prime Music streaming and the ability to borrow free Kindle books, a full Amazon Prime account will offer great value at £79 per year, which works out at £6.58 per month. Also see: Netflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video.
How much is Now TV UK?
Now TV allows you to select just the bits you want of paid TV at a much lower monthly premium. It can be played through a web browser or app, or you can purchase a Now TV box (from £14.99 for the box on its own) which looks and acts much like a Roku, allowing you to add apps and catch-up TV services. Once you've got your app or box on which to view Now TV you need to subscribe to one of the three Now TV UK subscription services.
The Now TV Sky Movies Pass is the most expensive at £9.99 per month (a 30-day free trial is available). You can browse its huge collection of movies for on-demand streaming, or watch live on any of Sky's Movie channels.
The Now TV Entertainment package costs £6.99 per month and offers access to 13 paid TV channels, including Fox UK, Discovery, GOLD, Disney, Nickelodeon, Sky 1 and Sky Living. You'll also benefit from catch-up TV services and more than 250 TV boxsets.
The third option is a Now TV Sky Sports Pass, which costs £6.99 per day, £10.99 per week or £31.99 per month, giving you access to the biggest events, matches and races on-demand.
How much is Blinkbox UK?
Blinkbox lets you rent movies from £3.49 or buy them from £8.99; for TV shows you can buy a single episode from £1.89 or a series from £5.99.
How much is Wuaki.tv UK?
Wuaki.tv is just like Blinkbox, allowing you to purchase or rent on-demand films and TV series. Its new releases cost £3.49 to rent in SD (£4.49 HD), or you can buy them in SD for £9.99 or HD for £13.99.
How much is Google Play Movies & TV? How much is iTunes for films UK? How much is Microsoft Music & TV UK?
Like Blinkbox and Wuaki.tv, Google Play Movies & TV, Apple's iTunes and Microsoft's Movies & TV (previously Xbox Video) offer movies and TV shows to rent or buy when you want them, but they don't offer monthly subscription services. (Yet. We're sure it won't be long before they do.)
New releases on Google Play Movies & TV costs £3.49 to rent and £9.99 to buy. It'll cost you the same amount for the SD versions over on iTunes or Microsoft Movies & TV, or you can buy in HD for £13.99 or rent in HD for £4.49. Older movies are cheaper, and TV show pricing varies.
How much is Sky Go UK?
Sky Go is free for existing Sky TV customers, with Sky TV Bundles starting at £20 per month. Each Sky TV Bundle has a £10 set-up charge and comes with a free Sky+ HD box. At the time of writing you'll also get a free Samsung Galaxy Tab E or £100 reward when you sign up.
The Original Bundle is the cheapest package at £20 per month, offering 35+ entertainment channels, 11 free-to-air HD channels and 240 free-to-air channels.
The £30 per month Variety Bundle offers 75+ entertainment channels, 11 free-to-air HD channels. 240 free-to-air channels and 1,900+ episodes of kids' shows.
The £36 per month Family Bundle has all this but 50+ HD channels, Sky Box Sets and exclusive entertainment in 3D.
For £37 per month you get the Sky Movies Bundle, the Sky Sports Bundle costs £45.50 per month, and the complete set of Sky services is available in the £75.50 per month Complete Bundle.
How much is MUBI UK?
MUBI lets you "watch a beautiful new film every day, hand-picked by us" because "life is too short for bad films". It's the cheapest movie-streaming service here at £4.99 per month.
Sport TV streaming services UK prices
How much is BT Sport UK?
BT Sport costs an additional £5 per month if you are a BT Broadband customer, or comes free with BT TV.
How much is Sky Sports UK?
Sky Sports day-, week- and month passes are available through Now TV for £6.99, £10.99 and £31.99 respectively. You can also watch Sky Sports through Sky Go, which is free with any Sky TV bundle. The Sky Sports Bundle costs £45.50 per month, or you can get Sky's Complete Bundle for £75.50 per month (a one-off charge of £10 applies). If you already have Sky TV you can add Sky Sports for an extra £25.50 per month.
Game-streaming services UK prices
How much is PlayStation Plus UK?
PlayStation Plus costs from £3.33 per month, offering PS4 online multiplayer, 24 PS4 games per year at no extra cost, exclusive discounts at the PlayStation Store, access to Share Play (allowing your friends to play your games) and 10GB of cloud storage for your game saves.
You'll pay £5.99 for a one-month membership, £14.99 for a three-month membership (£5/month), or £39.99 for a 12-month membership (£3.33/month).
How much is Xbox Live Gold UK?
Xbox Live Gold offers free games every month, the most advanced multiplayer, exclusive member discounts in the Xbox Store and more. It's priced to match PlayStation Plus, at £5.99 for a one-month membership, £14.99 for a three-month membership (£5/month), and £39.99 for a 12-month membership (£3.33/month).
How much is GeForce Now UK?
GeForce Now is a subscription-based game-streaming service that allows unlimited streaming of more than 50 popular PC games to Nvidia's family of Shield devices. Games are streamed from online servers at up to 1080p, 60fps, and mean gamers no longer need to wait for games to download before they can start playing - they'll be ready to go within 30 seconds.
GeForce Now launches with- and will be free on the Nvidia Shield Android TV box for the first three months, and £7.49 per month thereafter.
Other online streaming services UK prices
How much is Kindle Unlimited UK?
Kindle Unlimited lets you browse over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks for £7.99 per month. You don't need a Kindle - Kindle Unlimited is available on any device. A 30-day free trial is available.
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