10 Streaming Services That Do Things Differently

At some point, we all thought of streaming as a pioneering answer to those seeking a midway between network TV, traditional cable, and current-release films. Services like Netflix and Amazon Prime were jam-packed with all these things and more, and their emergence ushered in a wildly new way to watch: quick and convenient, with countless to choose from.

But soon streaming had become overstuffed with more of the same thing. Before you knew it, media outlets had their own Netflixes, Primes, and Vudus going on—streamers, like cable before it, are now going through the same trajectory as every other product that was once shiny and new. 

That said, there are still streaming services that dare to do things differently, and they deserve their own list for bringing something new to the table. Be it in their features, interface, or offerings, you'll find that the services below are unique in their own ways and prove that streaming still has a few lively tricks up its sleeve. 

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Criterion Channel is a curated movie-streaming service that offers ad-free and on-demand access to films from The Criterion Collection in HD. It is currently only available in the US and Canada. The subscription costs $10.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Like Netflix, the Criterion Channel also offers a physical rental service. The number of movies you can rent each month, for a flat monthly rate, depends on how quickly you can return them. You don't need to subscribe to The Criterion Channel to buy or rent physical media on DVD and Blu-ray, but subscribers may get discounts.

Price: $10.99/month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

BroadwayHD is a streaming service that offers users the ability to watch live and recorded theater productions from the comfort of their own homes. The company was founded in 2015 by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, two Tony Award-winning producers, and is headquartered in New York City.

Price: $11.99/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Website

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