8 Best Streaming Platforms For Under $5

Updated November 14, 2021 • Staff

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get subscriptions to excellent streaming services. In fact, some of the best ones won't cost you more than five bucks. 

For under $5, you can get monthly subscriptions to Apple TV+, Peacock, Shudder, CuriosityStream, Magnolia Selects, or Discovery+.

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Apple TV+

Price: Apple TV+ is great value for money compared to just about every streaming service out there, in terms of both quality of the programming and service. Offline downloads and 4K streaming: Although you have to pay for the service, Paramount+ offers premium subscribers offline downloads, as well as 4K streaming for select titles.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

7.

Amazon Kids+

Amazon Kids+ is a cheap way to get access to kids' animation, as well as age-appropriate e-books, apps, audiobooks, and games. It also has the big benefit of an offline mode, so that you can keep your precious little ones entertained on road trips and flights.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 30 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Fire tablets, iOS

6.

Discovery+

Discovery+ has an incredibly big catalog, which the service estimates at 55,000 episodes. But then again, it's not any type of catalog, it's very specific stuff. So before you subscribe, go on their website, browse their programming, and if some of it speaks to you, great! Otherwise, there is little use to having access to so much TV without being interested in it.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

5.

Indieflix

Niche programming: On IndieFlix, you’ll find a wide selection of independent and short films, a lot of top-notch documentaries, and even older TV shows, with the library regularly updated. Supports filmmakers: Indieflix originated an artist payment model called the RPM (Royalty Pool Minutes) that pays filmmakers for every minute watched of their content, so you can contribute directly while you watch.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

4.

Shudder

Niche programming: Since it’s curated by human horror aficionados, Shudder covers an impressive range of hidden gems and higher-quality titles. 

Well-curated: Through the platform you can access Shudder TV, which is a 24/7 live stream of chilling content in case you can’t decide on what to watch.

Price: $4.75 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

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

3.

CuriosityStream

Viewing quality: All CuriosityStream titles are available in either HD or 4K.

Niche programming: For factual content, CuriosityStream is unrivalled thanks to its regularly updated library of high-quality documentaries, 900 of which are exclusives. 

High value: For a pretty low price, CuriosityStream offers 3,000 titles and has plans to upgrade to 11,000 premium titles within five years.

Flexible: There are no regional or device limitations either so you can stream on as many devices at once as you want, from anywhere in the world.

Price: $2.99 per month

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

2.

Magnolia Selects

Subgenre streaming: If you know what you like (and don’t like), you can circumvent the all-inclusive subscription and just pay $2.99 monthly for access to a specific genre of titles. Choose from horror, comedy, gangster movies, and more. Variety of content: There’s a great variety across the programming, particularly across indie films, with the library updated on a monthly basis.

Price: $4.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Android, iOS, Roku

1.

Peacock

Solid free option: You can get access to acclaimed shows for free, including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Downton Abbey, to name a few. The free tier also includes new episodes of NBC shows that are on their first season. Live TV: With the premium service, you can get live sports (e.g. Premier League) and news on top of the on-demand platform.

Price: $4.99 per month

Device availability: Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, LG TV, PlayStation, Roky, Visio TV, Xbox

The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors and ranked based on objective criteria (value per dollar spent). If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

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