The Best Streaming Services for Dramas
agoodmovietowatch is a film and TV recommendation website. We aggregate what we call “highly-rated but little-known” titles, in other terms, movies and shows that you haven’t yet seen that you will like.
Naturally, many dramas fall into this category. People often dismiss films that seem sad or sentimental for comedies and easily digestible action films.
But if like me you are always on the hunt for a good drama, here are the streaming services you should consider subscribing to.
Level News is a slim ten-channel cord-cutting offer for, you guessed it, the news. It’s a good add-on if you have another cord-cutting subscription that doesn’t include news such as Frndly TV. That said, you will have to contend for less familiar channels as big-name broadcasters like CNN, the BBC, and MSNBC are still not available. Plus, some of the channels that are available, like France24, are streamable for free online. The service only launched in November 2022, and there are echos that it’s looking to add more news channels soon.
All Samsung Smart TVs come with a free Samsung TV Plus app, the company’s own streaming service that offers more than 200 live TV channels and on-demand content to users around the globe. There’s no need to subscribe or even sign up for an account to access the app.
Aside from its TVs (specifically those released from 2016 onwards), Samsung makes its streaming platform available to all Galaxy Devices, mobile and tablet, as long as their operating systems are updated to Android 8.0 or higher. It’s a worthy option for cord-cutters, especially if you want a fuss-free and cost-efficient way to watch your favorite channels.
With its curated lineup of over 100 hand-picked, top-quality independent films every month, Curia indulges viewers with seasonal and permanent film collections for only $3.99 a month. The service ensures an experience less reliant on the impersonal algorithm that has dominated the likes of Netflix, and more on the personal recommendation setup where friends and experts help you pick out the next best watch. Aside from thoughtful curations, signing up also gets you unlimited access to award-winning feature-length and short films from beloved festivals around the world, all in the comfort of your home.
Tencent Video, also known as WeTV internationally, is a Chinese streaming platform that offers a wide range of Asian content, from live TV and new shows to on-demand films and Asian dramas. With more than a billion users, WeTV is reportedly the fourth largest streamer in the world, following the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. WeTV’s packed library is supported by ads and comes for free for basic users, but it also offers ad-free, concurrent viewing as part of its premium package. This Chinese streamer is perfect for those interested in all things Asian entertainment.
Largely known as China’s Netflix, iQiyi is a popular and wide-ranging streaming platform that hosts the best of East Asian content. Among its catalog are Asian blockbusters, Chinese variety shows, Japanese anime, and of course, Korean dramas. iQiyi also has multiple deals with studios all over the world, including Netflix, so it’s able to stream global content to its Chinese audiences.
Perhaps the best part about iQiyi is that it comes for free; no need to pay to see its plenty and diverse titles, although you will be subject to some ads. To avoid ads and avail of perks such as concurrent viewing and download privileges, iQiyi offers a VIP membership that costs $2 per month.
BBC Select is a streaming service dedicated specifically to all things culture, politics, and ideas. It houses the best of the BBC’s non-fiction content—namely, widely-acclaimed documentaries and docuseries—but it also occasionally sources titles from other channels, like the UK’s Channel 4. While it can seem like BBC Select is competing with Acorn TV and BritBox, which are the go-to UK channels in North America, it’s actually closer to the likes of CuriosityStream and Discovery Plus in its specialization of documentaries.
BFI Player Classics is a subscription service that makes the best of British cinema available to users around the world. These films are, according to the site, “widely loved and rarely seen,” handpicked by the British Film Institute itself. They are carefully curated into collections which you can pick and choose based on your mood or interest. The streamer may not have the most extensive titles, only carrying little more than 300 at a time, but it’s sure to have some of the highest quality libraries out there, perfect for cinephiles and Anglophiles alike.
As the name suggests, VidAngel is a media streamer that gives users the option to block profanity, violence, sex, or anything else deemed too unseemly for the screen. Once you add an existing subscription service, you can start watching and filtering your favorite titles within your VidAngel account. As of the moment, it’s compatible with major services like Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, and Amazon add-ons like Showtime, Starz, and AMC. Interestingly, users also have the option to see all the content from their subscriptions in one place or categorize them per streamer. Aside from this, VidAngel also has its own line of original series.
Described as the Netflix of language learning, Lingopie has a wide array of international movies and TV shows to watch in nine languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and English. Mainly, it has a flashcard feature that allows you to learn the words in the subtitles as you go along. The flashcard lets you hear the right pronunciation of the word, while also giving info on its position of speech, tense, etc. It’s a great option for those interested in learning through entertainment.
Plex is a media management software that doubles as a free streaming service. Its main function is to organize your own library of content—that is, your own video, photo, or sound files—and make it streamable alongside Plex’s offerings of 200+ live TV channels and 50,000+ on-demand movies and shows. Plex’s basic package comes at no cost, but it also has a premium package starting at $4.99/month that boasts additional features, such as the ability to download content and watch them offline, among other things.
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