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.
Founded by the Texas-based cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse, Alamo on Demand is a streaming service that lets you rent or purchase a good mix of mainstream and obscure films. Here, you’ll find blockbusters and indies, new releases and cult classics, grindhouse as well as arthouse. In Alamo’s own words, it’s the “Staff Picks section of a video store,” a curated set of films carefully handpicked by the people behind it. And this is apparent in how the streaming service is organized. You can sort the movies by directors, genres, and categories like “Weird Wednesday” and “Ozploitation.” If you feel like exploring even more, they have movie playlists made in collaboration with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson and Edgar Wright, which follow different themes and moods. As of this writing, the platform doesn’t recognize credits and passes you may have collected with your Alamo Drafthouse membership, but it’s working on it. In the meantime, film lovers and patrons will find much to like in Alamo’s on-demand counterpart.
Whether you’re a Korean expat living in North America or a true-blue Hallyu fan, you’ll find much to like in OnDemandKorea, also sometimes known as Korea on Demand. The streaming service has both live TV and on-demand content, which it makes available in three tiers. The basic plan is ad-supported and free, the premium plan costs $10.99/month and gives you exclusive ad-free content, while the premium + box plan costs $19.99/month and gives you all the benefits of the previous plans plus five simultaneous viewings and 100 live channels. Korea on Demand also gives you the option to pay yearly to help you save up to $200 in costs. In terms of content, the platform has an impressively wide range. On the on-demand side, it has more than 500 films that range from mainstream to indie, while on the live TV side, it has multiple channels that cover news, entertainment, variety, and sports. It’s important to note, however, that the entire site is in Korean and not all titles have English subtitles, making it most suited to native or advanced speakers of the language.
If you’re a hardcore baseball fan, you’ll be delighted to know that you can tune in to your favorite pastime via MLB.TV, the league’s official streaming service. A subscription allows you to watch out-of-market games, as well as Minor League matches, local Pregame and Postgame shows, and expert commentary through MLB Big Inning, on all major streaming services live and on-demand. If you want to follow every team, you can pick their All Teams package for $25/month ($70 yearly) but if you’re only interested in a single team, you can pick their Single Team package for $20/month ($60 yearly). It’s important to note, however, that only out-of-market games can be watched live. Due to blackout restrictions, you’ll have to wait 90 minutes after a local or national game has aired before viewing it. Another important reminder: if you’re still on the cord and have the MLB Extra Innings cable TV package, you’re likely entitled to a free MLB.TV subscription. Contact your provider to check whether you’re eligible.
Bally Sports+ is a streaming service that lets you access live and on-demand content from your local NHL and NBA teams. The platform also covers some MLB markets, including Detroit, Florida, Kansas City, Wisconsin, and Tampa Bay, but it’s working to expand that lineup to include the rest of the league’s teams. A monthly subscription costs $20/month ($190 yearly), but if you live in an area that has multiple Bally Sports regional networks, you can choose to bundle those at a discounted rate. At the moment, Bally Sports+ is only available via the Bally Sports app, but this in turn can be accessed on major streaming devices including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.
You can buy nearly everything on Amazon, including movies and TV shows. Amazon’s video storefront (not to be confused with its on-demand streaming service Amazon Prime) allows you to either rent or buy thousands of titles, including new releases, blockbuster hits, niche indies, and international gems.
You’ll have to sign in using your Amazon account to start renting or purchasing, and Amazon allows you to redeem gift cards, promo codes, and points if you have them upon checkout. Like most video stores, Amazon gives you 30 days to start watching a rental and 48 hours to finish it, while unlimited access is granted to purchased titles. Lastly, you should know that a rented title is only viewable on one device, so sharing options will be limited.
You may know the YES Network as a sports cable channel dedicated to broadcasting New York Yankees games, but now it’s also a streaming service. For $25/month (or $240/year), you can watch local games by the Yankees, as well as by the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Liberty, without having to sign up for tricky cable or satellite packages.
The YES Network is available on most major streaming devices, but note that it can only be used in territories that the YES Network covers. Namely, these are New York State, Connecticut, northeastern Pennsylvania, and north and central New Jersey. If you’re in the area and want to cheer for your local team, then YES’s streaming option is worth considering.
Peacock Premium Plus is the highest streaming tier Peacock offers, but it’s still one of the cheapest packages you’ll find right now. For just $12/month, you get access to a vast selection of TV shows (many from NBC and Bravo), movies, live channels, and of course, sports.
Premium Plus subscribers also get offline downloads, ad-free viewing, and access to their local NBC channel.
If you’re a carrier of the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll be happy to know that you can get up to $20 in statement credits each month if you purchase a Peacock subscription using your card. Peacock has two plans: Premium, which costs $5.99/month and gives you access to NBC and Bravo shows, Peacock originals, sporting events, and live channels, Premium Plus, which costs $11.99/month. Plus has everything Premium has plus your local NBC channel, offline downloads, and zero ads.
To get the Peacock and AMEX bundle, the rules are simple: you have to sign up directly on Peacock’s website without using a third-party app or e-wallet, and you have to sign up for a standalone subscription. In other words, it shouldn’t be part of a cable or other streaming service bundle. You’ll also have to enroll your card on the AMEX website. Once all that’s done, you can start getting your monthly $20 credit (or annual $240 credit). Just be sure to check that it’s there; if it’s still not posted 8 weeks after the date of purchase, you should call the number on the back of your card.
For a good while, all Xfinity internet subscribers had access to Peacock’s free tier. But since NBCUniversal switched Peacock into a paid-only service, Xfinity has followed suit with the changes. Thankfully, however, it hasn’t completely canceled its Peacock-related bundles, so now there are currently two ways an Xfinity user can get Peacock Premium at no additional cost.
The first is available to Xfinity Internet customers with Gigabit speeds. With this level of service, you’re entitled to Peacock Premium at no additional cost for two years, after which, you can elect to continue your Peacock subscription for $5.99/month. The second is available to Xfinity Internet customers who are Diamond or Platinum rewards members. At this level, you can redeem a reward from Xfinity’s reward store, which then gives you access to Peacock Premium for free. Just remember to enroll at the rewards store before you avail of the offer. In both cases, you do not need a TV Box to start enjoying the bundle.
If you’re an Xfinity internet customer, you’re eligible to sign up for the Now TV and Peacock Premium bundle, a hefty live TV and on-demand streaming package that gives you access to films and TV shows from Universal, NBC, Bravo, Hallmark, History, and AMC, as well as 24/7 coverage from live channels like BBC News, NBC News Now, the Food Network, Discovery, and IFC. The beauty of this bundle is that covers the essentials of traditional TV, namely news, entertainment, and sports (Peacock is home to a number of live sporting events), while also giving you all you need on the on-demand front. Even better? It only costs $20/month, Now TV’s regular price, since Peacock Premium is added to the bundle completely free—no need to pay an additional $6/month, which is what the service would normally cost outside of this bundle.
The Now TV and Peacock Premium Bundle also comes with 20 hours of cloud DVR, and you can stream it on three concurrent screens. Apart from a subscription to Xfinity, there are no other strict requirements when claiming this offer.
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