’Tis the season of giving, and movies and TV are no-brainers because they can all be shared. On IndieWire’s Very Good TV Podcast, TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers break down how the gift of TV has changed over the years. While physical copies are still preferable – tangible gifts are so satisfying – digital has increasingly become the norm.
Giving streaming services may feel like more of a commitment, but it really gives far more bang for your buck. While the wealth of digital offerings can be overwhelming, it’s perfect for last-minute gift-giving. There’s no shipping time involved and no wrapping hassles, unless you want to spring for a greeting card (so retro!).
At this point, it can safely be assumed that everyone has access to Netflix, and is already familiar with Hulu and Amazon Prime. Here’s a guide to some of the best alternate streaming services for more specific, discerning tastes.