With the success of Netflix, on-demand television and video streaming services have become increasingly popular. But many people may not be happy with just the catalog of the person responsible for Stranger Things and decide to subscribe to other services to complement. In addition, part of the public may look for a different platform that offers more national content or is focused on niche productions.
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To help anyone looking for an alternative to Netflix, we brought together seven competitors who, like her, do not depend on a pay TV operator to operate. Among the options are Brazilian and foreign products, in addition to those aimed at those who do not want to pay a monthly fee every month.
Want to go beyond Netflix? Meet service competitors – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
Recently, Amazon decided to invest heavily in Brazil: it started selling electronics here, launched the Fire TV Stick, Chromecast’s rival, in Tupiniquim stores, and translated its streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, entirely into Portuguese. And that’s not all: to win over the public, he cut the price in half, charging only R $ 7.90 in the first six months. There, the user can find several titles, including films and original series and productions from other distributors. In addition to the multinational’s dongle and web browsers, the service also has apps for smartphones, video game consoles and Samsung and LG Smart TVs. For now, no native Chromecast support.
Amazon Prime Video: multinational service has lower price – Photo: Reproduction / Bruno Soares
HBO Go, the television service on demand of the famous subscription channel, has been in Brazil for some time. Before, however, it was necessary to pay for the HBO package on your cable TV operator to have access to the person responsible for hits like Game of Thrones and Girls. Now, any Brazilian can subscribe to the service: just have an Android or iOS smartphone. The price may vary according to your broadband, but it is around R $ 34.90, a bit salty compared to competitors. The good news is that Chromecast is supported.
HBO Go no longer depends on subscription TVs – Photo: Reproduction / Bruno Soares
Rede Globo, the leading television channel in Brazil, also has its answer to modern times of online video. Globo Play, the broadcaster’s streaming service, has not only the live broadcast of the program, but also soap operas, series, football and journalism available to be watched at any time. The user can enjoy not only current novels, such as Do Outro Lado do Paraíso, but also the oldest ones, such as Avenida Brasil. The monthly fee is R $ 15.90 per month and the service has apps for cell phones, Apple TV, Chromecast, among others.
Globo Play: Brazilian service brings soap operas, journalism and football – Photo: Reproduction / Bruno Soares
Looke is a Brazilian streaming service that allows you to subscribe to a plan of R $ 18.90 per month or to rent and buy content individually. In 2015, the company acquired NetMovies, a popular competitor to Netflix, and now, while still maintaining both domains, they offer the same service. According to the developers, there are more than 12,000 titles, including releases. Some newer films, however, are not included in the streaming package and must be purchased separately. The service is compatible with Android and iOS systems, PCs, video game consoles and smart TVs.
Looke: Brazilian service with rent or monthly plan – Photo: Reproduction / Bruno Soares
That YouTube is one of the largest collections of free videos on the internet, with content that includes webseries, vlogs, concerts and video clips, everyone already knows. What you may not know is that the service also includes YouTube Movies, an online rental company with titles starting at R $ 1.99. This is a good alternative for those who watch movies casually and prefer to rent when they feel like it rather than paying a fixed amount every month. The app also has the advantage of being available for most platforms, including cell phones, consoles and media centers.
YouTube also has movie rentals – Photo: Reproduction / Bruno Soares
Another option for casual viewers is Google Play Movies. Just like on YouTube, users can rent several titles, including those that have just left the cinema, for values that can be as low as R $ 3.90. The lease is tied to your Google account and, for those who use Chromecast, there is no need to worry: the internet giant would not leave your dongle out.
Google Play Filmes – Photo: Playback / Bruno Soares
Eastern culture has grown stronger here. The success of anime, K-Pop and Korean dramas has opened up space for services like Rakuten Viki, a streaming site where users can find content from countries like South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. The monthly fee starts at US $ 0.83 per month, which, in direct conversion, is around R $ 2.60. The company is also responsible for Kobo, the Kindle’s competitor e-reader.
Rakuten Viki: Korean dramas – Photo: Reproduction / Bruno Soares