The data behind the tool

Want to learn a bit more about the data behind our compatibility tool? Browse this page to discover everything you need to know about the various streaming services on offer.

How much content does each service have?

If you’ve been known to binge-watch an entire series in a day, it’s probably quite important that your streaming service has a large library of content to keep you going. On the other hand, if you suffer from choice fatigue, a smaller library could work to your favour. Check out the graphto explore how many unique titles each platform has on offer. Amazon leads the way by a long shot, while brand-new Apple TV+ has just a small collection of titles, as the platform focuses on creating original, exclusive content.

Amount of Content on Each Service
Amount of Content on Each Service

What kind of value for money do they offer?

While it’s straightforward to find out which of the subscription services have the lowest fees, it takes a little more digging to learn what value for money each can offer. We assessed the price of each subscription against the amount of content available to find out what kind of bang for your buck you can get for the various different services on offer. Netflix is the most expensive of the subscriptions, but it offers a lot of content for your money, while some of the cheaper services have smaller libraries.

The Value for Money Each Service Offers
The Value for Money Each Service Offers

Is the content highly rated?

Of course, quantity doesn’t necessarily represent quality. For some, a smaller library of highly-rated or critically acclaimed titles could be the dream deal. Using extensive data on the IMDB score of every title on each service, we unearthed the average ratings for content on each subscription service. BFI Player, which specialises in critically acclaimed cinema comes out on top, with an average IMDB score of 7.59.

Average IMDB Score on Each Service
Average IMDB Score on Each Service

What genre is each platform best for?

While a library comprising a wide variety of different genres is the benefit of some subscription services, the unique selling point of others is that they cater for a niche market. Shudder, for example, specialises in the horror genre, while Hayu focuses entirely on reality TV. We assessed what each service is best for by looking at the total amount of content per genre, as well as what genre each platform’s most popular titles fall under.

Does it specialise in movies or TV shows? Or both?

Do you love getting stuck into a TV series, or do you prefer the one-off experience of a movie? Depending on your preference, you might want to choose a subscription service that caters to your taste. Check out the graph to see the percentage split of movies and TV shows on each platform.

Split of Movies and TV Shows on Each Service
Split of Movies and TV Shows on Each Service

Does it have brand-new or classic content?

While some revel in the ‘exclusive’ feeling of watching films and TV shows as soon as they’ve been released, others prefer the charm of old flicks. We explored the content libraries of each platform to reveal which ones deal in new content vs. the classics. With 61% of its library comprising films that are at least 25 years old, BFI Player is the place to go for classic content, while Apple TV+ sells itself on the fact all of its content is brand spanking new.

Amount of Brand-New and Classic Content on Each Service
Amount of Brand-New and Classic Content on Each Service

About the campaign

Data on popular genres, ratings and most popular titles is from Reelgood.com. Data on amount of content on each platform, top genres and release dates is from Justwatch.com. Pricing information is from Netflix, Amazon, Now TV, Disney+, Apple, Shudder, BFI, Mubi and Hayu.