There is more and more competition among streaming services, with new ones seemingly coming online by the month, as the pandemic continues, cord-cutting escalates and the audience for streaming content becomes larger.
But the original, at least according to one measure, is still the best.
Tom’s Guide has given its Tom’s Guide Award for the best streaming service to Netflix. The service was chosen, the site said, “thanks to its enormous library of movies, TV shows, documentaries, comedy specials, kids programming and—most importantly—acclaimed and buzzworthy originals.”
The site also praised Netflix’s tiered subscription plans, its interface, and recently added new features, including the top ten list and better parental controls.
In more detailed rankings published earlier this month, Tom’s Guide placed Netflix first, with HBO second and Disney+ third. They were followed by Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, Fubo TV, and Crackle. Among those omitted were Apple TV+, Quibi, and CBS All Access.
“Netflix won’t have as much licensed content since it will be kept in house at Disney Plus, HBO Max and the rest,” the site said. “But despite that, the service continues to boast more great content than you can watch in a lifetime.”
Netflix will add more originals throughout the month of July, including the new series Cursed, a sequel to its 2018 original The Kissing Booth and a new season of its superhero series Umbrella Academy. The acclaimed documentary series The Last Dance will also arrive on Netflix next month.
Tom’s Guide has recently been announcing award winners in various technology product categories. It named LG’s C9 OLED TV the best TV available.
“The LG C9 OLED is our favorite TV of the year even as the new 2020 TVs have come out to replace the superb 2019 model,” the site said. “But the LG C9 OLED remains our top pick for premium televisions nonetheless thanks to the superb quality offered by OLED, and an impressive feature set that still feels fresh a year later.”
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for the National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.