The Best Streaming Services for Seniors in 2024

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With cable TV bills often reaching upward of $200 per month, many people are cutting the cord and opting for streaming services. That said, not all streaming services are created equal. While often more affordable than cable or satellite, streaming services each come with their own unique programming — both live and on-demand.

In this rundown of the best streaming services for seniors, we’ll walk through our five favorite streaming options, including those for movies, TV shows, and even live sports.

FYI: New to the world of streaming platforms? Then read our guide to streaming for seniors.

The 5 Best Streaming Services for Seniors in 2024

Our Methodology

In choosing our favorite streaming services for seniors, we evaluated them based on the following criteria:

  • Price: Streaming services come with different subscription tiers, contracts, and add-ons. We evaluated them based on the amount of programming provided in relation to the cost.
  • Programming: While we can’t account for what every household wants to see, we took a general overview of the programming from each service to gauge who would most likely enjoy the service and how the content offerings impact the value.
  • Extra benefits: Some streaming services offer extra perks like premium channels, live sporting events, and the ability to stream on multiple devices. We looked for services with all the best features.
  • Live options: Some streaming services offer live TV options. This allows you to replace your cable service without losing live sports or news coverage. We noted when a streaming service had this option.

1. Hulu - Best Overall

What We Like Most:
  • Diverse content, including originals
  • Low starting price
  • Live TV option, including sports
  • Accessible interface

Overview

Cost: Starting at $7.99 per month

Hulu’s starting price of $7.99 per month, combined with a robust content library, keeps this classic streaming service at the top. Hulu has next-day streaming for new episodes of hit shows like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Saturday Night Live.” Other shows, such as “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Bear,” “The Rookie,” and “Blue Bloods” fill out their content library, along with a wide array of films and exclusive documentaries like “The Secrets of Hillsong.”

You also have the option of getting livestreamed sports and cable content with the Hulu + Live TV plan, which also includes subscriptions to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus for one monthly bill of $69.99 with ads, or $82.99 without ads. In fact, ads are our biggest downside to Hulu. The ad-free plan costs $14.99 instead of $7.99, making it far from the cheapest ad-free service.

However, with no long-term contracts and a ton of original programming, Hulu is great for people interested in their content, not bothered by ads, and looking to replace their cable.

To learn more about this service, read our guide to Hulu for seniors.

Pros
  • Tons of content, including originals
  • Livestreaming TV plan option
  • Low starting price
  • No long-term contracts
Cons
  • Ad-free costs more
  • Limited to two simultaneous streams per account

2. FuboTV - Best for Live Sports

What We Like Most:
  • Live sports, including local, regional, and national
  • Content add-on options
  • Hassle-free simultaneous streams
  • Cloud DVR service

Overview

Cost: Starting at $74.99 per month

Unlike on-demand streaming services like Hulu, fuboTV is a livestreaming TV service. Starting at $74.99 per month, fuboTV provides 163 channels at the entry level, including ABC, FOX, ESPN, SHOWTIME, and HGTV, as well as sports content that includes livestreamed games from leagues like the NFL, MLB, NHL, NGA, and MLS.

FuboTV offers 1000 hours of DVR space for you to record and save your favorite games and programs. They also have a selection of on-demand content, such as “Saturday Night Live,” “American Horror Story,” “House Hunters,” and “The Bachelor,” but don’t expect this side of the service to be as robust as that of Hulu or Netflix.

You can add a subscription to NFL RedZone for $10.99/month or STARZ for $9.99/month to get access to more specific content. This large variety of options makes fuboTV a great cable replacement. That said, it’ll cost more than your average streaming service.

To learn more about this service, read our full rundown of fuboTV for seniors.

Pros
  • Hundreds of channels
  • Live TV sports and news
  • Device streaming options
  • 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR
Cons
  • High price tag
  • Limited on-demand options

3. Sling TV - Best Budget Option

What We Like Most:
  • Live channel coverage, including sports
  • On-demand shows
  • Competitive pricing
  • Accessible interface

Overview

Cost: Starting at $40 per month

Sling TV is one of our favorite cable alternatives. It offers news, sports, and entertainment channels for a competitive $40 per month. It doesn’t offer as many sports add-ons as fuboTV, however, particularly for local games.

To start your service, you’ll have to choose either the Orange package, which includes ESPN 1, 2, and 3, as well as MotorTrend; or the Blue package, which includes Fox Sports 1, Fox News, MSNBC, and the NFL Network.

Choosing between these two equally priced plans is the most confusing thing about Sling TV. You can get both for $55 per month, but you’ll have to look at the channel offerings of each to see what you want. No matter which plan you get, you’ll have access to popular channels like AMC, CNN, A&E, Food Network, HGTV, History Channel, Travel Channel, TNT, and more.

Like fuboTV, Sling TV offers add-ons that cost extra per month if you want specific content. The downsides include only 50 hours of DVR storage to start (you can buy more at a rate of $5 per 200 hours) and only one to three simultaneous streams allowed depending on the plan you buy.

Even with on-demand content like “Yellowstone” and “Law & Order,” Sling TV can’t compete with purely on-demand services like Hulu. But its versatile channel offerings make it our favorite cable replacement streaming service for how much you get at such a comfortable monthly price.

To read our full rundown of everything offered by Sling TV, read our guide to Sling TV for seniors.

Pros
  • Live news and sports coverage
  • Competitive pricing structure
  • On-demand shows
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons
  • Not enough DVR hours
  • Confusing plan structure

4. Amazon Prime Video - Best Discounts

Prime Video Logo
4.0 / 5
What We Like Most:
  • Bundled with Prime Shipping discounts
  • Huge on-demand library
  • Premium sports content
  • Accessible user interface

Overview

Cost: $8.99 per month

Amazon Prime Video offers a huge on-demand library that may confuse some viewers, since not all of the content you see is free. A lot of it is only included with specific channel add-ons, like STARZ or HBO, or has to be rented individually. However, the real draw of Prime Video is the ability to bundle it with Amazon Prime shipping in the combined $14.99 per month package, which includes two-day shipping on qualifying Amazon orders, Amazon Music access, and product discounts across the board.

If you frequently buy from Amazon, this subscription pays for itself. The streaming service ends up being an amazing bonus that you can purchase by itself for $8.99/month. No matter which option you choose, on-demand shows and movies, including Amazon Originals, should keep you busy. They have everything from “Silence of the Lambs” to “Reacher” to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Amazon Prime Video may not be the best streaming service for those who never buy Amazon products. But if you shop there, even occasionally, the $14.99 combined subscription is worth it, and has become a staple of 77 million American households for a reason.

Pros
  • Combined with Amazon Prime shipping services
  • Diverse on-demand content
  • Competitive pricing
  • Accessible app
Cons
  • Some content locked behind paywalls
  • Ads before content

5. Netflix - Most Popular Shows

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4.0 / 5
What We Like Most:
  • Popular original programs
  • Low price
  • Clear plan options
  • Plentiful on-demand content

Overview

Cost: Starting at $6.99 per month

Netflix is the household name of streaming services for a reason: they offer the widest selection of on-demand content out there, including the most well-reviewed original movies and shows. Their $6.99 plan includes ads, but even the recent price hike to $15.49 per month for the ad-free plan can’t stop Netflix from being a fantastic choice for on-demand content, provided you don’t want to bundle live television or sports with it.

Netflix offers ad-free plans for $15.49 and $19.99 per month, which increase the simultaneous streams allowed from two to four, and the video definition from full HD to ultra HD. The main draw of the service, no matter which plan you choose, is its hugely popular lineup of shows that includes “Black Mirror,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Crown,” as well as originals like “Stranger Things,” “Ozark,” and “Peaky Blinders.”

Numerous classic, new, and original movies round out their catalog. As cheap as the ad-supported content is, the best use of Netflix is to take advantage of ad-free streaming on all its popular shows with the middle subscription tier. Just remember that you’ll have to keep your cable plan if you want news and sports channels.

Pros
  • Robust on-demand catalog
  • Fantastic original programming
  • Simple plan offerings
  • Competitive prices
Cons
  • Limited simultaneous streaming
  • Ads on the lowest-tier plan

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do any streaming services offer discounts for seniors?

    Streaming services don’t typically offer discounts for seniors. None of those listed here offer specific discounts, though Amazon Prime offers half off its $14.99 combined subscription for qualifying Medicaid members.

  • Which streaming service is best for seniors?

    Every streaming service is different. Each one we listed is easy to set up and use, so the question becomes how much you want to pay for the content you receive. The lack of live TV streaming in many streaming services should narrow it down right away.

  • What equipment do you need to stream on a TV?

    Streaming services require smart devices to stream content. Capable devices include most smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Those who don’t own smart TVs can also use hardware like Roku or Chromecast to get streaming service access. In rare cases, live TV services like Sling TV may require an antenna hookup to stream local channels.