December 9, 2019 12:33 pm

Best streaming services for geeks (January 2020)

best streaming services for geeks
Credit: DC Universe

Relax and put your feet up, we’re all geeks that love streaming content here. From niche interests to dressing up at ComicCon, this is a safe place where binging a weekend away is encouraged, not frowned upon. So let us put on our favorite capes and strike a thoughtful pose! What are the essential streaming services for heroes like us?

DC Universe (Geek Rating 3/10)

Compared to Disney+, Netflix, and other streaming services DC Universe is barren. For most people, 3/10 is too generous. For me, it’s a service that warrants a sporadic binge. This rating is based on two things:

  1. I’m a massive comic book/animation nerd. 
  2. Batman is my man.

The free episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and other animations are fantastic. They’re far better than anything Disney+ has with Marvel and Star Wars (Clone Wars excluded). There’s a good month of content to binge on, but DC Universe is only for a very specific streaming geek — peoples like me.

Disney+ (Geek Rating 7/10)

If you like Marvel or Star Wars, then Disney+ is a must-have streaming service. There’s so much back catalog to get through, along with The Mandalorian, it’ll take four months, costing $28 (well, $27.96) to get through it all. That sounds like great value.

The big question is, what is Disney+ bringing in 2020? We know there is a new season of The Clone Wars and two Marvel shows, a TV series called The Falcon and Winter Soldier, and a docu-series called Marvel 616. If that, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is all Disney+ can muster in 2020, four months of subscription will barely stretch to six until 2021.

CBS All Access (Geek Rating 8/10)

Regardless of which side of the Star TrekStar Wars fence you stand on, CBS All Access has a lot more for us geeks than Disney+. This includes Mad Max, Stargate, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and The Twilight Zone. At $9.99 per month (no commercials), this back catalog and its Star Trek content could take six months for the average binger to clear.

On January 23rd, Star Trek: Picard hits CBS All Access, and could be its best-ever show. It’s set 20 years after Patrick Stewart last starred as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis. It continues from Nemesis and builds on the planet Romulus’ destruction, which was covered in the 2009 Star Trek J. J. Abrams movie. Check out the trailer below.

Are you wondering why the trailer has Amazon Prime Video branding in the top corner? Well, Star Trek: Picard will stream on Prime outside of the United States and Canada.

Pluto TV (Geek Rating 9/10)

Pluto TV feels old school, just with very specific niche channels. It’s a must-have service for streaming geeks like me. Out of all services used, Pluto TV is the one streaming most. There’s nothing quite like throwing on the IGN or CNET channels. It’s the perfect background noise that only occasionally (lie) distracts me from work.

Unlike Disney+ and CBS All Access, Pluto TV isn’t reliant on big-budget movies and shows. It has new content daily across all of its channels. So, what you can expect today or in 2020 is more of the same. Pluto TV’s partners include indie movie makers The Asylum, Geek & Sundry, and the Nerdist. You can sign-up for free here.

YouTube (Geek Rating 10/10)

If it wasn’t for YouTube, I would have no idea about Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson, two people who I’ve now streamed for hundreds of hours. YouTube is the biggest streaming service in the world, and the second-largest search engine behind Google. The fact it’s accessible anywhere on any device makes it the ultimate geek streaming service.

YouTube creators output so much content, and some of it is absolutely amazing quality. Whether you want comic book news, superhero history, or fan-made movies, you can find it on YouTube. There is more content than someone can watch in one lifetime, and much of it targets a streaming geek like me. From conspiracy theories to technology breakdowns, it has it all.

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