Best streaming services for geeks
Relax and put your feet up, we’re all geeks that love streaming content here. From niche interests to dressing up at Comic Con, this is a safe place where bingeing 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?
Quibi (Geek Rating 5/10)
Quibi, the mobile-only platform launched in April to little interest. Its shows, which are cut into 5-10 minute episodes have more in common with Facebook and YouTube content than they do Netflix and Co. And that’s weird because Quibi delivers big-budget stars including Chris Hemsworth and Keifer Sutherland.
From the outside looking in, the service isn’t too bad and its social-media-inspired content has an initial draw. Shows like The Most Dangerous Game are well made but after a few days, 15-minutes of drama daily becomes easily skippable when there’s so much else to consume.
Quibi’s aim to deliver bite-sized content is admirable and varied enough for geeks like me to find some interest. There’s just not enough reasons to tune in on the go. Then again, where else can you watch Idris Elba do car stunts?
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? There’s the new season of The Clone Wars and two Marvel shows that have been moved forwards, including The Falcon and Winter Soldier and WandaVision. It’s also possible that the second season of The Mandalorian starts at the end of the year. 2020 is now looking interesting for Disney+.
CBS All Access (Geek Rating 8/10)
Regardless of which side of the Star Trek–Star 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.
Additionally, Star Trek: Picard has hit CBS All Access and it’s turning heads. 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 or our review here.
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, better than Friends reruns.
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 whatever your interest, there’s content for you. From conspiracy theories to technology breakdowns, it has it all.
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