Best Streaming Services for Families with Kids

Looking to cut the cord on cable? Or maybe you've tried a few entertainment subscriptions and you're looking for the best streaming service for kids that money can buy. We compared popular streaming subscriptions like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Sling TV, ESPN+ and more to give you the rundown on pricing, content options and parent controls so you can find the best entertainment option for your family.

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Until recently, viewers have only been able to access HBO content through pricey extended cable packages. HBO Now is a streaming service that gives users access to hundreds of movies, TV shows, documentaries and more, including HBO originals and the ability to stream live HBO content. While most people think of HBO as producing edgy, adults-only content, they have a great selection for children of all ages, from decades of Sesame Street seasons to popular new release films. ($15/month;

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Netflix is arguably one of the most popular streaming services available right now, and one of the best places to start if you're new to streaming subscriptions. Netflix has a constantly changing collection of thousands of movies and TV shows from newer releases like A Wrinkle In Time to cult classics like The Addams Family and impressive critically acclaimed original content like Stranger Things. Subscription plans allow household users to create different profiles catered to their tastes, and parents can implement safety measures and rating limits for kids. Netflix also allows users to download content for offline viewing. (starts at $9/month;

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Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video allows Prime members to stream popular TV shows, movies and award-winning Amazon original content. Amazon Prime has tons of kid and family-friendly movies and shows like Wonder, Charlotte's Web and Spongebob Squarepants that come free with a membership, as well as the ability to rent thousands of movies, live TV, episodes and seasons of shows. An Amazon Prime membership also comes with other great benefits like free two-day shipping on eligible products, music streaming and exclusive deals and offers. ($13/month or $119/year;

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When it comes to bang for your buck, Hulu is one of the best streaming services. Hulu offers thousands of options, including popular TV shows that become available the day after airing on TV, unlike other streaming services that can take months to get new content, award-winning original content and tons of kid-friendly content like The Amazing World of Gumball, Full House, Doc McStuffins and Adventure Time. Like pricier cable packages, you have the ability to add on specialty content from networks like HBO, Starz, Showtime and more — unlike cable, there is no commitment. Sign up when you want, cancel when you're over it. (starts at $8/month;

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iTunes Video

iTunes isn't a subscription service — you pay for each individual piece of content you download and stream, sort of like building a traditional movie collection, but it's all digital. You can buy hit movies like Incredibles 2, family-friendly documentaries like Won't You Be My Neighbor?, seasons or individual episodes of kids shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and with their Season Pass you can pay for a whole season upfront and receive new episodes as they're released. Unlike some streaming services, you don't have to worry about your favorite content disappearing from the roster — once you buy a movie or show, it's yours forever. ($0/monthly;

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If you're a family who loves sports, ESPN+ is the best streaming service to catch all the action. An ESPN+ subscription gives viewers access to live professional and college sporting events, award-winning ESPN originals like 30 for 30, Draft Academy, Kobe: Detail and more. ESPN+ subscribers will also see fewer ads across all of ESPN digital, like the website and app. ($5/month;

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DirecTV Now

While the pricing of DirecTV Now isn't that far off from basic cable packages — plans start at $40 a month — the capabilities are much more modern. Subscribers have access to on-demand, streamable shows and movies, live sporting events and more, with no contract and no installation. (starts at $40/month;

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Sling TV

Sling TV lets subscribers stream live TV from channels like Disney, Nickelodeon, HGTV, Discovery and more for much less than a traditional cable package. If you're less into movies and more into replacing live TV your family loves, Sling TV is a practical streaming subscription solution. (starts at $25/month;

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Philo offers a combination of live TV streaming and on-demand content from channels your family will love, like Nick, TV Land, VH1, MTV, Comedy Central and more. The lowest-price package comes with 43 channels, while the premium package bumps the list up to an impressive 56 channels, for way less than pricey cable packages. (starts at $16/month;

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