There are so many TV channels, streaming services and platforms out there now that it can be extremely hard to know where to go to watch the best TV shows. With so many choices, subscriptions and prices, we explain how and where to watch the best TV series including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Arrow. See also: Best media streamers in the UK.
Long gone are the days of popping down the high street to choose a DVD to rent, then forget to return. Whether it’s via your Smart TV, games console, tablet, media streamer or other gadget, there is more content at your fingertips than you could possibly even consume. We browse the online streaming and rental services so you don’t have to so you can find out where to watch the best TV shows online.
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What subscription do I need?
Some streaming services require a monthly fee to access the content and once you're in you watch anything you want as many times as you want. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are the two big players each charging £6.99 per month. See also: Amazon Prime Video vs Netflix.
In Amazon's case, you can watch anything with a Prime banner on it but some content is for purchase or rent only. Many of the big name services offer content to purchase or rent only including iTunes, Google Play, Wuaki.tv and TalkTalk TV (formerly Blinkbox).
Meanwhile, Sky has various ways of watching things even if you’re not a traditional satellite contract subscriber. It has Sky Now TV (access to Sky Box Sets via the Entertainment package) and the Sky Store (for films) which can be accessed and used by anyone on a range of devices.
If you're going to buy or rent a film or TV series it's worth browsing all the services to find the cheapest price. Also bear in mind what device you want to watch on as services will only support a limit amount and whether you can do things like download the content for offline viewing. See: How to connect a laptop to TV. See: How to connect a laptop to TV.
We've stuck with how to watch these shows in the UK, and some of them are exclusively available in the UK on some services. If you want to access them from outside of the UK you could use a VPN like TotalVPN to change your virtual location. Find out more about VPNs and which are best in our best VPNs 2016 round-up.
Where to watch Peaky Blinders
On-demand: Netflix (Season 1&2)
Where to watch Black Mirror online
On-demand: Netflix (Season 3 release date 21 October)
Buy or rent: Amazon Prime (Season 1&2)
Where to watch Game of Thrones online
Live, catch-up and on-demand: Sky Now TV
Where to watch Arrow online
On-demand: Amazon Prime
Catch-up: Sky Now TV
Where to watch The Walking Dead online
On-demand: Amazon Prime (up to season 5)
Where to watch House of Cards online
Where to watch Orange is the New Black online
On-demand: Netflix (inc season 4)
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