Watching series online has become one of the best options to enjoy free time during the pandemic. Platforms such as Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime enjoy a growing audience thanks to the quality content in series format that they bet on.

To watch series online you only need to have a device connected to the internet. In addition, most platforms offer you the possibility to connect through different devices. In this way you have the possibility to start a chapter at home and continue watching it on your mobile when you are away.

If you don’t have a Smart TV where you can install the streaming platform applications or watch them online in the browser, you’ll need an extra device to connect to the TV. You can use a Chromecast type connector or your own mobile, computer or tablet as long as the TV has an HDMI connector.

In case you have contracted a TV package through a payment operator such as Movistar or Vodafone, check if it includes any of the series platforms (such as HBO) or some of the specific series.

If you are still not very clear about which platform to choose to watch your series online, in this article we will show you the best ones so that you can decide.

Platforms to watch series online

There are many platforms that you can currently choose to watch online series, movies, documentaries…  

According to Nielsen, Netflix is ​​the largest streaming platform in the US with a 35% share, followed by YouTube with 20%. Amazon would occupy 8% of streaming video distribution followed by Disney +, the most recent platform, with 4%.

This is our choice: (list with link to each section)

  1. Netflix
  2. Prime Video
  3. HBO
  4. Disney+
  5. filmin

Netflix

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Netflix has become one of the best known platforms worldwide to watch series, movies and other multimedia content. Between the months of June and September 2020 Netflix has gained 2.2 million users worldwide. The coronavirus has clearly influenced the growth of the platform, which received 26 million new subscriptions in the first 6 months of the year compared to 12 million new subscriptions in the first half of 2019. In addition, in the month of September it already exceeded the total number of admissions in 2019.

According to the results balance presented by the platform itself in October, in the third quarter of 2020 it has achieved a net profit of 790 million dollars. This represents 18.8% more than in the same period of the previous year.

What advantages does Netflix present as a platform to watch series online? At the platform level to watch Netflix series, it stands out for having series that have been a resounding success worldwide such as “Narcos” or “Stranger Things” (Netflix original series) and at a national level such as “Paquita Salas”. His original series are not available on any other platform. Other hits that can be seen on Netflix are “La casa de papel”, “House of Cards”, “The Crown”, “Breaking Bad”, “Mindhunter”, “Black Mirror”, “Peaky Blinders”, “Elite”, “Prison Break” or “Friends” among others.

There are 3 Netflix payment plans that range from €7.99 per month for the Basic Plan to €15.99 for the Premium Plan, going through €11.99 for the Standard Plan. The difference between the different payment plans is the quality and resolution with which the videos are displayed, as well as the number of mobile devices on which the content can be downloaded: 1, 2 and 4 respectively.

Prime Video

The growth of Amazon Prime Video is also being pointed out, among other reasons, because it is a free service in Europe for users of an Amazon Prime account. In other words, if you are an Amazon Prime customer you can watch Prime Video series and movies for free.

With only 3 years of life, Prime Video has an extensive catalog of films, documentaries or series, many of them own, of almost 1,500 titles.

Among the most successful original Prime Video series, it is worth highlighting “The Boys”, “Fleabag” or “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. In them, a clear interest of the platform can be seen in the creation of blockbusters such as the current series that is filming about The Lord of the Rings. Other series that you can enjoy on this platform are: “This is us”, “The good wife”, “The man in the high castle”, “Little fires everywhere”, “Upload”, “Historias del Loop”, “ Hunters”, “Modern Love” or “Hanna” among others.

This platform allows you to watch series or movies online on up to 3 different devices simultaneously. Its price is €36 per year (€3 per month) including a series of Premium services on Amazon such as free and fast shipping, Prime Photos…

In January 2020, Amazon itself announced that its streaming content platform already had 150 million subscribers worldwide.

HBO

HBO is one of the pioneering platforms to watch series online. Its greatest success is due precisely to its commitment to the quality series it has produced such as “The Sopranos”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Game of Thrones”… In addition, it also has the exclusive distribution of titles such as ” True Detective” or “Chernobyl” which makes it a platform to be taken into account by series lovers.

Although its catalog is less extensive than that of Netflix, its commitment to quality series has led it to surpass it in nominations for the Emmy Awards.

According to the latest published data belonging to the end of 2018, HBO has 140 million users, of which 35 million are American. HBO Max is the company’s commitment for its launch in Spain in 2021. Platform in which, it seems, will include advertising.

The subscription to HBO Spain has a single price of €8.99 per month with unlimited content, HD quality video and the possibility of connecting 2 devices at the same time.

HBO is available on Vodafone TV.

Disney+

Despite being one of the most recent platforms to watch online series, Disney + has exceeded 73 million subscribers in its first year of life.

Disney+ offers the catalog of classics from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and, of course, Disney itself. The Mandalorian, an original Disney + series from the Star Wars universe, has had great success worldwide and shows the platform’s commitment to creating this type of series related to both Star Wars and Marvel.

The Disney + subscription is priced at €6.99 per month , allowing up to 4 simultaneous devices.

filmin 

Lovers of auteur cinema and European cinema also have a space in the universe of streaming content platforms. Filmin, a Spanish platform, is committed to independent and European cinema and series.

With a catalog of thousands of titles, the platform is the only one that offers the viewing of cult works and alternative content. Among the series that you can enjoy at Filmin are: “Berlín Alexanderplatz”, “Los Durrell”, “Endeavor”, “Halt and Catch Fire”, “Inside No. 9”, “Merlí” or the Spanish “Pulseras Rojas”.

Filmin has 2 subscription options: €7.99 per month or €14.99 per month that offers 3 monthly vouchers to view the titles that appear on the platform with the diamond symbol. Both subscriptions allow simultaneous viewing on 2 devices.

Comparative table of the 5 platforms to watch online series that we recommend

 

Netflix first video HBO Disney+ filmin
Price From €7.99/month €3/month (€36/year) €8.99/month €6.99/month From €7.99/month
Catalogue +4,000 titles +1,500 titles +3,000 titles 800 titles +10,000 titles
Quality Standard / HD / UltraHD HD (4K on mobile) HD HD and 4K HD
screens 1 / 2 / 4 3 two 4 two

 

The consumption of online content

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According to The Nielsen Total Audience Report published in August 2020, overall consumption of media and entertainment increased significantly globally in the first quarter of 2020. Video streaming increased from 19% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 25% in the second quarter of 2020.

The current situation we are experiencing as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted streaming to become the present and future of content creation. It represents 25% of the time we spend in front of television in our homes, even reaching the population over 55 years of age.

In addition to growing the amount of streaming content and the time spent on its consumption, the number of subscription services by users is also increasing. According to The Nielsen Remote Worker survey, 25% of respondents have added paid subscription services in the past year.