Anyone lying in bed sick or currently rarely venturing into the fresh air because of the angry corona virus needs to do something so that the proverbial blanket does not fall on their heads in their own four walls. How could you pass the time better than with series? But which provider is the best for series fans? Here is a selection.
The top dogs
If you prefer to watch series, you really can't avoid Netflix. The service offers a wide range of films, documentaries, animes and content for children, but the US company is particularly known for its extensive series selection. In addition to purchased series of television channels, Netflix has caused a sensation in recent years, especially with its own productions, including titles such as "Stranger Things", "Riverdale", "The Witcher", "Dark" and the newer seasons of "Black Mirror". New customers can test the service free of charge for 30 days, after which, depending on the subscription, they cost between just under eight and 16 euros per month.
Netflix's biggest competitor is Amazon Prime Video. The mail-order giant's streaming service also offers a wide range of purchased series and in-house productions, in addition to films and documentaries. Worth mentioning are the intellectual successors of "Top Gear" "The Grand Tour", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "The Boys" and "The Expanse". The service is part of a Prime membership at Amazon, which is available after a 30-day free trial for around eight euros a month or 69 euros a year. Students only pay half after a full free year.
In addition to successful in-house productions such as "Babylon Berlin" or "Das Boot", Sky Ticket series fans are particularly impressed with access to numerous series from the US television broadcaster HBO – including "Watchmen", "Westworld" or the mega-cracker of the past few years: "Game of Thrones ". If you only want to have access to series, you pay just under five euros each in the first two months, after which ten euros are due monthly.
On March 24, Disney +, a new competitor in Germany, is also entering the streaming race. Many German fans should be particularly excited about the "Star Wars" spin-off "The Mandalorian". Otherwise it will first have to be shown whether the service is also suitable for series enthusiasts. The upcoming series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "Loki" from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) could be real hits. If you apply for membership by March 23, you will receive an annual subscription for just under 60 euros.
Inexpensive insider tips
Although the selection is currently far from being as broad as for other services, Apple TV + attracts big names in its in-house productions. Jennifer Aniston (51) and Reese Witherspoon (43) play in the drama "The Morning Show". In addition, the service costs just under five euros a month after a free trial period of seven days.
If you currently have no money left for a streaming service, you should take a look at the media libraries of the public broadcasters. Especially friends of thrillers, thrillers and documentaries can find one or the other pearl here. For example, you can currently stream "Babylon Berlin" for free on the first and the excellent crime series "The Pass" is available on ZDF.