With a few notable exceptions (Cough Cough "Hamilton"), most streaming services go on a summer program vacation in July. worthy new shows.
As mentioned in this column, consumers can take full advantage of cable cutting by taking advantage of the ability to add and delete streaming services every month. All that is required is good planning and timing. Remember that a billing cycle begins when you sign in, not necessarily at the beginning of every month.
Consumers can also take advantage of free streaming trial offerings, as Disney and Apple focus specifically on building subscriber bases rather than increasing sales (at least for now). You'll never get a better deal than free, and the offers won't last forever.
Read:How to get Disney +, Apple TV +, Amazon Prime Video or Netflix for free – and what you need to know before signing up
Aside from the free options when it comes time to decide where your subscription dollars should go, what's’s worth streaming helps. We rate every major streaming service as a "game", "pause" or "stop" each month, similar to what investment analysts say about buying, holding and selling, and pick the best content to help you make your monthly decisions to support.
Here you can see what will come to the various streaming services in July 2020 and what the monthly subscription fee is really worth.
Netflix ($ 8.99 or $ 12.99 per month)
is one of the few services that are in full swing in July with a lot of new releases. It's going to be a particularly good month for the teenagers, starting with the debut of "The Babysitter Club" (July 3), an updated version of the popular novel series about a group of young friends opening their own babysitting business. If you want to feel old, you know that Alicia Silverstone plays the mother of one of the girls. There are also "The Kissing Booth 2" (July 24), the sequel to the successful teen romance comedy film; Season 2 of "Umbrella Academy" (July 31), the quirky drama about unsuitable superhero siblings that will be transferred to Dallas in the 1960s in the new season;"Cursed" (July 17), a new version of the Arthurian legend that focuses on a young heroine destined to become the tragic lady of the lake; and"Warrior Well" (July 2), an action series about an orphaned teenager waking up with super powers in the morgue.
For adults there is Charlize Theron in the supernatural action film "The old guard" (July 10) about a team of non-killable mercenaries who protect the mortal world. While it may sound stupid, it might well meet the summer need for senseless entertainment. There are also "Deadly Affair" (July 15), a domestic thriller with Nia Long and Omar Epps; Season 2 of "Deadwind" (July 1), a satisfying, if clichéd, Finnish police drama that should appeal to Nordic noir fans; and "Stateless" (July 8), an Australian drama series about four strangers whose paths cross at an immigration detention center with Cate Blanchett and Yvonne Strahovski. And we cannot forget "Unexplained Mysteries" (July 1st), a restart of the 80s documentaries that give goosebumps and investigate everything from murders to missing persons to UFOs. Before you ask that no one could replace Robert Stack or his gritty voice, the show won't have a moderator.
With the streaming debut of the excellent ESPN documentaries, there is also something for starved sports fans "The last Dance" (July 19) about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls Championship from 1997 to 1998; and the last season of junior college football documentaries"Last chance U" (July 28) who will focus on the struggles and achievements of Laney College in Oakland. The series will focus on junior college basketball next season.
Continue reading: Here's everything that comes to Netflix in July 2020 – and what's left
Who is Netflix for? Fans of buzz-worthy original shows and films.
Play, pause or pause? Play. Netflix is still the gold standard for streaming, with an extensive library and an apparently constant range of new programs.
Disney + ($ 6.99 per month)
Baby Yoda, meet Alexander Hamilton. For the first time since its launch at the end of last year, Disney + has the most discussed streaming offer thanks to that "Hamilton" (July 3rd), the filmed version of the Broadway hit released on time for the weekend of July 4th. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters in October 2021, but due to the pandemic that is causing film releases to be rescheduled, we will get it instead now. No complaints here. "Hamilton" was shot in 2016 and plays Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the original cast. It's the must-see streaming event of the summer and is likely to attract a lot of new subscribers to Walt Disney Co.
Speaking of new subscribers, Disney + has just ended its seven-day free trial. What a coincidence! However, it's still a bargain to pay $ 6.99 for a monthly subscription to see a show for which theatergoers paid hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Disney + also adds "Muppets Now" (July 31), a brand new series without a screenplay, in which Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang have celebrity interviews and sketch comedy. The service will also strengthen its "Star Wars" lineup by adding "Solo: A Star Wars Story" which frankly wasn't as bad as it turned out when it was released in 2018.
Continue reading: Here's everything that comes to Disney + in July
Who is Disney + for? Families with children and hardcore fans of "Star Wars" and Marvel. The library is missing for those not in this group, but the addition of "Hamilton" makes July the perfect time to try it out for a month and see what's there.
Play, pause or pause? Play. "Hamilton" for $ 6.99. Who can refuse?
HBO Max ($ 14.99 per month)
Yes, it is still the most expensive streaming service. For the same cost as a conventional HBO cable subscription, HBO Max offers much more. It is rapidly gaining reputation as a point of contact for older films ("Pine", "Casablanca", "Citizen Kane" for starters) and will expand its selection with dozens more in July, including “The Exorcist "," Blazing Saddles " and "The right stuff."
There are only a handful of original series that appear on Max in July, especially the Amy Schumer documentaries "Expect Amy" (July 9) recording the comedian's stand-up tour during her difficult pregnancy and the Vietnamese-American reality show "House of Ho" (16th of July). But there are also new episodes of HBO's new "Perry Mason" the dark, noiric private eye series with Matthew Rhys; the disturbing documentaries about true crime"I will be gone in the dark"; and access to HBO's extensive and excellent library. One worth seeing that you have probably missed: "Betty" A dreamy and wonderfully shot hangout comedy about a diverse crew of skateboard girls.
Continue reading: Here's everything that comes to HBO Max in July 2020 and what's left
Who is HBO Max for? HBO fans and classic film lovers. Although oddly enough, it is still NOT for Roku or Amazon Fire users, as AT&T Inc.
HBO Max has not yet signed a contract with the two largest manufacturers of streaming devices. But deals are likely to come sometime and Max can be viewed online for those who can't get it through their Roku or Fire.
Play, pause or pause? Pause and think about it. July is a rare period for fresh HBO content, although there are still a lot of older shows and films worth watching.
Hulu ($ 5.99 per month or $ 11.99 without ads)
Hulu takes a month off. Nearly. The only notable addition in July is "Palm Springs" (July 10), an existential "Groundhog Day" romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti that received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and was sold for a record $ 17,500,000.69 festival price. (It was the 69 cents that overdid it.)
Except for a handful of decent older films and previously broadcast television shows, not much will come in July. But that's where the impressive Hulu library comes in, which gives you the opportunity to watch new shows like the existential science fiction mystery "Developer" the steamy Irish romantic drama "Normal people," Catherine the Great Satire"The great" and season 2 of the Peabody Award-winning Muslim-American slacker comedy "Ramy" along with older gemstones like the Australian Hit Man Dramedy"Mister. Between," the anti-rom com "You are the worst" and Donald Glovers brilliant and genealogical "Atlanta."
Continue reading: The following is coming to Hulu in July 2020 and what's up
Who is Hulu for? TV lovers. There's an extensive library for those who want older TV series, and next day streaming for many current network and cable shows.
Play, pause or pause? Break. While Hulu is still the best value for streaming, not much will come in July. So if you want to cut costs, now may be a good time. On the other hand, there are enough reasons in the vault to justify the costs.
Amazon Prime Video ($ 12.99 per month)
One thing that Amazon Prime Video does well is creating action series that are better than they have to be. "Hanna" (July 3) is a prime example of adopting a familiar premise and increasing engagement with fantastic battle scenes, sharp writing, and emotionally deep characters. The conspiracy thriller / coming-of-age drama about a CIA-hunted teenage super soldier, mostly filmed in Europe, was a surprise last year, and the second season, which ends on July 3rd, seems to be delivering more of that.
Otherwise, it's a sparse month for Amazon, whose other major new releases – the Marie Curie Biopic "Radioactive" (July 24) with Rosamund Pike; and the Jim Gaffigan stand-up comedy special "Pale Tourist" (July 24) – look good, but not very inspiring. Subscribers may be better off catching up on shows they missed, such as the stunning and visually stunning animated dramedy"Cancel" the harrowing relationship comedy"Catastrophe" and the comedy after death "Upload."
There are also fewer new films than usual at Amazon.com Inc.
Streaming service, probably because license agreements changed when HBO Max was launched and WarnerMedia keeps more films for its own service. Still, Amazon's film library is about three times the size of its closest competitor (Netflix), though many of it is documentary and direct-to-video production.
Continue reading:Here's what's coming to Amazon Prime Video in July 2020
Who is Prime Video for? Film lovers, fans of television series who value quality and quantity.
Play, pause or pause? Stop. "Hanna" will be waiting for you later and you won't miss much if you drop Prime Video during the summer sleep.
Peacock (free basic, $ 4.99 per month with ads or $ 9.99 per month without ads)
Do we really need another streaming service? The good news for most people is that you don't do it when we talk about peacock. Peacock was launched to some Comcast cable customers in April and will be available to the general public from July 15. There will be three levels: one free with ads and 7,500 hours of content, one premium level with 15,000 hours of content (which will be the case) will be free for some Comcast and Cox cable subscribers ($ 4.99 per month for everyone else) and an ad-free premium version for $ 9.99 a month.
It's not that Comcast Corp.'s long-awaited service.
NBCUniversal doesn't have a good library – it does. Most shows are also free on NBC, and many are on Hulu (at least until their license agreements expire). Peacock will come on the market with a handful of originals, and all three scripted original series are strangely made in the UK. The best known is a new version "Beautiful new world," based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 utopian / dystopian book; along with "Intelligence," a spy / work comedy with David Schwimmer; and the conspiracy thriller "The recording." There are also two documentaries by Olympian Ryan Lochte and Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr .; a new "Psych" Movie; and the animated children's shows"Curious George," "Where's Waldo?" and"Cleopatra in space" its title pretty much explains its premise.
This is in addition to a large library of older content, including "30 Rock", "Parks and Recreation", "Battlestar Galactica" and "Friday night lights," as well as classic shows like "Murder," she wrote, "Saved from the bell" and "Cheers," and a selection of around 600 films. Users also get early access to late night shows and live sports.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit Peacock hard. The main attraction for the launch was to be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed, and most of the original programs were postponed until 2021 due to production downtime.
Who is Peacock for? If you're a cable cutter who misses network television, the free version of Peacock is great. If you are eligible for Premium through a Comcast or Cox subscription, this is also a free addition.
Play, pause or pause? Stop. The free version is nice, but the paid level will be unnecessary for most people.
CBS All Access ($ 5.99 per month or $ 9.99 without ads)
CBS All Access appears to be on vacation in July, no new series is planned, despite the second season of Jordan Peele "Twilight Zone" fell in late June and gets decent ratings. But the planned relaunch with news, live sports and other shows from ViacomCBS Inc.
The network family – which includes MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, which essentially doubles their show library – was moved from summer to sometime in 2021.
Who is it for? Cable cutters who miss network TV.
Play, pause or pause? Stop. The revised version could be interesting, but until then it is far too expensive for what it offers.
Apple TV + ($ 4.99 per month)
During Apple Inc.
Apple TV + continues to sign impressive development deals (like the next Martin Scorsese film) and still has nothing to see. July will bring the debut of "Little voice" (July 10th), a musical drama series about a young woman who finds her way in the big city, with original music by Sara Bareilles and "Greyhound" (July 10), a World War II film starring Tom Hanks as the ship's captain, leading a convoy across the Atlantic that is constantly threatened by Nazi submarines. Apple bought the high-profile film in May after it was removed from the theatrical release due to the pandemic. This could be a starting point for a seven-day free trial for those who are curious about what Apple is offering.
Who is Apple TV + for? That's the big question – it offers something for everyone, but actually not enough for everyone. There are hidden gems, such as the immigrant history anthology "Little America" the animated musical "Central Park" and the workplace comedy "Mythical Search: Raven Banquet" but just not enough of it.
Play, pause or pause? Stop. With the slimmest library of another streaming service and only one or two originals a month, it's still not worth the admittedly low price.