From Netflix to Paramount, what to watch and what it costs
Netflix is probably the most recognizable name on the list. Recently, prices increased, with the basic package now € 8.99 per month. The standard package is € 14.99, while the Premium is € 20.99. The basic package allows streaming on one device at a time: two on the standard package and four with premium. Netflix also allows users to download content to watch while offline, often a particularly useful option for summer vacations.
New shows include the last two expanded episodes of Stranger Things 4. Last week, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy, The Man From Toronto, was the most watched movie on Netflix.
Upcoming greats include The Gray Man (July 22), a big-budget action thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Regé-Jean Page; and The Sandman (August 5), a fantasy series adapted from the Neil Gaiman comics.
Disney Plus is home to fan favorites like Disney (of course) as well as Marvel, Pixar and Star – a relatively new branch of more “adult” content on Disney Plus. A subscription costs € 8.99 per month, while the annual subscription is € 89.90 per year. The service currently allows subscribers to watch four devices simultaneously. There is also an option to download content, which means you can watch without wi-fi.
Recently added animated adventures include Raya and the Last Dragon, which takes place in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons once lived together as one in harmony before the arrival of monsters. Pistol has been another well-regarded recent series, which dramatizes the hectic days of punk rock and the rise of the Sex Pistols.
Also available is Wolfgang, a documentary about the life of the Austrian-American chef Wolfgang Puck, who has become one of the most productive chefs of our time after overcoming a troubled childhood.
Live Sky channels and on-demand TV are available from Sky’s NOW. The entertainment and cinema membership costs € 7.50 per month for four months, and € 15 thereafter. A seven-day free trial is available for both while the Hayu membership is € 6 per month, with access to US reality shows. Viewers can watch two devices at the same time, but with NOW Boost you can watch three. You can also watch offline, with the option to download content.
The entertainment package includes classic series such as The Sopranos, The Wire and Chernobyl, while upcoming additions include the new series of dark comedy Breeders (July 13), starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.
Paramount Plus, the latest to be released in Ireland, has already snapped up several major films. Featuring content from Paramount Pictures, CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and more, it currently offers a seven-day free trial. The monthly subscription is € 7.99 per month. Three devices can stream simultaneously and premium subscribers can download content to watch offline, but note that downloads are not part of the Essential plan.
For Star Trek fans, the first episode of the brand new Strange New Worlds series is available on Paramount Plus. New episodes are available every Wednesday. Another series, The First Lady follows the lives of Michelle Obama, played by Viola Davis; Betty Ford, played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Eleanor Roosevelt, played by Gillian Anderson. All ten episodes were made available for the launch of Paramount Plus in Ireland.
When it comes to movies, both South Park: Post Covid and South Park: Return to Covid movies are available, with promises of even more adventures from Eric Cartman and co that exclusively come to the streaming service.
Another streaming service known for its originals, Amazon Prime Video has a good mix of old classics and new releases.
Monthly membership costs £ 7.99 (€ 9.28), while the annual fee is £ 79, and is charged in British pounds since there is not yet a dedicated Irish Amazon Prime. Three people can stream simultaneously through a single Amazon account.
The Summer I Turned Pretty: This Amazon original is popular with teens and young adults. Based on Jenny Han’s book, the seven episodes follow 16-year-old Belly Conklin as she spends a summer on the beach. In Backstage with Katherine Ryan, the comedian reveals what is really going on behind the scenes on a stand-up show with hidden cameras that reveal the jokes behind the scenes.
Other recent series include The Terminal List, starring Chris Pratt as a Navy Seal Commander chasing the forces behind the mysterious assassination of his entire squad; and season three of the rather adult superhero show, The Boys.
The first three months are free when you purchase an Apple device, and a seven-day free trial is available but will then cost € 4.99 per month. Downloads are possible, while one subscription to Apple TV + allows six viewers simultaneously.
Loot, a new Apple Original comedy series starring Maya Rudolph and recently debuted with the first three episodes on Apple TV +. Upcoming highlights include Black Bird, which premieres with the first two episodes on July 8. This psychological thriller is inspired by actual events. It sees the football hero and the policeman’s son in high school, Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton) faced with the choice of life after he has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Bad Sisters (August 19) is set in Ireland, the latest comedy from creator and star Sharon Horgan, and is a mix of dark comedy and thriller and follows the lives of the Garvey sisters. It has a fantastic cast of Irish talent.