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The Best Subscription Streaming Service of 2017 is… (2017 Cordie Winners)

Gold trophyOne of the most popular discussions in cord cutting is what is the best streaming service for cord cutters. With over 100 streaming services out there, it can be hard to find the right one.

This year as part of our annual Cordie Awards we asked our readers what they thought the best (non-live TV) streaming service is.

Thanks to the many votes we can now take a look at what our readers thought was the Best Streaming Service of 2017.

#3 Amazon Prime Video

In 2017 Amazon has been working on building up their Amazon Prime Video streaming service with new original shows and access to sporting events such as Thursday Night NFL Football. Many of these new additions came late in 2017. Now with this growth and the popularity of Amazon they are the third most popular streaming service of 2017 with 14.5% of the vote.

#2 Hulu

Hulu has had a huge 2017. Their catalog of shows has skyrocketed as Fox and others move most of their shows from other services to Hulu. Time Warner is now a 10% owner of Hulu and slowly they have grown their programming. Now with 17.1% of the vote Hulu is the second most popular streaming service of 2017.

The winner for the Best Subscription Streaming Service of 2017 is…


This one won’t surprise many but the fact that they won with 60.6% of the vote may surprise some. Netflix was one of the earliest subscription streaming service and that has helped them develop a large lead in the number of subscribers.

Now Netflix is moving to focus mostly on original programming with the goal to soon have half their catalog be made up of original Netflix shows. It will be interesting to see how that affects the 2018 voting.

Other services that received votes:

CBS All Access, HBO Now, Acorn, Boomerang, Britbox, Hallmark Now, and others.

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9 Responses to The Best Subscription Streaming Service of 2017 is… (2017 Cordie Winners)

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    Jason F. Perry December 27, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    I bought my mom an annual subscription to Hallmark Movies Now for Christmas and she absolutely loves it (I may or may not have found some movies on there I’ll enjoy watching as well). In addition to DTVNW and Netflix and Amazon Prime video/music I also use FilmStruck which is, by far, the best subscription service out there for classic and independent films and Shudder as well which is a horror fan’s dream come true. Although I wish they would add more of the TCM catalog. If you’re a fan of classic/independent films I can’t recommend FilmStruck enough though and if you’re a fan of horror Shudder is wonderful.

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      Barbara R December 28, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      You have very eclectic tastes, Jason. Wonderful!

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    TV Barrington December 27, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    I use primarily have Sling, Hulu, and Netflix, and use them equally.

    I also use Amazon streaming in that list equally too, but it’s simply because I have Amazon Prime for shipping. If Amazon streaming wasn’t included in Prime, I probably wouldn’t pay for having it. I don’t know anything, but I do get the idea that at some point in the future, Amazon streaming will possibly get spun-off from Prime, and if it were to happen today, I wouldn’t keep it as a service, since there aren’t too many shows there that I enjoy. If I did subscribe, it would be long enough to binge a few series to catch up, and then I would cancel it.

    Speaking of bingeing and cancelling, I will use CBS All Access, for a month and then cancel too. I like only one show there and that is Star Trek: Discovery. I’ll wait for the entire season of it to finish, and then join just to watch it, and drop it afterwards. I would suspect that some cord-cutters are doing this, or will do this, with some streaming services to reduce their total yearly streaming bills.

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      Fred Koot December 27, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Just signed up for the month free of CBS to watch Discovery. Amazingly it’s not HD it’s 1024×576, which is not acceptable.

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    Fred Koot December 27, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Right now I’m Philo, Netflix Uhd, Hulu and Ota Dvr total cost $43. NOT sure if I will keep Philo it’s 95% reality tv. Forgot Pluto for news. Cost $0

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    grinlap December 27, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    The description of Amazon Prime Video in the article sounds more like a description of Amazon Video. APV is available only to Amazon Prime members and does not include all AV offerings especially original programming and sports. Did the survey respondents understand the difference? Did the survey intend to ask about Amazon Video or Amazon Prime Video?

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    Soyntgo4it December 28, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    Use them all except Hulu, Sling, Fubo, and Amazon they are garbage nothing of content I am interested in.

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      Barbara R December 28, 2017 at 8:53 am #

      I have Amazon Prime, but I’ve found that most of what might interest me on there comes from PBS or HBO, both of which I have anyway. My husband and I have decided to let our Amazon Prime membership expire in a few months, because we don’t use it much for the free shipping. Very often, others on that site offer the same item for less money (even with shipping included), and often they even include free shipping or ship-to-store from Walmart (which allows me to pick it up right across the street). The shipping alone definitely isn’t worth $99/year for us. I will still occasionally buy a season pass for something I want to see from Amazon Video. Just bought one for “Deutschland 83,” which was amazing. Now that I’ve seen that, I’ll be on the lookout for “Deutschland 86” on Sundance TV when it premieres, and will record it through DVR. It’s in production now.

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    mmm50592 January 2, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    I like Sling TV, Hulu, Netflix, Pluto and also a few others