Netflix, Disney Plus, Joyn, Mubi or Apple TV Plus? In Germany, too, there are more and more providers of streaming subscriptions. We look at what the services offer, what they cost, and what the differences are.
It is currently pretty clear which two companies are the most successful in Germany’s streaming market. Amazon’s paid customer loyalty program Prime accounted for almost 47 percent of all paid video streaming subscriptions in October 2019. Netflix came to 35.7 percent. The other providers, however, could not even break the six percent mark. This is based on an estimate by Goldmedia .
Amazon and Netflix are also way ahead of the competition in terms of daily use . Here, however, the picture is somewhat different: Netflix collects 58.6 percent of daily streaming usage, while Prime only comes to 36 percent. The discrepancy can be explained by the fact that on average more than three people use a Netflix account. With Prime, however, there were only 2.1 people per Amazon account in October 2019.
Since this survey, however, a lot has happened on the market. Apple TV Plus will also start in Germany at the end of 2019. Disney Plus will follow on March 24, 2020. In addition, Prosieben-Sat1 and Discovery launched another payment service, Joyn Plus, which in turn is intended to replace Maxdome’s existing offer in the long term.
In addition, there are even more streaming offers in Germany, which differ from one another sometimes more and sometimes less. So that you know which provider is the right one for you, we have compiled the most important information on twelve German streaming services for you on the following pages. To ensure comparability, we focus exclusively on subscription offers in the overview. Purely advertising-financed streaming services are therefore excluded, as are online video libraries or the media libraries of public broadcasters.
Video streaming provider in Germany: The 2 industry kings and the new challengers
If there’s one company that sets the standards in video streaming, it’s Netflix. The provider has 167 million paying customers in 190 countries around the world. They want to be entertained and so the company from Los Gatos, California, not only relies on licensed content, but also increasingly produces its own content. For this, Netflix lets billions jump over a year, which works well. The series “Stranger Things” was a worldwide hit and the Noah Baumbach film “Marriage Story” was nominated for a total of six Oscars. Netflix is also increasingly relying on international productions. “Dark” was the first German Netflix production to appear in 2017.
Netflix is available in the browser, as a mobile app, via Chromecast and for pretty much all major smart TV platforms, set-top boxes and game consoles. Basically everyone interested in streaming should have a compatible device in their home. Netflix is offering a 30-day free trial membership. After that, prices start at 7.99 euros. But there is neither HD nor 4K resolution. In addition, only one program can be streamed at a time. HD content is currently available for 11.99 euros and up to two programs can be streamed at the same time. 4K resolution is also available at a price of 15.99 euros. In addition, up to four pieces of content can be streamed simultaneously via one account. The option is often used to share a Netflix account. Officially, however, this is not allowed – even if the provider has not actively taken action against it, despite claims to the contrary. All Netflix subscriptions can be canceled on a monthly basis.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video is basically just one of many components of the paid customer loyalty program Prime. In addition to films and series, customers can use premium delivery at no additional cost, receive special discount campaigns, borrow e-books free of charge and have access to the music streaming service Prime Music, whose catalog, however, does not match services such as Spotify or Apple Music can accommodate. Like Netflix, Amazon is also increasingly investing in in-house productions. The e-commerce giant is also making billions for this, but the group does not spend quite as much as Netflix.
Interested customers can also test Prime for 30 days free of charge . After that, the retail giant charges 69 euros a year, which would result in 5.75 euros per month over the twelve months of the year. If you want, you can also pay for Prime monthly. That then costs 7.99 euros per month and is therefore almost 27 euros more expensive over the year. In contrast to Netflix, Amazon also offers a discount for students. They can use the service for a full twelve months for free. Thereafter, 34 euros are due annually.
Entertainment giant Walt Disney is new to the market. Its Disney Plus The streaming service baptized benefits on the one hand from the huge back catalog of the group, on the other hand from the popularity of the various media brands of the Hollywood giant. In addition to cartoon classics from Disney, which have never been streamed before, the platform also includes the popular Pixar animated films, the films from the Star Wars and Marvel series. In addition, there is also exclusive content, for which the group also uses the entertainment brands that have made Disney the market leader at the box office in recent years. For example, Disney Plus is showing the first non-animated Star Wars series with “The Mandalorian”. The principle also continues with a remake of “Lady and the Tramp” and series based on the Marvel or the “High School Musical” series.
Available is Disney Plus on the web, iOS and Android as well as current smart TVs based on Android, WebOS and Tizen. Google’s Chromecast, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Magenta TV, Playstation 4 and Xbox One are also supported. There is also a free trial period, but it only lasts seven days. The price for a monthly subscription is 6.99 euros. There is also a discounted annual subscription for 70 euros. People in a household should be able to use up to four streams at the same time. It remains to be seen whether Disney Plus will punish a possible abuse of multiple streams more strongly than Netflix.
Apple TV Plus
It has long been suspected that Apple could plan its own Netflix killer. When the iPhone company presented its streaming service Apple TV Plus, it quickly became clear that the strategy would be different. Apple TV Plus only shows its own productions – and not very many. At the start in November 2019 there were just seven series and one documentary on the platform. While there is now more content, the choice is still tiny compared to all the other streaming providers on this list.
Apple charges 4.99 euros for a monthly subscription. That in itself is quite cheap. But only if you don’t allocate the membership fee from Netflix and Co. to their film selection and then compare it with Apple TV Plus. The computer manufacturer’s streaming service is logically available on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. The following set-top boxes from the manufacturer are also supported: Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD and the third generation Apple TV. If you don’t have an Apple device at all, you can at least use the service via the web browser.
Other video streaming providers in Germany
The Sky Ticket streaming service works on a modular basis. In other words: A separate fee is required for series and film streams. There is also an additional sports broadcast package. The series package called entertainment benefits not least from the fact that Sky holds the rights to the series of the US pay-TV broadcaster HBO in this country. The series “Game of Thrones”, “The Wire” and “The Sopranos”, among others, originate from here. The cinema package, in turn, often contains films much earlier than other streaming providers.
However, the offer is not cheap. Regular calls for Sky ticket for each of the three packages per month 9.99 euros. So if you want to stream series and films, you already pay 18.98 euros per month. After all, there are often time-limited combined offers. Sky Ticket supports the common smartphone operating systems, the Xbox One and Playstation 4 game consoles, Apple TV and also offers apps for various smart TV devices. With the Sky Ticket TV Stick, there is also a dedicated stick modeled on Chromecast and Fire TV.
Joyn is an advertising-financed streaming service from Prosieben-Sat1 and Discovery. The service offers live streams from dozens of television channels as well as a streaming catalog. Joyn Plus, on the other hand, is the paid premium offer of the service. In contrast to the free version, there is a larger selection of series and films that can be streamed on demand. In addition, the television streams can also be called up in HD and there is also access to pay TV channels.
The target group of the service are apparently those who still enjoy watching linear private television but do not have a television connection – and occasionally watch a program on demand. The service can currently be tested for three months free of charge. The provider then wants 6.99 euros per month. The contract can be canceled on a monthly basis. Joyn Plus can be used in the browser, via iOS and Android apps as well as via various smart TV devices and Amazon’s Fire TV stick.
TV Now Premium
TV Now is basically the RTL Group’s Joyn counterpart. Here, too, you can stream TV broadcasts live or choose the content yourself from a catalog of films and series. In addition to the purely advertising-financed basic service, TV Now also offers a paid upgrade. In addition to exclusive content, there are also RTL formats before the TV broadcast. TV Now Premium offers apps for Android and iOS. You can also use the service via Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV and a number of set-top boxes. The price is 4.99 euros. There is also a free test phase here.
Netzkino originally relied exclusively on YouTube as a film distribution channel, but now also offers its own advertising-financed platform. For the price of 3.75 euros a month, at least part of the offer is free of advertising. With the Netzkino sales model, license fees that are too high are likely to quickly become unprofitable, which also explains the selection of films available. You won’t find any Hollywood blockbusters here. Sometimes, however, one or the other forgotten cinema gem.
From Mubi to Kividoo: the specialists among the German streaming providers
Mubi has a very clear target group: The streaming provider is aimed at people who think of Jean-Luc Godard or Orson Welles when they hear the word cinema – instead of Michael Bay and Kevin Feige. Mubi provides them with a curated film catalog that changes daily. Because every film is only available on Mubi for 30 days. That means: there is a new film every day and at the same time a film disappears from the catalog. The main choices are art-house films and classic films.
German dubbed versions are occasionally available, but often only the original sound with optional subtitles is available. The individual films are each presented with a short text. In addition, reviews of the works are linked. Mubi charges 9.99 euros per month for the offer. Apps for Android, iOS and various smart TVs are available. Mubi can also be booked directly as a so-called channel to an existing Prime subscription via Amazon .
Another streaming specialist is Realeyz. The service specializes in contemporary independent cinema and offers a 14-day trial membership. The price is 5.50 euros per month. Those who take out an annual subscription will receive a discount of 25 percent. Realeyz only has an iOS app. Those who use Android are therefore unlucky. Like Mubi, Realeyz can also be booked as a Prime Channel on Amazon.
All-cinema film club
Alleskino acts primarily as an online distributor of German cinema films. With the all-cinema film club, there is also a subscription offer. You can test it for 30 days free of charge. Thereafter, 4.99 euros are due per month.
Kividoo is a streaming service for children. In addition to children’s series and children’s films, there are also radio plays for the little ones. The range includes well-known brand names such as Baumeister Bob, Lego Ninjago and Benjamin Blümchen in the target group. Kividoo can be tested free of charge for 30 days. Thereafter, 7.99 euros per month are due.