The holidays are coming, and we can finally take a much-needed break from work. It’s the time to kick back and relax, enjoy delicious meals, and bond with family. Now is the time to catch up with your favorite shows and movies, relax on a couch, and let your mind and body rest a bit. The weather is just perfect for staying indoors, so you might be preparing for a film-marathon. 

If you’re about to spend days watching shows, now is the time to find streaming services that will offer you a myriad of fun material – purchasing the subscription also makes for a perfect Christmas gift. Rural Wi-fi has made a list of some of our teams most popular streaming providers, hopefully, you find one you like.

Here are 5 popular streaming services, we’ve included some free options if you’re looking to save some money, too. 

YouTube TV

We all use the network to watch fun clips or even listen to music, but did you know that you can get YouTube TV and get access to a cloud DVR. This offers live TV programs from 50 providers, among them Bravo, Disney, ESPN, FX, Fox News, Fox Sports, MSNBC? YouTube TV is a great option to get this Christmas and enjoy your TV programs on all your devices. The subscription is €33 per month. 

Sony Crackle

Want to enjoy a plethora of great movies and shows, but you’re on a tight budget? Crackle is a perfect option for you. The ad-supported streaming service offers numerous films and shows, but also has its own production of content. Save some money by using Crackle – there are no hidden fees and there isn’t even a premium option to tempt you to drain your budget.


Get a subscription to the most popular streaming services, offering both Hollywood blockbusters, as well as its own quality content to start your Christmas Netflix and chill marathon. For just €11.99 a month, you’ll gain access to over 13,00 titles. 

The strong recommendation engine ensures you don’t spend hours just looking for something to watch, and your time enjoying binge-watching shows won’t ever be interrupted by annoying commercials. They are more and more focused on producing their own quality content – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, “Beasts of No Nation”, and “Marriage Story” are all Netflix originals movies worth your time. 


Hulu is a great streaming service for those that plan on spending the Christmas holidays watching shows, and a great alternative to regular TV, since you can even choose if you’d like to skip on commercials while mesmerized by live TV.

Check if you like it by getting a free trial for an entire month, but most end up getting a subscription that can easily be cancelled any time without any phone calls or emails to the company. A popular choice among cord-cutters, Hulu is worth the investment to enjoy some prime content and a variety of movies and shows. 

Internet Archive

Are you a culture vulture planning to spend Christmas immersing yourself in the fine world of film noir? Perhaps you’ve spent too much money Christmas shopping and are looking for a simple, free option that allows you to have a movie-marathon for free? If so, try the Internet Archive. Here you can enjoy classic films without even making an account, so it’s pretty mess-free. Home to all thing’s public domain, the only downside of this streaming option is that you need a browser to access it, but an HDMI should fix the issue for you. The archive is well organized, just perfect for you to enjoy your holidays without paying a single dime.