How to get the best content at the best price (Image: Marvel Studios/Netflix/HBO)

As the cost of living crisis escalates and streaming services compete for valuable holiday audiences, it can be difficult to know which streamers to keep and which to drop.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the best deals available on mainstream services, detailing what each offers (and what they’re best at).

Now when you see that subscription fee deducted from your bank account, at least you know you’re getting the best content for the best price!

BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub, My5: free (with royalties)

His Dark Materials,2,Lord Asriel (JAMES MCAVOY),Bad Wolf,Simon Ridgway

The BBC blockbuster adaptation of His Dark Materials is available for free on iPlayer (Image: Bad Wolf/BBC/HBO)

Paying for a TV license allows you to use the many streaming services offered by network broadcasters.

Not only have these cover shows and movies recently hit television, but they’ve also accumulated quite large collections of box sets, and BBC iPlayer, in particular, has made much of its archive freely available.

As terrestrial TV networks strive to outdo each other with the best Christmas and winter schedules, you can expect a huge amount of great TV (and some top blockbuster movies) to be available online well into the new year.

Apple TV+: Free for two months, then £4.99 per month

Will Smith’s Emancipation is Apple TV+’s latest offering for Oscar fame (Photo: Quantrell Colbert)

Apple TV+ got off to a disappointing start, as the original debut offering failed to garner much critical acclaim or audience hype for the most part. But it has cultivated a handful of excellent series, including The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, and added older material to deepen its library of content.

Now Will Smith is touting a new deal (two months of free streaming) to lure audiences to his Oscar-winning film Emancipation.

It’s a good offer and a smart move to rebuild his image after *that* hit!

Britbox: £5.99 per month

Only Fools and Horses - Series 7 - Picture Shows: Rodney (NICHOLAS LYNDHURST) & Del Boy (DAVID JASON)

Only Fools and Horses is just one of many classic British shows on Britbox (Photo: BBC Worldwide Copyright)

Britbox represents a rare collaboration between the BBC and ITV – and their curated archive collections contain many of the best televisions ever made.

The streaming service also features some original content, including a revived Spitting Image that’s just as mean as the original.

And if you have a BT TV subscription, you already get six months free!

Netflix: £6.99 per month

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is one of many critically acclaimed original films on Netflix (Image: AP)

The big. New movies and TV shows from some of the world’s most renowned directors and stars coexist with an almost unbelievably vast catalog of older material. (I recently discovered a collection of classic Egyptian films from the 1950s and 1960s – where have they been hiding?).

Netflix may still be the dominant streaming service out there, but it hasn’t beaten its competition without damage. It’s lost a lot of family content – particularly superheroes – to Disney+, while Amazon Prime and Apple TV+ are making competitive strides in adult drama.

But the sheer breadth and rapid turnover of the Netflix library, along with its impressive track record of quality original content, means it’s still the service to beat.

Disney+: £7.99 per month

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: HOLIDAY SPECIAL from Marvel Studios, exclusively on Disney+.  Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.  © 2022 MARVEL.

Disney+ is the home of Marvel and family entertainment in general (Image: Marvel Studios)

Disney+ offers the best deal for family entertainment. While it may not match Amazon Prime and Netflix in terms of spending volume, the collection includes almost everything produced by Disney, Pixar, and National Geographic, as well as libraries of Marvel and Star Wars content.

Subsidiary Star is included and adds much more mature material, including more recent theatrical releases.

Oh, and every Simpsons episode (except one) is in it!

Amazon Prime Video: £7.99 per month

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Amazon Prime’s most spectacular original offering to date (Photo: AP)

Amazon Prime Video has worked hard to compete with its streaming competitors, and there’s now enough to make it worth your while.

There are brilliant original series – most notably the huge The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (the most expensive TV series of all time). And there are also prestigious sports where some Premier League games are shown exclusively on Amazon.

It may not yet have the performance of some of its competitors, but if you’re a sports fan looking for a solid series to bond with, Prime Video could be the streamer for you.

In addition, students are entitled to a free six-month trial, although you’ll need to prove student status – either an email address, NUS membership card or other document from a list on the site.

NOW TV: £12 per month for 6 months

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The White Lotus has the world in suspense (Picture: HBO)

With NU TV Cinema you can follow the latest films as soon as they leave the cinema. It is unbeatable for securing access to the biggest blockbusters of recent times.

And now a new deal delivers some of TV’s best shows, as NU TV Entertainment lets you watch The White Louts, House of the Dragon, and the rest of HBO’s prestigious productions.