Wall Street Journal’s guide to smarter video streaming services

By: News Editor

Check out the Wall Street Journal’s guide to smarter video streaming. Overwhelmed by Netflix’s Infinite Scroll? Try These 5 Focused Streaming Services

Wall Street Journal's guide to smarter video streaming services
Wall Street Journal’s guide to smarter video streaming services

 Whether you’re a fan of horror, anime or the many varieties of British accent, we’ve found a streaming service tailored for your preferences.

WE ALL HAVE access to more TV and film than ever before. And yet, it doesn’t always feel easy to find something new to watch. Open an app like Netflix NFLX -0.27%decrease; red down pointing triangle and you’re bombarded with a seemingly infinite catalog of content. After scrolling for ages, with snippets of trailers blaring through your speakers, a paralysis sets in. The only surefire path out: a show you already know you like.

The re-watch rut can be difficult to break. But the solution might be a download away. While mainstream streamers like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max seem to be trying to host as much of as many different kinds of shows as possible, several smaller companies have emerged with more-focused libraries. Some of these streamers are even free. Among them: Minute Shorts, which suggests short films based on how much time you have; and Waterbear, which exclusively screens films and series about environmental issues.

Those two might be too niche for some, but we think the following five offer a just-right robustness. Love horror? Try Shudder. Want to win your Oscars bracket? Give Mubi a spin. Are you a fan of Japanese animation? Well, you’ve probably already heard of Crunchyroll.


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