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The best TV and streaming alternatives to Netflix in Spain

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The best TV and streaming alternatives to Netflix in Spain
Founder and CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings speaks during a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27, 2017. Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP

Netflix, Spain's most popular entertainment platform, is set to introduce a new cheaper package with ads, but there are also a number of alternative streaming services with a lot on offer, if you don't want to go down that route.

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Netflix recently announced a new cheaper subscription package for just €5.49 a month, which will be available from November 10th 2022. The only catch is that your viewing will be interrupted by ads. 

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The company said that advertising can "reach the right audience" and will ensure that the ads are displayed "are relevant to consumers". 

The basic plan without adverts will be €7.99 for one device and up to €17.99 for up to four devices. 

As the creator of hugely successful Spanish shows such as La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), Las Chicas del Cable (Cable girls) or Élite, Netflix has attracted many loyal subscribers. But there are other options for those considering switching to a different platform.

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These are the other main subscriptions platforms in the country and their prices:

Filmin - €7.99/month or €84/year

Filmin is Spain's leading subscription platform for independent and arthouse films and TV shows.

Movistar+ Lite - €8/month

Movistar, the major telecommunications provider owned by Telefónica, launched its own VOD platform in 2015. It has established itself as one of the country's most important VOD platforms.

Amazon Prime Video - €4.99/month or €49.90/year. 

Amazon Prime recently raised its rates on September 15th 2022, from €3.99/month to €4.99/month. They also have special discounted packages for students. 

Disney + - €7.99/month with ads, €10.99/month without or €109.99/year

Disney+ launched in Spain in March 2020 with a broad offering including Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.

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Apple TV+ - €4.99/month

The platform currently offers a 3-month free trial after which it costs €4.99/month with shows like Mare of Easttown and The Morning Show.

HBO Max - €8.99/month or €69.99/year

The maker of "Game of Thrones" and the Harry Potter movies is launching HBO Max in Spain on October 26th, bringing together the entire Warner universe on one platform. The streaming service will replace HBO España which launched in Spain in 2016. Recent blockbusters like 'Dune' and 'The Matrix: Resurrections' will be available on the streaming platform after their run in cinemas.

Rakuten.tv - €6.99/month

Headquartered in Barcelona, this VOD streaming service includes content from Warner Bros, Disney and Sony Pictures as well as local distributors and independent labels. The monthly subscription offers access to its catalogue, but some of it is also available for free.

Starzplay - €4.99/month

Starzplay is a VOD platform run by American entertainment company Lionsgate, offering Hollywood films and TV shows and children's programs. It arrived in Spain in 2019, and is also available via Canal+ subscriptions.

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