7 Best Streaming Services on Nintendo Switch

Like a lot of video game consoles, the Nintendo Switch allows you to stream on its platform. But unlike them (and perhaps owing to its compact design) the Switch's streaming options are very limited.

Hulu tops the list as it's the easiest to access: it already provides a ton of content, plus it comes with different packages to choose from. But there are other things to consider as well, so we've rounded up all you need to know below. Take note that because Nintendo is constantly upgrading the Switch, we'll be updating this list accordingly to keep up. Make sure you come by regularly to keep posted. 

Hulu is an on-demand service that is currently only available in US territories. You can get access to Hulu's on-demand content library for $7.99 a month with commercials, and $14.99 without. There's also an option to pay for an annual subscription starting at $79.99.

Price: $7.99/month

Free Trial: 30 days

Device availability:

Movies, acclaimed TV shows ready for binging, your favorite current series — and more than 75 live channels at your fingertips. For $75 a month, Hulu with Live TV lets you have it all. The package’s 50 hours of DVR storage sounds smaller compared to its competitors, but with Hulu’s content library included, it’s a trade off that ensures you won’t be left wanting more.

Price: $75.99/month

Device availability:

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Funimation is a video-on-demand streaming service that specializes in anime and is available in the US. 

You can access Funimation via web browser (www.funimation.com), while the Funimation app is also available on all major platforms, mobile devices including Android and iOS, and media streaming devices including Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Chromecast, and Android TV, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Price: $5.99/month

Free Trial: 14 days

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Pokemon fans will be glad to know that hundreds of Pokemon episodes, as well as films and specials, can be streamed for free on the Japanese anime's official streaming platform, Pokemon TV. You can download titles to watch offline (though they expire after a week) and, in case you've seen them all, the platform shifts them around so you can catch anything you've missed, old and new.

You don't need even to make an account to watch Pokemon TV, much less pay for it, making it an ideal viewing option for cord-cutters on a budget. It's also conveniently available on most devices, including smart phones, TVs, and of course, the Nintendo Switch. 

Price: free for channels available

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Available to American Express Platinum cardholders, the Hulu AMEX bundle is a deal that gives you up to $20 in credits every month on your statement account (that's $240 saved in a year), provided that you use your card to subscribe to any Hulu product on their website. The bundle covers both Hulu's on-demand and live TV services, as well as Hulu's Disney+ and ESPN+ package. You have to remember to enroll your card to start receiving the benefit, but once you do, your credit should appear around six to eight weeks after the purchase has been made. 

Price: $7.99/month

Device availability:

If you're already subscribed to any of Hulu's existing plans (currently, those are with ads, no ads, and live TV), you can choose to boost your subscription with a Starz add-on for an extra $8.99 a month. This rounds up your library of Hulu originals with Starz's own collection of prestige series such as Gaslit, Outlander, and Serpent Queen, as well as their cult-status comedies like Party Down, Minx, and Ash vs. Evil Dead. Additionally, you can stream Starz live and log on to the app, if you have it, with your Hulu credentials. 

While this simplified bundle is certainly interesting, it's even more appealing for TV fans out there who have much to gain from this pairing. 

Price: $16.98/month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability:

Crunchyroll is a video-on-demand streaming website that specializes in anime and is available in 170 countries. 

You can opt for either a free ad-supported plan or subscribe to the paid tier. The free version doesn't include simulcasts or access to all of Crunchyroll's content, but for $7.99 per month the premium tier removes those limitations. 

You can access Crunchyroll via web browser (www.crunchyroll.com), while the Crunchyroll app is also available on all major platforms, mobile devices including Android and iOS, and media streaming devices including Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Chromecast, and Android TV, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

 

Price: $7.99/month

Free Trial: 14 days

Device availability:

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The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors. If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

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