The days of driving to Blockbuster to pick up a movie are long gone—today we want everything streamed onto our computers and mobile devices. But how do the major streaming services stack up when it comes to LGBT movies and television shows?
We picked six of the biggest and took a look at offerings, cost and more.
The Lowdown: The first online streaming subscription service is still arguably the best overall for mainstream movies and classic television, though it falls behind on current TV shows and foreign fare.
Gay Appeal: Netflix has by far the biggest selection of gay features and docs, and a robust Gay and Lesbian genre, not to mention original series like Grace and Frankie and Orange is the New Black.
Hot Picks: Brokeback Mountain, Beginners, Stranger by the Lake, Paris is Burning.
The Lowdown: In addition to a healthy array of TV shows, Hulu Plus boasts the entire Criterion film collection—including Belle du Jour, Gimme Shelter and Tie Me Up! Time Me Down! There’s also extensive foreign TV offerings, from the UK’s Miranda and The Only Way is Essex to the Korean alien soap opera My Love From Another Star.
Price: $7.99/month or $11.99 for commercial-free plan.
Gay Offerings: Hulu Plus offers everything from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Modern Family to The L Word and Queer as Folk. We’re currently obsessed with the Australian dramedy Please Like Me.
There’s a dedicated Gay & Lesbian category for both TV and film, though the latter is fairly weak.
Hot Picks: Please Like Me, Tales from the City, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bear City.
The Lowdown: Amazon’s subscription service has blossomed in the past year, giving free access to a healthy chunk of the general Amazon library and groundbreaking original shows like Transparent.
LGBT Offerings: While some of Amazon Instant Video’s LGBT offerings—like Brokeback Mountain —are not available on Prime, there’s Transparent, of cour,se and quite a few indie and foreign queer films you won’t find elsewhere.
Hot Picks: Transparent, Keep the Lights On, Happy Together, Yossi and Jagger.
The Lowdown: This indie-focused streaming site is great for fringe and foreign flicks, hard-to-find classics and documentaries.
LGBT Offerings: Tons. Fandor boasts of having “the biggest and best selection of hand-picked LGBTQ films around,” and they could be right.
Hot Picks: A Very Natural Thing, Un Chant d’Amour, Slight Fever of a 20-Year-Old.
The Lowdown: This tightly curated service offers only 30 films at a time, though many are recent critical darlings or certified classics. It’s also partnered with film festivals around the world to give members first looks and rare glimpses of arthouse fare.
Cost: $4.99/month, $27.99 for six months, $34.99/year.
LGBT Offerings: As the site only offers a 30 films at a time, the LGBT pickings are slim, but unique—like One Year Lease, Velvet Goldmine and The Zone.
The Lowdown: A completely free, ad-supported site that offers obscure indies, occasional mainstream hits and a few docs and foreign films.
LGBT Offerings: Quite an impressive library, though mostly documentary and indies, with a few foreign options. SnagFilm’s LGBT category currently stocks 72 films.
Hot Picks: L.I.E., Straight Acting.