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Jess Kelly picks her top streaming services this Christmas

It's Christmas week which means there's a festive feast of films available to watch over the holi...
Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

08.33 21 Dec 2020


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Jess Kelly picks her top streaming services this Christmas

Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

08.33 21 Dec 2020


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It's Christmas week which means there's a festive feast of films available to watch over the holiday period.

It will be a Christmas like no other, but our favourite traditional movies will still be there to offer entertainment as we spend more time at home this year.

Streaming services experienced unprecedented popularity this year, and while we all know about Netflix, there are others on the market which people may be less aware of.

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Newstalk's technology correspondent Jess Kelly outlined some of her top picks which have "all kinds of everything and something for all the family".

She told Newstalk Breakfast that most of these services offer at least a week's free trial so "now is the time to cash in on that free trial" if you haven't done so already.

Jess said NOW TV, which is Sky TV's virtual offering, is "fantastic" as you can tailor the pass to what you're interested in.

She explained: "They have all kinds of box sets, all kinds of movies, TV shows, and what I really like about NOW TV is that you can buy different passes.

"For example, if you want to watch movies all across Christmas, you can get the Sky Cinema pass and these are movies that have either been out for ages or cinema releases."

For sports fans, there is the Sky Sports pass, which is great for catching sporting events shown on channels not provided with your television subscription.

Jess warned that people should be careful about free trials.

She added: "The thing to remember with this is if you're using a free trial, set a reminder in your phone for two weeks after the trial so that you don't get stung for the payment."

Kardashians Keeping up with the Kardashians is available to stream on Hayu. Image: Jordan Strauss/AP/Press Association Images

Another option is Hayu, which Jess says allows you "to watch 3,000 episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians".

She said: "If you are into your reality TV and you just want to binge-watch across the festive period, this is the one to look at.

"I know so many people who live and die by this stuff so that's worth checking out.

The streaming service comes with a seven-day free trial and then €6 a month thereafter.

Jess's top pick, however, is completely free.

She recommends the Channel 4 player which has "amazing box sets".

She said: "I'm currently finishing off The West Wing for the first time so I think if you're looking for something that has brilliant documentaries, brilliant box sets and is completely free, the All 4 player is the way to go."

For people hoping to track Santa this week, SantaTracker.google.com will provide updates throughout Christmas Eve.

Jess Kelly picks her top streaming services this Christmas

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