Here Are 13 Best Streaming Services to Watch Black Movies

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Over the past five years, the entertainment industry has experienced a great shift. The availability of many streaming platforms has made accessing a vast library of content pretty easy. However, the wide range of available options has made deciding on which service to use challenging. In this article, we’ll review the ten best streaming services to watch black movies. Each caters to diverse budgets and tastes. 

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Netflix

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Founded on 29 August 1997, Netflix is among the most widely used streaming platforms globally. On Netflix, you can stream originals, including black TV shows, such as ‘Family Union’, ‘Black Lightening’, ‘TLC’ and ‘When They See Us’.

Besides TV shows, Netflix also offers award-winning classics, such as ‘Moonlight’ and hilarious comedies like ‘The Upshaws‘. The platform houses lots of black movies with both ad-free and ad-supported plans. It also has a cartoon network that offers interesting cartoons.

Disney Plus

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Owned by The Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Disney Plus has some of the newest and most interesting streaming content, including ‘Disney’, ‘Marvel’, ‘Pixar’, and ‘Star Wars movies’. While Disney+ doesn’t focus specifically on black movies, it does host gems, such as ‘Soul’ and ‘Black Panther’.

Max

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This is a premium streaming home of HBO. The streaming service has a deep library of shows to stream, including black movies and HBO originals. In addition to movies, you also stream lifestyle, new-to-your-reality, food content, and true crime series. 

On HBO Max, you can get into the black cinema with movies like ‘Boyz n the Hood‘ or watch thought-provoking series like ‘Insecure.’

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Amazon Prime Video

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Prime Video is available as part of the Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $14.99 a month or $139 yearly for an individual. The movie streaming platform offers an interesting curated selection of TV shows and movies, including a dedicated category for black stories. 

On the platform, you can stream and enjoy contemporary hits or classics like ‘Do the Right Thing‘. There are also black family movies that you can watch with your kids. 

Starz

Launched on 1 February 1994 in the United States, Starz is an American premium satellite and cable TV network owned by Lionsgate. The platform is the flagship property of parent-subsidiary Starz Inc.

Starz brings different ideas to life through bold storytelling. You can sign up on the streaming platform to stream original black series, extras, movies, and more—on-demand and ad-free.

ESPN Plus

ESPN+ is among the best streaming platforms for sports fans. The platform’s subscription grants you access to top-quality NBA, soccer, football, hockey, baseball, and tennis programming that can’t easily be found anywhere, including the ABC, CBS, and FOX sports channels. Additionally, on ESPN+ you can watch black athletes documentaries. 

Peacock

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Headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, U.S., Peacock is an American over-the-top video streaming service owned by Peacock TV LLC. The service started operating on July 15, 2020.

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Peacock offers a surprising amount of content, including a decent selection of black movies. Sign up on the platform to watch classics like ‘The Best Man‘ or discover exceptional comedy movies

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Sling TV

This is an American streaming TV service founded on 9 February 2015. Sling TV offers different channel packages that allow users to customize their entertainment experiences. Some of its live TV streaming services include live channels like FX, TBS, TNT, MTV, Bravo, and BET which often show a decent selection of interesting black TV shows and movies. 

Apple TV Plus

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While Apple TV+ pays more attention to original content, it offers a list of well-selected movies and TV shows, including some really interesting black movies. For example, you watch and entertain yourself with the historical drama ‘The Underground Railroad‘ or the heartwarming comedy ‘Central Park.’ 

Hulu

Hulu is a subscription streaming media that launched on October 29, 2007. The platform offers a mix of on-demand content and live TV streams. Hulu has both a free tier subscription with ads and ad-free plans. On the platform, you’ll find a wide range of black movies, including ‘Selma‘ and ‘Queen & Slim.’

Roku

This is a United States public company established in 2002. The brand runs a streaming television service through its branded smart TVs and streaming devices. Roku channel supports both advertising and premium plans on its platform. 

The streaming service offers a good number of interesting and engaging content, including the best black movies, such as ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.’ Besides good black movies, you also catch your favorite food network shows on Roku. The streaming platform is accessible on Android and IOS. 

Shudder

Owned and operated by AMC Networks, Shudder is an American streaming service. The platform features thriller, horror, and supernatural fiction titles. 

On the platform, you’ll find TV series and black movies, such as ‘Get Out‘ or the psychological thriller ‘Candyman.’ You can also find Sudder on YouTube TV, where you can also watch some of their free content. 

ShowMax

This is a video-on-demand service. The streaming platform offers a unique mix of original African content, popular movies, premium documentaries, first and exclusive international series, and the best kids’ shows. Additionally, ShowMax is working on launching a mobile-only product to watch the English Premier League (PL).

Generally, there are several good streaming services where you can watch interesting and captivating black movies. This means that this list isn’t exhaustive. Also, the selection of black movies usually varies across the different streaming services. Below is the list of other streaming services that you might want to try:

The good thing about the streaming services here is that you can easily stream black movies with your phone and cast to your television or any other one that you have. However, remember that you’ll need Fire TV devices when trying to connect your streamed movie to high-definition TV. But the good news is that you can use Amazon Fire TV

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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