You can't argue with the convenience of streaming TV shows and films, and with HD and even 4K video now available, the quality is now available to match. But which are the best streaming video services?

We've looked at the best catch-up TV apps and on-demand movie and TV services, to find out which delivers the best performance-per-pound value, based on usability, content and cost. And our verdict is...

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With quality programmes, downloadable shows and a great interface, BBC iPlayer is the best video-on-demand service out there. Have we mentioned it’s completely free? To watch programmes live you will need to pay the licence fee, but if you use iPlayer solely for catching up and downloading shows, it is completely, utterly and totally free.

No wonder it was our streaming service Product of the Year for 2015.

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From £5.99 per month

Not just the most recognisable name in TV and movies on-demand, Netflix is also one of the big players with it comes to 4K content. Offering a range of programmes in 4K, including House of Card and Breaking Bad, it's hard to argue with the app's wider library. 

Couple this with fantastic compatibility - we struggled to find something that didn't have a Netflix app - and Full HD programming with 5.1 surround, and you've got yourself an excellent package.

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The Google Play Store has it all: apps, music, games, books and video. An on-demand service, users are just required to pay for what they watch, whether it be renting or purchasing forever.

Google's library is large, including new and archive content, and you can access the Google Play Store from virtually any device. HD titles are available in 1080p resolution with 5.1 surround sound.

As far as on-demand services go, Google Play is a fine choice: great catalogue, good compatibility and incredibly easy to use.

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