BET+ is a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service owned and operated by ViacomCBS. It’s an extension of the popular Black Entertainment Television (BET) network. What you get with BET+ is a blend of classic movies and shows, along with a whole lineup of content exclusive to the BET+ streaming service. The BET+ catalog features plenty of Tyler Perry, Tracy Oliver and Will Packer. Like CBS All Access and ESPN+, BET+ serves as a niche streaming service that works well as a complement to live TV streaming services. If you’re intent on cutting the cable TV cord, you probably won’t be able to lean entirely on BET+ for all your TV needs.
What To Watch On BET+
The BET+ catalog features thousands of hours of content, including classic shows, standup specials, movies, plays and more. Thanks to the service’s partnership with Tyler Perry, tons of the comedian’s past work is available in the BET+ catalog. And if you’re a fan of the classic, award-winning series Martin, you’ll definitely want to sign up for BET+ — it’s the only way you’ll be able to stream the show. In addition, BET+ includes licensed programs from other Viacom networks like Comedy Central, MTV and VH1, such as Why? With Hannibal Buress and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, along with comedy specials from legendary comics D.L. Hughley and Eddie Griffin.
BET+ also has several original series for viewers to enjoy. Like many streaming services trying to make a mark in the streaming wars, BET is rushing to produce its own content. But like Disney+, BET+ relies heavily on its brand-related catalog of past and licensed content. Some of the most popular shows on BET+ include American Gangster: Trap Queens, Bigger, First Wives Club and Ruthless. The catalog, however, only features two original films as of May 2020: Carl Weber’s Influence and Sacrifice. So this probably isn’t the best service for serious movie fans looking for fresh, original films. The BET+ app also gives you access to newer shows, including: Being Mary Jane, Dark Money, Rebel and The Oval.
BET+ Costs And Plans
BET+ provides a single, ad-free plan that costs $9.99/mo. This is a bit pricey when compared to on-demand streaming services such as Hulu (5.99/mo.) or Netflix ($8.99/mo.) — both of which feature much larger libraries. It costs more than niche services like ESPN+ ($4.99) and Sundance Now ($6.99/mo.) and doesn’t have additional perks like offline downloading or a huge collection of BET+ originals.
But what BET+ does do is provide a wide-range of some of the best African American content on the market. Would it be nice to see a more robust BET+ premium option? Absolutely. But BET+ is all about content — it offers programming that no other streaming service does.
BET+ Compatible Devices
The BET+ app is available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The service can also be enjoyed on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku as well as various smart TVs.
But there’s a catch. There are two different ways to purchase a BET+ subscription, as an add-on through Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV (the BET+ Channel), or directly from the network (BET+). What you get when it comes to device compatibility varies depending on where you purchase your subscription. If you buy the BET+ Channel through Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV, you won’t have access to the BET+ app. Meaning, you will need to go through these services in order to access BET+.
Simultaneous Screens And Offline Features On BET+
BET+ doesn’t provide information regarding the number of simultaneous streams available with a direct subscription. In general, most streaming services provide around three. Hulu, for example, offers two, while Amazon Prime Video lets you watch on up to three screens at the same time. With Netflix premium, you can take advantage of four simultaneous streams.
Unfortunately, with BET+, you won’t have the ability to download content to watch offline. So if you’re traveling or in an area with spotty Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to stream shows and movies from the service’s catalog. This is a let down when compared to options such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, both of which have relaxed downloading capabilities. So you’ll need a strong internet connection if you want to watch BET+.
BET+ doesn’t provide information about the service’s streaming quality.
Can I Cut the Cable TV Cord With BET+?
As a niche VOD streaming service, BET+ is not a viable cable replacement option. Instead, the service concentrates on one thing — delivering a huge catalog packed with African American content. If you already have a traditional cable or satellite TV provider, you might already have access to BET. But if you want access to BET plus’ exclusive content, you’ll need to sign up for the service directly.
BET+ works well as a complement to live TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. Alternatively, you can pair a BET+ subscription with another on-demand service, such as Acorn TV or Netflix to increase your viewing options.
If you’re mostly interested in local programming and BET+ content, you might consider purchasing a subscription and an antenna. One of the best and most affordable ways to get local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC broadcasts is through an antenna. There have been substantial improvements when it comes to antenna technology. With the right choice, you can even enjoy programming in High Definition. So yes, it’s possible to get an authentic TV experience without the hassle of contracts or expensive monthly bills. And, of course, you can cancel your subscription at any time.
If you’re interested in giving BET+ a chance, consider taking advantage of the service’s seven-day free trial.
Current as of May 2020*
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