Netflix vs Hulu Plus - Streaming Titans Square Off



Netflix vs Hulu Plus

Media Streaming Titans Battle for Your Dollars






Thinking about dropping your Cable or Satellite TV subscription, chances are you will be turning to Netflix or Hulu Plus to fill the gap. In the streaming world Netflix and Hulu have risen to the forefront due to their endless volume of streaming content and low monthly fees. Without these two streaming media content providers, it would make cutting cable a much less pleasant experience.



While there are quite a few more streaming services available, Netflix and Hulu Plus have risen to to the forefront. Their sheer volume of content, along with original programming and daily updates plus low monthly fees make these media service providers a dream come true for many cable cutters. Here is a quick comparison of what they both offer in terms of service and value. 


Most Content - Winner Netflix

When it comes to content there is no denying that Netflix is king. They spend an estimated $2 billion dollars annually on content for their subscribers. Recently Netflix admitted to checking out which shows are popular on Pirate sites to determine which content they add to their service. Netflix makes it so easy to watch great content, pirated BitTorrent downloads in Canada have gone down 50% since Netflix entered their market.

Even though Hulu recently signed a deal to add more than 2000 TV shows from BBC Worldwide North America mostly for their premium Hulu Plus service. They still do not have the huge library of content that is available on Netflix.


No Commercials - Winner Netflix

If you enjoy watch your streaming content ad free, Hulu Plus may be disappointing. Even though you pay the same monthly fee, Hulu makes you sit through commercials. You will not find a single commercial on Netflix. Thinking about using ad blockers on Hulu Plus. They are wise to this and are now putting up a message telling you to turn off ad blocking when their commercials play.



Most Current Content - Winner Hulu Plus

If you enjoy watching current network shows, Hulu Plus has more current shows available the next day after they air. While Netflix may have many more TV series, most aren't available until the following year. This makes Hulu Plus a better choice for keeping up on current TV series.


HD Picture Quality - Winner Netflix

If you have the streaming bandwidth available from your Internet provider and your streaming device supports it, Netflix can deliver full 1080p HD video quality in surround sound. Hulu Plus does not provide the same high picture quality for their streaming content.


Price - Winner Draw

When it comes to monthly subscription costs, Netflix and Hulu Plus are both very affordable. They both charge the same $7.99 monthly fee and are far less costly than the Cable TV or Satellite subscriptions they often replace. Netflix requires you to have a valid sub to watch any of their content. They also offer a family plan allowing family members to each have access to their own favorites and suggestions for $12.99 a month.

Hulu offers a free service with limited content which often entices users to upgrade to Hulu Plus to have access to a much wider range of content.


Best for Kids - Winner Netflix

Netflix offers a nice parental interface which limits kids to certain sections of their site. They offer quite a bit of content that appeals especially to children and parents. Hulu Plus does not provide this level of service on their site.


Features

 Netflix

Hulu Plus

Original Content

Made for Netflix TV series

Yes

No made for Hulu TV series

No

Most Content

More movies and TV shows

Yes

Smaller content library

No

Current Content

More older seasons less new

No

Current TV shows available next day

Yes

Suggest Content

Offer watch similar suggestions

Yes

Shows what Facebook friends are watching

Yes

Available Devices

Wide range of devices

Yes

Wide range of devices

Yes

No Commercials

No ads  Commercial free

Yes

TV Shows and Movies contain ads

No

Kids Content

Wide range of Kid safe content

Yes

Not as much geared specifically for kids

No

HD Quality

Best PQ 1080p surround sound

Yes

Picture quality not quite as good as Netflix

No

Free Content

Must pay to view any content

No

Offers Free limited Hulu content

Yes

Monthly Pricing

$7.99 and $12.99 Family Plan with Unlimited Access

Yes

$7.99 Unlimited access, requires Cable provider to watch some content

Yes

Use this chart for a quick summary of features between Netflix and Hulu Plus.


Bottom Line - Try Both

Both of these streaming media companies offer features that are desirable and a few not so much. The bottom line is even if you subscribe to both, it still costs much less than a monthly Cable TV or Satellite subscription. Install a low cost HD antenna like the excellent Mohu Leaf for watching Free local over the air networks and you will still have endless entertainment at an excellent value.

If you prefer one over the other, cancel either Netflix or Hulu Plus and use the money you save to rent an occasional newer movie from Amazon Instant.

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