Each year, new services instigate
the luxury of streaming TV and movies
Perhaps in the near
future the need for satellite TV and cable will be
Until then, the top two contenders, Hulu Plus and Netflix, are
on each other's heels with one just a bit ahead of the
Consequently, many customers and
potential new customers question, which one has the best
Both Netflix and Hulu Plus
stream shows in place of downloading their
they have very dissimilar
content and diverse guidelines about when, where, and how their
customers can watch the shows they fancy.
Observing the two foremost
subscription video services, Hulu Plus and Netflix, Colin Decker, VP of audience
development for Revision3 says, "he is optimistic about Netflix."
He goes on
to clarify that he believes Netflix's move to unique content is clever and that the
development of broadband permissible households means additional prospective
customers for Netflix altogether.
Hulu Plus is another story according to
"How come Hulu Plus does not have
more subscribers till now?" he
The answer was
It is mainly because subscribers
are disenchanted with their
In addition, the absence of
crucial network support is a "deal breaker" as far as considering it as an
So, Who's Ticking and Who's
If you are only looking to
sign-up for Hulu Plus or Netflix or maybe both, each charges a monthly fee
for the right to access all their existing movies and
shows; however, you will want to be
acquainted with what makes these two services
The debate has dragged on for long enough and there seems to be a
Nevertheless, to keep an air of inscrutability, we won't go into
that right now.
Let's suffice it to say that
Netflix and Hulu Plus both encompass streaming video for around the identical price
per month, in spite of this, there are differences.
What is best for each individual depends on
how important the differences in the two services are for
For instance, Netflix offers
subscriptions that deliver movie rentals via snail-mail including a streaming
option and a bevy of sundry movies. Hulu
Plus offers current TV episodes via a streaming process as well.
Individuals fanatical about
TV sitcoms will find Hulu Plus a dream come true. Netflix has been the definite victor in video subscription for
fact, they gave Blockbuster and Hollywood Video their marching papers.
Their initial stages were
as an order-by-mail DVD service and advanced to including streaming movies, which
customers appear to enjoy.
followed, and in 2007 began a free online-video service that offered a variety of
hit TV shows, movies, and more. Not too
long ago, they added their premier competition, Hulu Plus, which seems to have
caught many subscribers' attention.
Nonetheless, the ads are a killer, and on a scale from one to
ten, Hulu Plus gets a minus-one for this intrusion. As a result, which service is
superior? Let's take a look.
Similar to most video
subscription companies, Hulu Plus and Netflix are accessible via the
Each company has users sign into
their account to gain entry to all the movies and shows they
free trials for potential users to try out their services.
Hulu Plus is only a streaming service, while Netflix
offers a DVD mailing service.
mailing service is convenient for members to select titles online and produce a
wish-list; later DVDs are sent in the mail without any due date. After the user is
finished viewing their movie, they return the DVD and another is sent from their
Result: Each offers adequate
service options and each are simple to maneuver. Through the Internet, each
individual creates a password, and begins viewing their favorite movies and TV
shows including newer titles. We can consider this category a
Netflix has an
overabundance of titles in their library, well over
100,000. This includes Blu-ray and
DVDs. In addition, Netflix alleges that
they possess thousands more titles that are ready for
Hulu Plus will not disclose the
quantity of titles they have; however, they assert that they are in
possession of thousands of well known and award-winning movies with "zero"
Nevertheless, it is estimated
"through the grapevine," that Hulu Plus has more than 42,000 TV episodes from
more than 1,600 classic and current TV shows, along with over 2,400 films
with special editions from the Criterion compilation.
Result: It's Netflix all the
way around. Hulu Plus is being secretive and it's not cool.
Netflix offers membership advantages like one month free
trial service, the chance to rank videos for later proposals, offers suggestions
based on customers previous viewings, and users get to keep a library of previously
viewed videos including those they might watch later
In addition, Netflix permits members to halt their service for a
few months if they do not need it for a while. A very clever convenience in many
Hulu Plus permits obsessive TV fans the opportunity to
view current seasons, with new episodes uploaded almost every day after they air on
Result: It's a tie. They both offer
a service that users adore. Netflix has the stop-service benefit and Hulu Plus
offers the latest TV Episodes.
Hulu Plus demands particular requirements when users
stream videos. Users must have certain upgrades of browsers like IE and
Safari, along with other technical and software gadgetry. Netflix requires their
users to have a minimum speed of 500kps for top-quality viewing.
Result: They almost break even.
Nonetheless, Netflix has a slight edge because it requires
Netflix hiked their
prices making their customers "see red" and ready to give Netflix the old
Hulu Plus inserts advertising,
causing steam to come out of everyone's ears!
going around is that Hulu Plus requires advertising to reduce the monthly fees for
their subscribers, hence the reason for the ads.
Result: Until Hulu Plus gets rid of
the ads, Netflix is the best bet.
Hulu Plus has a monthly
price of $7.99. Netflix offers a two-tier pricing plan.
Result: Netflix gives a bit more
for your buck; therefore, Netflix comes out ahead here.