How To Set Parental Controls For Hulu, Amazon And Other Streaming Services?

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Today, we will discuss the four major streaming apps and how you can set parental controls on it.

According to a recent survey by Market Watch, Netflix is planning to expand its business across the world in the coming years. But, there are some restrictions and problems that are acting as an impediment. Not only will it increase the running cost but may also face a looming competitor.

One of the senior analysts at Macquarie, Tim Nollen said Amazon is on the top of the watch-list these days. Besides this, other streaming apps like Hulu, Sling, and Netflix are also finding their way in international business.

All these channels that have been discussed above have their unique content with the best quality of sound and picture.  Take, for example, shows like ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘House of cards’ is available on ‘Netflix’. In the same way, you can watch ‘Transparent and Man in High castle’ on Amazon.

Now, let’s have look at four major streaming apps and how you can use parental controls on it.

Netflix: You can set up parental controls for Netflix app from a mobile device or computer. You can classify the content according to four categories little kids, older kids and teens, and adults. So, parents can create the profile on Netflix account for their kids.

What it doesn’t have: Netflix doesn’t support password for an account which means your kids can easily access the adult account without any password whereas there is a PIN passcode for parental settings.

Amazon Video: In Amazon video, the user can set a PIN for video purchases. Parents can block the MPAA rating or specific categories. There are different categories available on Amazon website like Family, Teen, Mature and general.

On Amazon, you can block different devices that your kids use. This has been confirmed by a technical blogger on the website. All the blocked content will display a lock symbol on the screen.

What doesn’t it have?

No separate account provision for kids is available on Amazon Video like Netflix has.

Hulu plus

According to Hulu policy, if you are 17 or above, then you only you can watch mature content. There is an option available for parents through which they can change the age of the account holder below 17 and block the content till their kids attain 17 years of age. This is also a good move for parents as they can easily log-out of the account while watching content with children. There are separate family and kid section available for youngsters on Hulu. If you are Hulu Plus subscriber, then you will get Hulu kids section as a complimentary service.

What it doesn’t have?

There is no as such parental controls in Hulu. Kids can easily peep into their parent account and watch the content.

Sling

The parental controls of this streaming service are the strongest of all. By getting into settings, parents can easily set the PIN for parental controls. The content can be restricted according to the age. It always requires a passcode for watching the content from the app. Mature content will open only after entering the passcode.

What it doesn’t contain?

There are no as such kids’ specific accounts available on Sling. You can’t create a separate account for kids.

Hulu Or Netflix? Which One Is Best For You.

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It is not easier for us to remember a time before streaming media service came into existence. Now, it is not possible to select the device that doesn’t support media streaming services especially Netflix and Hulu.

If you are to select any one service out of the two, then let’s have a look at each service and pick the winner from several categories to identify which one is best.

Price: Earlier, in 2016 Hulu provided free tier with limited shows and ads. Now the base price is fixed at $7.99 a month. The main problem in this plan is; you will keep on getting the commercials in-between the show. But if you pay extra $4, then you can get rid of commercials. With this pack, you can watch Hulu on a single device at a time but you can create six different profiles on Hulu. If you are out of the station, then you can hold the service up to 12 weeks.

Netflix pricing is a bit confusing. If you want to stream on a single screen, then you will have to pay $7.99 a month. If the same is to be watched on multiple screens with HD content, then you will be charged $10.99 a month. This HD part is a good choice but there is one limitation that you require HD TV or computer.

Content selection as a whole

This is the most important parameter for selecting the service. Content available for viewing plays an important role in selecting the video streaming service.

Netflix is famous for movies. If we go back to earlier days, then you will find that DVD-rental service tag was popular for Netflix. But with the change in taste and technology, the number of movies vanish to 31 percent in 2016 on Netflix. Whereas this percent was more on Hulu.

Add-ons

Add-ons in a media streaming service mean access to other content from another service. Hulu, at present offering 3 add-on channels; Cinemax, Showtime, and HBO for $8 a month. You can access the complete Showtime catalog by paying $9.99 a month. HBO, on the other hand, costs $14.99 a month. This means you don’t need any extra app for streaming ‘Games of Thrones’ on your TV.

On Netflix, no such add-ons are available as of now. You can go for DVD plans.

Exclusives and originals

Hulu has some cultural shows exclusively for the people of U.S. Apart from this, it also offers an exclusive range of shows and movies on different networks.

There is a number of original shows available for watching like Shut Eye, Casual, multi-Emmy, Chance and The Handmaid’s Tale alone. So, it’s worth subscribing to Hulu.

Netflix, on the other hand, has lots of exclusives as well. It is paying much to own 83 hours of friends. It has re-introduced it for a new generation. But what about its originals. The channel is spending $8 billion for original content to be played in 2018. Nowadays, the originals are getting released at a faster rate than TV shows.

Device support

You can check the list of support devices for Netflix from the official support page. You will find all the set-top box list, media streaming hubs, gaming consoles and smart TVs there.

Hulu, on the other hand, has its own support list. Hulu has two different platforms Hulu and Hulu live. The support for both the platforms is different. There are some devices that don’t support either of the platforms. Rest, you can check it from the support page of Hulu.com.