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 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.
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.