Netflix Versus Hulu – Which Is Better?
The advent of high-speed internet has led to many people getting rid of their cable plans. After all, there are now options for watching television which don’t require cable subscriptions. Some of these video on demand options offer much greater flexibility and many more titles than their terrestrial counterparts. In this article, we’ll talk about two of the most popular options: Hulu’s subscription service and Netflix. We’ll address the advantages and disadvantages of both of them, so that you can decide which service is best for you.
Advantages of Netflix #1 Online Blu-Ray/DVD Rental
It might seem like a dinosaur trying to work a computer, but if you want the added comfort of being able to rent DVDs and Blu-Rays, then you need to go with Netflix. Some users only want online streaming, but Hulu doesn’t offer any physical products in their lipary. Whereas, Netflix began as an online DVD rental company, and haven’t lost sight (or the customer base) of their roots. Also factoring into this decision is that Hulu is a smaller company, whereas Netflix is trying to be competitive as a content provider with Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime ship physical goods and have lovefilm rentals, and thus Netflix follow suit with similar success.
Advantages of Netflix #2 Older TV Shows and Movies
Netflix has a huge library. If a show has been completed, (and in the case of some – The X-Files, Firefly and Red Dwarf,) the chances are that it is now available on Netflix. The same is true of movies. Movies from the Golden Era right up to the present day are likely on Netflix, and their library grows on a monthly basis. There’s a social element to this as well – if you want a marathon horror film night with your friends, or catch up on that show you never got to see whilst you were at college, Netflix is probably your best bet.
Advantages of Hulu #1: Current TV Shows
Whereas Netflix has exponentially increased its lipary over the past few years by buying up the rights to air complete seasons from poadcasters, as well as movies from movie companies, Hulu has concentrated on being the online distributor for currently airing shows. This means that you’re more likely to get a show that is currently airing, or yet to reach completion, on Hulu than Netflix. From the current offerings that the two companies are producing, it seems to be that this general trend will continue. Netflix seems to air shows only after each season completes, even with their ongoing shows. Hulu avoids this.
Advantages of Hulu #2: Within A Day Of Airing!
Not only does Hulu provide a wider range of V shows, it works more like a traditional poadcaster than Netflix. By this we mean that when you want to watch a show on Hulu, you don’t have to wait until the end of the season like you do with Netflix – instead, TV shows appear in the same time as they would for a catch up – usually within a day of first airing. This means that you get to keep up with your favourite shows without having them spoiled weeks before you get to see them. Another possible advantage of this is that there’s no temptation to binge watch a show and waste a weekend!
Advantages of Netflix #3: No AdS
A big advantage of Netflix that cannot be ignored is that there are no adverts. Whether you’re watching on one screen or ten screens, there are no adverts. This means that the only way you pay is with your wallet when you pay a subscription fee. Hulu, on the other hand, has tiered pricing structure. That makes no difference however – even if you’re on a premium payment program, you’re going to get adverts. In this way, you’re charged with your money and your time as you have to endure adverts before watching your show. Netflix avoids this, and you’ll have an advert free viewing experience.
Dis-Advantages of Netflix #2: More Screens, More Money
If you want to watch Netflix on a single screen, then you’re ok with the standard pricing structure offer from Netflix. However, if you want to watch on more than one screen, the pricing goes up accordingly. If you’re a couple, this is a slight issue. If you’re a house full of students, then your room mates are going to have to pay for their own subscription. If you’re the head of a family of five, then the costs can mount up quickly when your teenagers all want to watch three shows simultaneously on their phones, tablets and laptops. This has to be in mind when you decide to become a Netflix subscriber.
Dis-Advantages of Hulu #1: Tiered Pricing
Hulu means that you’ll get tiered pricing. This is annoying, because even with the single tiered- pricing for Netflix, you get access to everything in the lipary. However, with Hulu, you’ll only have access to a certain amount of the lipary depending on the pricing structure you choose. When a side-bys-die comparison is done, then it seems that the two services are equal in price. However, the lipary for Hulu is much smaller anyway, comes complete with advertisements and also requires premium membership to access all of. This can make Hulu a lot more expensive in the long run than Netflix.
Dis-Advantages of Hulu #2: Much Smaller Collection
The biggest decider when you consider Netflix versus Hulu should be the amount of shows that you have access to. If this were to be the deciding factor, the chances are that Netflix would win hands down. It has millions more titles than Hulu. Also, as we mentioned above, Netflix provides you access to all of them for the basic monthly fee. In comparison, Hulu has a much smaller lipary (as of now) and requires a premium membership to see all of those titles. In this respect, Netflix is by far and away the superior choice in terms of the overall volume of titles that are viewable. Keep up to date with all the latested developments in TV programming and technology right here.