We all know about the rivalry between Hulu and Netflix. Hulu is the younger of the two streaming fortresses. Hulu was launched in 2008. When they first began, their streaming was full of ads to keep them on the cheaper side.
While Hulu started out being the underdog, there my be some changing factors that has come with time making Hulu the better of the two. While Hulu still has their “paid by commercials” plans they also have another package with no commercials.
The non-commercial plan costs around $11.99 per month, but you’ll get to watch shows the day after they premier on live television whereas, the plan with commercials, with the same freedom of watching the shows the day after they air costs $7.99.
That was until the end of September came about. At the end of September, Hulu did a soft release of lowering their introductory price. The new introductory price is $5.99 instead of $7.99– After the first year, however, the $5.99 price will go up to the original $7.99.
Not only does Hulu have this great lower price for commercial viewing, but they’ve also got the option of non-commercial viewing, and live tv streaming. That’s right, you read that correctly. Hulu has a live streaming vessel that allows you to watch live news, entertainment, and sports.
The channel list includes, but is not limited to 21st Century Fox, NBC, CBS, The CW, A+E, Turner Networks and quite a few others. This makes Hulu the only streaming vessel to have live television, on-demand titles, original titles, and commercial titles all in one place.
Talk about competition. While Netflix does not have the live streaming, they certainly don’t have commercials. Commercials are terrible, awful additions to television but they are necessary when it comes to making your viewing experience cheaper, more affordable.
So what are the pros of Hulu? The live television for $39.99 a month, the premium add-ons such as HBO, Cinemas, and Showtime. They’ve got the no commercials option, the cheaper option with commercials, the live options, the add-ons. It’s a now brainer when it comes to choosing your streaming service is you want an all in one.
However, while Hulu has all the bells and whistles, that may be too much for some. Netflix has a simpler concept– $7.99 for one viewing screen, $10.99 for two screens, and $13.99 for four screens. You get access to everything that they stream– No question of “if’s” or “ands”, you get access to all of their content. You can even find genres and categories that they didn’t know that they had.
Think of Android and Apple– Hulu and Netflix. One is more complex while the other is more simple and easily configured. While you can utilize both, you either like one or the other more or use one over the other.
Now that you’ve got the facts laid out for you about the two streaming services, do you have a preference? If so, why? Which do you like better? Tell us your reasoning! We’d love to hear why you like one over the other or both the same!