When it comes to comparing Netflix Streaming and Hulu Plus, there are pros and cons for each. They both offer one-stop shopping with thousands of television programs, current and past. They both also offer numerous classic and current movies and documentaries.
They both have apps for devices such as Androids and iPhones, and they both can stream via Playstation 3, XBox 360 and Blu-Ray players that are Internet-enabled. They both transmit at 720p HD. They both currently offer their streaming service for $7.99 per month.
Netflix Streaming vs. Hulu Plus : Which is Better?
Advantages of Hulu Plus
But there are some relevant differences, which make the ultimate decision dependent on the viewer's preferences. Hulu Plus is lauded for its up-to-date television episodes, including all of the currently running popular programs.
Hulu Plus offers full series runs of every episode of every season for literally hundreds of shows. It provides instant streaming of current favorites such as Glee, Family Guy, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, Grey's Anatomy, and so on. For those who either missed, or long to see again, certain episodes of various classic television series such as Battlestar Galactica or Lost, they, too, are available.
Another Hulu Plus feature that is attractive to subscribers is their behind-the-scenes footage from many networks inclusive of NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, Lifetime, A&E, Comedy Central, MTV, VH-1, BET and others.
HuluPlus is available on the Roku player, gaming consoles, on Internet-connected televisions, on tablets, on the computer at Hulu.com, as well as the aforementioned mobile devices with the Hulu Plus app.
Hulu features their "The Criterion Collection" movies, as well as movies from Miramar, which includes 800 classic and contemporary films.
Cons of Hulu Plus
A drawback of Hulu Plus is their lack of streaming current blockbusters. In addition, some viewers have noted that the resolution is inferior to Netflix and that it is commercial heavy.
Advantages of Netflix Streaming
The Netflix Streaming advantages list is not as long as Hulu Plus's, but, depending on the viewer's preference, these details may tip the scales. Netflix Streaming has the most current and extensive movie collection available. At around 20,000 streaming movies and documentaries, there's plenty to watch.
Another advantage of Netflix Streaming is that subscribers can put a hold on their subscription and suspend their subscription fee if going on vacation or otherwise desiring to temporarily suspend their service.
Cons of Netflix Streaming
The biggest drawback is that TV episodes are not available with Netflix Streaming until the season is over.
Add to that the dissatisfaction of many subscribers for the recent price hike when the DVD-by-mail component of Netflix was split into its own entity and renamed Qwikster. Many subscribers quit their subscriptions. Even so, other subscribers note that Netflix is still considerably less expensive than cable.
The bottom line is that Hulu Plus and Netflix Streaming each serve its own niche. Hulu Plus is great for viewers who prefer TV and Netflix Streaming is more suited to the movie buff.
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