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Netflix
Netflix is one of the biggest movie streaming services in the world. Streaming is like watching a series or movie on TV, but in this case, it is done on internet enabled computer and handheld devices. Netflix started in 1997 as a VHS and DVD by mail rental firm by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings. The movie streaming franchise is based in Los Gatos, California. Since its launch, Netflix has seen a tremendous growth, with the firm reporting they have over 98 million member subscribers in the world, while 50 million are in the United States. This company operates its business in three segments namely domestic streaming, domestic DVD and International streaming. Netflix expanded its services and introduced streaming media in 2007, while still maintained its DVD rental business. In 2013, the firm had expanded into television and film production where it screened its first series House of Cards. Since then, it has expanded its production to include 126 films and series by 2016. By 2016, Netflix was operating in over 190 countries worldwide.

Netflix and competitors

The success of Netflix saw the establishment of many DVD rental firms in the US like Blockbuster Video and Amazon Video. Redbox, another Netflix competitor, uses a kiosk like the method where customers pick up the DVDs they want to watch and then return to strategically located kiosks. Today, Netflix is the biggest competitor to cable companies. This is because they offer almost the same services, but with reduced subscription fees. For many years, cable networks dominated the industry where they were able to charge what they wanted. The entry of Netflix in the industry saw them eat up majority of the cable network market share, with many people preferring Netflix because of their fascinating list of shows compared to cable network.

Netflix's on demand video streaming services allows users to watch movies and series from any device including smartphones, smart Tv and video game consoles. The quality of audio and video is excellent and you can stream the movies and series on a traditional TV set using the right equipments. Netflix frequently updates its list of shows so you can be sure you will have something new to watch every month.

In 2011, this video streaming firm introduced a Netflix button for specific remote controls which allows subscribers to watch Netflix shows on compatible devices. Every month you will be able to rent a set of movies and shows and it will be delivered to your doorstep for free for 30 days. Today, you can stream a variety of Netflix movies and shows in any device that has an internet connection. Last year, Netflix introduced movies downloads so that members can view their favorite shows offline. The new feature is available in all plans and is downloadable from Android and iOS phones and tablets.

The cost of Netflix

If you are looking to subscribe to Netflix services, they offer a one month free trial to new members. You will need to sign up and provide details regarding your credit card just in case you decide to extend your one month free trial. You can choose to cancel your membership any time during that free trial period. If you want to continue, then continue enjoying your favorite movies and shows, and you will be deducted a small fee every month. For tons of movies, you will only require to pay around $10 a month, which includes HD viewing and two users can stream at the same time. However, you may opt to pay $8 a month which does not include HD viewing and limits users to one screen. You can also choose to pay for the premium service which costs $12 per month and includes Ultra High Definition where 4 people can stream at the same time.

The Netflix contract is always on a monthly basis. Therefore, you can choose to cancel your subscription at any time. However, when you cancel your subscription, you will still be able to access all Netflix shows until your subscription period expires.

Netflix & Chill vs. a night out

Today, movie tickets range between $10 and $12 per person. If you are looking to have dinner you will need around $10. If you are going out with four of you, that is $88 spent on one night. However, Netflix's premium package costs $12 a month and you have the option to share it with four people at the same time. There is no doubt that Netflix is a cheaper alternative to dating.

Studies have also shown that watching Netflix shows and movies with a partner can bond your relationship. Watching series like The Big Bang or Friends with your partner can bond you both emotionally and intellectually. The study showed that partners who watch movies and shows that interests them both can can strengthen their intimacy relationship.

Movie pirating is a common thing today. This has resulted in production studios losing a lot of money because of piracy. With Netflix, piracy is a distant memory as you pay a subscription fee to watch movies and shows, which partly is paid to the production studio.

Netflix can literally be watched from any device that has an internet connection. If you are travelling to a different city, you can still be able to watch your favorite shows if you have a tablet or a smartphone. Netflix literally follows you everywhere you go.

Netflix has its own drawbacks. For example, it is hard for someone to share his password with friends and stream at the same time especially with the basic plan. If you do so, you risk getting your account locked. However, there are still some people who share their passwords with others so long as they are not streaming at the same time. The show is available in 190 countries worldwide, but it is still not available everywhere. This might be due to laws and licensing restriction in foreign countries. Therefore, willing customers who have internet and computer are not able to enjoy the shows.

Pros
  • full back seasons
  • original content
  • Netflix and Chill (do I need to say more?)
  • Beneficial to people who want to enjoy good shows without the need to spend money on drinks, gas and tickets to watch it in theaters.
  • Watch from any device you own with an internet connection

Cons
  • no newly released episodes
  • not as many new releases
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Supporters

birlaandrei

If you live in Romania, Netflix for sure

This is a simple fact, in Romania we have only Netflix. Even Netflix it's around for a short amont of time and it isn't good enough, at least for the moment. The prices are a bit high for the market, and volume of movie with romanian subtitle si low. Still, it's growing every day and I hope in short time it will become a reliable service. It's interesting that they let you test the services for month, so you have plenty of time to decide if it's worth the price. From my opinion, at this moment I think that it's a good product but not so well implemented in our country. Hope for the best in short future.
Posted by birlaandrei on 05-14-2017
Anonymous

Netflix All the way!

I have to support Netflix. Even though they load full seasons at a time and it can take a while before they are loaded, I can always watch something else of interest. Netflix has really become the place to watch original movies and TV shows that it has created. I read recently that some top named actors are playing in Netflix movies that will not make it to the big screen. This I like a lot!
Posted by Anonymous on 05-09-2017
Anonymous

Team Netflix

Netflix and chill
Posted by Anonymous on 05-21-2017
Anonymous

The netty

They have bhudda on there now. Automatic win.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-26-2017
Anonymous

Netflix

I have to go with Netflix. They always have the hottest shows!
Posted by Anonymous on 05-26-2017
Anonymous

Netflix by far

I don't like the idea of having to pay extra for no commercials. Also I watch a lot more movies and Hulu seems to be more for T.V. shows. I like the format a lot better for Netflix compared to Hulu as I watch through my Roku. Another benefit for Netflix is the DVDs being mailed to you if you choose that option.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-27-2017
Beverly

Netflix to the end

I have been with Netflix since the very start almost, at least 13 years. I was with Netflix before they had streaming options! I won't give them up no matter what! Also, I really love Hulu but liked it a lot more when all the content was free, which was back in 2010 or 2011. Later, they charged for even older shows like Buffy/Angel and I stopped watching that for awhile. I am a subscribing Hulu customer now, but only because it can be watched on TV, rather than computer - which is where my family watches it most.
Posted by Beverly on 05-12-2017
idealmikey

Netflix

Hulu isn't available for me in the UK and I know Netflix really well. I don't currently have a subscription to it although I used to. And the selection of programs and that which was available on it was quite good. Although a lot of it is a lot of fluff! But generally, it's better than just having terrestrial TV like freeview or something. I have Sky now so I don't really need Netflix anymore. I don't really watch a lot of TV these days. I refuse to watch mind numbing soaps! Some shows are okay. I like some documentaries. But the rest of it is just fluff if you ask me!
Posted by idealmikey on 05-12-2017
Shortie

Has to be Netflix!

As much as Hulu does look good unfortunately where I live it's not available therefore it's not a service I can use. That does not bother me too much though as with Netflix I can watch almost all the movies and TV shows I want to watch without the need for anything such as Hulu. Netflix is also cheap as well making it an affordable way to be able to watch the TV shows I love and also the movies. It's definitely value for money. I only wish sometimes that Hulu was available for me as I would love to try it out.
Posted by Shortie on 05-06-2017
JohnnyScribe

Netflix for me and my family!

I've tried Hulu and have found it limiting even though it has more "current" episodes. We don't have cable, but Netflix has everything we need. If we want a new movie we simply purchase or rent it online.
Posted by JohnnyScribe on 05-08-2017
moneybags82

netflix is the best

I love netflix and know a lot of people who use it. I even use it on my xbox one console. This is a very popular website and have huge selection om movies in different genres . A great collection as well for my kids to watch like cartoons to some movies. And for the adults action movies and horror collections. Netflix is my one time favourite app.
Posted by moneybags82 on 06-20-2017
Mahshiemonalisa

netflix

Netflix is running harder and faster than Hulu. Hulu will always be attempting to play catch up to Netflix and will continue to be the "inferior brand" in this market. Netflix has an edge. It has better brand recognition and more viewing options. It is also showing ingenuity with launching its own series and exclusive content. They have done an excellent job with marketing. Netflix is the future of television. Sometimes I am a little disappointed with their selection, but overall I have been pleased as a customer of theirs for many years.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 05-17-2017
Knightmanx

CW agreement tipped the scales

I always supported both networks, and am fact currently subbed to both, but in terms of what would be available I've got to give it to Netflix at the moment. At the start of the last fall season I was ready to watch all my favorite DC shows on Hulu after they aired on the CW. Supergirl had even moved there now and I was excited to watch the next season. However Hulu lost the streaming rights to the CW shows and now they appear on Netflix a week after finishing a season on air. It really soured my whole Hulu experience. Another minor point against Hulu was that I wasn't too upset by the premium no ad option for Hulu, but when 3 of the main shows I watched there had to still have ads due to "streaming rights" I was pretty disappointed. Netflix forever!
Posted by Knightmanx on 06-01-2017
Atropia

As a non-american

Since Hulu isn't offered outside of the US I've often used Netflix and got most of the series and movies I wanted to watch.
Posted by Atropia on 05-10-2017
Zyni

Not perfect, but I still prefer Netflix

I can always find something to watch on Netflix, and it's a good value. The layout is user friendly and stuff is easy to find (unlike Amazon). Even though they don't always get the recommendations quite right, they hit the nail sometimes. I do wish they would quit removing some seasons of various shows though.

Hulu was frustrating for me when I tried it out, because I recall them recommending something to me that sounded good. Yet, when I clicked to watch it, they didn't have it. What? Why recommend it then?

Posted by Zyni on 05-09-2017
mesush

Netflix- All the way

We have yet to get Hulu officially so Netflix for us. I can use Hulu but I will have to use an American IPN, which I do not want to do.
Posted by mesush on 05-14-2017
Gaince

No ads

Why the hell would anyone want to pay money, just to watch a ton of adverts? Just that point alone would make Hulu plus unwatchable.
Posted by Gaince on 05-26-2017
Clara1993
you can use an Add blocker if that's the matter, however I use Netflix As well and I think Hulu's owner should sell their company to netflix or just Buy Shares in Netflix Before they bankrupt lol
kvkennedy

Like both, but choose Netflix over Hulu

Since I do not have a DVR, and haven't paid high cable/satellite TV prices in a couple of years, I would vote for Netflix. That's mostly because you get more movies and full seasons of TV series, plus an easier browsing experience; or at least that's been my experience. Although sometimes, I do enjoy seeing shows right after airing, I am fine with binging on multiple seasons of shows Netflix has. Some of their original programs s are pretty good, too.
Posted by kvkennedy on 05-22-2017
CubeJ

Netflix wins

Netflix is a lot better, in my opinion, from multiple standpoints. I like the interface way better than Hulu and the continuous play is great for background noise. Not to mention the Netflix original shows are pretty great to watch.
Posted by CubeJ on 05-07-2017
Krimzen

Netflix, if you're American

I don't know how Hulu compares for international users, but as an Australian we can get Netflix, but we miss out on a heap of content that users from America, and probably other countries have access to. I'm not entirely sure what the reason is, but I believe it's due to licensing here in Australia.

Whatever the reason, Netflix is definitely more popular for a reason, even if that reason doesn't scale well into other countries.

Posted by Krimzen on 05-07-2017
DeeFree

I Like Them Both But I Use Netflix More

It would have definitely been Hulu, say 8 years ago, or so. Then you got all the current shows the next day! Now Hulu seems to only have last year's episodes of everything. Netflix, on the other hand, just gets better and better with their original programming! Plus, it seems every documentary I read about I can find on Netflix. Love it a lot!!!!!
Posted by DeeFree on 05-08-2017
nataliarom

Netflix forever!

Nothing will beat the fact that Netflix has great original content that HULU just does not carry. Netflix has gathered the rights to so many shows, including the Marvel Defenders series, Riverdale, Dirk Gently's (at least in Canada), and House of Cards. When HULU starts to do the same, maybe this discussion can delve deeper into who is better, but at the time being, it is definitely Netflix!
Posted by nataliarom on 05-08-2017
Mehano

Netflix and their series, love it!

Tough one but i have to go with Netflix.

I am a big fan of all their series like: The House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Strangers Things, and so on.

I hate waiting for an episode once per week so I love the fact that Netflix uploads the whole season at once and I can binge-watch it.

My smart TV doesn't have a Hulu app but it does have a Netflix one which is extremely convenient.

Overall, Netflix has a far better selection than Hulu and it works smoother. I am very happy with it.

Posted by Mehano on 05-10-2017
Ludwigwigren

Gotta go with Netflix

I gotta go with Netflix here because it's so comfortable, it has a good monthly cost and the quality on the movies and series are amazing. Now there​ is one negative thing though​, and that is that they remove movies and series, and I don't get why they do that. But when they make a good Netflix original movie or series, that's when Netflix scores.
Posted by Ludwigwigren on 05-14-2017
tjkozlowski20

Netflix for sure.

Netflix and Hulu are the two streaming apps I use for tv other than my cable provider, and I like them both. Overall though netflix has a wider selection of series you can't find anywhere else, and way more movies than Hulu. Hulu has its perks as well too and I think they have a great selection of tv shows that I watch all the time, but where they fall short is defiantly there movie selection which is no where near as good as netflixes selection.
Posted by tjkozlowski20 on 05-14-2017
Fluffy Panda

NETFLIX ALL THE WAY!

I think that HULU sucks for a couple reasons. HULU is the worst, they don't have all the episodes in a series, this pisses me off! They also have commercials and this kills me! If you spend money on a program that gives you Tv, it should be commercial free!
Posted by Fluffy Panda on 05-14-2017
kataomoi

Netflix FTW

I've used both Netflix and Hulu and I have to say that Netflix is better. There's more selection for me and I like that I can use my Netflix account anywhere. I signed up for Netflix in the U.S., and when I moved to Japan, I could used the same subscription. Hulu tried to make me subscribe again even though I already had a subscription in America. That's why I cancelled them.

Furthermore, Hulu isn't ad-free even when you're subscribe to them. The completely ad-free subscription costs more than a Netflix subscription. I personally don't think it's worth it.

Posted by kataomoi on 05-15-2017
BRC814

Netflix

Netflix is a streaming service popular for its wide variety of new and classic movie and television titles, as well as it has lot of self-funded content which is awesome. No concept of ads and never had any issue with the service and quality , what else you looks for from a streaming service.
Posted by BRC814 on 05-15-2017
jeremy-k

Exclusive Shows and more movies!

Netflix by far takes my vote. They have full seasons, exclusive shows, and a wide assortment of movies. Plus, they have great recommendations. It almost seems like they have an enormous movie supply that competitors can't compete with, that's how it comes off to me!
Posted by jeremy-k on 05-15-2017
Paras Tiwari

Netflix all the way!!

The simple problem with Hulu is that is a horrible movie selection. Even though it is better for t.v. shows, the lack of movies especially documentaries (which are my favorite) really hurts the Hulu experience.
Posted by Paras Tiwari on 05-15-2017
tinkerlove

netflix and chill

seem to be more popular to me. it gets better advertisement
Posted by tinkerlove on 05-16-2017
kamar19

Netflix takes the prize

Netflix is a much better streaming service than Hulu, the Netflix originals are one of a kind, and that's what keeps me paying for Netflix. I will say that Netflix do have times when there is nothing on worth watching, but then out of nowhere comes a new series or an original movie that is really good. Hulu just doesn't have the same budget as Netflix and the Hulu originals are a bit lame, but Hulu does have live streaming now, but I'm not sure if it's worth the $35 a month for the live streaming service. Netflix is the official king of internet streaming!
Posted by kamar19 on 05-18-2017
dejah0987

Definitely Netflix

I personally would chose Netflix over Hulu for multiple reasons. Netflix has a wider selection of movies, documentaries, and television series. If I'm paying for a streaming subscription, I would want the best of the best and all the amazing perks to go along with it. I'm very happy with choosing Netflix because they provide an ad free experience for the viewers. Hulu has continuous pop up ads that are very distracting and defeats the purpose of paying for the subscription. Netflix gives me the opportunity to binge watch full seasons of shows which I enjoy very much. Lastly, its just a huge growing company that has millions of subscribers so they are definitely doing something right.
Posted by dejah0987 on 05-19-2017
BigDreamer

Netflix all the way

I would pick Netflix over Hulu any day! Hulu has tv shows available the day after they are aired, but so does the On demand feature of my cable box. Netflix offers a lot more variety and a lot more shows that I am interested in watching.
Posted by BigDreamer on 05-19-2017
morgoodie

Netflix for me

I really like Netflix and I think it has come along way since it first started. I love being able to binge watch tv shows and it has a nice variety. I like their original shows and movies as well. I find it much easier to watch tv series on Netflix since I tend to forget when they are on. It is a bummer having to wait but with so many other shows to watch I find I can wait. My kids love Netflix too.
Posted by morgoodie on 05-30-2017
WildSpirit

The revolution in the world of streaming platforms

If there is a streaming service in this world that has an incredible quality in programming (especially regarding the productions of movies and original series) and that has a very effective customer service team, this streaming service is called Netflix.

I'm a Netflix subscriber and I don't intend to stop using it until they release something better.

Posted by WildSpirit on 05-22-2017
emills12@students.ndc.edu

Netflix All the Way!

Netflix is exponentially better than Hulu. Sure, you have to wait awhile before you can catch up on TV shows but there are so many amazing shows and movies to keep you occupied while you wait. It doesn't matter that Netflix takes a year to post a season of shows like OITNB, I hardly even notice. This is because there is always something to binge-watch. I have only found one good original Hulu show to watch and that is 'The Path'. Sure, Hulu has some newly released episodes but you can hardly find all episodes. I'd rather wait to have access to full seasons than access to a few episodes of a show.
Posted by emills12@students.ndc.edu on 05-25-2017
lexcion

Netflix Hands Down

There is no reality where Hulu comes even close to beating Netflix in content and shows. I've used both and I can say that Netflix is way better since it doesn't have commercials while Hulu does. Netflix also has some great original series like Stranger Things and all the Marvel shows.
Posted by lexcion on 06-04-2017
fl1pz

Netflix for life

Although I have never ever tried Hulu, I have been sticking with Netflix since day 1. I have also never even though of switching to another source of movies or TV shows because of how great Netflix's service is. Even though some of my friends complain about it from time to time, I cannot find any problems with Netflix at all. So Netflix all the way!
Posted by fl1pz on 06-06-2017
Mlady98

Streaming Superiority

I believe that Netflix is the superior streaming service because of a few key points that make Netflix a powerful entity of their own. Just a few years ago Blockbuster was the go-to media distribution service. Netflix offered tapes and CD for those of us that were a little behind on the times. I admire Netflix's courage to create original content and sponsor a handful of individual filmmakers.
Posted by Mlady98 on 06-07-2017
Lizzyib

Nutty for Netflix

It looks like I'm in the majority here with my vote. I chose Netflix because whenever I go to try to find something to watch, I never come up empty handed. I just finished a series called The Keepers. If you have netflix and you like true crime, I encourage you to watch it right now! Netflix has quality original content that Hulu can't beat, also the price is reasonable for unlimited watching.
Posted by Lizzyib on 06-07-2017
Craap

Netflix BY FAR

Hulu does not have a worldwide service. Netflix does. Even though netflix doesn't have as much new releases as Hulu, Netflix originals definitely make it worth. Top quality content, gets me glued to the screen for days! I was never a "binge-watcher" kind of guy. However, that changed a lot since I got Netflix. Yay
Posted by Craap on 06-07-2017
Golden Geek

Netflix will always reign supreme

Oh, Netflix. Even though I spend hours flipping through you, frustrated because I have no idea what to watch, I have to admit you have a better selection than Hulu. I also don't have to deal with ad breaks on non-kids shows - yes, I know you can pay extra to remove the ads on most of the shows, but Netflix doesn't have to deal with this. The flat fee gets you ad-free streaming.
Posted by Golden Geek on 06-08-2017
Madelyn

Netflix

After trying both streaming services, I prefer Netflix. There are many Netflix original series that cannot be watched anywhere else and commercial-free watching. Netflix also has a much cleaner interface and increased accessibility over Hulu.
Posted by Madelyn on 06-10-2017
TooDarkHere

No Hulu here

In my country we don't have access to Hulu, so there isn't much of a choice. Also, why should I watch commercials for something that I already paid for?
Posted by TooDarkHere on 06-12-2017
timstargraal

Bigger Budget, More Shows.

Netflix is a extremely big company nowadays meaning that they have a bigger budget to purchase shows so their subscribers can view them meaning there is obviously a bigger range of shows whereas Hulu is smaller therefore it is the opposite of what I just said which is the main reason why Netflix is better.
Posted by timstargraal on 06-13-2017
StolenKid

Quality.

Netflix has so much content and variations, and the netflix original series are so great! Hulu has original content, sure, but it's not the same quality that netflix offers. The payments are no problem and it's not expensive at all.
Posted by StolenKid on 06-16-2017
luispas

Netflix

Without a doubt Netflix is better, you only pay a little amount of money for having a lot of different series and movies. They have a lot of tools, like subtitles that makes everything better. Their quality is something that's pretty good.
Posted by luispas on 06-24-2017
SashaS

OG For Sure!

Netflix is just so much more iconic and the variety of movies and series is simply better than any other streaming service - there is no comparison. I must admit their servers have had SOME trouble in the past, but generally streaming is really great. Payment is fine, the user interface is great and the selection of content is top notch.
Posted by SashaS on 06-24-2017

Hulu
Hulu is a subscription-based video streaming service that allows users in the United States and Japan to watch premium video content, including successful ongoing television shows and blockbuster movies. Using Hulu, subscribers can choose what they want to see from a large library of running and ended television series and movies, and stream them directly to their favorite display device.

From its uncertain beginnings, Hulu has risen to become the second most popular subscription video on demand service after Netflix. Hulu's low fees, quality of content, and strategic partnerships with major content creators like Disney and Fox are the secret behind its success in the highly-competitive streaming market.

WHAT MAKES Hulu DIFFERENT FROM ITS COMPETITORS?

While Hulu can't compete with Netflix in the sheer amount of video content or with Amazon's prime added audio streaming and shopping perks, it has a secret card under its sleeve: unmatched video partnerships. The company's alliances with media giants like Disney, Fox, and NBC allows it to offer the latest episodes of the hottest TV shows the next day after they are aired on TV.

Compared to other competitors, Hulu has better content when it comes to television shows. Besides the companies already mentioned, Hulu's programming includes shows from many networks, including A&E, Bravo, FX, SundanceTV, news from RT America, live games from Fox Sports and the NFL Network, and comedy shows from sources like the Onion News Network.Hulu is the best way to stay in tune with the latest shows when on the move. Provided that the user has a wireless internet connection he can stream his favorite programs wherever he goes and watch them in high-def on his favorite mobile device. Hulu's streaming services are supported by a multitude of platforms, including desktop computer, smartphone, tablet, and video game console.

Users can choose between several subscription types. The $7.99 subscription includes all the programming that Hulu has to offer, including the day-after access of ongoing TV shows, but includes advertising commercials which can't be skipped. For an ad-free experience, users can subscribe to the $11.99 plan which only includes a few 15-30 seconds commercials before and after the newest TV shows. Other plans include the Live TV plan, as well as the Enhanced Cloud DV and Unlimited Screens for the multitaskers.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

Hulu is the brainchild of several successful business executives, including Bruce Campbell, JB Perrette, Beth Comstock, Michael Lang, and Jason Kilar. The company was formed in 2006, with its initial launching being sponsored by big companies at the time like AOL, Facebook, Myspace, Comcast, and Yahoo!

The name of the company was chosen from two Chinese words that have different meanings. The first refers to a gourd which holds precious things, while the second is about interactive recording. However, despite its relevant name, Hulu had anything but an easy start.

The company's private beta testing was considered a failure by both the press and independent blog writers. Few thought that the idea of a video-streaming site sponsored by the major media companies could be successful. Until then no successful online company had been started by existing media companies.

After its release, Hulu continued to sign important partnership agreements with other media companies that would prove crucial to its success. In 2009 the Walt Disney Company bought 27% of the shares and to this day remains one of the largest shareholders. Other big media companies followed Disney's example, including Fox, Comcast, and Time Warner.

Hulu includes content from all of its shareholders but also has expanded its video library thanks to key deals with major content creators. The first of these was reached in October of 2011 when Hulu and The CW agreed to a five-year deal giving Hulu access to next-day content from five of The CW's major networks. Similar deals were made with the BBC in 2013 and Showtime in 2015.

Hulu'S PROS AND CONS

Hulu has several attributes that make it a strong competitor in the subscription video on demand market. For starters, its partnerships with the big media companies make it the perfect streaming resource for those who want to watch the latest TV shows.

While subscribers from other streaming services have to wait months to see these shows, Hulu's subscribers can see them the day after they're aired on TV. And they can easily view these from the comfort of their desktop computer or away from their home, on any mobile device that supports Hulu streaming.

Hulu also has a large library of video content, including classic TV shows and movies that are hard to find in other streaming services. The site has the complete seasons of many popular ongoing and ended shows from networks like NBC, Fox, The CW, and many smaller companies. It even includes programming, like Anime, which is hard to find in other streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

The downside of Hulu is its overdependence on advertising, which can turn off many viewers with frequent commercials which can't be skipped. These ads can be up to 2-3 minutes long and repeat themselves several times during a season, severely disrupting the viewing experience. The alternative would be to subscribe to the $11.99 No Commercials plan, but this is more expensive than Netflix's $7.99 which is already ad-free.

Another con is that some ongoing TV shows are restricted to just the last five episodes instead of including the entire series. Even more frustrating for viewers is that these episodes aren't necessarily picked in a sequential order, so viewing them would give out spoilers and an incomplete understanding of a show's season.

HOW TO USE Hulu

Using Hulu is very simple. All you need to have is a high-speed internet connection, a supported display device, and a subscription to any of Hulu's plans. Signing up can be done directly on the company's website and no additional appointments are necessary. Users can pay every month or cancel their subscription anytime without hidden costs or fees.

One of Hulu's stronger traits is its user-friendliness. Users can search through its large multimedia library thanks to its efficient search engine and filters. This allows subscribers to filter TV series and movies by a number of criteria, including keyword, length, PG Rating, studio, year of release, alphabetical order, etc. For those that want to see the latest content, using RSS feeds ensures that they'll never miss any content update.

Hulu also provides an easy way to keep track of running shows by using the subscribe button available on the main page or the show's own description page. This will notify the user each time there a new episode is uploaded and put the link on the user's queue, so he can watch them whenever he wants.

Pros
  • can stream new episodes of airing tv shows
  • vast variety of television shows

Cons
  • commercials
  • only 5 episodes of available current season
  • new shows can expire
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Supporters

Zyphir

Tv shows.

I love Hulu because they have more up to date tv shows. And Hulu seems to refresh their movie library more often than Netflix.
Posted by Zyphir on 05-14-2017
mattmattics

Purpose was the decider

I love Netflix but the only time I really watch it is when I'm bored and want to kill time. When that happens there is a 50/50 chance I will find something worth watching. There is so much stuff on there that I just don't care about.

While Hulu doesn't have as strong a catalog, when I watch Hulu it's to get the latest episode of a show I love. So when I log on I'm less likely to be disappointed. That level of satisfaction can mean a lot when you really want something.

Plus the Netflix votes were dominating this debate and I love Netflix but the it's not that much better than Hulu lol

Posted by mattmattics on 06-05-2017
FindingJay

Modern shows

This was a tough one. I love both of these and watch both often. The first one I had was Netflix and soon after Hulu. I had to think this one through. The only reason I chose Hulu is because they more, often than any other streaming tv site, have the newest shows that are still on prime time. This is excluding the originals.

I prefer modern day shows to older ones and I mostly watch shows which is why I chose Hulu. If I mostly watched movies, it would have been Netflix.

The original shows on both Netflix and Hulu are awesome!

Posted by FindingJay on 05-06-2017
centurion

I support Hulu

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Posted by centurion on 05-07-2017
megaanmaarie

Hulu for me

I had Netflix for years. I loved getting to watch shows whenever I wanted without commercials. The biggest drawback for Hulu was the fact that it DID have commercials.

Recently, Hulu has added an option to pay for a service without commercials. My Netflix subscription price had gone up, so it was maybe a dollar difference for the Hulu option without commercials. I switched, and after a month, I had canceled my Netflix sub.

Hulu has more recent shows, and I can watch a season as it comes out rather than waiting the months it would take for the full season to appear on Netflix. Any shows that I don't get on Hulu, I end up buying a season at a time on Amazon Prime. The overall quality of Netflix had gone down in my opinion, and I wasn't able to find shows I liked anymore.

While Netflix has great originals, I feel like Hulu has some pretty good contenders as well. Handmaid's Tale is a hit for me, but I do miss Orange is the New Black (though the series was going downhill).

Posted by megaanmaarie on 06-11-2017
working3

Hulu

Hulu has more relevant content . Sometimes I'll watch a Netflix movie and it'll be from the 80's or something. There are lots of irrelevant 90's movies and a ton of generic kids stuff. Netflix has better original shows. That I will give them, but everything else is hands-down given to Hulu. It seems like the MAC or PC debate in that Hulu is the cool service and Netflix is the stiff service. I subscribe to both services but Hulu does have the edge.
Posted by working3 on 06-19-2017

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littlewitch66
I am in the UK and we can't get Hulu although I'm sure there is some way of getting round it. I have a Netflix subscription which I'm quite happy with and also Amazon Prime but I've heard good things about Hulu and would love to get the opportunity to watch some of the movies.
Posted by littlewitch66 on 05-07-2017
mesush
I am in Australia so I can't get it officially. I know I can use it indirectly but that is not worth so Netflix for me. I have been using Netflix for a long time and it's giving wonderful experience. As I understand Hulu is specifically for Americans but we can use it if we use it on ps3 but as I said if I tried it it will give me a speed problem. And finally not all credit cards will work for getting a subscription of Hulu in Australia.
Posted by mesush on 05-14-2017
MsDivine
I cannot be one sided with either one of them. I really use both of them for specific reasons. I don't do Netflix for t.v series unless they are older and remember the name of some that don't air at all anymore because it's good for that. For the most part I use Netflix for movies and the fact they don't have any commercials. Hulu, I don't use for movies at all because they are pretty much of an older variety and have commercials. As far as t.v series I believe it is the best because even though it does have commercials you get the latest shows and series available and keeps you updated and in the know. If you are watching certain shows you can be sure to be updated and kept in her know how many new ones have come that you have not seen yet and you can watch them.
Posted by MsDivine on 05-19-2017
WildSpirit
I love Netflix (it's much better than I could imagine... I usually spend hours using it and I don't regret) and whenever I find it appropriate, I indicate this streaming service to my friends who don't know it yet.

So far, none of them who signed Netflix ever complained about the services.
Posted by WildSpirit on 05-22-2017
simplym
In our household, we are subscribed to both Hulu and Netflix. However, I personally prefer Hulu because there are more recent television shows whereas Netflix it is mostly movies. The movies all on Netflix are very outdated too. I like watching television shows more anyway!
Posted by simplym on 06-08-2017
Cauohashi
Particularly I prefer Netflix, I do not know Hulu very well, but I think Netflix has grown a lot in the last years. Currently Netflix has its own content that is very successful, I am anxious about the releases of Netflix and I really like a lot of their productions. Another important point is that through the Netflix application it is possible to download certain movies, series, documentaries, drawings to watch later even without access to the internet. I think in the future Hulu can grow and gain more space, but definitely today Netflix is the best.
Posted by Cauohashi on 06-10-2017
lyudmilka78
I have both Netflix and Hulu. I like Hulu for newer content but I don't like that some shoes you need to pay even more extra if you want to watch the latest season, and I allready have the no commercial plan.
Posted by lyudmilka78 on 06-15-2017
Sue
I have not used Hulu so I would have to say Netflix. I have always used them and I have never had a problem. I like their selectionew to choose from. I am going to be in the hospital for the next 3 weeks so Netflix will definitely help pass my time while I am here. There are probably a lot more people who use Netflix. I do think I know anybody who uses Hulu or who have tried it.
Posted by Sue on 06-20-2017
freebird37
Netflix is by far a better choice for me. The price of Hulu being the main reason and the selections offered by Netflix is far better. I looked into Hulu to check it out and compared it to Netflix and came to the conclusion that I will just stay with Netflix. There is a competition going on right now between the two in the entertainment industry with Hulu trying to rise to the top, but I don't think it's going to happen. I think most people are satisfied with Netflix and have been customers with the company long enough to trust them and not want to switch.
Posted by freebird37 on 06-25-2017