Choose Your Fighter: Hulu versus Netflix


When it comes to Netflix, which started in 1997 as a DVD-by-mail service with no late fees, a lot of people associate this video-streaming service with its original TV programming. This has actually inspired the term “binge-watching” as many people dedicate days of their time to watching Netflix originals. With Netflix, the beginning price is $8.99 per month for one stream at a time with standard definition; two screens simultaneously in high definition is $12.99 per month. For four screens at a time, you can pay $15.99. With this plan, you can also get support for Ultra HD, which is a necessity for a 4k television. All of Netflix plans come commercial-free so you can say goodbye to those annoying advertisements.

Now, let’s talk about Hulu. Hulu started off the same way as Netflix, but had more of a focus on network TV
than movies. It is the second most watched streaming service in the U.S.– behind Netflix, and its base price is $5.99 for its base content. The price? Amazing. However, their base tier still shows commercials. If you’re not okay with that, you can opt to go commercial free… for a price. For $11.99 per month, you can watch without commercials. However, with this service, you can view Hulu on only one device at a time.

But, as everyone knows, the most important feature to consider when it comes to choosing which video-streaming service to spend money on is WHAT you can watch. Though Netflix is known for being all about movies back in the day, its number of films has actually dwindled to 31%. This is because Netflix has become much more TV oriented, as evident in their original, critically-acclaimed shows Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, etc. For Hulu’s content, a majority of it is shows, such as Family Guy (they have all of its seasons featured). Hulu is the perfect option if you want next-day airing of network TV shows from ABC, NBC and Fox. Plus, this streaming network has some pretty entertaining, original shows, like their newest one, PEN15.

So, if you’re a lover of binge watching and, like most people, are only able to afford one video-streaming network, keep this article in mind. And… choose your fighter: Hulu or Netflix. (Or choose both!)

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