Whether you’ve reduce the cord fully, or you’re searching for something to supplement your DVR/OnDemand program, there are a a lot of good reasons to invest in one or more subscription-based digital streaming program. If you were to just select one, however, which ought to that be?
Between all of the streaming providers available today, Netflix and Hulu Plus are among the best at exactly what they do. As massive digital lockers that update daily with new content, these providers are excellent. Furthermore, the two companies have spent heavily in originally produced content that could only be seen on their service. Throw in the opportunity to watch either of these on simply about everything with a screen (including a smartphone), and it’s clear that if you were to only buy one service, it might be a question of Netflix vs. Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus will support Wi-Fi and 3G connections, and it’ll operate on a trio of Apple’s mobile products: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Netflix’s mobile story is similar: the iPhone/iPod app should arrive soon, and the iPad application is already out. But are 3G data networks and streaming films are a good match? According to my experiences, they’re not. With 4G networks on the way, however, both services could soon be main players in the mobile entertainment biz.
Shows on Hulu Plus, just like their counterparts on the normal (and free) Hulu, will have advertisements. That’s a bummer for subscribers, but a second way of income for Hulu. Netflix has no commercials. That alone might make me select Netflix over Hulu Plus.
Home Hardware Support
To view Hulu Plus or Netflix on your own big-screen TV, you’ll need an Internet-enabled TV with an ethernet port, Wi-Fi, or both; or a Net-ready Blu-ray player, game console, or set-top box that’s suitable for the program you would like.
It’s no wonder that Netflix, the established veteran, supports more gadgets. These include the top three game consoles .seven Internet-enabled Blu-ray players; three HDTVS; the TiVo digital video recorder; and 3 set-top boxes, such as the popular Roku Streaming Player. Hulu Plus, in comparison, will initially run on choose Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, with support for Sony and Vizio hardware coming later this year. PlayStation 3 compatibility is “coming soon;” Xbox 360 support is slated for early 2011. .
Price and Features
Hulu Plus can cost $10 a month, and will allow you to watch every episode from the present season of popular shows from the main TV networks, such as ABC, NBC, and Fox. (Sorry, CBS fans, you will need to get your Big Brother fix elsewhere.) Additionally, you’ll have the ability to watch entire past seasons of classic shows such as 30 Rock, The Office, and The X-Files. Theoretically, you’ll never have to purchase a boxed DVD set again for your preferred shows–well, unless your tastes veer toward the eclectic.
Netflix costs a minimum of $9 a month and has a very substantial catalog of films and TV shows. There’s one big drawback, however; you won’t discover episodes from the current season, and some past seasons can be found just on DVD/Blu-ray. Overall, though, Netflix is much better for movie buffs, while Hulu Plus is best for network TV fans who wish to keep up with current shows.
Netflix, with greater than 20,000 titles available for streaming, kicks booty here. Hulu Plus has a mere 2,000-plus TV episodes. Both services will continue to stockpile titles, obviously, therefore these numbers will continue to rise.
Hulu Plus shows come in high-def (720p) resolution, but the speed of your Internet connection will play a large factor in image quality. Netflix shows certain titles in HD, but only if your broadband link is 5 mbps or faster.