With so many options available for video streaming services, we often get confused on which one to pick. It’s a good problem to have because having options while buying something is a great thing. Out of the many streaming services, today I’ve picked out 2 of the most popular ones. Which are Netflix and Hulu.
The reason I’ve decided to do a comparison of these two is that I am literally seeing every other person in forums struggling to choose one between these two. So, I thought I should clear all the chaos and lay down a little standoff for you so you can decide better. If you’ve been looking to pick one of these two but not sure which one to go for, then read this article till the end. I am going to list the important features and pricing chart comparison of both these streaming services. Let’s dive right into it.
Netflix vs Hulu: Features, Price & Free Trails
Usually, when we’re stuck while buying something, we don’t exactly know which one will be suited for us. And to know that, it’s important to understand what they are and what they do. In this case, let’s understand a little what these two services exactly are. Both Netflix and Hulu are video streaming services which house content like TV shows, movies, and documentaries.
They can be accessed via a browser or through the app and both of these also offer originals. This means content that can only be found of these platforms. If we compare the popularity and user base, Netflix is far ahead than Hulu but that doesn’t make it the ultimate option for you.
Netflix caters to over 190 countries which include the US, India, Pakistan, UK, Australia, Bangladesh, etc. They have an impressive interface and it is totally a piece of cake for anybody to navigate and use it. With the ability to stream videos in 4K quality, it looks like a really good contender. Not only that, but Netflix also allows you to save your content for offline viewing (which is a life saver).
Most of the shows prefer to be aired on Netflix as originals because of their huge user base. I can say the way Amazon took over the shopping industry, Netflix has taken over the streaming industry. Some of their originals include:
- Stranger Things
- 13 Reasons Why
- Sacred Games
- Money Heist
- Master of None
Netflix has about 100,000 TV shows and movies in their library waiting for you to binge watch + the list gets bigger and bigger every day. And the great news is, they do not have ads in between. The only thing I don’t like about Netflix is the shows which air on TV gets added to the library pretty late. For example, if a show aired on TV tonight, you’ll only be able to watch it on Netflix when the next season of that shows comes up. Yes, a lot of patience needed.
On the other hand, Hulu caters to only US users, so if you’re living in some other country, you won’t be able to access this streaming service. The interface is almost as good as Netflix’s but still lacking behind a bit. There is no 4K quality on all TV shows but standard HD quality is available, which is still great.
Unlike Netflix, Hulu doesn’t allow you to save videos for offline viewing. This means you can stream only when you have access to the internet. Hulu is still a great competitor in terms of features and given that it is owned by Walt Disney, it gives us good vibes.
There are a lot of originals, especially on Hulu. Some of them are:
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Path
- Difficult People
- Castle Rock
Hulu has about 1,657 TV shows and 2,500 movies in their library, which is not much but they’re all awesome. There will be ads in between your streaming but you can choose to pay an extra $11.99 per month to get rid of those.
A great thing about Hulu is whichever shows get aired on TV today; will be available to be streamed on the platform tomorrow. There is literally no waiting like Netflix and this gives us a breath of fresh air. And did I tell you that you can watch live TV on Hulu? Yes! You can live to stream your favorite TV channels right on Hulu without any hassle. This feature alone is worth buying it.
To conclude the features, I believe there are certain parts where both of these win but most of them are won by Netflix. Their constant 4K quality, ability to save videos for offline viewing, huge library and no ads take it all away. Hulu is ahead in some parts because they offer Live TV option and almost instant streaming of new shows.
Netflix has 3 different plans. Those are:
- Basic ($8.99/month)
- Standard ($12.99/month)
- Premium ($15.99/month)
The basic one comes with standard streaming quality and allows only one user. The standard plan comes with HD quality streaming and allows up to two users to share the service and lastly, the premium plan comes with 4K HDR quality streaming and allows up to four users at a time.
On the other hand, Hulu has two different plans. Those are:
- Hulu Basic ($5.99/month for limited ads in between) and ($11.99/month for no ads)
- Hulu with Live TV ($44.99/month)
The basic plan comes with 4K streaming quality on select TV shows and allows one user at a time. The lower one with ads can be a bit annoying for some people and good that they have an option to cancel out those by paying a little extra. The Hulu with Live TV option also has 4K quality on certain content and allows one user at a time. This plan has over 60+ channels and is a great replacement for cable TV. In addition, you can also record live TV and store it to watch anytime.
Also known as Hulu Plus, it has all the great channels like ESPN, CNN, Fox News, etc. You can also pay an extra amount per month to add other channels like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax.
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I would say both of these streaming services are phenomenal for the average person. However, if you’re really specific about your needs, you would need to pick one carefully. Start by asking yourself if you want Live TV or 4K Quality or low price or ability to have multiple users simultaneously.
By asking yourself these questions, you’ll be able to better figure out what exactly your requirements are and which one to go for. I hope you found this article helpful. Thanks for reading.