Netflix vs. Hulu Plus– Which Streaming Service Rules?
As a small business owner, you’re constantly juggling a number of competing demands. So when that precious moment to relax arrives, you want to capitalize on it wherever you are.
One fun way to do so is by watching episodes of your favorite TV sitcom, catching the most popular movies and enjoying a full season of the hottest drama series. And the good news is today’s on demand streaming media makes it possible.
Netflix and Hulu Plus are two reigning subscription-based digital streaming services, so we’ve put them head to head to help you discover which one to turn to when it’s time to unwind. Read a bit more about each, and then tell us which fits your needs best.
Round One: The Contenders
Year Founded: 1997
CEO: Reed Hastings
HQ: Los Gatos, CA
Year Founded: 2007
CEO: Andy Forssell
HQ: Los Angeles, CA
Round Two: Programming
In fact, just this month Netflix became the first streaming media service to receive Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The company picked up 14 of the prestigious nominations, including nine for its original show, “House of Cards.” Its web series “Arrested Development,” and “Hemlock Grove” also earned nominations.
Netflix offers much of its content in HD. Plus it also offers Super HD, a 1080p picture that’s incredibly clear and smooth. It’s included in the Netflix subscription fee so it won’t cost you anything extra, but it does require an Internet connection with at least 5Mb/s download speed. Furthermore, not all devices can play Super HD, and to receive the enhanced HD, your Internet provider must be part of the Open Connect network. Regardless of how you watch Netflix, it’s free from advertisements.
Undoubtedly, the wide collection of current-season television shows is what sets Hulu Plus apart from Netflix, but Hulu Plus subscribers also enjoy access to previous seasons and full runs of many TV shows. Hulu Plus streams in HD (720p) when possible.
Although Hulu Plus offers original programming, it hasn’t gained the attention Netflix’s original material has. But with premiers like “The Awesomes,” an animated comedy show for adults created by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers, Hulu Plus may be well on its way to becoming a strong contender in the original content market. Unlike Netflix, subscribers to Hulu Plus will have to bear watching the occasional advertisement.
Round Three: Family Media
Netflix also offers a “Netflix for Kids” section on its website that enables children to search appropriate content, yet restricts them from accessing their parent’s account information.
Hulu Plus offers Hulu Kids, a child friendly way to access appropriate content. Unlike other Hulu Plus programming, all of the videos and content found within Hulu Kids is commercial free.
Round Four: Cost
Final Round: Availability
Through integration with Facebook, Netflix allows subscribers to track the viewing history of their friends through their Netflix account. Netflix subscribers also have the option of posting their viewing activity on Facebook.
Subscribers can watch Netflix on a number of devices, like iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones, smartTVs, Wii, Xbox, Kindle Fire, Nook, PC and Mac. Up to six devices can be registered to one account and two movies or TV shows may be streamed simultaneously. If you want more than two streams at once, you can upgrade your account to allow up to four simultaneous streams.
Hulu allows subscribers to share what they are watching right from the video itself, and post it directly to their Facebook news feed, to a friend’s timeline or through a private message.
As cable subscribers cut the cord and embrace streaming, the battle for subscribers between Netflix and will continue. Which one wins your $7.99 monthly fee? Cast your vote below.