Hulu v. Netflix

Out of all the video streaming services, Hulu and Netflix are used most often. Everyone has their own opinion on which is better, so let’s take a look at the differences between the two.

Number of users

The number of users can really help tell which is more popular. Netflix has 86 million members worldwide and 47 million users in the United States, according to pcmag.com. Hulu only has 12 million subscribers and it is only available in the United States.

Pricing

Illustration Credits by Rylie Foster
Illustration Credits by Rylie Foster

The price plays a big factor into what someone decides to buy in most cases. Netflix is anywhere between $7.99- $11.99 per month depending on whether one wants the basic, one screen or two screens or going all out and getting the Ultra HD and four screens. Hulu’s pricing is also between $7.99-$11.99 per month. The $7.99 is for the basic package, which includes having ads, and $11.99 is ad-free. With both prices for Hulu, it is meant to only be used on one device at a time, but is said to typically be used on two or three, according to pcmag.com.

In this case, pricing is so similar, so let’s find out more to help you make a decision.

Library

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When it comes to the libraries each service contains, they differ much more than their pricing did. Hulu contains newer T.V. show series that are typically available the day after airing on T.V. Hulu offers around 1,650 shows and 2,500 movies such as New Girl and Grey’s Anatomy. Netflix, on the other hand, has older movies and T.V. shows. The T.V. shows are usually not available until the next season of the show is about to air on television. But, Netflix does offer many more movies, about 100,000, according to diffen.com.

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Depending on which factors are important in making a decision, either service seem to satisfy their customers. Personally, I prefer Netflix because of the wider range of movies choices. And I always binge watch T.V. series so I don’t mind having to wait a while for the next recent season to come up.

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