In the modern TV market there are two major streaming networks that are replacing cable and satellite providers for cheaper service and on demand movies and tv shows. Netflix and Hulu are quickly becoming the cheaper alternative for the cord. But, which is better? Who has the best service? Who has the best movies? Who has the best shows? Let's break it down and find out.
Netflix debuted in the 2000's as a DVD by mail service and later entered into streaming. Hulu entered into streaming orignally free for watching missed episodes of TV shows and movie trailers. Both got into the premium subscription service with movies. While Hulu has some good movies on its roster the clear winner is Netflix. Netflix has moe movie titles even if they are B class sometimes, but Netflix quality is starting to get better after their latest deal with Disney to release all future Disney movies from 2016 beyond to Netflix starting with Zootopia. This means all the Marvel and Lucasfilm releases from 2016 on will be streamed to Netflix too.
TV Shows: Original Content
Netflix has shows like: Stranger Things, Fuller House, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards, Narcos and the list goes on and on. Hulu has 11/22/63 plus a few others. The clear winner there is Netflix. While Hulu is getting better with its original programs, they still have a long way to go.
Broadcast TV shows
Netflix has a vast collection of broadcast TV seasons of popular shows like Walking Dead, Supernatural, American Horror Story, and Once Upon a Time. However Hulu has the most recent episodes available within 24 hours after TV airing. Netflix does not add seasons until they are completed, then it takes months to add. This point goes to Hulu.
Both services provide wonderful content for kids. They have a section just for them. I will say Netflix has more current kids movie titles like Hotel Transylvania 2, Minions, Home, and some of the more classic Disney movies like Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh. Netflix also has a lot of "granny movies" (movies which look like and rip off the Disney franchise to confuse grandparents such as A Cars Life ) . Hulu is a lot better in the shows/ cartoons department. Hulu has series from Disney, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.
Netflix has a few titles from CN like Powerpuff Girls, Phineas and Ferb and Girl Meets World from Disney. Netflix does not have a contract with Viacom meaning no MTV or Nickelodeon programming can air on Netflix. Hulu has the more modern shows like Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, SpongeBob, and others. It's tough to call here but Im going with Hulu just for the sake that it has the more modern cartoons.
Netflix recently raised their prices to around $10 a month, but has no advertisements. Hulu however is $7.99 per month but also focuses on 3 thirty second ads at times. For the content both are a bargain. So here I'm declaring a Tie. While Hulu will keep your shows streaming continuously, Netflix will ask you if you're still watching after 5 episodes.
So who is the overall winner? It's really hard to decide. For movies it will be Netflix no contest. But for Broadcast TV Shows and constant avilability its Hulu. Personally I would watch my movies on Netflix and my TV series on Hulu. So really both win in their own category.
So whichever you decide to go with or if you go with both, enjoy watching it.