Netflix vs Hulu Plus (comparison)

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Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.

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  2. Anonymous

    I just canceled hulu for the following reasons:
    1. Can only stream one device at a time.
    2. Content is lacking, shows will only have a few episodes of the current season.
    3. Ads are annoying.
    4. The streaming buffers even when im running at 50+ mb upload speeds
    4. Not all devices have hulu on them like Netflix does.
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  6. I have hulu plus and netflix I think it doesn’t matter I like netflix when I don’t feel like putting up with ads but I watch a lot of anime and hulu plus has a lot more their so I have both.

  7. Good article! Convinced me to cancel my Hulu Plus that I’m paying 7.99 a month just so I can stream on my phone. Thanks!

  8. Hulu Plus sucks. No CBS content at all. No AMC content. No premium channel content. NBC is the biggest stakeholder in it and they can’t even put up 30 Rock. Netflix has the first 6 seasons, Hulu only has the last 4 episodes of the current season (and only on the web so I can’t watch on TV), which doesn’t help me because I haven’t seen the episodes that came before that… Both of them have a lot of awful, canceled-after-one-season shows like The Event though. Must be cheap to license, but nobody wants to watch it anyways, so why bother?
    On top of all that, it has commercials despite the subscription fee, and most of what’s on Hulu Plus is on regular Hulu for free with a few more commercials anyways.

  9. While I use Netflix I find their setup for browsing aggravating. They keep duplicating the same movies over and over as I try to scan through their list, making it really time consuming trying to find movies I have not seen yet. The ‘New Arrivals” option is a cruel joke. I never see anything new on the page after clicking it. I can only find new movies when I do a search for actors. I probably never would have found Mel Gibson’s “Get the Gringo” otherwise. Great movie btw.

  10. about pirating…it’s ironic. if i do not like a product that i buy, i can generally get my money back. if i get a movie and hate it,i am stuck with whatever charge i paid with no hope of return. “intellectual property” is counter-intuitive to reason.

  11. This review is good overall however the question of content is a rather large one and I feel it warrants further research as to which service has the most relevant content and how quickly things are added/updated. I have Netflix and I know that the volume of titles they carry means nothing as TV shows are seasons behind and the movie selections are AWFUL! Good luck finding a hot new release or even a classic movie! I was really hoping for a comparison with some useful information as I could have obtained all of this info on my own. If you are writing something like this next time, I would suggest you obtain a membership to both (trial memberships are free) and do your research to actually compare what you are writing about.

  12. I disagree although hulu has ads it has just the same amount of content as netflix nd the fact that its more like tv then netflix it should win. Net flix has old movies nd old shows I keep up to date with all my tvshows with hulu its like cheep dvr. I feel like I get more of my moneys worth in hulu. Nd my netflix is always freeezing nd not working properly

  13. Hulu streaming is the absolute worst. I have 50Mb/s service. Granted it’s cable so you don’t always get that rate – but even on a bad day I get 20Mb/s, fast enough for any HD 1080p service. I have NO problems with Netflix, Amazon or VUDU which is only 1080p streaming… But Hulu… forget it… choppy, incoherent, and stuttering which makes the service and watching a show a total waste of time – to simply be nice. On top of that they throw commercials at you besides charging you a monthly fee. Incredible lack of detail for a streaming service… almost like they want to go out of business. If you are wondering whether to get Hulu.. DON’T BOTHER!!!

  14. Netflix doesn’t work on linux. Hulu does and so does amizon prime. So if you find it rediculus to pay $100 or more for windows and think mac is over rated hulu is your best offer. Plus i have never found a virus on any of my linux computers and i have 3 of them.

  15. I have had Netflix for years, I stream and also pay for 2 movies out at a time. I’d maybe drop the streaming and just Hulu for TV – Hulu, Apple, etc movies are way more expensive than doing the 2 out at a time with Netflix, like $7.99 for blu-ray. The trouble with Hulu is that when I’m out watching a movie on my iPad(3) the picture goes back and forth between clear and fuzzy. Like it cam stream well enough? But Netflix at the same time, same location streams perfectly cleer with no drop in resolution. So I guess I keep them both for now.

  16. I just started my 30 day trial with Netflix and the movies that are available seem odd and/or old! They are all “B” movies or very old movies! I really couldn’t find anything I wanted to watch, will NOT be keeping this service.

  17. Mr. Poopey Pants

    I use both but at the same time I don’t have cable tv. I figured with Netflix and Hulu, the only thing I actually need cable for is sports and I can find sports stream online with a quick google search.

  18. Thank you for the article. Looking to get rid of cable for cost reasons and want to know if Hulu/Netflix (leaning toward the latter) is a good alternative.

  19. I used both, but of late Mostly Hulu. I do not know why but Hulu is completely capable of successfully streaming content at my girlfriends house where the bandwidth is 3mb download and like 1mb upload or less. Netflix always gives me an Error code at her house that when I call the service they try and blame on the ISP and the fact that sustained speed tests and the snapshot kind most ISP’s use are two different things. If this actually was the case then neither service would have worked and HULU does. So I think overall hulu wins for me for compatibility and capability to function regardless of bandwidth where Netflix requires over 1.5MB upload speeds to not give error N8307 or similar. I use Netflix at home since I have 12MB speed and higher upload, But since I am at my girlfriends a lot more than my own place Hulu wins out. Netflix needs to work on being compatible with machines that have limited bandwidth because some small towns have areas where only one ISP will bother to work and we pay the same as anyone else :)

  20. I think Netflix and Hulu should merge that way we’ll all have best of both worlds and maybe call it Net-Huflix….PROBLEM SOVLVED..Just my thoughts,.. we all save money especially if you already have both …

  21. you left out that to use on xbox you have to pay 60 a year and i am guessing o n many others as well. also it doesnt matter how manymovies you have , you have so old rotten movies or low budget crap no one wants to see, seems like you were partial to netflick and i do nt like that

  22. Antivertising Subvertising

    …because you still have to pay $8 a month, and you still get ads on Hulu Plus.
    Nobody loves ads, even if they still have to pay $8 a month.
    And that’s why Netflix is better than Hulu Plus.
    Because ads are (and will always be, still) annoying.

  23. I also have both Netflix and Hulu. Hulu has more TV content, but it really pisses me off at how long and how many commercials you have to watch. When it was new and free, the ads were like 10-20 seconds. Didn’t mind that short of ads. Then, ads went to 60 sec. For free service, who can complain about that? But now that I am paying $8/month, 5-6 60 sec. Ads is complete BS in my opinion. I’ll catch up old shows, then probably drop them. If I want tons of commercials, I can just watch regular tv….

  24. No straightforward native support for linux. Delay in adding latest episodes. Its been quite a lot of time since I have used Netflix. I like hulu. :P

  25. Let me ‘splain why I signed up for and almost immediately canceled Hulu Plus. A long while ago, I started watching subtitled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It was pretty fun and compelling! This was immediately before they switched to a pay service so my access was cut off. Oh sure, it’s on Netflix Instant, but it’s dubbed, and I really can’t stand it dubbed. My plan was to get it on disc, but just sort of forgot about it. Then I saw that hulu has a free-for-a-week and thought that I could finish what i had left in the series in a week, and if I liked it, I could keep paying for the service!

    Okay, back when it was free, there was ONE ad at every commercial break. That was fine for free– can’t complain too much about free stuff. Also, I could only watch it with my pc in a browser– also not a big deal– that’s what 30′ HDMI cables are for. I watch a lot of things straight off the computer with great sound on my HT. So, again, not a big deal. The interface was a little weird and kind of flakey– episodes had to be queued individually and that made it a little clunky.

    Now, a couple years later, I activated it on my PS3 to try it out– why not? Well, the only show I wanted to watch only offered dubbed episodes via PS3 and only 4 of the 64 episodes at that. I tried to manually queue them in my browser, but, again, had to do one at a time (this might have been a problem unique to this series since it offered 2 language options). Even then, they didn’t show up in my PS3 hulu queue. So, I thought, what the heck, I’ll watch them in the browser. I have a separate mouse and KB in the livingroom, so it’s not a big deal.

    However, now that it costs money, they show 3 commercials at every break! I closed it at the second break, cancelled my subscription, and queued the discs on netflix. I look at it this way:
    1. Pay Service
    2. Commercials
    3. Clunky (and apparently restricted) playback.
    I could probably live with any 2 of these, but you add them together and you have a pretty poor value.

  26. Netflix is disappointing because they lack volume in the NEW streaming content category. I don’t count something as a new release because netflix just added some obscure tv show from 1995. You HAVE to have that short break because if you watch a lot, every few months you run out of content and have to cancel for a few months to allow for new content to be put online.
    At the same time, I’m not into paying for services that give you ads on top of it if I can help it. The available titles is lower, but at least Hulu gets the new episodes faster. The volume of content still not there though.
    This market is wide open for someone that has it all to swoop in like Google or Apple and elminate the top 2 in the market (hulu and netflix), IMO, with less fight than the brick and mortar stores put up when they died.

  27. Cannot justify paying same 8 bucks for hulu as I pay for netflix. NO ADS IS WONDERFUL…Hulu’s ads are even more invasive than regular TV programming. Netflix a very clear winner…

  28. She made a logic error: she compared netflix’s 100,000 titles (dvd and streaming) to hulu’s 43,000 TV titles. she didn’t count hulu’s movies, BUT the biggest problem is that she should have compared the streamable titles since hulu is a streaming service. I think hulu beats netflix in this regard. put some light on your face when you take a picture, you’re not a muslim woman trying to hide her face. put the light in front of your face but not in camera view.

  29. Thank you for the article. I’ve been a netfilx user and have really enjoyed it, but was totally unsure of Hulu Plus. Now at least it sound worth trying the one week at least.

  30. I stick to netflix, tried hulu, and just figured its pointless to pay for commercials. especially since most of thier new tv shows, they upload straight from the networks site, which shows it for free. example, eureka, IF its on hulu, its got commercials and I pay for it, or go to syfy’s site and watch the same video free!!! so if you want to pay for advertising go with hulu, otherwise, I’ll stick to netflix, and the network sites.

  31. GeorgeDWarren

    guys, there is a simple hack that allows you to run hulu plus on appletv, the hack also bypasses ads so it makes it a clear winner, especially if you are into TV more than movies, ofcourse you still have to pay the $8 / month, but its well worth it, and the hack is legal, it doesnt violate any copyright infringement.
    i watch hulu plus on my apple tv, ad free, its awesome.

  32. I vote for Netflix for TV-they don’t have Modern Family, but seem to have multiple seasons of several other shows I like that Hulu doesn’t have (30 Rock, Breaking Bad, Workaholics). Maybe it depends on what you like to watch. And the Hulu Plus commercials were driving me crazy-the first few days weren’t bad-they were short enough, but they repeat the same ones over and over and it started to feel like some kind of torture. To me, it’s not even a competition for the same price.

  33. HULU PLUS gets my vote – I’ve had both services for 5 months now and have chosen to stick with Hulu plus for the sole reason of content. The titles that Netflix gives you is NOT the same collection from mailings. Try typing in the best movies, Batman, Back to the Future, Spaceballs, etc. None of them are there. … for that matter, nothing worth watching is there. Nothing new, anything that is close to new is horrible, like straight to DVD horrible. Use your local Redbox to get new movies and hulu plus or free online hulu for TV shows.

  34. Will Hulu plus allow me to watch older seasons to catch up on shows or is it just the newest seasons? Also can you go back and rewatch episodes?

  35. Harry Arthur

    Once i saw the author bio with her “mac book pro” her opnion went out the window….

  36. Denialisusless

    Everyone has so far has said something that I can relate to…being unemployed over a year AND denied u.e comp from the get go I had to cancel cable, get $10/mo phone (no extras). Tried Hulu, then plus. Like SciFi most of all Dr Who so moved to Netflix. After a year of each I have to say I dropped both because I got tired of spending of 45 min a day trying to decide which selection would suck less according to my mood. I’m sure I’m not alone when I wish for an inexpensive internet connection that doesn’t involve a cable or satellite  fee for crap programming or the not even maybe fast 2 wire connection I have to pay for twice as much bandwith than I’ll ever see at a peek moment of “service”. Frankly, I’m tired of everything corporate…its all crap! Worst of all everyone has been debating who’s the better one. If I had the money, I would get the satellite service I can go mobile with, and get both Hulu Plus and Netflix streaming only (never liked waiting for the DVD, and never got a scratched disc though!). The only real problem is that the content from either is so….Dark….murder, violence, sex, profanity, greed, lust, envy, its all there not only for your enjoyment, but to program YOU to LIKE it. How about REAL programs that TEACH SKILLS, or HOW TO START AND RUN YOUR OWN SMALL BUSINESS…put an end to expensive conventional education!!!

  37. The1 Observant

    Hulu?… I don’t really care for currently running shows with commercials, because I already have dish service and broadcast that does that. No matter how long a commercial break is I just get tired of seeing them. Buy this, buy that, don’t be without this / that / other, it’s great, it’s amazing, it will change your life / view, it will help you do this / that / other, it will heal you in some way, it will save you this / that / other… blah blah blah… only mindless sheep will fall for it, if repeated enough times and entertaining at the same time then it can reprogram your spending habits, let’s get rich of these suckers kind of stuff… I just get sick of it and don’t want to see it anymore. I guess I’m just getting old… IDK

    Netflix?… I love the fact that Netflix has older content that matters. They have so many titles I never knew existed and I can watch them commercial free. After actually watching these titles and ending up giving them 3, 4 or 5 stars I’m glad I chose Netflix. Also, I’m not usually the type to watch a movie over and over, but I do find myself watching something again I saw 10 years ago because I forgot how the story went and it really is worth watching again. And, the classic TV shows are great, because I was never able to see all the episodes before. And, now they have a Netflix channel for kids (big kids too if you still love cartoons).

    I only found one little problem with Netflix (if you use a Wii). Sometimes you have to login to your account on a PC, find the title you’re looking for, then add it to your instant queue before it shows up on the Wii. It’s only happened twice this year, so it’s not that big of a deal.

  38. I have to ask/say….I am new to the whole PC/ tablet movie and TV watching deal…just got a Nook Tablet and basically, I got it for books, music and movies on the go….I am doing the free Netflix trial right now and they do have some good movies and some shows but i would say for about 8-10 I tried searching for, they DIDNT have….I am not talking about obscure shows or movies either….I looked up Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore (nope).  Cartoon Networks Regular Show (nope) also Phineas and Ferb on Disney and got a FEW but not as many as I thought I would….I also am trying on PlayOn right now and I am not too thrilled with that either….alot of “clips” available but what the heck?  I dont WANT clips, I want to see the movies and shows!  I dont know if anyone can make some suggestions as to maybe HOW I can get these things Im looking for (legally please)….I am wondering, do I have to maybe pay for the Hulu Plus to get more or sign up for the monthly Playon and I will also get more?  Also, as I said, I am VERY new to all of this, if I wanted to put a movie onto my tablet to save it, does anyone know how to do that?  I have an N2a card coming it is a 32GB card and I am hoping with that I can save some music, movies, TV shows etc. on my Nook so when we are on car trips or having a slow night at work I have something to listen to or watch….thanks for any help you can throw my way!!  =)

  39. Mtaver316

    I like my hulu plus but a lot of content is only
    Available on line (computer ) I’m on a IPhone so
    That is frustrating and the ads are the same ones
    Over and over again!!!!

  40. Amysmith949

    i have nextflix and hulu plus, and though i like both i would choose hulu if i had to make a choice. yes they both let you watch currently running tv shows but nextflix takes forever to update the q with the newest episode, whereas hulu has next day airing. i understand the advertisement because it allows you to have better choices. also the longest commercial is 30sec so thats not long to wait. nextflix also buffers more than hulu, or at least mine does. but i do enjoy them both, so much so that i don’t pay comcast for cable anymore.

  41. Doug Gray

    Netflix streaming movies had a closed captioned on Wii, Xbox and PS3 only but not other TV and Blu-ray player. Hulu Plus streaming movies had everything on Closed Captioned for deaf! Hulu Plus is best better than Netflix. I don’t understand why Netflix don’t have a CC on TV and Blu-ray player??  GO GO Hulu Plus streaming movies!! I closed my Netflix account.  DON’T join in Netflix no more. 

  42. theESEway

    Me and my family love netflix if i wanted to watch current tv shows I just program my DVR is that so hard? Oh and i dont have to pay an extra monthly fee to record shows that I want. I mainly use netflix to watch movies and my kids like watching older kids shows that dont come out anymore. I will stick to netflix. Oh and side note i can fast forward the commercials on the shows i record.

  43. Guestpasdf

    No matter how you look at it . . . It doesn’t matter which you pick . . . unless you’re black.

  44. Isaliveart

    I found using Hulu Plus was such a slow, unfriendly pain in the butt, I cancelled. I’ve been using Netflix for 2 months and for the most part I like using it better. That said the content is old as stated-and the American movie selection sucks for the most part-some cool foreign films and docs, tho. Hulu Plus Criterion collection is fantastic if you;re a film buff like me. You can see most of Ozu’s non-silent films, eg. I’m also frustrated by lack of current content on Netflix. All said, I may re-up Hulu and pay for both, just to make sure I NEVER do anything productive.

  45. “Netflix still overs the best value when it comes down to it.”  I agree but I am so sick of errors, “still overs” should be “still offers”. Doesn’t anyone check their work anymore.

  46. Jeff Jacobsen @Jeff_rey_J

    Good, informative article. The only thing I take issue with is the clear bias toward Netflix. If it “won” the price comparison when it is obviously more expensive, then how can I trust Kristie’s judgment in the other categories? 

    PS The comment thread on this article gave me lots of laughs. :)

  47. Sheilareed

    i like netflex but my movies stops regular to buffer this month it didn’t do that before can this be fixed ?

  48. bkreeder100

    The only thing that Hulu has over Netflix is that they have a player that works in linux. Otherwise their plus service for consoles like PS3 sucks. The only titles that are available on the console are ones with the plus symbol. if it doesn’t have a plus symbol by it the Hulu plus console cannot access it. Which is to say a computer can access all selections if you have a Hulu plus account but the console cannot with a hulu plus account, just the ones with the plus symbol and not the ones without the plus symbol. Kinda painful if you got the hulu plus to stream you favorite non plus show and cannot access it with your console or handheld device. 

  49. Wouldnt Compatable Devices also include any linux based PC? This should give at least allow a tie between Netflix and Hulu for that category.

  50. Hulu does keep shows updated more often then netflix. However Hulus program just plain sucks compared to netflix I never have to wait between shows after the initial load for netflix. With hulu most of the time your constantly being stopped to wait for it to load not to mention the commercials. I stream on 4 systems and netflix runs consistantly faster than hulu plus.

  51. You left out or I missed it, netflix basic package 7.99 for streaming videos doesn’t always have the new releases.

  52. I use Hulu on a regular basis, and Netflix as well.  But as it sits right now I use Hulu more than Netflix. 

    Netflix may offer more content than Hulu without commercials, but Hulu keeps every television series up to date.  As soon as a new episode of a show airs, it is on the site the next day.  Whereas Netflix will make you wait until the entire series is over before they will add it to streaming, and that’s IF they add it to streaming. 

    I don’t care about commercials, they don’t bother me.  If it bothers you that you have to watch a 30 second commercial every so often, then you have some issues.

    All in all I’m severely disappointed in Netflix.  Sure I have the option to have dvds sent to me with my plan, but almost every time I’ve had them send me a disc, it arrives UNPLAYABLE. Meaning broken, scratched all to hell, or sometimes, not even the right movie.  Not to mention, if you live in the country like me, you have to wait god knows how long before it even arrives.

    All in all, I think I’m going to stick to just pirating movies.  It’s easier, it’s free, and I share them with the rest of the world that way.  And I’m sure someone will try to troll me for this statement but I really don’t give a shit.  There is probably not a person on this forum post that doesn’t have some form of pirated software, or media.  And if you claim you don’t then your nothing but a coward and a liar. 

    • Well stated. You are right about the poor quality and service Netflix offers. Moreover, the customer service reps ask almost 10 questions for security reason! I always expect them to ask me for my social security number. Extremely rude. They should work at the airports as the Nazi TSA molesters.

    •  I like the idea of trying software before one buys it so I have downloaded or borrowed software to try it out but if I decide to use it then I pay for it.  Why? I hear you ask.  It’s self interest, firstly because I like the trouble free support that comes with a license and secondly if the programmers who produce software don’t get paid for their work then they’ll stop producing it. 

      • Well if that is the case please explain the open source movement and Ubuntu. Some of the best software and operating systems  out there is free and opensource and much of it is better quality then the paid for version.

        • That’s true Tom and I do have a few excellent open source programs.   I run 64 bit only because I find dual boot cumbersome and I don’t want the overhead.  Secondly I’ve tried Ubuntu, Linux, virtual machines and what have you but I found that one has to be a techie or geek to use them and I just don’t have the time to get into it.  As an aside, does it seem to you that the more allegedly labor saving devices we have then the less spare time we actually have?

    • Wilsonbj63

      I don’t have stolen software, music, or movies. Stealing is stealing, no matter how you do it.

          • i know exacatly what it means, you need to go back to skool and lern ta read again. it means the same thang as ok, okay, oh kay, or how every the hell he wants it spelt. Most people are pretty good at dealing with an occasional misspelled word or two. This a forum, not a term paper.

      • Sean Jones

        No it isn’t, stealing implies that something of value has been taken. If you photocopy a news paper, you haven’t destroyed or stolen the original news paper. Even the term “Piracy” is inaccurate. Their are laws against piracy for obvious reasons, but committing it shouldn’t be tantamount to theft. In-fact, shop lifting a dvd from a store (which is actually stealing) is considered petty theft. Yet, there is $200,000 fine for possessing illegal copies of movies (which is not stealing). That is insanity.

        • … i must say it a little Concerning how one comment can influence every one else’s comment lol “i dont pirate” “thats bad” “pirate”…etc..etc lol WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MAIN TOPIC lol :) and if u say this is contraindicating then good for u i say this u are observant ;) Way to gooo

          • Spelling police need to grow up. If you don’t know what contraindicating means look it up, its an actual word. Spell checkers aren’t perfect and neither are you. Its obvious to everyone else he means contradiction, but only a few anal retentive fools have that superiority complex that compels them to point it out every time.

        • So, if someone had a photocopy of your personal information ie; social security number, credit card numbers and I got a photocopy from them, then I didn’t steal anything?

    • This helped me a lot! I’m looking mainly for the tv part and if I have to wait then I’m goin with Hulu, thank you Skyler because the above info did not explain that (or I didn’t see it)

    • Robert Nemoyer

      Other than your digression about stealing you review was excellent and greatly appreciated. No, I don’t have pirated … whatever.  I am neither a coward nor a liar.]:D

      • Flyingburrito

        Pirating isn’t stealing, it’s file-sharing. Libraries have similar programs which allow users to get the PHYSICAL copy, but you don’t hear uproars about them.

        • Are you for real??? I am sure your attitude will make a big 180 when you finally grow up, get a job and someone starts using your stuff, that you spent a lot of time and money developing.

          • I will say that Pirating isn’t stealing, but it definatly isnt as benign as flyingburrito is saying. Stealing deprives another person of the item ie: If I steal someones car, they now do not have the car. If I pirate a movie, they “lose” the 5$ they would have made on the movie, but assuming I’m pirating because i wouldn’t pay even if I couldn’t pirate they “don’t” lose. It is still not morally sound because they did spend LOTS of money to make that, so that they could make money off of it and you are reducing the integrity of that. Libraries are also much different considering that the library can’t just clone a book and then give it to you.

          • Technically you’re stealing someone’s “intellectual property”. You may not have stolen the hard copy but it’s still considered stealing the court of law and that’s what it comes down to. I don’t think they should ever put limits on the use of the Internet to stop this problem though, they should instead just make it so that it’s not as easy as putting a disc in a computer and presto it’s stolen.

          • You can’t use the status in a “court of law” as final. That can change based on public opinion over time as part of the legal operation of government.

            That’s what this “intellectual property” thing is, too, is opinion. One side currently has established law on their side and violators should be prosecuted, but that doesn’t mean the other side is morally bankrupt for their opinion. Intellectual property is a BS idea come up with by book publishers to protect themselves, not to protect the artists.

            Ideas are free in nature, and the reason it’s so hard to enforce “intellectual property rights” is because they’re an artificial limit that’s being imposed on something that shouldn’t have them. An idea, or song, or story, or invention, etc. that is in your possession is yours to sell or freely give to people who don’t have it. Not legally, at this point, but that is the reality of the situation despite the current legislation being contrary. I abide by the legislation because it’s my responsibility to do so, but I firmly believe it’s inevitable that “pirates” will win the battle of freedom of information eventually.

          • Heres the thing..If someone pirates a movie, tv show, game, or piece of software and its good, they will purchase it. If it sucks, they wont. While you dont have to agree with pirating it does in its simplest form promote quality titles. Heck if they dropped out a movie a month or so before releasing blu ray or dvd copy and made it a vhs quality edition for free then it would essentially do the same thing that torrents do for movies. Download a good cam copy, if its a good movie ill pay to see it, if it sucks it gets deleted. Hell wasnt ever in a thousand years going to see hunger games, but..saw it twice in imax using the very same evaluation process.

    • Snyderfamily51

      I think your review is rather accurate. I have to admit though, I have never tried Hulu Plus (as of yet). I was actually in the process of doing some research to find out which app was better. I plan on keeping Netflix- but I’m getting REALLY tired of waiting for new seasons of the shows I like to be put on streaming. Some of them- are like 3 seasons behind air time- which is really….really irritating. I enjoy my movies (which Netflix does have alot to offer along those lines.)- But as for up to date tv series, it’s extremely lacking. (Which is what I watch the majority of the time anyways.) -Thank you for this review! After comparing about 3 other apps to Hulu, I think I am set in my decision to (atleast) give it a month or two trial. I’m hoping it meets my expectations!

    • Sean Jones

      Hell yes, media companies need to adapt or die. When pirating a movie is easier, faster, and higher quality than buying it, what do they think is going to happen? The answer isn’t trying to stop piracy, that is never going to happen. The only way these companies are going to survive is to become better.

    •  I won’t deny that I use to pirate movies. I have long since stopped doing so. There really is no current justification for it. Netflix and Hulu Plus are both cheap enough that if you can’t afford them, you really shouldn’t be sitting around on your ass watching movies in the first place. I don’t know anyone who can’t afford one or the other, even low income individuals save money by using Hulu Plus or Netflix to stream over their devices, rather than go to the movie theaters or pirate movies, which actually raises your electric bill assuming you have a decent computer. I know in my case I was paying more in electric than it cost me to just suck it up and rent the movies. I do hate that most discs from Netflix are unplayable upon recieval. this has actually led me to go back to Blockbuster, because they have far less problems with discs.

    • It does bother me that if I pay for something, I shouldn’t have to put up with commercials.  Maybe in hick-town USA people don’t mind commercials because they have absolutely nothing better to do besides watch them.  I can get on board with pirating media though.  

      • Guess people outside of hick-town USA are too stupid to realize that it is the commercials that allow us to pay little for the service. Without the money from advertisement we would have to pay much more. Must suck to be ignorant AND not have time to relax.

    • That’s rich. What a great defense for being a thief: Everyone else does it. Well, they don’t, and you calling them liars doesn’t make it so.

      • you are complaining bc in reality someone stole an idea or story? If I make something with my own material it’s mine. It’s my computer, my cd, my program and all you can say is hey it was someone else’s idea? Tell me what is the difference bt this so called stealing and me renting/buying a movie and then letting every friend or relative watch it for free? At best realistically you have not stolen anything- all you have done is COPY something and at that you have copied an idea or image. No physical property is taken, the companies do not own my computer, nor my cd’s, nor my programs- so other than an idea/image what have I stolen? If you see a cool building and draw a picture of that building and show others have you stolen that building?

    • Advertisements keep every TV series up to date.
      Netflix has better anime experience than Hulu (Plus) or YouTube.
      No wonder you pay Netflix to keep the Funimation watermark out of Soul Eater.

    • dubchronicles

      argh! Dead man tell no tales! Torrents are and will be for a long foreseeable future the BEST media distribution method possible hands down. It is a “green” method. NO gas, NO packaging etc… I would gladly pay my ISP a .01 cent percent of a f’ing margin to use this method without fear of being labeled some sort of criminal in the next couple of years… Home of the free… Until your ass is caught and strung up in court like some kind of pirate. Holy crap, my kid just wanted to watch Jake and the Neverland pirates for f’ing sake. That is what I say your honor. Thanks to Skler for narrowing it down for us based on when you actually plan on catching your episode… I would also lean toward HULU… all depends on who has got the current epi of the Walking Dead. I heart zombie apocalypse.

  53. Angiesf123

    We r not happy with Netflix streaming AT ALL!! We try to watch movies and it keeps starting over!! We call Netflx n they say its our internet speed. We chk that and our speed is just fine. I really wish we could find a worthy competitor! We are canceling our streaming. I will not pay for service I’m not receiving.

  54. Moly_Lepke

    In Santa Fe, NM Comcast blocks Netflix 1080p. The movie starts at 1080p and in midway suddenly and mysteriously switches to lesser quality. Comcast would probably not admit to it, but it happens to me and my friends daily. 

  55. Realtrevthekidd

    Shoot Yourself! Hulu Plus has way more titles! Netflix got the same shit! Ive been waiting 4 months for new Family Guy episodes!!! Season 8 is still the last one?? Pretty fucking old and seen them all!

  56. Being ripped off by either cable or a Sat company and listening to COMMERCIALS is not what I call enjoyment or ENTERTAINMENT!
    If I pay a for a subscription, I damn well don’t want to hear ANY commercials. That’s one of the ‘perks’ I should get if I’m laying out $.
    This is how cable started out in the 60’s. You could get commercial free at one time but the industry just couldn’t contain its self with a decent profit. It got off it’s leash and started to RAPE the PUBLIC.

  57. Cristinampace

    Netflix is great..Sorry Huluplus..not interested in the democratic ads..and your lame selection of movies I have never heard of unless I live in a foriegn country..

  58. Im not impressed by netflix streaming, first, it takes them forever to get titles if you want have the dvd delivered. I like stream services and watch alot of shows. My main issue with netflix has been it takes them FOREVER to update episodes. Take walking dead as an example, they have 10 episodes available when they have aired closer to 30. Most of the online streaming movies they have are old and lame. The newer ones I see are the blockbuster flops that no one would want to rent anyways. If your like me and have favorite cable shows and want a cheaper cable bill go with Hulu, you get next day updating where with netflix it can take months. If you want the new movies get a 4.99 subscription to blockbuster and have the videos sent to you same as netflix but they get new title almost 2 months sooner. 

  59. Ryckchrystel

    I think what is good about July plus is that they offer newer Tv shows than netflix.
    Except for that, netflix dominates on lots of aspects!!!!

    • When I did have Netflix, you had to weed through 400 titles to find one that turned out to be 1) One you have already seen or 2) Trash.

  60. onespecial

    I haven’t had the chance to try Hulu.  What I do know is Neflix has lots of tiltles but the selection sucks.  It would be nice if they could offer old and new t.v shows and movies.  Not a great fan of netflix for that reason only.  Example:  I’ve had netflix for three months and watched one t.v series and one movie.  Please a more movies.

    •  I so agree with you!!  I came back to Netflix after being gone for a couple of years and I am very disappointed with the library of movies available for streaming….especially movies for small kids.  Thus, I am looking at Amazon online…

      •  I was wondering why no one mentioned Amazon. Their Prime subscription works out to less than $7/month, but I don’t know about selection. I have bought a few streaming movies and they seemed fine. Last time I used Netflix, I was not impressed. I am planning on going without cable or satellite when my satellite contract ends, and figured I’d still come out ahead just buying as I go from Amazon since I don’t watch much TV. The only current shows I’ve been watching are Modern Family, The Office, Burn Notice, Parks and Recreation, Whitney, and Awake. I may try Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime and see how that works.

      • I meant to say, to stream on netflixI was a member of netflix for years until they basically Doubled the price, and quantity and quality of newer movies or tv programs wasn’t worth the price

  61. Adjfhasdf

    Please find the grammar errors in this paragraph: 
    Netflix still overs the best value when it comes down to it. Sure, TV buffs will love the fact that Hulu Plus offers videos of the most recent episodes to a variety of shows, it still doesn’t have Netflix’s extensive title offerings. Plus ads can be vary annoying no matter how low the subscription price is!

  62. JosephSchmoe123

     I have Netflix and have noticed they started expiring some of my shows but those shows stilll show up on the main directory??? what’s up with that? So it looks like Toy Story 3 is available on Netflix but it tells me that’s expired. If that’s the case then it shouldn’t post it as available. They do it to trick us into thinking they have new / hip/ up-to-date content but it’s all old as heck. You’ll be much happier just renting the NEW stuff from Redbox!!  Hello…. the NEW stuff coming out, not crusty old shows from a year ago.

  63. Rockieblues

    netflix was much easier to set up and had a real phone number to call to get set up thou both I found difficut to enter there free 1-2 or what ever they offer codes do u have a tec support line for huluplus???? robert

  64. Laurietrillium5500

    I agree with the results of the article and much prefer Netflix to Hulu Plus (I have both AND Comcast silver pkg). One item the writer failed to mention was the difficulty navigating in Hulu.
    I had to refer to Wikipedia on my iPhone to tell me the episode title so that I could locate the correct season and episode number I was looking for. Why can’t we have standard season/episode number tags? Very annoying.

  65. Jmackay_1978

    Ron Magle and Violent Vito are right on! It felt as though the author had made up her mind and was writing an argumentative essay rather than a comparison/contrast one. Hulu will win the challenge any day in terms of TV content. It’s not even a close call! Netflix is way better for movie’s. Spend $16/mo and you get both! Not to get off-topic, but you can supplement these with an absolutely ridiculous amount of content by purchasing a $50-100 Roku player for streaming from an extensive catalog of free and pay-for channels (If you need 1080p, you’ll spend $80-100. $50-60 will get you the 720p players). I did all of the above and replaced my DirecTV ($90/mo) with a Roku player and $16/mo. This was the best move I’ve ever made since I pay 82% less and I have way more content than I ever did with DTV or Comcast!

      • Williammarshburn

         i dont find anyting worh paying eight bucks a month that u can stream  or watch unlimited,   no good movies just a few but how many times can u watch the same movies on net flix  unless u also pay for dvd also,  no good tv  show either    bummer,  im disipointed

        • NOT TRUE, new tv shows and movies and they come and updated every month, there is something for everyone on netflix, hulu sux but the only ay you could talk about netflix like that is if you never tried it, netflix is worth wayyyy more than 8/month

  66. Ihatecommercials

    Commercials on hulu are ridiculous. One, I’m paying for it so why commercials? Two, the jumping back and forth from the commercials to the show you are watching and often screws up the streaming connections, so it will get hung up for minutes. Netflix just needs to add more shows and it would be awesome.

  67. I dont’ know.  Hulu seams to be able to fix problems with shows when they occur, whereas Netflix takes about 3 weeks to a month just to fix one problem.

  68. This comparison left out one critical point that would be in Hulu’s favor: Linux.

    Since Netflix has no compatibility with Linux but Hulu does, I would imagine many people have chosen Hulu Plus because they cannot ‘nix the ‘flix..

    • You can stream netflix over any standard browser (firefox included). There’s no reason why you wouldn’t be able to watch netflix on a linux machine.

      • That’s actually not true. Linux can’t run silverlight and that’s what adobe uses to stream it’s content. The tsauce person clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about or is just trolling. Do the research and you’ll find that out too.

          • Meh… run a Windows VM in Linux and you’re done!

            True, that method is not native on Linux, but who cares – Netflix will play just the same.

            Besides, Linux is so far ahead of Windows in every other way that if I have to “dummy down” my computer by creating a Windows image just to use Netflix, then so be it (most people are smart enough to do so).

            Further, it’s just a matter of time before one of two things happen:

            1. The DRM gets stripped so the stream can be pumped through Moonlight

            2. Netflix will listen to its customers and support Linux

            We will just have to wait and see?!

          • I have an Android phone which of course is running a variation of Linux.  Netflix is smooth as glass…even without wifi.  Looks amazing.  No offense, but your out of left field argument about Linux not being able to do it…well mysteriously it does both on my phone and on my friends computer running Linux.  I mean really guy…criticizing the author because she didn’t address whether is works with Linux??  It’s not only not an issue, but I think you’re just looking for an obscure reason to complain here.  Netflix is the same price as H+ if both of them are streaming only, but Netflix has greater content, quality, the ability to suspend, and no annoying ads…and Hulu is EXTREMELY annoying with their ads.  I dare say that author was overly kind to them here.  It’s also worth noting that although Netflix raised their rates if you wanted both streaming and disc by mail, they actually reduced what they were charging by a dollar if all you chose to do was stream.  And this while they were an unrivaled and highly successful company.  My hat’s off to Netflix.  Besides, I like to keep the rez native with my screen…not that 720 is bad on a smaller screen, but it’s still inferior and certainly not every screen is small.  Netflix is fantastic.

          • Dude, you sound like an idiot. The netflix APP for Android is running on a totally different protocol than silverlight, since silverlight doesn’t run in a mobile environment. And no, lack of linux support is not trivial, since there’s lots and lots of users of different flavors of linux (like myself) who were pretty frustrated to find out that the Netflix web viewer does not support our version of Silverlight.

        • Oh and one other thing…I should say that Netflix is not easily run on a basic Linux machine as you said (though it can certainly be done).  But outside of it being a non-factor for 99%+, it’s on the way nonetheless.

    • I’m typing this on a Gateway i3 running Ubuntu. I use this computer to stream Netflix all the time with no problems.

  69. Niether is ideal.
    We have had Netflix for a few years, and consider dropping it from time to time. Netflix, for us, isn’t consistent: what it shows as available one day isn’t the same the next day. Depending on which device you use determines which movies are shown. Our Instant Queue is different if we log in through Tivo or PS3. 
    A lot of the movies are low budget, very old, or foreign (just wish they would segregate foreign films so you’re ready for subtitles!).
    Netflix is best if you use your PC to pick the movies, as doing it from streaming shows just a sample of what is offered. Netflix mail DVDs aren’t worth bothering with (way too many scratches).
    Hulu Plus has commercials, but they are shorter than standard TV. 
    As I like TV and my other half likes movies, we’ll end up with both for now: still much cheaper than cable.
    We tie in an outdoor antennae which gives us about 12 HD channels, and local news.

    • Elsiesimmons555

      Which HD antennae did you purchase? I have not been able to access any HD TV. I had to return it to the store.

      • @Elsiesimmons555: I purchased a RCA digital flat amplified antenna from Walmart and I can receive all local stations: ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and a few others. Each station also broadcasts their digital channels which throws in even more FREE channels. I definitely recommend purchasing one — I haven’t had cable in 4 years!

      • Dunnmtbruce

        Radio Shack VT-190 antenna rocks!
        They don’t sell one with that good of reception anymore, because most people don’t live on a hillside 70 miles from  the broadcast; which is obscured by hills and distance.

        I get 19 stations now 15 miles NW from Chewelah WA.
        I use Hulu standard to watch Survivor or whatever, when I miss it.
        I pay ZERO DOLLARS per month :)

        Look long, and look hard for an antenna. By the way, there is no such thing as “Hd antenna”. That is a marketing ploy. Look at the gain ratings of antennae to measure their sensitivity (performance).

  70. Violentvito

    Another thing of note, is that netflix’s dvd service can be added onto Hulu plus just as easy as Netflix streaming for the same price. So all those titles on dvd should not be counted in the total. Also as a combo Hulu plus and Netflix dvd is better than Netflix steaming and dvd. So thats another up for Hulu over netflix. Also to note is Hulu Plus has original content for Hulu. To name a few Misfits, Booth at the end, Whites, and so on. 

  71. Violentvito

    Hulu plus is far better than netflix for tv shows. When I had netflix it updated tv shows every 3-4 months. Having a huge selection of tv shows I dont watch means nothing. Netflix needs more variety in each genre not just a huge overall variety. Hulu accomplishes this and updates daily. Another plus for Hulu is that the content never goes away, where as Netflix has been cycling content in order to make it look as if they are updating. Nothing is worse than spoting a movie you want to see, adding it for the next day, and it being gone when you get home. I will say this Hulu movie selection is garbage, but when it come to TV it is a billion times better than netflix.

  72. Just going to weigh in real quick. My caveat is that I haven’t actually tried Hulu Plus yet. But I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for 2+ years now. The DVD library you can pretty much subtract from the title count, unless you like putting a movie in, watching three-quarters of it and then having it freeze because somebody played street hockey with the disc before they sent it to you. To my mind, that basically puts the count back to what they can stream, which at the moment is pretty pitiful. So, long story short, I’m in the market for alternatives. I guess the wigs at Netflix have decided to piss off the DVD subscribers so they can shut down that part of the business. But, trust me, I’m looking around. And there’s no reason why somebody else can’t negotiate better streaming licensing. I think Netflix is on its way out.

  73. Another big benifit if you are deaf or hard of hearing is that Netflix is adding captioning (optiona) to many of its titles.  Not sure where hulu is in this realm

  74. they both have there ups and downs….i stuck with netflix because its commercial free..booyah…gotta love no comercials

  75. iowaporter

    I choose Hulu Plus, because I can stream on Linux.  Even with years work, the Linux community has not been able to convince Netflix to make the move.  No workarounds, either.

  76. These articles are silly.   For a mere SIXTEEN DOLLARS you can have a plethora of current TV shows and movies and an immense library of older films and documentaries.  Both are good both have great stuff and it’s only SIXTEEN DOLLARS!!   Both have exclusive and shared content – why not write about that?   And what’s wrong with ads… they’re all over this site and help cover your paycheck.  They let you know what’s out there to buy or to give you a solution to a problem.   And will 60 seconds (two commercials) that help keep the cost down for pretty expensive current content kill you compared to the 3-5 minute commercial breaks you see over the air or on cable?? 

    • I avoid commercials like the plague! Avoid them at any price! 
      “They let you know what’s out there”…………….some people are pretty lame
      “give you a solution to a problem”………………..you got to be kidding!
      Chalk this one up as another “tool”

    • Ya the whole reason people watch stuff on the internet and not the T.V. was to avoid commercials. Then the put ads on the internet. So Netflix is smart in not having ads because that’s what people want. So for a mere EIGHT DOLLARS I have more movies then Hulu and the I have a free Hulu account to watch the documentaries and other stuff. That’s seems cheaper ( the whole point mind you) and just as much movies without paying more ( I own most of the movies i like in the Criterion Collection so it not worth 8 bucks). so verdict: Ads suck!

      • James Smith

        I don’t think that was the “whole” reason. It is one of the reasons. But the bigger reasons were that it eliminated the need to go to the video store, it helped some people to stop having to use vcr/dvd/dvr to record content, and provided an all-you-can-eat type plan from your own home.
        I personally prefer to own all my own media, as you never know what can happen with a subscription based service. However, for those who want to supplement their own collection, don’t have the time to rip their discs, don’t want to delve into the direct-download/ torrent/ usenet/darknet scene, or don’t care one way or the either, subscription based services are great.
        My only gripe is that it’s not as convenient for US citizens who are temporarily living overseas or for those who travel a lot. As soon as one of these companies comes up with a solution to make that happen, they’ve got my vote.
        (I also may be one of the few people who actually do enjoy commercials.)

        • Had you considered pure vpn? (Google it) works just fine for me, BBC Iplayer, Hulu, ITV player, in fact almost any where there is a country restriction.

    • Only $16 a month for both???  And the cost of a broadband internet connection.  Why is that small detail always left out of the equation?  And depending on your ISP you have to have some type of cable television package with that in order to get a lower price on the internet service. 

        • Plus the fact that your not paying for high speed  internet connection to get access Hulu or Netflix, but rather your paying for high speed internet because you WANT high speed internet.  If you already have it, then this is nothing more than an accessory.  

          Its like saying it doesn’t tell you how much your getting charged for a television when you compare Cable to Dish…  The assumption is that if you want cable or Dish then you probably already have a TV. 

    • I completely agree.. i love having my recent episodes which is the main downfall of netflix, but I do love the extensive content netflix brings.. and considering i can have them both for sooo much less than even  a basic cable package.. yea, sign me up! And w/out ads many people wouldn’t have jobs.. like millions.. 

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