Keep in mind that the Hulu roster is always shifting based not only on new episodes that have aired, but also on the current contracts that Hulu has with content providers. Therefore, it is very difficult to make sweeping statements about what is available through Hulu versus through the full Hulu Plus service. The easiest method is to visit the list of Hulu shows and movies, and look up a specific title. Click on the title, and it will show you both how many episodes are available through Hulu, and how many you get through Hulu Plus.
You will quickly notice that Hulu offers only a few episodes of each show, while Hulu Plus offers the full season and all past episodes, where as Hulu will not. If you do not care about a full season and only want to find the latest episodes that have aired – or the first few episodes of a show – you should start with Hulu and then decide if you want to upgrade to Hulu Plus.
Do not assume that you can watch Hulu on every device that supports Hulu Plus. Sometimes only Hulu Plus is supported on a a wide variety of devices, including Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows and more – Hulu is often limited to web-based streaming only.
Which is Better, Hulu Plus or Netflix?
There are many excellent articles that dive into this common question. However, here are a few essentials that will show you the key differences.
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First, there are the ads. Hulu uses ads of one kind of another, no matter which version of the service that you choose (unless you pay $11.99 for no commercial Hulu Plus). They may only last a few seconds, or be a simple survey you can click away from, but they exist. Netflix has no ads of any kind.
Then there is show (and movie) selection. This depends on which shows the two services have contracts for, and how recently those contracts have been updated. You can look this up, but know that the lists you find will probably not be current, thanks to the ever-changing rosters of the two. But we can make generalizations.
Generally, Netflix has a larger and deeper roster – there are more shows available across different genres (especially stuff for kids), and far more shows and movies available from different decades and past seasons. Netflix movies tend to be more current.
Hulu Plus, on the other hand, does better at offering the current episodes of a broader number of shows currently airing, more ideal for people without cable or those who need to catch up. After all, they’ve got support and deal with the major Networks, including Fox and those alike.
Keep in mind that some contracts are exclusive, too. Netflix, for example, has AMC (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, etc.) and Hulu Plus doesn’t. Check your favorite shows for both options.
There’s also the matter of original shows. Netflix original shows tend to get a lot of the headlines, such as House of Cards, Making a Murder, Love and Orange is the New Black. But Hulu has its own original series, like Misfits and The Awesomes. These are, of course, only available on the services that created them.
Hulu Plus Shows
Ok, so you’re just about ready to get Hulu Plus, but you’re probably wondering what shows are available. Here is a small sampling:
- Family Guy (12 seasons)
- Top Gear (20 seasons)
- Revenge (1 season)
- South Park (18 seasons)
- Law and Order SUV (16 seasons)
- SNL (16 seasons)
- Workaholics (4 seasons)
- Modern Family (1 season)
- Key and Peele (4 seasons)
- Tosh O (3 seasons)
- Top Chef (12 seasons)
- Shark Tank (1 season)
- Scrubs (9 seasons)
- Hells Kitchen (13 seasons)
- American Horror Story (3 seasons)
And many, many more. In fact there are over 9000 shows available on Hulu Plus. So there is more than enough content to go around.