Tablets have many uses and with Netflix and Hulu the use is simple: streaming video. When deciding between Netflix and Hulu Plus you should consider a few things. First history, Netflix has been around since 1997, ten years later the company announced their billionth DVD delivery, replacing the need to go to the video store (sorry Blockbuster:(). In 2009 it was offering a collection of 100,000 titles on DVD, surpassing 10 million subscribers, with that many people on the bandwagon their next step was a no-brainer. In April 2010, the Netflix app debuted on the Apple’s iTunes app store for use with the iPad. Netflix didn’t stop there adding the iPhone/ iPod Touch, Windows Phone 7 devices, and Nintendo to their arsenal. On March 15, 2011, it was announced that Netflix was available for devices running Android.
Hulu started in the game a lot later than Netflix, around ten years later. Starting as a website and over-the-top (OTT) subscription service offering ad-supported on demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from NBC, Fox, ABC, and many other networks and studios. Their rise has been fast, focusing on the relationship they’ve built with many networks as a paid service to stream all of your favorite programs and they’ve expanded to movies as well. Netflix and Hulu might be the two biggest players in the subscription streaming game.
Hulu Plus costs $7.99 a month, but with the Vizio you get a nice deal ($7.99 ;)). Hulu allows you to watch every episode from the current season of popular shows from the major TV networks, including ABC, NBC, and Fox. (Sorry, CBS fans,you’ll have to get your Big Brother fix elsewhere.) In addition, you’ll be able to watch entire past seasons of classic shows such as 30 Rock, The Office, and The X-Files. In theory, you’ll never need to buy a boxed DVD set again for your favorite shows.
Netflix costs the same at $7.99 month and has a very extensive catalog of movies and TV shows. There’s one big drawback, however; you won’t find episodes from the current season, and some past seasons are available only on DVD/Blu-ray.
Netflix, with more than 20,000 titles available for streaming, Netflix is clearly the winner here. Hulu Plus has a mere 2,000-plus TV episodes. Both services will continue to stockpile titles, of course, so these numbers will continue to rise.
Hulu Plus will support Wi-Fi and 3G connections, and it’ll run on a trio of Apple’s mobile devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Netflix’s mobile story is similar: the iPhone/iPod app should arrive soon, and the iPad app is already out. But are 3G data networks and streaming movies are a good match? Based on my experiences, they’re not. With 4G networks on the way, however, both services could soon be major TV substitutes for tablet PC users.
Shows on Hulu Plus, like their counterparts on the regular (and free) Hulu, will have commercials. Which is a setback for subscribers, but a second means of income for Hulu. Netflix has no commercials. With no one liking ads slowing down their movie watching experience Netflix again wins in this category over Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus shows will be in high-def (720p) resolution, but the speed of your Internet connection will play a big factor in image quality. Netflix shows certain titles in HD, but only if your broadband link is 5 mbps or faster. It really depends on what you like, if you’re a TV guy then Hulu Plus is for you, and if you’re a movie buff then Netflix is for you, check out the graph above. Here is a nice quick video comparing the two streaming video services: