Hulu vs. Netflix – Comparing the Two Services

Technology – isn’t it just wonderful? There was a time when we were all rooting through video rental stores to find that one gem that somehow escaped our clutches through years of movie watching. Now, thanks to video streaming providers we don’t have to travel far to root through countless titles to find that rare one.

We can do it from the comfort of our homes and apply wonderful filters to find exactly what we want in a matter of seconds. Or, there are a number of online lists of the best shows to watch in the genres that we love.

Nowadays we also have to decide which video-streaming provider we want to give our money to. It can be a confusing task with so many great choices to choose from. In order to make this task easier for you, here is our comparison of the two best services out there right now: Hulu and Netflix.

Financial Considerations

For most of us, money matters. We want the most bang for our buck. Luckily, there isn’t much difference between Hulu and Netflix, when it comes to financial considerations. Both services have nearly identical prices in most regions i.e. about $8 per month. So, in a choice between the two, it’s more or less a wash.

Trial Periods

This is where the two services start to differ a little. Netflix offers a free trial period of 30 days while Hulu only offers 7 days trial. What you have to be careful of, however, is your credit card information. In order to get free trial, you’ll have to provide your credit card information.

The problem is that once the trial period is over, your credit card will be charged automatically. Effectively, if you don’t want to continue with the service after the trial period has run out, you’ll need to be careful to actively opt out either online or via phone.

The Library

While the two services differed in terms of trial periods, the real difference between the two is their respective collections. Your options are significantly broader with Netflix. As per loose estimates in the industry, Netflix’s collection of titles is over two times larger than that of Hulu. On the other hand, Hulu seems to update their collection more often—which means that you get access to newly released episodes and movies much faster than you do with Netflix.

There’s another huge difference between the two services. This is the fact that you can get access to Netflix’s collections from other regions too. With a standard subscription, Netflix restricts access to your own region of residence. But, if you were to sign up with a service like Unblock Us, you can gain access to titles from Netflix’s collection from all over the world.

Bonus Features

Another benefit of Netflix is that you have the option to rent DVDs of brand new films and shows from their DVD library for another $8 per month. While Hulu offers new shows in its standard collection, Netflix’s DVD subscription would more than double the number of titles you get access to.

Another way that Netflix scores over Hulu is that it doesn’t ruin your watching experience with commercials. With Hulu, you’ll have to sit through limited commercials.


What’s the verdict? With the same price, access to more titles, and no commercials, we recommend Netflix over Hulu to satisfy your viewing pleasures.

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