You have had it with your cable or satellite TV provider, and you are ready to go streaming and to cut the cord. But if you are like millions of others How do I continue to see movies and programs I enjoy while reducing my monthly entertainment invoices?
You have a large number of options nowadays, and I’ll be reviewing each of the ones by using them in your home. (Yeah, cool job. Getting paid to watch TV.) Let us begin with the two biggest and services that are best known: Hulu vs. Netflix which is better?
Both are good and cost about the same, however, have distinct strengths and appeal to somewhat different audiences.
If you like the programs you can now find on cable or broadcast TV, Hulu is your option. Hulu also offers films, but If you want a choice of movies and original programming, Netflix’s streaming service is far stronger.
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Hulu’s lineup of television shows is monumental. But because it’s a partnership of the big entertainment companies that control a lot of the television world, it’s features designed to keep it from turning into a cable-killer.
Want to see the “Daily Show” from Comedy Central? You can, but not until the following day. Some episodes are also available, but by no means all. Just like the political talk shows on MSNBC? Hulu carries them, but only offering clips, in an abbreviated format, not the complete episode.
Is going to get smaller in the fall. Criterion, a film distributor, will pull its films from Hulu to start its service with Turner Classic Movies.
Hulu charges $7.99 a month with advertisements; $11.99 with no commercials.
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If you are cutting the cord, you’re probably used to fast-forwarding through commercials via your DVR or streaming device. But Hulu is designed to make that impossible, so you’ve got to put up with interruptions. I noticed that when the commercials are finished, there’s sometimes a wait while the program reloads and find them annoying. Losing the advertisements is worth $4 a month.
Hulu also has Showtime’s programming, but that will cost an additional $8.99 per month. You can watch Hulu on a variety of devices.
Disappearing films on Netflix
I was watching a movie about Ireland one and decided to complete it. Once you exit Netflix without finishing a selection, it is queued up for you when you return. It was not there the next night. I have searched the catalog. Still not there.
The customer service was told that the movie was removed from the catalog that day. That was a weird coincidence, but it points out an annoying feature of Netflix. Films and TV shows evaporate. I think that normally happens because rights to the selections have expired.
It’s also worth noting that although streaming is the name of the game for most of us nowadays, Netflix’s selection of films on DVD is still much larger than its offerings.
Netflix is the first option for streaming video. It’s excellent original shows like “Orange is the New Black,” “Narcos,” and “House of Cards,” to name only two, and complete seasons of many shows.
Netflix has gotten a little more expensive its high-definition streaming program that is standard is $10 a month. By deciding on a program that only allows one person at a time to use the service and only streams in standard definition, you can save $ 2 a month. For $12 you can stream to four screens at the same time and watch programs in UHD — ultra-high definition.
I’ve found Netflix to be somewhat easier to use than Hulu. The technology seems more completed, it presents me with screening suggestions that are better, and it’s easier to find features like subtitles through many menus without digging.
Neither service has a fantastic search interface. Both rely on an onscreen keyboard that is maddeningly clunky. To use it, you have got to click on one letter at a time with your remote to spell a search phrase out. I find that so inefficient that I’ll sometimes do the look and watch the program on my TV.