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Hulu Plus vs. Netflix: Which Is Best?
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 01 July 2010 18:15

From PC World

With Hulu Plus debuting this week, online video fans will soon have another alternative to the overpriced programming bundles offered by the cable and satellite companies. While Web-based services that stream movies and TV shows to the home can't yet match the immediacy and depth of traditional pay TV, they're edging closer.

Hulu Plus hasn't opened for business yet, but let's take a look at how it compares on paper with Netflix, the movie rental service that most closely matches Hulu Plus' all-you-can-stream business model.

Price and Features

Hulu Plus will cost $10 a month, and will let you 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--well, unless your tastes veer toward the eclectic.

Netflix costs a minimum of $9 a 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. Overall, though, Netflix is better for movie buffs, while Hulu Plus is best for network TV fans who want to keep up with current shows.

Movie/TV Library

Netflix, with more than 20,000 titles available for streaming, kicks booty 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.


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