Which Streaming Service Should You Prefer? Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) Vs. Hulu Vs. Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)?

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Internet streaming services are the apex of entertainment for viewing content while on the go in the day and age of fast internet speeds, unlike traditional cable networks. There are plenty of streaming services available in the market with the likes of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Hulu Plus and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s Prime offering the best of service in the streaming business. But which service is best suited for you?

Latest Episodes

If you want to watch the latest episodes of some of the top shows that have just been aired on TV, then Hulu is the way to go. The platform offers a wide variety of TV series’ with episodes going up only 24 hours after airing on TV. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), through its Prime services, offers current TV episodes five days after airing live. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) lags the others in this case as seasons of shows usually take up to a year to feature in its library.

Hulu Ads Downside

The biggest turn off on Hulu has to be the number of adverts that air on its platform, even though they are slightly minimal to what one see’s on TV. Hulu Plus, however, does give you the option of customizing the kind of ads you want to see. Amazon and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) take the upper hand in this case as they are ad-free, although Amazon Prime does show promos of other series’ available for viewing.

Original Content

Each of the three streaming services do offer original content, with the outright winner being Netflix, with its award-winning political drama House of Cards, and hilarious series Orange is The New Black. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) does create its own shows specifically for marathon watching at the back of a big library. Amazon is, however, slowly catching up with Netflix on the original content category, with its original series Transparent having won big at the Golden Globes.

Hulu also airs original content, but most of them come from other countries and production companies.

Netflix for Movies

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) remains the go-to place when you want to watch a lot of movies, as the network comes with an expansive library that is updated each month with new content. Documentaries also come in plenty on the platform. Amazon’s movie collection is not anywhere close to what Netflix offers with Hulu lagging far behind.

Cost Metrics

When it comes to costs, both Hulu Plus and Netflix remain equally priced at $7.99 way cheaper than cable. Amazon Prime service is a bit pricier at $99 a year, translating to a monthly charge of $8.25 but with the addition of other services, such as free shipping.

Picking the right service, in this case, comes down to what you want to see. If you want movies, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the place to be. If you want next day TV episodes, there is no better place to be than Hulu; if you want free shipping in addition to being able to stream content, then Amazon Prime is the real deal.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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  • ZelleVS

    Hulu has the Criterion Collection. Hulu Plus

  • Sabrine13

    If Hulu Plus gives you the option of customizing the kind of ads you want to see, then why does the service keep showing you the same ads over and over and over again, even when you diligently indicate that the ads aren’t relevant to you?

  • RAS3

    I’ve spent too much lifespan on commercials already, and I’m done with them. If Hulu gave you the option of skipping ads altogether at an increased subscription cost then I’d be tempted, but otherwise, it’s a dealbreaker. I’ll stick with Netflix and Amazon.

    • ZelleVS

      I guess it´s all about what you are watching, as in my case I do not have many ads at all! Yesterday I watched Jimmy Fallon latest episode, first I saw two ads, after around ten min two more. That was all. If you watch very up to date shows like Empire, there I believe there are more ads and that is not ok, then they should think about doing something. We already pay as if it was Netflix. I could pay a higher subscription cost if that meant I would not have ads. Like say 10-12 bucks?

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