Nowadays, there are too many streaming services to name, let alone decide which one is right for you. There’s Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crackle, go90, Zoodle, Blarp, and you probably can’t even tell which ones I made up, since there are just so many and these tech giants are clearly running out of names for them. Two of the actual biggest streamers to this day are the aforementioned Hulu and Netflix.
Netflix is constantly in the news lately, like when they were kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival or when famous directors thought they shouldn’t be eligible for Oscars. Nevertheless, Netflix continues to churn out original television shows and movies almost every day. In fact, the streaming giant plans to have 700 original series total this year, and God only knows how many original movies. They’ve also openly had several issues with finances, so maybe tone it down a little on all of the new original content, Netflix.
Hulu, on the other hand, has kept a (relatively) low profile. Its biggest hit, The Handmaid's Tale, is hugely popular and critically acclaimed, and has won many awards after airing only one season. Hulu’s subscription profile has grown steadily alongside Netflix’s, passing 20 million subscribers earlier this year. While they don’t have as much original programming as Netflix, Hulu has gained notoriety for the programs they do have, including Harlots and The Looming Tower, as well as upcoming Stephen King meta adaptation Castle Rock and Mindy Kaling’s Four Weddings and a Funeral adaptation.
It can be hard to decide which streaming services are worth spending the money and time on—you have to consider various features of each, such as subscription price, TV show selection, ease of use, etc. Thankfully, we've compiled a side-by-side comparison of several aspects of Netflix and Hulu, the two most hotly debated streamers due to their ubiquity and the size of their libraries compared to other services. Hopefully we can help you make the correct decision for your media streaming needs.