File photo: In this photo illustration the Netflix logo is reflected in the eyes of a woman on September 19, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) (2014 Getty Images)
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When you are choosing a streaming video service, so many questions pop up: how much does it cost? Which movies are there? You can find the latest episodes of your favorite TV show, or are they all of the past seasons? There Is an app, and how well does it work? The list goes on and on.
Probably one of the most asked questions that I get on my national radio show” Which streaming service A&E, FoxNews, HGTV, or fill-in-the-blank?” It’s complicated.
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The three major players currently are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. In contrast to the network and the public broadcaster, which has plenty of free streaming content, these are paid services with big catalogs, original programs, and the curator of lists, and recommendations.
All of these services have earned their stripes. So which service is best for you? We watch it on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, along with Vudu, an alternative for renting or buying movies on iTunes or Amazon. Here are the pros and cons of each.
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Price: € 10.99 per month for HD streaming
Netflix is the king of the hill when it comes to on-demand video subscription services. It has moved past its origins as a DVD mailing company and now came out tons of buzzworthy original content in addition to a large collection of tv shows and movies. It is also easy to reach. You can watch all sorts of streaming devices, including most Tv’s, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube, tablets and smartphones.
Netflix also reneged on his promise never downloaded movies, and now you can quickly stack your tablet with an incredible range of movies and shows. Netflix has mastered the format, and with the acclaimed original series such as “Glow” and “Strange Things”, you can access to a large number of exclusive material.
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Price: € 119, – per year
Amazon Prime Video is one big perk found in the larger Prime subscription. Amazon has its share of original, exclusive shows, such as “The Man in the High Castle” and The “Grand Tour”, that will sweeten the deal and make the subscription cost (and the recent price increase) more palatable. Thanks to the film “Manchester by the Sea,” Amazon Studios also won an academy award. Who would have ever thought that an internet-commerce company would do that!
Prime Video is a great service, and it connects you with the wider world of Amazon products, including Echo. You can also buy movies and series, or to add entire networks, such as Showtime and HBO.
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Price: $7.99 per month
Hulu is making steady progress in attracting subscribers. It is not as large as Netflix, but has a boost received from a motion in the original tv shows, including an upcoming Stephen King-based series called “Castle Rock” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Hulu also has the most economical basic plan, at $7.99 per month.
As Prime Video and Netflix, Hulu has the app, and the streaming quality holds its own. Hulu is also trying to cash in on the “offline” view of the market, allowing subscribers to download their content.
Price: Per rental/purchase
Vudu is a dark horse candidate when it comes to streaming. It is owned by Walmart and it works more like iTunes: you pay for what you want to see. Rent starts at under a buck. There are no monthly fees and Vudu boasts that it will have access to films, even earlier than services like Netflix and Redbox.
Vudu also offers a selection of movies that are free with the inclusion of ads. It is difficult to win the prize, but for content with commercials, Vudu the profession is depending on your tolerance for interruptions.
So who wins?
Like most service comparisons, there is no clear winner, because the “best” service depends on your interests.
Amazon Prime, meaning if you don’t mind a one-time investment, and you are planning to take advantage of the other features, such as navigation, storage of photos and music. The annual price is not so appealing if all you want to do is watch videos.
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Netflix is insanely popular, because it offers a broad mix of programming, in addition to a growing range of original shows and movies. If you want access to the Marvel superheroes in TV shows, this is the place to go. If you are only looking to subscribe to a streaming service, Netflix is probably your best bet.
Hulu not quite the depth of Netflix, but it is still the place to catch up on recent network shows. If that is important to you, please take a look at Hulu. The $7.99 plan, while it is cheaper than Netflix, comes with commercials. Dump the ads, you need to move up to the $11.99 plan.
Vudu is not in the place of a service, such as Netflix, but it may appeal to viewers looking for a a-la-carte alternative. If you already buy or hire your entertainment through iTunes or Amazon, then you may not feel the need to try Vudu, but it’s still worth Vudu’s movie collection. You can always choose what you want to pay.
There is a reason why many people subscribe to more than one service. You can Prime mainly for the shipping and other benefits, but also subscribe to Netflix for the broader range of programs. As an alternative, maybe you are a fan of a certain hit show on Hulu, but for the rest of your streaming fix from a different source.
Just be sure to re-evaluate your streaming subscriptions from time to time. If you don’t have to use it, then cancel and save yourself the money.
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