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

Hulu Plus hasn’t opened for concern however, only let’due south have a look at how it compares on paper with Netflix, the movie rental service that almost closely matches Hulu Plus’s all-yous-can-stream concern model.

Price and Features

Hulu Plus volition cost $10 a month, and volition allow you sentry every episode from the current season of popular shows from the major TV networks, including ABC, NBC, and Play a trick on. (Sorry, CBS fans, you lot’ll have to get your
Big Brother
fix elsewhere.) In addition, you’ll be able to watch entire by seasons of archetype 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 Television set shows. There’s one large drawback, however; you won’t detect episodes from the current season, and some past seasons are available only on DVD/Blu-ray. Overall, though, Netflix is better for moving picture buffs, while Hulu Plus is best for network Telly fans who want to go along up with current shows.

Movie/TV Library

Netflix, with more 20,000 titles available for streaming, kicks booty here. Hulu Plus has a mere 2,000-plus Telly episodes. Both services volition proceed to stockpile titles, of form, and so these numbers will continue to rise.

Dwelling house Hardware Support

To watch Hulu Plus or Netflix on your big-screen TV, you’ll demand an Internet-enabled Boob tube with an ethernet port, Wi-Fi, or both; or a Net-set Blu-ray player, game console, or set-top box that’south compatible with the service you desire.

It’s no surprise that Netflix, the established veteran, supports more devices. These include the peak three game consoles (Sony PlayStation 3; Microsoft Xbox 360; and Nintendo Wii); seven Internet-enabled Blu-ray players; three HDTVS; the TiVo digital video recorder; and three set-top boxes, including the pop Roku Streaming Player. Hulu Plus, by comparing, will initially run on select Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, with support for Sony and Vizio hardware coming afterward this year. PlayStation 3 compatibility is “coming before long;” Xbox 360 support is slated for early on 2011. The Wii? Well, eventually.

Mobile Devices

Hulu Plus volition support Wi-Fi and 3G connections, and it’ll run on a trio of Apple’s mobile devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Netflix’s mobile story is similar: the iPhone/iPod app should arrive presently, and the iPad app is already out. Just are 3G data networks and streaming movies are a good match? Based on my experiences, they’re not. With 4G networks on the way, still, both services could before long exist major players in the mobile amusement biz.


Shows on Hulu Plus, similar their counterparts on the regular (and free) Hulu, volition have commercials. That’south a bummer for subscribers, just a 2d ways of income for Hulu. Netflix has no commercials. That lone would make me choose Netflix over Hulu Plus. (And so once again, I’m also more of a movie buff than a Telly watcher, and Netflix has a lot more of the content I want.)

Prototype Quality

Hulu Plus shows will exist in loftier-def (720p) resolution, but the speed of your Internet connectedness volition play a large factor in image quality. Netflix shows certain titles in HD, but merely if your broadband link is 5 mbps or faster.

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