Difference Between Netflix and Hulu Plus

Main Difference

The main difference between these two video on demand and streaming media services is that Netflix entertainment stuff is more centered on movies as compared to the TV shows that is a streamline entertainment stuff being offered by Hulu Plus.

Comparison Chart

BasisNetflixHulu Plus
DefinitionNetflix is online video on demand service provider that offers to stream of a wide range of TV shows and moviesHulu Plus is a video on demand and streaming media service being offered by the Hulu
Mode of EntertainmentVideo on demand online, streaming media online and DVD by mailVideo on demand and streaming media online
Primary AreasBoth movies and TV programs but focus more on moviesBoth movies and TV programs but concentrate more on TV programs
Subscription PlansThree: Basic, Standard, and PremiumTwo: limited commercials and no commercials
RegistrationRegistration is requiredHulu Free is free, but Hulu Plus requires membership
ServicesFilm distribution, film production and television productionDigital distribution, television production, media service provider and web syndication
ProductsStreaming media, video on demand and media service providersVideo on demand, television on demand and streaming media
Areas ServedWorldwide except for Mainland China, North Korea, Crimea and SyriaThe United States and Japan only

What is Netflix?

Netflix is a leading streaming media and video on demand service provider that is offering its streaming services in nearly all countries except some part of China, North Korea, and Syria. Moreover, it has a DVD by mail service as well. Recently Netflix has made its service worldwide along with one-month free trial without any credit card requirement and commitment. In addition to film and TV production, it is now offering online distribution as well. Despite the fact that it has thousands of top rated movies, premium TV programming and current seasons, its emphasis more on movies and films. In fact, most of the users use it for its premium and recently released movies. Its three main subscription plans are Netflix Basic, Netflix Standard and Netflix Premium that are available against per month price of $7.99, $9.99 and $11.99. The prices vary because of the availability of HD and Ultra HD quality. Moreover, the streaming services of Netflix can be access on any internet supported device. It is now offering support for set-top boxes as well that allow the users to easily switch from live TV to Netflix from the set top box.

What is Hulu Plus?

Hulu Plus is a video on demand and streaming media service being offered by the Hulu. It is said to be one of the greatest repositories over the internet offering best of movies, season programming, films, premium original content and much more. However, its emphasis more on TV shows, full seasons, hit series and current season programming. The two most important subscription plans being offered by Hulu Plus are Hulu Plus with limited commercials and Hulu Plus with commercials. The per month prices of these plans are $7.99 and $11.99 per month respectively. It is widely said that Hulu Plus offers the current season programming and recent TV shows the day after new episodes air. Its support is largely available for almost all net supported devices, portable devices, operating systems, gaming consoles, and devices. However, it has still no support for set-top boxes so you cannot switch from live TV to Hulu Plus.

Key Differences

  1. Despite the fact both Netflix and Hulu Plus offers a broad range of movies, TV shows, programs, seasons and much more but Netflix focus more on movies while Hulu Plus concentrate more on TV shows, TV programs and seasons.
  2. Netflix is more popular, and its website is more visited as compared to the Hulu Plus. Current Alex rank of Netflix is 40 as compared to the 550 of Hulu Plus.
  3. Netflix has no commercial system at all while Hulu Plus has two plans: limited commercials and no commercials. Moreover, both of these plans require memberships.
  4. Netflix is offering one-month free trial while Hulu Plus is offering a one-week free trial.
  5. Eligible returning subscriber of Hulu Plus can avail one week free trial again while returning subscriber can avail free one month trial for the second time.
  6. Recently Netflix has made its service worldwide while Hulu Plus is still offering its services in the United States and Japan only.
  7. Netflix has 90 million registered users across the globe while Hulu Plus has 12 million users in the United States and Japan only.
  8. Netflix offers video quality up to the 1080p subject to the internet speed of the subscriber while Hulu Plus offers 720p video quality.
  9. Currently Hulu Plus is offering stereo sound quality while Netflix content comes with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 7.1 encoded qualities.
  10. Most of the Smart TVs today have Netflix already on them and ready for the watch. While in the case of Hulu Plus, some Smart TV needs to add it first.
  11. Both Netflix and Hulu Plus are available for the almost all portable devices, but Netflix is additionally available for the set-top boxes as well.
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