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HULU PLUS OR NETFLIX?

Posted on 12/27/2013 5:11:03 PM PST by 7thson

Good evening all. I am thinking of either signing up for Hulu Plus or Netflix. Can someone tell me what the difference is between the two? Advantages and disadvantages? Thank you in advance for your replies.


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1 posted on 12/27/2013 5:11:04 PM PST by 7thson
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To: 7thson

hulu plus has more current TV shows


2 posted on 12/27/2013 5:12:28 PM PST by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: 7thson

Netflix has a download side and a mailing side. We have the mailing side (which has many more movies available than the download side). We love it. We stopped TV reception 6 years ago and would never go back. We pick the movies we want to watch, no commercials. great service.


3 posted on 12/27/2013 5:14:19 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 7thson

Unless they have changed, Hulu Plus still inserts short commercials in their programs, even though they are a subscription service.

Netfix does not.

Current TV shows may be in Hulu quicker. Netflix usually does not have them until long after the DVD has been out.

I prefer Netflix.

Check Crackle.com. It insert sort commercials in, but it has no subscription fee. It is a Sony service. It has some pretty good movies and short programs.


4 posted on 12/27/2013 5:16:49 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: 7thson

Netflix by a long shot.


5 posted on 12/27/2013 5:17:29 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: truth_seeker

All you need is a $30 Chromecast, and you’re ready to stream Netflix to your TV.


6 posted on 12/27/2013 5:18:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 7thson

Netflix: Dumps shows on per season, so for the next season of say Psych have to wait. Commercial free.

Hulu: Gets shows on a per episode basis, but is NOT commercial free, even if you pay for Hulu Plus.

Neither has all shows of course but I picked Netflix because I refuse to pay for something, then get fed commercial breaks. I wouldn’t mind so much if there was just one or two at the beginning of the show, but they utilize every standard network commercial break.


7 posted on 12/27/2013 5:18:20 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: 7thson

...we don’t have the download speeds required for decent streaming so are completely ignorant of Hulu...but we have no complaints at all with Netflix mail service.


8 posted on 12/27/2013 5:18:33 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 7thson

We have Netflix. I like Lillyhammer(a Sopranos like comedy and is very good) and House of Cards (extremely compelling and very well done) as Netflix original programming.

Netflix has less current programming, and a mixed bag for movies.

I like that the series’ like Lillyhammer and HoC is “dumped” all at once, so they put up 10 episodes and you can watch them all at once or take your time.


9 posted on 12/27/2013 5:19:06 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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CABLE/SATELLITE VS NETFLIX/HULU/OTHER STREAMING SERVICES
10 posted on 12/27/2013 5:19:11 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: 7thson

Do some searching. Iirc netflix will soon get out of the mailing biz. Can u afford to start with both

Netflix has some good original stuff. Not so familiar with hulu.


11 posted on 12/27/2013 5:19:25 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: 7thson

Get Amazon Prime and Netflix. HuluPlus is overrated, unless you like TV shows.


12 posted on 12/27/2013 5:20:03 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Ouderkirk

Thanks to Netflix, I discovered the British shows “The IT Crowd” and “Sherlock”.


13 posted on 12/27/2013 5:20:08 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 7thson

I have used Netflix as 90% of my viewing for a couple of years.

Other free channels on my Roku which I use too include PBS mostly for some UK content. There is some overlap, where older seasons may be on Netflix, and newer ones on free PBS.
And free Smithsonian, for a few of their programs.

Another channel I just discovered is free Viewster, which has some international content, since it is Swiss based.


14 posted on 12/27/2013 5:21:42 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: dfwgator

“All you need is a $30 Chromecast, and you’re ready to stream Netflix to your TV.”

No disagreement, but don’t you wind up using your smartphone as a remote?


15 posted on 12/27/2013 5:22:56 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: 7thson

Hulu+ gets TV shows faster than Netflix, but Hulu+ has only a few crappy B movies (and trailers for current movies).

Netflix has better movies and no commercials.

I’m cancelling my Hulu+ this month.


16 posted on 12/27/2013 5:23:49 PM PST by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: dfwgator

I also found The IT Crowd via Netflix.

That program is so geeky that I have LOL so much I had tears in my eyes. It is a kind of humor computer geeks from the 1990s can identify with.


17 posted on 12/27/2013 5:24:32 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: 7thson

Netflix is the better of the two by far.
Hulu has commercials, I had lots of streaming problems with Hulu, I couldn’t wait to cancel Hulu.
Crackle has become unwatchable with ads shown over and over in a half hour tv show.


18 posted on 12/27/2013 5:25:09 PM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: truth_seeker

Yes.

Much better than Apple TV and going around clicking on letters on a screen to do a search.

Actually I bought an $80 Android tablet that’s perfect for using with Chromecast. And with Chromecast I can also cast my movies and photos easily, if they are stored in Dropbox.


19 posted on 12/27/2013 5:25:15 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I use Nintendo. It cost a lot more than $30, but then Chromecast doesn’t have so many fun games. ;^)


20 posted on 12/27/2013 5:25:16 PM PST by dangus
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To: 7thson
We subscribe to both.

We use Hulu Plus to watch favorite current season TV shows that we missed.

Netflix is for movies and older shows/reruns that aren't current year.

21 posted on 12/27/2013 5:25:23 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: dangus

I use one TV that has Apple TV/Chromecast/Roku, and I put Chromecast on all the other TVs.


22 posted on 12/27/2013 5:26:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

On Netflix, we have watch and enjoyed several series, such as Foyle’s War, which IMHO is the best program I have watched about WW II filmed in England.

We also enjoyed Brannich (I think that’s the correct spelling), which is a series about the 1st female medical doctor in London, and then there’s Downton Abbey which we thoroughly enjoyed, and I understand another season of that is being planned.

I don’t know anything about HULU.


23 posted on 12/27/2013 5:28:36 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: truth_seeker

And I can’t tell you how minutes I’ve wasted trying to find that darned Apple TV remote.


24 posted on 12/27/2013 5:28:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: basil

The one thing Hulu Plus has, that my wife would appreciate, is the Univision Novelas.


25 posted on 12/27/2013 5:29:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 7thson

The only drawback to either Hulu or Netflix is a lack of sports programming, particularly NASCAR but also other sports. That’s a deal breaker.


26 posted on 12/27/2013 5:31:47 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: dfwgator

Do you need to be a Netflix subscriber to stream to your TV? I just purchase a Chromecast.


27 posted on 12/27/2013 5:32:06 PM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: dfwgator
All you need is a $30 Chromecast, and you’re ready to stream Netflix to your TV.

I just got a Chromecast for Christmas, and either I'm doing something wrong, OR you need an iOS/Droid device to stream to the Chromecast in order to watch Netflix on TV.

28 posted on 12/27/2013 5:32:46 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: 7thson

Yes, you do need a subscription, I think we pay something like $8/month.


29 posted on 12/27/2013 5:33:04 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 7thson
Do you need to be a Netflix subscriber to stream to your TV?

YES. Same goes for Hulu Plus.

30 posted on 12/27/2013 5:33:47 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Download the Netflix app from the App Store....If your phone is on the same Wireless channel as the Chromecast, you should see the Chromecast logo in the upper right part of the Netflix screen. Click on the logo, and it should list all of the Chromecasts avaiable, then select the one you want and you should see it on your TV.


31 posted on 12/27/2013 5:34:42 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: TomGuy
The IT Crowd is by far one of the best sleeper-hits to be found.
32 posted on 12/27/2013 5:35:45 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: 7thson

Books.


33 posted on 12/27/2013 5:36:05 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 7thson

Ping for reading later.


34 posted on 12/27/2013 5:38:08 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: 7thson

For current tv shows, many channels have them on their sites the next day. Of course, those are full of commercials but it’s free.


35 posted on 12/27/2013 5:39:24 PM PST by bgill
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To: 7thson

Acorn.tv- UK shows $4.99/month no commercials


36 posted on 12/27/2013 5:39:33 PM PST by NoExpectations
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Yep, that's exactly what I did.

I found alot of issues with the Chromecast version of Netflix and the Chromecast device that I did not like. Some examples are:

1. No ability to pause, or fast-forward while streaming a move from my iPad.

2. I could shut down my iPad and the Netflix "cast" would still be running on the Chromecast device and my TV

3. It seemed like I had "no control" over the movie whatsoever once the content started streaming to my TV.

Now my oldest son who has a Droid device said he could do all that and more from his Nexus 7. I'm going to try my Nexus 7 tonight. I did read that Google did not implement many features on the iOS platform that they did on Droid devices, but then why would they? iOS is a competitor....

37 posted on 12/27/2013 5:40:12 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: dfwgator

or a ps3, roku, some tv’s are built in.

Chromecast? Come on, more google?


38 posted on 12/27/2013 5:41:25 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: bgill

I noticed though that now ABC is requiring you sign in with a Cable Provider to watch their content online. The cable companies aren’t going down without a fight.


39 posted on 12/27/2013 5:41:40 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 7thson

We have Netflix - it came on our TV. I am currently watching Breaking Bad on Netflix - they have all 5 seasons. They had a lot of current TV shows, one that comes to mind is the Sherlock series.


40 posted on 12/27/2013 5:42:57 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

You think the other ones aren’t going to spy on you?


41 posted on 12/27/2013 5:43:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: usconservative

Laptops work well. You can have chromecast. ROKU3 is a great choice, for WIFI or Wired. Wired is really fast, movies come up in two seconds.


42 posted on 12/27/2013 5:43:15 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: 7thson

If you like to shop online Amazon Prime is a bargain for what you get. Plus they have a lot of freebie streaming TV and movies. I also have Netflix. Hulu’s commercials are too annoying. I can’t imagine paying for them getting Hulu+.


43 posted on 12/27/2013 5:45:57 PM PST by LiberConservative (I took the red pill.)
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Oh, you ought to try “New Tricks”! It’s a great British series, 9 seasons. We love it!


44 posted on 12/27/2013 5:53:08 PM PST by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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To: 7thson

Hulu Plus does not have 24.


45 posted on 12/27/2013 5:54:30 PM PST by rabidralph
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We watch primarily Netflix via ROKU. ROKU offers numerous stations, including Hulu.

We prefer Netflix. Their filtering system based on your ratings eventually filter out fag stuff and other things a person does not want to see. Our trial of Hulu put all the stuff we thought of as offensive in our face to pick from.

ROKU offers Crackle and a hundred or so other channels.

There was a rumor Turner Classic was to put out a channel for ROKU for about 5 bucks a month. IMO it would be worth it as that channel was one of the few we ever watched on cable.

We plan on getting Chromecast so we can watch internet TV, such as CBS recently aired shows like The Mentalist, Castle or the many others on the net.

Cable/satellite IMO is on it’s way out. A la carte programming could save them, but I do not see it coming.


46 posted on 12/27/2013 5:57:55 PM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

One nice thing about Chromecast is the ability to cast a tab in Chrome onto the TV.

So let’s say you are in Chrome and you go to CBS to watch a show online in your browser.

Simply cast the tab to Chromecast, go Full Screen, and Boom...There you go.


47 posted on 12/27/2013 6:01:21 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: LiberConservative
"If you like to shop online Amazon Prime is a bargain for what you get."

And you can share your Amazon Prime free-shipping benefits (but not video streaming) with up to 4 family members or coworkers. See here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=200444180

48 posted on 12/27/2013 6:06:42 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
We have a Roku 2 XDS that's apparently seen better days. It's starting to lock up and self-reboot in the middle of movies now. It's only a year and a half old! I have it hardwired to my Gig-E switch on the main floor. (Each floor of my house has an 8 port Gig-E switch.)

May have to bite the bullet and upgrade to the Roku 3.

49 posted on 12/27/2013 6:07:17 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Roku also has MLB Network! I watch the Chicago White Sox games on mine during the season. The “season ticket” on MLB.Com was someething like $108. A bargain IMO versus having to pay for Cable TV then upgrade to get hte Sports networks.....


50 posted on 12/27/2013 6:09:02 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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