Hulu vs. Amazon Prime Video

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In today’s digital landscape, more people than ever are cutting cable cords to save money on monthly bills. Why? Because there are so many on-demand streaming services they have rendered cable nearly obsolete. But with so many streaming services to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out where to allocate your hard earned money. Streaming is a growing market, with new players joining the scene all the time, which makes the “Netflix or nothing” decision downright difficult. To make things easier, we’ve compared the two most popular Netflix alternatives: Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

cost

Amazon Prime Video interface.
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Amazon offers two main price tiers: $119 annually (discounted to $59 annually when you sign up with a valid student email address) or $13 per month. Both versions include all Amazon Prime perks, such as two-day shipping, discounted prices on select items, cloud storage, and — most important for our purposes — on-demand video and music streaming.

The best part is that, unlike Netflix, 4K Ultra HD content with HDR comes standard at no extra cost. Plus, you can share accounts with friends and family so everyone can join in on the deals. You can also supplement Amazon’s included content with optional channel add-ons, such as CBS All Access, for an additional fee. Amazon doesn’t have a live TV streaming service per se, but several content providers for Prime Video offer the ability to “watch” their shows.

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Hulu starts at just $6 for the ad-based service or $13 for the ad-free option (which we highly recommend, even at double the cost). Hulu’s options don’t stop here, as it also offers a live TV streaming package similar to Sling TV, YouTube TV, Philo, and Fubo. Hulu with Live TV streaming service is currently $65 per month and includes over 75 live streaming channels on top of the regular on-demand library. Note, however, that starting December 21, 2021, this price is increasing to $70 per month. There are also add-on features like an upgraded DVR and an ad-free experience for $71 per month.

While Hulu’s $6 tier is technically cheap, especially for those looking to stream 4K at the lowest possible price, Amazon offers the most value when considering all of its other perks and its complete lack of ads. Amazon has also said that the company will not increase prices for 4K streaming. throw in Amazon’s Student Discount, and it goes with the win here.

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the winner: heroine

material library

Amazon Prime Video interface on one screen.

Amazon Prime Video has a catalog of thousands of titles to watch before adding any premium options like Starz or Showtime. At the same time, Amazon continues to invest heavily in original content, such as wheel of time, boys, And tomorrow’s war, Where Amazon really shines is in the sheer volume. It Has Almost More Titles Than Netflix and Hulu, Together just under 8,000 titles until September 2021. And of course, if you’re skipping a cable provider and think you’ll miss out on the pay-per-view options, Amazon has an extensive collection of new releases available to buy or rent.

Hulu, owned in part by Disney, has access to an unparalleled collection of TV shows, which makes it a great option if all you really want is a replacement for cable TV access for the major networks. Except for CBS, which is not part of Hulu, most shows are available the day after they air live on their respective broadcasters. It has a good collection of movies, but you can tell that the movies are not the main attraction.

We’re going to give it to Hulu for now, as it can’t match the breadth of Amazon’s selection, we think you’ll really want to check out more of Hulu’s catalog.

Winner: Hulu

supported devices

Chromecast, Roku Stick, Amazon Fire Stick next to each other.
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Nowadays, both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu are available on everything from Android and iOS devices to Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices. The full list is too long to include, so visit each provider’s website to see if your device makes the cut: Hulu, prime video,

Winner: Draw

Interface and ease of use

Hulu interface.

Amazon has a scattered interface across devices that isn’t very well designed, although it’s constantly improving. One thing in its favor is that you can browse Prime Video directly on the Amazon webpage and its various apps, and it also works great with Amazon’s Fire TV streaming device. However, these interfaces often differ from one another, and frankly, some are not as intuitive as others.

Hulu has a relatively intuitive interface that’s pretty much the same, offering categories like Keep Watching, TV, Movies, and Kids that make it very easy to navigate. You can also add on premium channels like HBO, and shows and movies from those channels will appear on your primary interface. For its quick interface and ability to include premium channels, we are going to name Hulu as the winner.

the winner: Hulu

Audio and video quality

Dolby Atmos surround sound setup in the living room.

As mentioned above, Amazon offers 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR streaming support and does so at no extra charge. In terms of video quality, it’s huge, and those with higher-quality, larger TVs (55 inches and up) should seriously pay attention. Hulu’s 4K UHD content continues to grow, and is currently available on a range of devices, including Apple TV 4K set-top boxes (fifth-gen and up), Xbox One/X/S, Roku, Chromecast Ultra, Amazon Fire TV, and more. devices, Vizio’s SmartCast TVs, and LG 2017, 2018, and 2020 UHD TVs,

As for audio quality, Hulu has limited stereo sound for most of its content, although the same shows are available in 5.1 surround sound elsewhere. Yes, a select few shows and movies support 5.1, but it’s nowhere near as impressive on select content as Amazon’s 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos surround sound encodings. Did we mention there’s no extra charge for this high-end A/V support? Yep, Amazon wins it without breaking a sweat.

the winner: heroine

Release date for new content

People are watching Hulu on TV from bed.

It’s harder to find fresh content than Hulu’s list of TV shows. With a few exceptions, each episode will be available within 24 hours of its original airing, and you can watch them uninterrupted if you’re on the more expensive no-ads plan, which is worth a day’s wait.

If you are not willing to go up to the premium level ($13 per month Compared to the standard $7 fee), ads can really hinder Hulu’s greatness. Users who don’t move on will see a stream of ads, the numbers of which have only increased more frequently (and even then, less varied) as the service expanded. Hulu’s movies are less current, but no older than what you’ll find on most competing services.

as mentioned earlier, Live TV available on Hulu $65 per month, which includes live sports and news if you’re willing to pay. opposite of this, Amazon has “channels” Which allows you to selectively add premium channels with new content. Of course, if you don’t pay for the channels on Amazon (which are pricey to add), you can buy the latest episodes, but you’ll pay a sizable premium that makes it cost-effective ($2 to $3). per episode for SD, $3 to $4 for HD, or $20 to $40 or more for a “season pass”).

For serious cord-cutters who want to stream the latest series, Hulu is the only way to go.

the winner: Hulu

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original material

Danai Gurira and Mike Colter in Monsterland on Hulu.

Amazon and Hulu are catching up to Netflix with quality in original programming. Now that Disney has taken majority ownership, we expect too much programming the company won’t show on its Disney+ service to show on Hulu.

For Amazon, notable content includes highly reviewed shows such as The Wheel of Time, The Boys, jack ryan, And Wonderful Mrs Maisel, all of which are worth exploring. Plus, Amazon is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on its new Lord of the Rings Chain. Jeff Bezos has enough pockets to compete with virtually anyone in streaming.

While none of these services can hold a candle to Netflix with regards to original content, we’re giving it to Amazon because — for the time being, anyway — we believe it’s more likely to offer new content than Hulu. more aggressively, which bodes well for the future. That said, with Disney taking control of Hulu, that could change quickly.

the winner: heroine

Other Features to Consider

  • Will the children be watching? If you need parental controls, Amazon offers a comprehensive set of filters for younger audiences on its Fire TV devices and within Amazon Prime itself. Hulu says it respects the content settings on your device but doesn’t offer any specific controls of its own.
  • live TV, Hulu + Live TV is really the only choice between the two services. Amazon’s Fire TV Recast is an interesting way to get free OTA broadcasts, but it’s not exactly the same thing. Sure, you’re going to pay a lot to add Hulu + Live TV to complement your on-demand content, but a $65 monthly subscription is a fraction of what you’d pay for a normal cable bill.

Conclusion

If you already have an Amazon Prime membership, there’s hardly any competition – you’re already paying for Prime Video, so you might as well enjoy it. You can add on Hulu’s affordable ad-supported plan as a quick, simple way to watch some of the shows you’ve been missing.

Even if you don’t have a Prime membership, the no-ads Hulu subscription is our winner. Despite its lack of 4K and better sound formats, Hulu has content to please almost any viewer, especially if you love major network TV shows.




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