The Big Three: Streaming Services Pros and Cons

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The three most popular streaming services (Photo Credit- thoughtforyourpenny.com)

(COVINGTON, La.) — There are several different services to stream popular shows and movies, but which is best for what? The main choices for streaming shows are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. No two streaming services are alike, with pros and cons to each.

Starting off with Netflix, it has one of the cheapest base subscriptions at $7.99 a month and also allows its users to download its shows for streaming while offline. Netflix also has a vast amount of original content like Big Mouth and Stranger Things. On the other hand, it can take a long time for new episodes to come out on Netflix, and old shows get taken down due to expired licenses frequently.

Next is Hulu, another big streaming channel. Hulu’s base price is $7.99 a month, but can be upgraded to an ad-free account for $11.99 and a premium account for $39.99. The premium also gets rid of ads that play during the show and comes with a live TV plan. Hulu users can create up to six profiles with one subscription and waiting for current episodes isn’t really a problem because episodes are usually uploaded a day after they are aired on TV. Some drawbacks to Hulu include users commenting about how the show can have low visual quality, and another big drawback users mention is that there is no option for offline viewing of shows.

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Hulu is used more for TV shows, while Netflix is more frequently used for movies (Photo Credit- Nielsen Survey)

Lastly is Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime subscription, making it very accessible to those who utilize Amazon often. This provider has a vast collection of episodes and movies for streaming. One thing lacking about this platform is the fact that you are limited to two devices for streaming.

Each streaming service has its own strengths and weaknesses. Original programming and recent movies can often be found on Netflix, but new episodes of hit TV shows live on Hulu. For movies new and old, Amazon Prime Video most likely has it in stock.

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One Comment on “The Big Three: Streaming Services Pros and Cons”

  1. Brother Ray
    January 10, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

    Great article, Spence! I barely know how to turn a TV on, much less understand streaming services! Your article was informative, balanced, engaging, and concise. And it was well-written, too! Thanks for educating me. Keep up the good work.

    Brother Ray Bulliard

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