Hulu vs Netflix: Which Should You Subscribe To?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This is it, the post I've been putting off for months just because I couldn't choose (and I honestly still can't). The question is this: between Netflix and Hulu, which service gives you your money's worth and access to the shows you love?

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Just to give you a little background, I started my Netflix subscription last November 2015, a few days before I subscribed to Hulu. Back then, you couldn't stream either one here in the Philippines - still can't, really - except for Netflix (though the titles available are still quite lacking). I had to use a proxy on all my devices just so I could get the full experience.


The Cost

Netflix costs $7.99 for Basic, $9.99 for Standard, and $11.99 for Premium. Hulu offers two viewing options, $7.99 for streaming with limited commercials, and $11.99 for commercial-free viewing. I, for one, hate commercials, so it made sense to subscribe to Premium on Netflix and Commercial-free on Hulu. Converted to Peso, it costs around Php 381.00 (Netflix Basic) to Php 572.00 (Premium & Commercial-Free) each, monthly - not a bad price to pay to stream all your favorite shows.


The Collections

Since I subbed to both services at the same time, I got to see their strengths and weaknesses in terms of available shows for streaming.

Here's what I discovered: Netflix turned out to be my go-to service if I wanted to watch incredible documentaries and have a large list of movies for a binge-watching session (especially now that multiple sites have listed URLs which can widen your Netflix options). Hulu, on the other hand, turned out to be my choice for watching American TV shows, animé, and kid shows (yes, kid shows - no, don't look at me like that).

Now, here's what I like about Netflix - Netflix enables you to setup multiple users using one account. I had my main channel set up, then I set up another one for kid titles. I made my mom her own channel as well. This just basically enables you to switch users depending on what mood you're in at the moment (or at least, that's what I used it for).

In terms of available movie titles, Netflix has a lot of horror, thrillers, and crime genres. I fell in love with the collection and had a bunch of movies queued up for the long holidays. Hulu also has its own movie collection, but I feel like it's quite smaller than the other.

Hulu, on the other hand, has a collection called "Criterion", and I BECAME OBSESSED with it. There was a time during the Christmas season that I had trouble leaving films on queue because I want to watch them right away. (If you have Hulu, head over to the Criterion collection and search for Pierre Étaix. You won't be disappointed.)

Another thing (that kind of gives Hulu the advantage) is the amount of Animé titles it has. God. I actually spent the whole night watching (and finishing) series and movies because I couldn't get enough of anything. I watched Non-Non Biyori (look this up, it's a really light, relaxing animé), Himouto! Umaru-Chan (watch this if you want to be entertained and have fun), rewatched Sailor Moon, Totally Spies, Adventure Time, and a whole lot of other shows. I'm telling you - once you go down this road, there's no going back.


The Buffer Time

The Philippines has such crappy internet, you'd think the satellites were buried underground. It was a fear of mine that if I subscribed to HD and SuperHD streaming, I wouldn't get what I paid for because of the internet speed. Well, in this case, Netflix takes the money. Hulu takes quite longer to load (I have a 5Mbps plan, by the way), but when it does, it's a steady pace. Netflix, even though it loads faster, can sometimes stop in the middle of a video and reload from there. I'm not sure if this counts as a criteria, but the numbers have been consistent with me, so I'm guessing it's not only my internet that causes it.


The Decision

I still can't make up my mind about which one I should let go, and after the past three months, I've held on to both. I've been using Hulu more lately, though, so that might be something worth looking into.


I hope this gives you some sort of idea about which service would better suit your needs. For my fellow indecisive folks, you won't lose anything by subscribing to both, hehe.

Anything else you'd like to know about my experience with Hulu and/or Netflix? Leave a comment and I'll answer you back the best I can.



23 comments

  1. Well, we are not subscribed to any cable tv service provider and that's for one reason, we seldom watch tv at home. I don't know but even my mom is not fond of watching tvs.. she hates telenovelas and my dad on the other hand prefer to listen to his radio rather than watching
    in my case, i watch everything online since I am in front of my pc almost all day due to my work and of course my bloggin routine...but if i am to choose between the two, I would go for the Hulu due to anime hehe

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    1. Hulu/Netflix would be perfect for you then, haha! They're both online services, so you get to watch, blog, surf, and everything at the same time. I don't like telenovelas too! Too much drama if you ask me.

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  2. Great post! I haven't heard of Hulu but I wasnt sure to get Netflix either because as you mentioned, the Internet sucks in Philippines! Haha. I'm thinking about maybe doing a trial month ☺

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    1. Hahaha, well, the higher the Mbps subscription, the better the "reception" I guess. Yes! Do the trial month! ^__^

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  3. My colleague had subscribed to another streaming service which is iFlix. I find iFlix's content limited and it doesn't have enough good movies and tv shows. It's quite hard to choose which one is better but because of its ubiquity and fame, I think I would choose Netflix over Hulu :) Thank you for sharing this. It gave me a better view for this kind of service.

    Nurse Alpha

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    1. iFlix has been constantly popping up on my Facebook feed, but I've never really gotten interested enough to click. What kind of shows are on there? Happy to help broaden your horizons!

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  4. Hubby wants to try Netflix but I objected because we still have cables at home with HBO. Oh how old I am.

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    1. Hehe, oh , I remember when I'd watch HBO during the weekends for hours, haha. You could try the one month free trial and then decide. :)

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  5. I'm subscribed to Cignal for 1390 a month and not really getting the most of it because I'm not so much into watching. I would usually browse youtube whenever I need some short clip entertainment.

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    1. Oh! Hehe. Are you a reader, then? :D Well, there's always Youtube for funny videos, agreed. Haha.

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  6. I heard about Netflix and Hulu from some online users but I don't really subscribe to them because I am such a cheapskate. Joke! Actually, I can't afford 'em so I just do online streaming. But it's good that you made this review, at least I have a reference when I finally decide to get either one of them.

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    1. Good to know my post helped! Sometimes, if the show I want isn't available on either one yet, I'll do it via free online stream sites too.

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  7. I've never tried any of these because we use PLDT and they have free movies to watch. I've heard about Netflix and maybe in the future, we will try this.

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    1. I'm hoping that once you decide to, you'll love it! They have a 30-day free trial period, so you might want to look into that. :)

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  8. I haven't heard of Hulu yet, unlike netflix which is quit popular in my near areas. But we were not subscribe to any cable now. Because of my kids. they are addicted to movies and i wanted them to focus on studies. Only during weekends do they watch at their grandma's house. But i was thinking of getting one that is prepaid for this summer only. So they can enjoy their home vacation :)

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    1. Yes, studies first! I have a brother who's in 8th grade, and we exert control here at home about his viewing times. Wow, they have prepaid ones? Haven't encountered them before.

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  9. I've read a lot about Hulu but only use it to watch the new Sailor Moon (off my brother's account hee hee)

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    1. Hahaha! I do too! I subbed to Hulu because of all the animated titles they have, especially the old series that aren't aired on TV anymore. :)

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  10. I go for HULU because of their animated tittles too. I'm willing to pay for services like these than watching over cable.

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    1. Great! Me too. There's so much more to choose from compared to a cable subscription.

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  11. Never heard of Hulu. But Netlfix has its own following from the US. It only recently came to the Philippines where I'm from

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    1. Yeah, it does. Sometimes, I feel like Netflix is a bit overrated though. I'm Pinay din, haha. The titles they have available in the Philippine version aren't that many yet.

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  12. I almost signed up with Netflix but like you I also had reservations because of our crappy internet connection. We also have cable tv so I figured I wont be missing out that much though I've been hearing so many good things about Making A Murderer that I might change my mind haha!

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