Sick of your cable company. It’s well and truly a great time to cut the cord and get rid of cable for good. There are a ton of great video streaming services out there, including the much-loved Netflix, many of which offer the same TV shows available on network or cable TV channels.
But which video streaming service is right for you? Well, first of all, let’s not think that you can only go with one! Still, you may not want to go with all three of the major services, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. Here’s our comparison of the three top video streaming services.
Ease Of Use And User Interface
Amazon and Hulu aren’t difficult to use, but Netflix surely has to be the most simple. The interface is clean, the search function works decently well, and it’s just a pretty app. Not only that, but it also offers recommendations in easy-to-see places, and the interface is more or less the same no matter what device you’re watching on.
Again, Amazon Prime and Hulu don’t offer bad user interfaces. Hulu recently redesigned its app, making video suggestions easier to find and improving on its search functionality. In our opinion, Amazon Prime comes in third place — the interface is a little unrefined and hard to get around. of course, all three of these services are constantly improving though, so perhaps basing your decision on user interface isn’t the best idea.
While all three services will generally be available on all of your devices, Netflix really goes above and beyond — many TVs even have a Netflix button built straight into the remote. All three are available on smart TVs, phones, tablets, and so on, and even if you don’t have a smart TV you can stream content using a Chromecast, Apple TV, or Google Nexus Player. Amazon Prime is a probably a little more readily available than Hulu considering the fact that it comes pre-installed on many smart TVs, but in reality you shouldn’t have many problems installing any of these three services on any device you want, provided its a smart device.
What Do You Want To Watch?
Of course, while a great user interface and supported devices are important, content is really why we’re here. All three offer tons of great content, and it’s worth checking out their libraries before making your decision. It all really boils down to this: get whichever service has the content you want to watch.
Still, you might not have anything specific in mind and just want options for things to watch after a long day. If you’re wanting to watch the latest episodes of your favorite shows, Hulu is probably the way to go — many shows are available on Hulu the day after they air, and much of that content can be watched without ads, provided you have a Hulu Plus account.
Still, Amazon Prime and Netflix probably offer more original content — Netflix has shows like Marvel’s Daredevil and House of Cards, while Amazon Prime offers shows like The Man In The High Tower.
Really, Amazon Prime is the best value for money. You’ll have to pay the $99 for the year upfront, but that works out to around $8 per month, and you’ll get access to two-day shipping and other Amazon Prime perks. Currently Netflix costs $1 more, sitting at $10 per month for the standard plan. Basic users, who won’t get HD video or the ability to watch on more than one screen, will pay $8 per month, while premium users, who can watch in ultra HD and on up to 4 screens at a time, will pay $12 per month. Hulu is similarly complex. For the basic subscription you’ll pay $8 per month, however that service has ads. If you want to go ad free, you’re going to need to pay $12 per month.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these services. Netflix is known for its original content, Hulu has cable and network shows soon after they’re aired, and Amazon has some great perks along with it.