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Jul242018

4 Best Streaming Services Compared

Category: Comparison

According to a recent report, 61 percent of young adults use streaming as their primary source of watching TV. Picking a right streaming service doesn’t sound all that difficult. You WRONG son.

Currently, there are number of different streaming services available on the market which vary in price, features, and additional content options.

With that being said, let’s find out which streaming service works best for you.

Before we begin, let’s pick up the factors that we’ll use for comparison.

Quantity of Titles - some have small libraries, others are pretty big. Although, there is no way to know for sure how many titles a service has, we’ll use data based on assumption and third-party sources.

Max Streaming Quality - while most support 4K, there are still few that support 1080p only.

Offline Downloads - whether the services allow you to download offline data or not

Ads - some services are completely ads free while others have ads in the basic pack.

And finally, price - while all the following service support a 30-day free trial, how much does the monthly subscription cost after that? Do they provide discounts for students?

So, let’s begin.

NETFLIX

Netflix started out as DVD-rental service and now... it’s an exemplary platform for streaming. But then again, nowadays, they’re focusing more on TV shows (like their Netflix originals) rather than movies.

Quantity of Titles - In 2010, Netflix had 530 TV shows compared to its 6,755 movies at the time. Now, in 2018, the amount of TV shows has nearly tripled to 1,569, and the number of movies offered has decreased to 4,010. This year, Netflix is planning to add an additional 700 Netflix originals.

Max Streaming Quality - Netflix offers up to 4K HDR video streaming, (obviously, you will need a compatible device to access it). But the best part is, users get to choose the quality they would like to stream in from the settings menu. A handy tool when you want to preserve data or boost quality manually. Most apps don't let you have any control over the quality.

Offline Downloads -  Our favorite feature of Netflix is, no doubt, the offline download option. You can download movies and TV shows to watch them later when you have no internet. Though, unfortunately, not every show can be downloaded like Shameless or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Ads: There are no ads on Netflix whatsoever.

Price - Netflix recently bumped its subscription cost by $1 making it $10.99 for its most popular plan — to watch two screens simultaneously and by $2 to $13.99 for its premium plan which lets you run Netflix on four screens and get 4K video. The $7.99 monthly price of the basic one-screen, standard definition-video plan remains the same.

HULU

Like Netflix, Hulu started as a syndication engine for its owners, like NBC Universal. However, Hulu's biggest change was on the May of 2017 when it made the jump into live TV.

Unlike Netflix, which is pretty much available in most parts of the world, HULU is only available in America (though you can use Smart DNS Proxy to unblock it).

Quantity of Titles -  the one advantage Hulu does have over Netflix is its on-demand library spanning 1,700 titles, although, this could be misleading since, 1,569 shows on Netflix are mostly Netflix originals, while Hulu has a huge library of "current" shows and next-day streaming. Hulu is the only service on this list that will let you stay almost as current with TV as you can with a traditional cable subscription,

Max Streaming Quality - Unlike Netflix, Hulu only supports 1080p video streaming (no 4K). But thankfully, you can change the playback quality while streaming the video, you wouldn’t need to stop the show you're watching.

Offline Download - Hulu sadly does not support offline download, which could be a deal breaker for people who are often hitting the roads.

Ads: One huge turnoff is ads; the base pack on Hulu is ad-supported and there’s way more than you can count.

Price: When it comes to pricing, Hulu isn’t all that great to be honest, for $8.99/month, you get access to Hulu's entire library of series, with ads. To avoid this, you’d have to switch to the $11.99/month plan.

But if you are a student, you are in luck - Hulu indeed has a student plan — for $5 a month, you not only get Hulu, but Spotify as well. Where were these guys when I was in university?

Amazon Video

Amazon has recently entered the arena of online streaming, and frankly my dear, they are killing it.

Quantity of Titles - When it comes to titles, it’s hard to tell as the services don’t exactly reveal the precise number. That said, according to a 2-year-old study, Amazon Prime Video now has 4 times as many movies as Netflix.

Max Streaming Quality - Much like Netflix, Amazon videos offer up to 4K HDR video streaming, and users get to choose the quality they’d like to stream in from the settings menu.

Offline Download - Much like Netflix, you can download pretty much any show on Amazon Video.

Ads: Amazon videos also have ads, but unlike Hulu, the ads on Amazon Videos are Amazon-branded. So, it isn’t completely irrelevant, but nonetheless, they can be annoying from time to time.

Price: Amazon Prime Video alone costs $8.99/month. But for a slight discount of 10.99/month, or $99/year you get all the perks of Amazon Prime including your streaming service.

HBO

While HBO is no competition to the streaming juggernauts like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, what it lacks is quantity, it makes up for it with quality with shows like - The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Westworld.

Quantity of Titles - While we are not sure of the exact number of titles present in HBO, it should be well below Netflix and Hulu. Most of the content is HBO originals that could be as less as 118 but it’s quality over quantity.

Offline Download - Unfortunately, there is not offline download option available on HBO app. Which is kind of a bummer.

Max Streaming Quality - Another let down is that there’s no support for 4K, the maximum HBO would support is 1080p and on top of that, the users don’t get to have any control over the playback quality. If you have high speed internet connection, you’ll automatically get highest quality, if you want to save your bandwidth, well there is no option for that.

Ads - like Amazon Prime Video, HBO often plays ads before content that are related to HBO. Thankfully though, you can use the fast forward button to skip the ads.

Price: Compared to other services, HBO is quite expensive at $15/month (twice as expensive as Netflix and Hulu), But if you are a student you can get it for $5 a month. You lucky little dune buggies.

If you only watch a few movies or shows each month, it probably makes the most sense to opt for a pay-per-view service, such as Amazon Prime Video. Netflix has a good selection of movies at a fair price if it fits your needs. God knows what those needs are.

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