The Video Streaming Service: Comparing the Three Juggernauts of Video Streaming

Video streaming services have become a huge market for consumer entertainment, because
they have no commercials (assuming you sign up for Hulu Plus) and they have readily
accessible, wide variety content. These three streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon,
have cornered the market of video streaming services for now, but which one of the three is
best? Well, assuming you can only have one of the three let’s go into each of them.
We start with Netflix because it is the first one that comes to everyone’s mind when they think
of streaming services. I find that Netflix had consistently good and relatively recent movies and
TV shows available. For example, they have titles like Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi,
or Breaking Bad. I also find that that their Netflix originals are hit or miss, but they are fantastic
when they are a hit. Shows like, Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, or Black Mirror (my personal
favorite Netflix original). With all this great content, it does also mean it is the most expensive if
you choose the ultra plan. $7.99 for “Basic” which does not include HD and limits you to one
screen at a time, $9.99 for “Standard,” which gives you HD and lets you watch two screens at a
time, and $11.99 for “Premium” which gives you “ultra HD” and four screens at a time.
I do not have Hulu as a streaming service, but I did do a thirty day free trial and what I found
was that they have a great selection of recent and wonderful to watch TV shows. Titles ranging
from South Park, to things like Gotham, or the Handmaid’s Tale, which has nominated for
thirteen Emmy’s. If you ever want to binge on good TV shows, I find that Hulu is the best
streaming service. It costs $5.99/month for the first year, $7.99/month after that. (You can also
now do a live TV plan for $39.99/ month, which is basically just cable.)


While Prime does have some great originals, like The Man in the High Castle and Sneaky Pete
(another favorite of mine), it lacks in general quality content like Netflix and Hulu have. While
buying Prime does give you added benefits of HBO Go, if you have HBO, and free two day
shipping with any Amazon purchase, it is not as good as the other as just a streaming service. It
costs $8.99 a month, and that include the Amazon Prime membership for the two day shipping.

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