Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu are some of the most-popular streaming services in the U.S. Customers have individual preferences and budget constraints and here is a price and content comparison of the three streaming services.
The standard Netflix plan starts at $7.99 per month; however, rumors suggest that users may have to pay $9.99 soon. But the company has not confirmed any price hike for its streaming service.
Hulu is also available for $7.99 each month with limited commercial. However, customers who do not want to receive any advertisements will have to pay $11.99 per month.
Amazon Prime customers have to pay $99 per month and get a number of services as part of the package including free two-day shipping, access to unlimited movies and TV shows, unlimited music streaming, access to over a million e-books and more.
Amazon has now started the Amazon Prime Video service, which allows customers to pay $8.99 per month and get unlimited access to movies and TV shows only. However, customers who want to avail full benefits of Amazon Prime and do not wish to prepay the yearly fee of $99 can opt for the Prime service, which is also available for $10.99 per month.
The yearly cost of standard Netflix and Hulu plans comes at $95.88. However, the total yearly cost for Amazon Prime Video will be slightly higher at $107.88. The Prime monthly subscription fee will equate to $131.88.
The latest price plan from Amazon may give stiff competition to rivals in the likes of Hulu and Netflix. However, some users may still prefer other streaming services due to the exclusive content offered by them.
Hulu customers can watch Casual, The Mindy Project and Seinfeld, which are exclusive to the streaming service.
Some of the exclusive shows available on Netflix are House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Amazon Prime's exclusive shows are Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and The Man in the High Castle.
Selection Of Content
Customers will want to know the best possible selection of content being offered by streaming service before committing to a monthly plan.
Netflix users get an extensive selection of content as the company has licensing deals with DreamWorks, Sony, BBC, Starz, NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS.
Hulu has licensing deals for content from MTV, Fox, Disney, NBC and a number of cable channels. However, Hulu updates its library quite frequently when compared to its competitors, which users can watch latest episodes of TV shows faster than other streaming services.
Amazon Prime has a lot to offer but the service is relatively new in comparison to its rivals. However, the service offers many movies released within the past year.
Industry experts estimate that Netflix has a selection of about 25,000 titles, Hulu has selection of around 10,000 and Amazon Prime currently has about 5,000 titles.
The question arises: which is the best streaming service for you?