I have been a subscriber to both Netflix and Hulu+ for some time now. Each service is very well done and offers something for everyone for around the same price of about $10.00 every month.
Watch the video above where I show you each application and to the best of my ability break each one down to review and compare the services and the Apps specifically for Apple’s iPad.
The services also work on many other devices such as; computers, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch running iOS4, Wii (Netflix only) Playstation 3, Xbox 360 (Netflix only for now) and many other systems which you can find on the services websites.
Hulu Plus For iPad
Hulu Plus is a relatively new paid service by the somewhat younger website Hulu which offers digital streaming of hundreds of TV shows and movies. Hulu Plus is an addition to Hulu’s free site, a service for $10.00 per month. The service is flooded with mainly older shows and movies, and when I say older I mean shows like Adam-12, Emergency and the X-Files. However there are newer shows available as well such as; The Office, House and Family Guy.
With Hulu Plus you are given access to full TV series such as all 9 seasons of The X-Files and The Office as well as many more movie options. The shows and movies still run ads however which I don’t think is right sense you are paying for the service anyway, more on this later. The quality of videos is fairly acceptable on most videos, ofcourse quality and load times vary based on video, internet connection and other factors. The app itself is very well designed and simple to operate, anyone can pick up and use this app to use their Hulu Plus service anywhere there is internet access. It has a Main Tab, TV tab, Movie tab and Queue tab as well as buttons to manage your account and search Hulu for TV shows, clips, trailers and movies. If I had to give the app a star rating I would give it a 4/5 stars one star off due to quality of videos. However if I had to give Hulu Plus itself a star rating I would give it 3 stars because it needs more content and newer content.
Netflix for iPad
I have had the Netflix service for quite a few years now. I use it mostly for streaming movies online however they do offer TV shows and DVDs/Blu Ray(at an additional fee of $1) through the mail 1 DVD at a time unlimited per month with unlimited streaming for $9.00 a month. Immediately this sounds like a way more enticing offer than what Hulu Plus recently brought to the table. Oh and did I mention that the streaming online is Ad-Free? It is. The quality of the videos streamed is usually better through Netflix as well (pending on internet connection and video) And it is about the same price. Netflix also offers about the same videos to stream online as Hulu does along with getting the DVD versions in the mail. So in my opinion the service choice is a no brainer, Netflix wins by a landslide. But what about the specific iPad App? Well this is where I have to give major props to Hulu because the Netflix app (Looks identical to their website) is ugly, slow and not very user friendly. It lags when I try to scroll through videos and it is meant for a click not a tap. This is lazy designing in my opinion. The Hulu Plus app flows and was built from the ground up for the iPad/iPhone user. The Netflix app is a port from their site. There needs to be something done with this app. I didn’t say this in my video review because I didn’t think about it. This is why reading the book is better than just seeing the movie, you get a lot more free tips and thoughts. The iPad app is useable though and once you are watching a video it is great, I have watched my TV shows and Movies on my iPad using the Netflix app. I give the service 5/5 Stars and the App 3/5 Stars.
Which service do you use? What device if any do you use to view your content?