Netflix and Hulu Are The Two Biggest Streaming Services In The U.S., But Have A Shockingly Drastic Difference in Popularity
Hulu and Netflix are both streaming services that provide content such as movies and shows and have become extremely popular in recent years. Netflix has over 50 million subscribers in the U.S. and although movies used to be their main attraction, original TV series have taken over. Hulu became popular for showing programs from other major networks such as NBC, ABC, and Fox and has 25 million subscribers.
According to a source, Hulu seems to be the second most popular streaming service in the U.S., behind Netflix. It used to have a free tier until 2016; ever since then, they’ve had a monthly base price of $7.99, but the price has dropped down to $5.99 this February. This is a pretty good price, but its major downside is that it’s not ad-free. The price is a little higher if you want don’t want to deal with commercials during a show, at a monthly price of $11.99.
As of 2019, Netflix’s standard definition is $8.99 per month (one stream at a time) and high definition is $12.99 (two screens simultaneously). If you want to do four screens at a time with Ultra HD, it’s $15.99 a month. One of the biggest advantages of Netflix though is that it has no commercials during or between content.
Regarding content, Netflix has decreased its movie content and has been providing more original TV-series, as well as reruns, which have become very popular for them. Hulu also has its own original content, but has mostly shows that air on other television networks among the ones that were mentioned previously. They both seem to be pretty similar in many of their features, but although Hulu seems to have the better prices, Netflix seems to be more popular with the content it provides, which more people are willing to pay for. It can also be seen in results in this chart from the past twelve months, with Netflix having way higher levels of interests than Hulu.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” Was Very Popular Not Too Long Ago, But Seems To Have Gone Downhill, In Comparison to “Stranger Things”
In 2017, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was the first streaming show to be awarded an Emmy for the category of Outstanding Drama, but it is also believed that it was probably the least watched winner. It is believed that Netflix’s shows had a higher number of viewers than The Handmaid’s Tale, especially since Netflix had way more subscribers than Hulu during that time; Netflix had over 50 million subscribers, while Hulu had around 12 million subscribers.
Even though Netflix was one of the top overall performers during that year’s Emmy’s, the streaming service surprisingly fell short of winning this prestigious award. It had three nominees in the category, including “House of Cards,” “The Crown” and “Stranger Things.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” had better ratings than Netflix’s, scoring 92 out of 100 for its average of reviews from 40 TV critics. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” had average ratings of 76, falling short of “The Handmaid’s Tale” average. Findings from the past twelve months though, have shown the opposite of this. When comparing the percentage of interest for both shows, “Stranger Things” has a significantly higher percentage than “The Handmaid’s Tale,” with its highest difference being 100 to >1, as shown in the chart above.