Streaming Wars: Netflix vs. Disney+ vs. Hulu. Which one is right for you?
It appears everyone has “cut the cord” in terms of ending their cable subscriptions and has moved onto the world of streaming. The days of Netflix binging may be over considering now there are so many other options to stream from. Media conglomerates have begun to launch their own streaming platforms that offer exclusive access to their content and producing new original shows and movies. The market is becoming increasingly saturated with all these services how do we begin to pick and choose which ones to spend our money on? Here is a breakdown of the major streaming services’ price offerings, what is unique, and their pros and cons.
Basic: $8.99/month (single screen, resolution limited to Standard Definition)
Standard: $12.99/month (two screens, resolution in HD)
Premium: $15.99/month (four screens, resolution offered in HD and 4k Ultra HD)
Netflix still remains a front runner of the streaming wars due to its loyal viewership and its original content that continuously draws a cult-following. Despite losing fan-favorite shows like “The Office” and “Friends” to rising streaming services Netflix still continues to hold onto its customers with their original content.
Easy to use
Quality and fresh original content
Newer content takes longer to reach the platform
Content contracts have a time clock (i.e. your favorite show can leave the platform)
Price steadily increases over the years
Is it right for you?
Netflix offers such a wide range of content that pleases all types of viewers from kids to adults, movies to TVs, documentaries to reality shows lovers. If you like to switch up your watching habits than Netflix is the service to stick with!
Basic Cost: $6.99/month OR $69.99/year
Disney+ Bundle: $12.99/month (includes Disney+, Hulu, EPSN Live)
Disney’s streaming platform offers childhood favorite classics along with fresh original content. Disney+ dressed to impress by opening up their Vault of classics, offering Marvel and Pixar movies, as well as throwbacks to Disney Channel shows. The platform’s original content is starting off strong with award-winning actors and actress starring, new spin-offs from “Star Wars” and “High School Musical”, and more. Anna Kendrick Christmas movie “Noelle” and Kristen Bell’s very own musical “Encore” are climbing the charts, but will it be enough to rival Netflix’s original content like “Stranger Things” and “You”?
Affordable (bundles offered)
Great for kids/Disney enthusiasts
Smaller content selection (as of now)
Limited original content (as of now)
Platform server and user issues
Is it right for you?
Disney+ is perfect for families with children and Disney enthusiasts if you aren't a Disney fan than save your money! Disney+ is still growing in terms of original content but is perfect for those of us who have missed watching the classics.
Basic: $5.99/month (with ads)
Basic + Live TV: $44.99/month (with ads, over 60 channels includunding Food Network, NBC, ESPN, Fox, CBS)
Premium: $11.99/month (ad free)
Premium + Live TV: $50.99 (ad free + pre-recording avaiable)
Hulu launched as a rival for Netflix as well as an alternative to cable TV. While Netflix was dominating the market there was still a gap of contracts that Netflix was unable to obtain which is where Hulu swooped in. Over the years Hulu has grown from a small competitor that offered ‘Netflix with ads’ to an established streaming service that has produced award-winning original content like “The Handmaid's Tales” and “The Act”.
Offers Live TV
Variety of TV shows
Variety of plans to fit any budget
No off-line downloading
Pay for no commercials (in the basic plan)
Lacking movie library compared to TV selection
Is it right for you?
Hulu is for the TV show lovers of the world, Hulu offers a wide variety of past and current TV shows that it is perfect for binging or for those of us how miss the days of cable. While their movie selection isn't a vast and current as other services their original content makes up for it!
“But wait, there’s more!” The participants of the streaming wars don’t stop with these, there is currently HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, Starz and Apple TV(launched November 1st, 2019). Not too far in the future NBC will launch ‘Peacock’, HBO will relaunch a service ‘HBO Max’. Each service will offer exclusive content from its own library as well as rebooting older TV shows/creating their own spin-offs. While new streaming services have teamed up with cell companies to offer bundles and discounted rates there are still so many services to choose from. It is truly a war to be the streaming platform of choice, but will there be room for everyone? Who do you think will be the first to die out?