When we think about video streaming services, the first service that usually comes to our mind is Netflix. However, it is not the only option. There are other streaming services that offer premium video content. One of such services is Hulu. It uses the internet connection and it allows its users to watch movies and TV shows on their devices. While it may not be popular as Netflix or Amazon Prime, this video streaming service still has a lot to offer. Here, we are going to list advantages and disadvantages of Hulu. So, if you are planning to try it out, keep on reading.
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Advantages and disadvantages of Hulu
Same as Netflix, Hulu offers a free-trial period, so you can try it out. If you like how it works, you can continue paying for the service. If not, you can cancel the membership anytime. Still, it is good to know the pros and cons of it.
Advantages of Hulu
Let’s see the good sides of Hulu first.
As I’ve mentioned before, Hulu may not be as popular as Netflix or Amazon Prime, but it doesn’t mean you will notice the lack of features. You can stream your favorite TV shows and movies on any device, including smartphones, tablets, Apple TV and Xbox. Finding what to watch next is pretty simple. Moreover, Hulu comes with watch history, so you can easily keep the track of movies and videos you like to watch.
Watch recent episodes of your favorite TV shows
If you are a TV show addict, you will definitely love Hulu. It updates its library of TV shows frequently, and you don’t have to wait too long to watch recent episodes. The episodes of current TV shows are usually available on Hulu a day after they air. This is pretty fantastic!
Hulu Live TV
Hulu aims to get better, so they are constantly improving their service. The company introduced Hulu with Live TV beta service. You can watch 50+ live and on-demand channels. While Hulu offers a one-month free trial for their regular service, the free trial for Hulu with Live TV lasts for 7 days only. We will discuss the plans more in the section below.
Same as other video streaming services, Hulu offers different plans. So, you can choose the one suitable for your needs and budget. There is regular Hulu plan that comes with a price of $7.99 per month. It is quite affordable, but this package comes with commercials. If you select a plan that costs $11.99 per month, you will enjoy the content commercial-free. If you have never used Hulu before, you will get a one-month free trial.
As I’ve mentioned in the section above, Hulu introduced Hulu with Live TV beta service. This service comes with a bit higher price. It’s $39.99 per month. For this plan, the free trial lasts for 7 days only.
Hulu has its own original content and it is pretty good. So, if you try it out, you may find some good TV shows and movies distributed by Hulu. You can find not only TV shows but movies and documentaries as well.
Disadvantages of Hulu
Let’s now move to the things that can be done a lot better.
You can’t watch movies and TV shows offline
As you probably already know, Netflix added the option to download movies and TV shows and watch them offline. At the moment, Hulu does not offer this option. But, they may add it soon. Netflix avoided it for so long, and at the end, the company decided it is the best to finally add it. So, we can expect the same from Hulu.
Not so great selection of movies
This is also one of the disadvantages of Hulu. The movie selection is not that great. However, the company keeps adding new movies and slowly improving their movie selection. So, we can list it as a con, but on the other hand, we should praise the fact they are improving the offer of movies.
No ads only if you pay more
We have discussed different plans Hulu offers. The plan, let’s say the basic one, that costs $7.99 per month comes with a big flaw. When you watch TV shows and movies, you’ll be interrupted with the commercials. That is something many users don’t like. No one enjoys minutes of commercials in the middle of their favorite program.
If you choose another plan, that costs $11.99 per month, you will be able to watch your favorite video content without ads. But as you can see, to do so, you have to pay a few extra dollars. In terms of ads, Netflix is much better. No matter which plan you choose, you get to watch the content you want without ads.
Hulu is available in the US and Japan only
Another disadvantage of Hulu is the fact the service is available in the United States and Japan only. It is also available in the US military bases. For now, you can’t use this service on other locations. We hope this will change soon.
We have listed the advantages and disadvantages of Hulu. Tell us what your favorite video streaming service is. Have you tried Hulu yet? If you did, share your experience with us in the comment section below.