Cable TV is on its deathbed. The rise of viewers relying on mobile devices is partly to blame, as is the explosion of social media content. However, the meteoric rise of streaming services is arguably the most significant nail in its coffin. While Netflix was the first major name in streaming, today, the company is facing plenty of fierce competition. If you’re a huge TV fan, you might be finding it harder and harder to choose between the myriad subscription services available. Objectively speaking, there are plenty of reasons why Hulu is the number one pick for TV lovers.
Firstly, Hulu is currently owned by Comcast and Disney, with the latter acquiring their 67% stake through their recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox. This means it’s the premier choice for those looking for a suitable cable TV replacement. Netflix has decided to focus its efforts on original programming with mixed results. However, Hulu has a rich history of TV programming, meaning it’s the greatest place to find the shows you know and love. With classics like The Simpsons, Seinfeld, ER, and Twin Peaks, you can binge some of the best series in TV history. It also means you can watch everything you missed back in the day without having to source hundreds of dollars worth of DVD box sets on eBay.
That’s not to say Hulu isn’t leading the way with groundbreaking content of its own. The Handmaid’s Tale is a notable example, having won dozens of Emmy awards, and becoming the first show from a streaming service to win the Outstanding Drama accolade. Shows like The Act, Ramy, Harlots, and the recent adaptation of Catch-22 are receiving rave reviews from critics and viewers alike, with plenty of award nominations on the horizon. It’s evident that Hulu is pursuing quality over quantity when compared to other streaming services in the growing industry.
The other feature that pushes Hulu above the competition is its unique Live TV offering. Even if you ditch traditional cable TV for Hulu, you can still gain access to nearly all of your favorite channels. This means sports fans can get their fix of ESPN or NBCSN, and you can still catch up on your daily news from ABC, CNN, Fox, or MSNBC. You’ll be able to watch SyFy, The History Channel, National Geographic, and FX, and your kids can still enjoy Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. Best of all, you can stream these channels anytime, anywhere, from any device.
The question on most people’s minds is - how does it compare in terms of price? It’s difficult to make direct comparisons between every available service because they all offer wildly different features. Amazon Prime, for example, has a weaker content offering but includes their next-day delivery service for Amazon goods. Netflix has a reasonable standard offering, but you need to pay more to watch on multiple devices or in full HD. Hulu offers four packages - and their Basic level (with ads) comes in at $5.99 per month, making it one of the cheapest around. The Live TV option totals just $44.99 per month, making it by far the best pick for “cord-cutters” - those looking to break away from cable. You also have the choice of purchasing premium add-on channels like HBO.
What does the future look like for Hulu? Well, as part of the recent acquisition of Hulu by Disney, Comcast has agreed to sell their share of the company to the House of Mouse. This is fantastic news. With the entertainment powerhouse behind the wheel, Hulu subscribers will likely be able to save money on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which promises to deliver incredible shows from the likes of Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar. It also means Disney has a channel for their adult-oriented programming, allowing them to deliver groundbreaking content for years to come.