We’re living in the age of instant gratification. We like our messages instant, our mail electronic and our video available to us via immediate internet streaming from the comfort of our own homes. We like it so much, in fact, that we have multiple providers to choose from now. It’s a nice problem to have, figuring out which of several versions of instant television we’d like beamed directly to us, but it’s still a decision to be made. Which service should you be using? The answer to that largely depends on what it is you’re looking for in a service provider. Below is a quick breakdown of some of the perks to each service so you can decide which one, or more than one, to buy a subscription for.
Netflix is the most well known and easy to use out of all your options. Odds are good that if you own a bluray player or a gaming system it came with a Netflix app by default. There may even be a Netflix button on your remote control, allowing you to pull it up with a single click. And being around the longest has definitely given them some perks. For one, they have the most extensive library of anyone else on the market. It has about triple the content of its next closest competitor in volume, Amazon, even though it’s started losing some of the contract rights to shows and movies. Netflix also happens to be on the front line when it comes to high resolution streaming, offering Super HD streams at 1080p while its competitors come in at a maximum of 720p. It’s also the best option if you’re looking for subtitles to go along with your viewing. In 2014 Netflix signed a deal that put subtitles on all of their tracks, old and new alike.
Netflix may have more to offer when it comes to sheer volume of content, but nothing beats the speed of television releases like Hulu. If you’re looking for something that will replace your television set and play your favorite shows on your schedule, Hulu’s the service to check out. The most recent episodes are available almost immediately and you can watch them without having to tune into a channel at a certain time of day. It’s also one of the most mobile friendly versions, allowing you to watch from numerous apps on Android, Apple or Kindle devices. The only major drawback to Hulu is that despite paying for the service, you still have to deal with commercials. Not only that, but if you’ve dedicated your weekend to binge watching your favorite show you may get stuck in a loop of the same commercials over and over again, which can get annoying around episode twenty or so.
Others – Amazon
Amazon Instant Video is easily the best bang for your buck. At a fee rate of $80 a year, or $40 a year if you’re a student, you get access to a robust streaming library and access to their coveted prime shipping program, allowing you to order anything from their site and have it delivered to you within two days. This may be especially helpful if you’re looking to pick up Amazon’s Fire TV, a relatively new application that allows you to not only stream Amazon videos, but videos from multiple other providers as well such as Hulu, Crackle, Showtime and even Netflix and Hulu. Best of all? Almost every video service is voice activated. No more hunting around for your remote control!