Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Disney+

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Chloe Wheeler

Lena Dybro (20) watches the new Netflix show "Love is Blind" on her phone.

Chloe Wheeler, Photo Editor

There are many movie streaming services but there three that many people focus on the most. These include Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. But which one is better? It can be difficult to weigh the pros and cons of each when it comes to price, content, and quality. So let’s get to the bottom of this and find the best one for everyone.

Price

Netflix has three different plans including Basic, Standard, and Premium.
Basic: $8.99 a month

  • Single screen only
  • SD resolution (standard quality resolution)

Standard: $12.99 a month

  • Two screens
  • HD resolution (high definition resolution)

Premium: $15.99 a month

  • Four screens
  • HD, 4K Ultra HD resolution

Hulu has two plans without Live TV and two plans with Live TV

Basic: $5.99 a month

  • Ads
  • No Live TV
  • Two screens only
  • Access to premium add-ons

Premium: $11.99 a month

  • Ad-free
  • No Live TV
  • Two screens only
  • Access to premium add-ons

Basic with Live TV: $54.99 a month

  • Ads
  • Live TV
    • Food Network
    • Discovery
    • Disney Channel
    • ESPN
    • CBS
    • NBC
    • FOX
  • 2 screens
  • Access to premium add-ons

Premium with Live TV: $60.99 a month

  • Ads
  • Live TV
  • 2 screens
  • Access to premium add-ons

Premium add-ons for Hulu include:

  • HBO for $14.99 a month
  • Showtime for $10.99 a month
  • Cinemax for $9.99 a month
  • STARZ for $8.99 a month

Disney+ has three different plans including Basic, Bundle with Hulu and ESPN, and a Bundle with Hulu and ESPN without ads.
Basic: $6.99 a month or yearly: $69.99 a year

  •    Ad-free

Bundle package with Hulu and ESPN (Ads): $12.99 a month
Bundle package with Hulu and ESPN (Ad-free): $18.99 a month

Original Content
Netflix shows and movies usually come out monthly. Seasons for shows produced on other networks and platforms can take up to a year or more.

Hulu shows and movies usually come out monthly. Seasons for shows can take up to a month or more. Most shows that are on Hulu start at a season that isn’t the first. Hulu deletes previous seasons to make room and stay up-to-date.

Disney+ movies can take up to a couple of months or more. After a Disney movie comes out in theaters, it’s released to digital after 90 days. It spends about 2-3 weeks being digital before it comes out on Blu-ray and 4K. Once the movie has been out on Blu-ray for 4 months it is then released to the streaming services, like Disney+. However, some films like the live-action Beauty and the Beast have existing licensing deals, so there will be a delay in uploading those.

Devices
There are many devices that are compatible for Netflix including:

  • Streaming media players
  • Smart TVs
  • Game consoles
  • Set-up boxes
  • Blu-ray players
  • Smartphones and tablets
  • PC and laptops
  • Web browsers

Most of these devices are also compatible with Hulu. But Disney+ does not work on Blu-ray players like Netflix and Hulu.

Library Content

Netflix has many shows and movies but here are the most popular ones:
Shows:

  • Altered Carbon
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Stranger Things
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Walking Dead

Movies:

  • The Angry Birds Movie 2
  • Life as We Know It
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
  • Cop Out

Most popular shows and movies for Hulu:
Shows:

  • Nathan for You
  • Letterkenny
  • Catch-22
  • Ramy
  • The Venture Bros.

Movies:

  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Honeyland
  • I, Tonya
  • 28 Days Later
  • Booksmart

Results

Price: Hulu (Basic $5.99)
Netflix (Basic $8.99)
Disney+ (Basic $6.99)

 

Library Content: Netflix
Disney+ can take more than a month to upload new shows or movies.
Hulu takes about a month to upload new shows and movies but never keeps old seasons on shows.

 

Devices: Netflix and Hulu
Disney+ does not work on Blu-ray players like Netflix and Hulu.