Watching ads while viewing Hulu TV shows and movies isn’t great, but the entire experience is available to any user free of charge. Or at least, it was available. Hulu plans to focus on its subscription versions, and the free version is being passed on to a different company. Meet Yahoo’s new Yahoo View. More →
Anchored by an ever-increasing library of original content, Netflix over the last two years successfully managed to increase its subscriber base by an impressive 50%. But when it comes to all things Wall St., the What have you done for me lately? dynamic still reigns supreme. So when the streaming giant released its earnings earlier this week and disclosed that its subscriber growth over the last quarter was lower than it had ever been before in company history, investors were quick to panic. Since Monday, shares of Netflix have fallen by nearly 15%.
Part of the problem, according to Netflix, was higher than anticipated subscriber churn fueled by “press coverage in early April of our plan to un-grandfather longer tenured members.” In other words, some subscribers aren’t too keen on any type of price increase. All told, it hasn’t been the best of weeks for the company that has graced us with hits like House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
But not to worry Netflix fans, not all hope is lost.
Hulu is giving cable companies yet another reason to worry. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Hulu is currently developing a new subscription service that would allow customers to stream live feeds of broadcast and cable channels, similar to what Sling TV and PlayStation Vue offer.
Fans of streaming video services are going to have a very difficult decision to make in the coming months. Although Hulu began life as the number one destination for next-day TV show streaming, its film library is quickly catching up with that of Netflix. In fact, at this rate, there might be more movies on Hulu than there are on Netflix by the end of 2016 (if not earlier).
Remember back in the late 1990s when recording companies kept insisting that everyone had to buy an entire album just to get the one or two songs they actually wanted? That didn’t work out so well for them after Napster and other music sharing services made it impossible for them to force consumers to buy CDs. The TV industry is facing a similar situation right now and, like the music industry before it, it’s crawling into a shell and hoping technological progress just goes away. More →
If there’s one reason to subscribe to Hulu over Netflix, it’s the ability to watch the latest episode of a TV show just hours after it airs. Streaming current seasons of shows has been one of Hulu’s biggest draws from the outset, but as talks are heating up between Hulu and Time Warner, the future of current-season streaming could be on the line. More →
Those of you who have read 11.22.63, one of Stephen King’s latest best-sellers, already know what Hulu’s next short series will be about. Everybody else should only know the story is about a professor who discovers a portal in time and embarks on a journey to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Hulu scored the rights for the book, turning it into an eight-part miniseries. The series will debut on President’s Day 2016 – that’s Monday, February 15th, and right after The Walking Dead resumes. More →
If you’ve just cut the cord and are going exclusively with online video streaming services, you’re probably curious about the best shows to watch that are exclusively on the major streaming platforms. Lucky for you, we’ve gone through the Metacritic ratings to pick out the best overall shows that you can watch only on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Let’s check them out below. More →
Traditional network television is getting more and more irrelevant by the day. And it’s not just that premium cable stations like HBO and Showtime are sucking up all the acclaim anymore — now upstart online streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and even Hulu are stealing network TV’s thunder as well. Nowhere has this been more evident than this year’s TV nominations for the Golden Globes. More →
Cable companies have yet to figure out how to stop losing customers every quarter. More and more people are cutting the cord, especially young tech-savvy individuals who know how to ditch that $100 monthly cable bill without actually using access to any of their favorite TV shows.
If you love watching TV but are afraid of missing your favorite shows after discontinuing your cable subscription, you should know that there are ways to replace your cable with a smart combination of streaming services that will save you hundreds of dollars each year. More →
Amazon will soon give customers one more reason to join its special membership program: access to even better TV content than what’s already available to Prime subscribers. The company is apparently working on adding various other online on-demand networks to Prime in a move that’s likely meant to help it better position itself against rivals including Netflix and Hulu but also Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and others. More →
I have been a Hulu subscriber for years but it’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve started enthusiastically recommending it to my friends. The reason for this is because Hulu is getting a lot more quality content, including original shows such as Casual and Difficult People, as well as acclaimed premium series such as FX’s Fargo. Add in the fact that Hulu just swiped a bunch of hit movies from Netflix and you have a service that’s very compelling in its own right and isn’t just an also-ran to Netflix anymore.
So with Hulu getting so much better, that must mean it’s time for the corporate bigwigs at Fox and Time Warner to ruin it. More →