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).
According to Mashable, Hulu had 3,800 films available to stream as of late last month, following significant year-over-year growth. Netflix, on the other hand, has reportedly had its film library decreased by 33% to just 4,300 titles over the past two years. And both of these trends will likely continue in 2016.
Looking back at April’s additions and expiring titles, Netflix brought on just nine new movies while it lost nearly 100. Hulu has been doing the exact opposite, regularly adding 50-100 movies every month for quite some time.
But Netflix really isn’t all that concerned with the size of its library.
“To put it simply, an exact number reflecting the breadth of the catalog does not exist,” a Netflix spokesman told Mashable. “The licensing and renewal process occurs on an on-going basis, meaning titles are constantly being added and rotated off the service. Our focus is to continuously deliver great experiences for our members and we look to continue doing so by providing great movies and TV series that can only be found on Netflix.”
Although few would argue that Hulu’s original programming can stand toe-to-toe with Netflix’s impressive lineup, the tide is beginning to turn in Hulu’s favor when it comes to sheer value of subscription, especially if an expansive movie library is one of your primary concerns when paying for a streaming service.