19 October 2016
Hulu: A Truly Dynamic Video Streaming Service
There are countless video streaming services out there and each one has its own unique features and drawbacks. Netflix has a large library of TV shows and movies available without commercials and for a set price each month. Vudu likewise has a wide array of movies and shows, but at a cost, much like a regular movie rental store but without the hassle of going out. Hulu, out of all of the above choices, has its own distinctive quirks.
The world of traditional television seems to find itself in a peculiar situation these days. Between social media and the aforementioned video streaming services, TV is slowly leaving the building. Who wants to pay expensive cable bills for channels no one will even use, or want to spend the time flipping through each and every day? This is where a service like Hulu can come in handy. Hulu is only $7.99 a month, whereas a cable bill can be in excess of $70.00 a month. As well, cable was limited to a TV set, often only one at a time. Hulu, however, can be accessed from anywhere at any time, so Hulu is convenient as well as affordable. One of the reasons my own family said farewell to mainstream cable was because of the rising charges and the fact that video streaming services were so much easier to access and enjoy.
Now, since there are so many other video streaming services out there, it can be difficult to choose just one. Or to even know which one is the best. The top choice for a lot of people is, of course, Netflix, but is it really all that great? Hulu is often times cheaper and offers many shows that Netflix does not. Hulu has about 12 million current users and 700 million hours of prime television has already been watched. As well, Hulu carries over 3,000 TV series in it’s clutches, barely known and popular alike.
Unlike regular television or other streaming companies, Hulu is very easy to set up and use. All it takes is a few moments on a computer or other such mobile device and then thousands of TV shows and movies are ready to watch at just the push of a button. Hulu also has a unique feature that sets it apart from others and that is its ability to show the episode of a series a day after it airs. This allows people to catch up on their favorite shows without waiting for the whole season to end and pop up on some other video streaming service.
When I was first introduced to Hulu, I was a bit skeptical. What do I need Hulu for when I’ve already got Netflix? Well, over time Hulu began to stand apart from its adversaries, and I began to find myself going back time and time again. It began to feel like home, like a place I could go to when I wanted to spend some quality time with my mom and watch some obscure 90s show that couldn’t be found anywhere else. It began to become a place where I could enjoy just as many new shows as old ones. Soon, something became evident. I was watching more and more of Hulu than anything else because it was something that I always knew I could rely for some much needed nostalgia and fresh entertainment. Take the step, Hulu is a wise and competent choice if your looking for quality TV without all the hassle.
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