If the demise of the corporate giant Blockbuster has taught us anything, it’s that people’s preferences regarding their home entertainment is evolving. In a world of Netflix and Redbox, the in-store rental system of companies like Blockbuster has become obsolete. Moreover, although Redbox’s kiosk system remains popular, especially because of its video game rentals, more and more companies are focusing on video services that are delivered directly to the customer’s chosen in-home device.
These services (prominently Netflix, Vudu, and Hulu Plus) have revolutionized home entertainment, in that their customers no longer have to leave their home to access, browse, and choose among thousands of movies and television series to enjoy. In fact, many “smart” TVs (such as those from Samsung and LG) and Blu-Ray players (also from LG) have these applications preloaded into their systems. When you have one of these devices, using one or all of these services becomes easy. But which one(s) is right for you? Below are descriptions of the different services that will help you decide which best fits your entertainment needs.
Netflix is one of the most popular and well-known subscription services available for home entertainment. The company offers 2 separate monthly subscriptions: mail or online streaming. The online streaming service gives you access to thousands of movies and TV shows, but there is a delay in the availability of newly-released titles, especially television series.
Hulu Plus is similar to Netflix in that it offers a monthly subscription, but it focuses more on TV shows than on movies, and also has some original web series. An advantage to using Hulu Plus is that many times you can see episodes the day after they air, instead of having to wait. Unfortunately, episodes are interrupted every so often with commercials.