What the Tech? Netflix vs. Amazon vs. Hulu
Netflix customers got an unwelcome surprise in their bill this month. Actually, Netflix announced earlier this year that, beginning in May, prices would rise $1-$2 based on which package you subscribe to.
Netflix is just one of several streaming services offering movies and TV shows plus some extras.
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Some people pay for Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but by the time you add it all up, you might actually save money by keeping cable or satellite.
Are these three services all that different? Which one has the best movies?
I set out to rank the services in terms of quality and quantity of movies. None of the services are very forthcoming with the total number of movies they offer, but from what I could compile, Netflix and Amazon both have somewhere around 4,000 movies.
The majority of titles though are not very good. To get a better idea of all three streaming services' libraries, I looked at movies from the past decade that have gotten at least an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, this means most people think the movies are very good.
Netflix has 960 titles that fit the criteria, including movies from the Marvel Universe catalog such as "Black Panther", "Thor Ragnarok" and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2." Netflix also offers "Star Wars, the last Jedi" and "Incredibles 2." Those are all highly rated.
Amazon Prime, on the other hand, has 929 films in the category including "A Quiet Place", "Death Wish", "I Can Only Imagine" and "Tyler Perry's Acrimony."
Hulu has fewer films with those filters turned on, 600 titles including "A Quiet Place", "If Beale Street Could Talk", "Fences", and "I Tonya."
In terms of movies for the whole family, Amazon lists 23 family, Netflix has 29 and Hulu offers 12.
Keep in mind all three services change up their offerings each month and that big changes are headed to Netflix in the near future.
Disney is launching its own streaming service this fall, and over the next several months, it will be removing all of the Marvel Universe and Star Wars movies from Netflix.
Apple is also jumping into the streaming game with the launch of "Apple TV+" later this year.