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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 02:20 AM

I have Netflix. Do I need Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus as well?

Is it worth the extra $15/mo to add these two services to the $10/mo I currently pay for Netflix? Are there a lot of programs on either that Netflix doesn't provide? I'm probably going to get rid of DirecTV once my contract expires, and I'm looking for more content. I know Hulu Plus has a lot of current sitcom programming, but what does Amazon Prime provide that Netflix doesn't?

Thanks!

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Reply I have Netflix. Do I need Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus as well? (Original post)
NickB79 Jan 2013 OP
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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 03:35 AM

1. I subscribe to Netflix and to Hulu Plus, not to Amazon Prime

I don't watch much network TV, and everything I would watch is already either on Netflix or Hulu Plus. Some things that I might watch are on Amazon Instant Video, but not included in Amazon Prime; you have to pay per episode.

If you are a film buff, Hulu Plus has the entire Criterion Collection available to stream, as well as a lot of anime, Korean drama, Bollywood, Spanish-language programming, and even a Ghanaian soap opera, of all things, in addition to fairly current network programming.

In addition to Netflix and Hulu Plus, I subscribe to Acorn TV ($25 a year), which carries a rotating series of mostly British but also Canadian, Irish, and Australian programming, 18 series at a time. Some of it has already been shown on PBS (e.g. the Agatha Christie mysteries, Foyle's War, Cadfael, Prime Suspect, Doc Martin), but much of it hasn't (George Gently, Trial and Retribution, The Verdict, The Murdoch Mysteries, Single-Handed, Vera, Time Team, etc.)

I also stream the international mysteries from MHz Worldview (available on Roku or as an app). Currently, they are showing mysteries from Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, and Finland.

Really, who needs Amazon Prime with all that available? I've never found anything that was available ONLY there, although some things are available only on Amazon's pay-per-episode service.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:45 AM

2. wait, Amazon Prime went monthly instead of yearly?

we have both Netflix and HuluPlus - HuluPlus kinda sucks for more recent movies but is great for current TV series, carrying many shows' episodes as early as the next day. Netflix carries most TV series that have been released on DVD, and most movies not too long after DVD release.

We just use pay-per-view Amazon for any movies we can't wait to see on Netflix, and I haven't noticed any of these movies being free for AmazonPrime members yet (at the time we watched them, that is).

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:33 AM

3. Hulu Plus

I have Hulu Plus and Netflix and I'm glad I do because when Netflix went down I still had something to watch. I haven't tried Amazon Prime since I figure the stuff I would want to watch there would cost extra.

Hulu Plus does have commercials.

This article is a bit old but might help.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410093,00.asp

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:53 AM

4. Isn't Hulu owned by Rupert Murdoch?

He's not getting a penny from me

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:45 AM

5. I have only Netflix streaming

But I have close to 100 items in my queue so I've never felt the need for Hulu or Amazon Prime. If I did chose another, I would probably go with Amazon because the prime includes other perks.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 01:49 PM

6. Too many commercials and not enough worthwhile content on Hulu Plus, imo.

I dropped it and kept the Netflix.

But I miss catching the Daily Show and Colbert report on a daily basis.

I have never used Amazon Prime.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 02:20 PM

7. we dumped Netflix when we went with Amazon

it works well for us as we are in a very rural area and do a lot of Amazon shopping too. The free 2 day shipping is a real plus for us and we've recouped the annual fee several times over.

the prime videos are just gravy for us, but we get on kicks of watching shows and they usually are available on Amazon. some cost but most don't.

it's a good fit for us. YMMV

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:00 AM

8. Amazon Prime and Netflix have pretty much the same content.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:14 AM

9. I have all three

I use Amazon the least. I primarily bought it for the shipping advantage and the free book rental each month on my Kindle. Sometimes I will watch a movie on there that isn't on Netflix or Hulu. More often I use it to rent a movie I want to see.

I like having both Netflix and Hulu. If nothing else, having pretty much the full Criterion collection at my disposal through Hulu+ is worth every penny.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:55 PM

10. With Hulu plus you get access to the Criterion Collection

I cut the cable cord last month and subscribe to all three services.

And with OTA TV I'm set on the content front.

On edit - I don't watch Netflix that much these days so its nice to have the variety.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2013, 03:57 AM

11. hulu, Netflix in canada.

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Mon Nov 25, 2013, 02:53 PM

12. I have all three

I use all three of these services. They'll each offer different shows and movies, which works great for my family. There's four of us with different TV and film interests.

I also have it all connected to my Apple TV which also offers several other streaming channels for free.

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Response to Goobber1130 (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 25, 2013, 11:01 PM

13. welcome to DU

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Response to NickB79 (Original post)

Tue Nov 26, 2013, 10:48 AM

14. I have Netflix and Acorn TV.

That's enough for now.

Acorn TV is about $3-5 a month.
I pay $2.99 a month but it might
have gone up since I signed up.

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