Jeremy approached me with an idea in January of this year. Usually his ideas involve saving money in one way or another and this one was no different. (Our cable bill was nearly $80 a month!) He said, “what do you think about getting rid of cable?” My first though was it is going to be horrible and boring! Somehow he talked me into it and we got rid of it a few days before our son was born. We decided to try Hulu Plus instead and just a few weeks ago we subscribed for the one month free trial of Netfilx. It has been been an adjustment not being able to flick on the T.V. and watch something live like the news or more importantly to me, the FoodNetwork! However, both Hulu Plus and Netflix have great benefits and some down falls as well.
- You only have to wait one day to watch the latest episode of your favorite show. For example, Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8pm and I can watch it Friday morning.
- Hulu keeps just about an entire seasons worth of episodes on it’s server so, if you are like us and don’t have cable, you can catch up with a new program before watching the latest episode.
- I like having the ability to watch a new, or old episode whenever I want. It’s sort of like a DVR in the fact that I don’t have to sit down at a specific time to watch a show.
- It gives a one month free trial, unlike Hulu Plus which is only a week.
- Netflix has great organizational skills! It categorizes the movies and television shows it offers into groups like comedy, horror, drama and it makes it easy to find shows or movies based on your interests.
- You can start at season 1 with many current television shows. For example, my favorite show One Tree Hill just had its series finale and I have been reminiscing by watching the previous seasons.
- You can only watch episodes from the current season. Sometimes Hulu Plus does not even have the whole current season available to watch.
- Some shows are only available online and cannot be watched from your iPhone or XBox.
- ‘New’ releases aren’t so new. Movies become available on Netflix about 90 days after the DVD is released.
- It doesn’t have the Harry Potter series. I mean what if you are in the mood for a Harry Potter marathon?
Overall, both programs are great. They both are affordable and together are cheaper than a monthly cable bill. The combination of the two gives you access to previous seasons of T.V. shows as well as current episodes. Why not give them a try?