The top 3 streaming services—Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu—are always looking for a way to one-up the others, and Hulu may have found a way to come out on top.
Hulu is currently negotiating with HBO for access to its on-demand content and live TV, and the clock is ticking: will they be able to get access before the July 16th release of Game of Thrones Season 7?
Currently, customers can access HBO:
- Through cable providers.
- By subscribing to HBO Now.
- Through Amazon Channels: Amazon users can access HBO for an additional $14.99 per month through Amazon Channels, or purchase individual episodes.
Hulu already offers Showtime for an additional $8.99. It is possible that they may either offer HBO at an additional cost as well, or raise their prices once HBO is in the bag—especially considering the legions of rabid fans who will descend on the service for GOT season 7, if nothing else—but if Hulu maintains their low subscription, they will be offering access to HBO’s premium content for the lowest price in town. And that price includes all the excellent content that Hulu already offers.
Hulu also now has content from HGTV including popular shows, like:
- Property Brothers and PB Buying and Selling
- House Hunters, HH International, and HH Renovation
- Love It or List It
- Flea Market Flip
- Design on a Dime
- Flip or Flop
The thing that may differentiate the three streaming services the most is their original content. Each service makes their own movies and shows, and some of them are really great. In this contest of companies, the viewer is the winner. But to get to see all the most popular shows and movies coming out, you need access to all three services. Otherwise, you have to decide who has the original content you are most interested in.
Here are some of the most popular original shows on each platform:
- Stranger Things
- Orange is the New Black
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Arrested Development
- House of Cards
- 13 Reasons Why
- The Crown
- Sneaky Pete
- The Man in the High Castle
- Red Oaks
- Ripper Street
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Path
- The Mindy Project
Don’t know which service is right for you, or what other shows and movies are available? That’s ok, it’s hard to keep up because the shows on each service change so often. Consider this guide.
So far, my favorite shows are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Stranger Things. What are yours? Tweet your show recommendations @willreadforfood or @easyinternetnow. (Please, no spoilers. Be cool.)