Hulu is the cure for your Netflix nostalgia

    One of at the moment’s trendier complaints about streaming video—and by extension, cord-cutting—is what I’ve taken to calling the “Netflix nostalgia argument.”

    It goes something like this: Back within the day, all you wanted to chop cable TV was a subscription to Netflix, and you could possibly watch a just about limitless variety of reveals from all of your favourite channels. Now, all these reveals are leaving Netflix as networks launch their very own steaming companies. Cord-cutting is doomed!

    To that, I provide a easy counterpoint: Just give up Netflix for Hulu. While the previous is pumping out document quantities of authentic programming, the latter is turning into a haven for lots of the community TV reveals that folks declare to be lacking. And whereas Netflix is raising prices, Hulu simply turned cheaper than ever. If you weep for what Netflix was once, maybe Hulu will fill that gap in your coronary heart.

    The case for Hulu

    For this column, I appeared for examples of individuals publicly fretting about some beloved TV present leaving Netflix. I then used the streaming video search engine Reelgood to seek out out the place these reveals wound up. More usually than not, Hulu was the ultimate vacation spot.

    Below is an inventory of each notable U.S. TV present I may discover that’s moved from Netflix to Hulu, together with the TV networks that initially aired them:

    • ABC: LOST, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Last Man Standing, Brothers and Sisters, The Wonder Years
    • CBS: How I Met Your Mother, CSI Miami, Undercover Boss
    • Fox and FX: Family Guy (which nonetheless has some seasons on Netflix), Futurama, The X-Files, King of the Hill, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Sons of Anarchy, The League, Wilfred, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Prison Break, Malcolm within the Middle, Bones, Ally McBeal, Lie to Me
    • NBC and Sci-Fi: 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, Scrubs, Friday Night Lights, Law and Order: SVU (which nonetheless has some seasons on Netflix)
    • WB: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, One Tree Hill, Angel
    • USA: White Collar, Burn Notice
    • Discovery-owned channels (HGTV, Food Network): Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, House Hunters, Chopped, Flip or Flop
    • Also price noting: Epix motion pictures (Arrival, Iron Man 2, Up within the Air, and lots of extra) left Netflix for Hulu in 2015

    This is hardly a whole listing of all of the community TV reveals on Hulu. Because Hulu is collectively owned by Disney (which has a 60 p.c stake via itself and 21st Century Fox) and Comcast (which has a 30 p.c stake via NBCUniversal), it’s change into the pure dwelling for reveals from these corporations’ networks. As such, Hulu will get many reveals from ABC, NBC, and Fox the day after they air. It additionally carries some reveals that stay on Netflix at the moment, comparable to Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, Blue Bloods, the final two seasons of The Good Place, and the unique three seasons of Arrested Development.

    Hulu has sought out offers with extra networks in recent times. It labored with Discovery to get non-scripted reveals like Deadliest Catch and Mythbusters, and with Viacom to get reveals from Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon. It additionally turned the streaming dwelling for the entire collection of Seinfeld, Smallville, Community, and Fargo, none of which ever landed on Netflix.

    All of which is to say that when you’re nostalgic for Netflix’s broad swath of broadcast and cable TV reveals, Hulu is perhaps a greater match. It’s additionally cheaper, with a beginning value of $6 monthly after a current value reduce, versus $13 monthly for Netflix’s HD plans. You’ll nonetheless have to observe adverts with that plan, however Hulu did not too long ago cut its commercial break times in half. And when you’d slightly skip the adverts totally, Hulu’s commercial-free plan prices $12 monthly, which remains to be lower than Netflix. (You may also get Hulu’s ad-supported plan for free with a subscription to Spotify’s $10-per -month streaming music service—at the very least while the offer lasts.)

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