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Hulu’s on demand content is quite different from what you can find on Netflix. It makes sense for the two services to offer complementary content. Hulu tends to focus on current episodes of major network television shows. If you want to watch the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Hulu will have it the day after it airs. Netflix tends to get TV shows a year after they air. You simply can’t keep up with the Kardashians that way!
I’m not a fan of reality TV, however, I do love a good British comedy. Hulu has an amazing collection of British TV shows, including Peep Show, The Inbetweeners and Fresh Meat. Netflix just got rid of Peep Show and they seem to have given up on most British shows. If you’re a fan of TV from across the pond, Hulu has you covered.
Like most content providers, Hulu is in the business of creating their own content. What I have watched so far is very good. The Handmaid’s Tale is an excellent, award-winning drama. It’s one of the few shows that piqued my interest from the very first scene. To date, Hulu has 35 original series. They aren’t as prolific as Netflix or HBO and not everything is as good as The Handmaid’s Tale. I can’t see subscribing to Hulu just for the originals, but they are a perk.
Fans of stand up comedy are destined to be disappointed with Hulu. With the exception of a Hulu original Sarah Silverman comedy special, they don’t have much to offer. I searched for stand up comedy and found nothing. Browsing yielded similar results.
Hulu’s once impressive movie collection is now a just a mere bundle of flicks. They no longer offer the Criterion Collection, a collection of classic art movies. Hulu is focusing more on TV and less on movies. This makes sense. If they try to be a Netflix copy, they will fail.
Hulu with Live TV: DVR
DVRs are provided by most of the cable-over-the-Internet services. Hulu is no exception. By default, Hulu with Live TV subscribers get 50 hours of DVR storage space. Subscribers can increase this to 200 hours by purchasing an add-on.
The DVR is extremely simple to use. Just drill down into a program and add it to My Stuff. You can also add individual episodes of a series to the DVR by clicking and holding down the Touch surface on your Siri Remote.
I had mixed results with the DVR. One show was recorded in below-SD quality. It was unwatchable. Other shows turned out fine. It’s just that I really wanted to watch this episode and their DVR service failed spectacularly. I wouldn’t rely on it. The service is in beta, but you’re paying for it. They’re even charging extra for more storage. next page →