How do you like your streaming video, with ads or without? Most subscribers are likely to say 'without' and Hulu seems to have finally heard that message. While Netflix charges between $8-$9 dollars a month for an ad free service, and Amazon offers its ad free service, with free shipping, for $99/year, or approximately $8.25 a month, Hulu will now ask customers for $12 a month for its new ad free service. Of course, if you want to save a few bucks a month, you can still get Hulu for $8 a month with ad interruptions.
So now streamers, which video subscription service is right for you? Of the big three above, each offers TV shows and movies and each have their own exclusive content deals; Amazon has Transparent, Hulu has Seinfeld, and Netflix has House of Cards. And now comes word that Apple might just want to break into this group with a content offering as well. What does a consumer do? Buy one service or all of them? And what about HBO, Showtime, and Starz?
And how do we search and find content that we want to watch online? The TV Guide Magazine can no longer help us and our cable guide is a dinosaur trying to hunt and peck for linear and on demand content. Where can I go so to find a movie starring the recently departed Dean Jones? Who has the streaming rights this month to Love Bug or That Darn Cat or Blackbeard's Ghost? And how do you want to watch them, with ads or without?