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Talk About It Tuesday: Netflix or Hulu Plus?

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So today I thought I’d bring up a huge current controversy: Hulu or Netflix? Everyone has an opinion on this, except probably if you’re my sweet granny. She doesn’t have internet. But for the 98% of us who subscribe to streaming content (cable is so 1980’s), there is a real divide. So I thought I’d highlight five main areas that they compete to decide the winner.

Content

  • Netflix: Over 100,000 movies and TV shows -WINNER
  • Hulu: Around 5,000 with access to Showtime for additional $7.99

Availability

  • Netflix: 41 Countries- WINNER
  • Hulu: US and Japan

Subscribers

  • Netflix: 62 Million (as of 4/15)- WINNER
  • Hulu: 6 Million (as of 2014)

Cost

  • Netflix: $8 a month for basic streaming- TIED
  • Hulu: $7.99 a month for basic streaming- TIED

Commercials 

  • Netflix: Nada- WINNER
  • Hulu: Over 10 commercials within a 30 minute show

Content Availability

  • Netflix: TV shows available after season is finished
  • Hulu:  TV shows available almost immediately after airing- WINNER

So the score reads 5-2 in favor of Netflix which is not surprising. Netflix has a full decade on Hulu and will always win in my book because of the lack of commercials. Even still, I have both because Brooklyn 99 is the funniest show on TV and worth the extra $8 and commercial breaks. Do you have one or the other or even both? Which one do you think is better?


Talk About It Tuesday: Will You Read Harper Lee’s New Novel?

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman, the first book Harper Lee wrote, is being released July 14th. She submitted it to her editor over 55 years ago only to be asked to re-write it. The rewrite is known today as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of America’s greatest novels and arguably, one of the best books on racism and southern life. I fell in love with it when I had to read it for a middle school class and I’ve reread it many times since.

But I have some mixed feelings on “Go Set a Watchman” being published. Ms Lee has only ever published her one famous work and throughout the decades has insisted that she would probably never publish again and would like to be left alone. Now that she’s 89 years old, with her faculties failing her, her novel is going to be published. There are some reports that state that she is actually quite happy about it while other news outlets feel that her publisher and publicist might be pushing for this against her wishes.

So my question today is: Will you read it? The CEO of News Corp has read it and says it’s wonderful but they own the publisher, Harper Collins, and are counting on profits to help boast quarterly revenue. While I’m pretty sure it’s extremely well written and profound, is it the right thing to do considering some people feel like its publication is elder abuse? For me, I’m not sure which side to believe but if I’m being honest with myself, I’ll probably preorder it sometime this week as I can’t imagine not reading something Harper Lee wrote. My hope is that she did want it published and that the proceeds will help to take care of her in her twilight years.

If you’re looking for more information about Harper Lee’s life, I recently watched this documentary on Netflix and fell in love with her even more.