Netflix doesn't publicize the exact amount of content on its service, but one 2020 report from Business Insider suggested Netflix offered more than 1,800 TV shows and 3,700 movies. While Hulu has a larger selection of TV shows, what's more important than the sheer amount of content is the two services' different approaches.
Hulu offers more traditional TV than Netflix and draws mainly from ABC and Fox. It lost new episodes of NBC and Bravo shows to Peacock and its CBS catalog is shrinking. But because of Hulu's content partnerships, it's easy to watch the latest from niche networks like FX, Cartoon Network, Funimation or Freeform. And with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus tacked on to most of its packages, viewers have gained a wider selection. Like Netflix, Hulu offers thousands of TV and movie titles to choose from. However, unlike Netflix's global subscriber base, Hulu is only available in the US.
What may give you pause about Hulu is that you have to pay extra if you don't want to watch ads. That $8 base price means you have to sit through several rounds of commercials that interrupt whatever you're watching. For an ad-free experience, it'll cost you an additional $7. The same holds true for its live TV plans, which cost $70 for the ad-supported version and $76 without ads. The live TV plans and the Disney Bundle will change on Dec. 8, and you may pay more depending on which services you keep.
With Netflix, there are no ads on its $10 plan. You can stream back-to-back episodes of your favorite TV shows or immerse yourself in a Jeffrey Dahmer series without a two-minute wave of commercials. The power to disrupt your viewing experience lies in your remote control. Until the streamer launches its cheaper, ad-supported version, $10 is the basic entry fee.
Netflix also has distribution rights to most movie studios as well as TV programming from the likes of NBC, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers and some Disney titles. But its strongest draw is its original content. The streamer continues to attract A-list directors and actors like Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Shonda Rhimes and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to pump out originals. The company is also expanding internationally, building studios and production teams to create and distribute content around the world.
It's worth noting that shows and movies come and go from streaming services all the time. The only thing you can really count on is for original programming to stick around (though shows may still get canceled).