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The latest in video on demand: Netflix announced new pricing plans, charging separately for streaming video and DVD/Blu-ray discs. Meanwhile…

How Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Stack Up
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The latest in video on demand: Netflix announced new pricing plans, charging separately for streaming video and DVD/Blu-ray discs. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Instant Video is adding 2,000 episodes from CBS and Hulu, now talking to prospective buyers, says subscription Hulu Plus is on track to hit one million subscribers this summer. With these most recent developments — and the accompanying burst of comparison shopping, it’s worth taking a closer look at what each of these companies offer.

Netflix Watch Instantly

Netflix DVD

Hulu

Hulu Plus

Amazon Prime

Amazon Instant Video

LINK

PRICING

$8/month

$8/month (1 at a time);
$12/month (2 at a time)
Additional $2/month for Blu-ray titles

Free

$8/month

$79/year for Amazon Prime, unlimited instant video included

Pay per stream/download for rental or purchase. Rental fees are $3 or less; purchase fees are $15 or less

WHO SUPPLIES

Movies and TV shows (including past seasons of current shows) from Paramount Pictures, MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Disney, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, NBCU, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Disney-ABC, select WB shows, Starz Play with 1,000 titles

TV shows and movies from Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox

Current and back season TV shows from more than 260 networks and studios like ABC, A&E, Comedy Central, FOX, Lionsgate, MGM, MTV, National Geographic, NBC, Paramount, and VH-1; movies from Miramax and Criterion Collection

Current and back season TV shows from networks and studios like ABC, BET, Comedy Central, FOX, MTV, NBC, and VH-1; hundreds of movies from both Miramax and the Criterion Collection

ABC, NBCU, Viacom, BBC America, Sony Pictures Television, Travel Channel, WB, PBS, National Geographic, IFC Films, Vivendi. Adding CBS.

ABC, NBCU, Viacom, BBC America, Sony Pictures Television, Travel Channel, WB, PBS, IFC FIlms, Vivendi, Nickelodeon. Adding CBS.

RENT OR OWN

Rent

Rent

Rent

Rent

Rent and/or own

Rent and/or own

TV CONTENT WINDOW

Library titles

Library titles

Day after broadcast for current season, back season library of hundreds of popular TV shows

Day after and limited viewing window

Library titles

Day after

MOVIE CONTENT WINDOW

28 days after DVD release; smaller selection than DVD offerings

28 days after DVD release

Varies by movie

Varies by movie

Library titles

Same day as DVD release

ADS

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

HD

Yes (720p) (Sony PlayStation 3 offers 1080p)

Select Blu-ray titles available

No

Yes, when available

Yes (720p)

Yes (720p)

DEVICES

Computers, set top boxes, game consoles, streaming players, Blu-ray players, HDTV, DVRs, mobile devices (including iOS and Android)

DVD and Blu-ray

PC, Mac

Computers, game consoles, streaming players, Blu-ray players, set top boxes, HDTV, DVRs, mobile devices (including iOS and Android)

PC, Mac, connected TV

PC, Mac, connected TV

TITLES/EPISODES

Over 20,000 episodes

Over 100,000 episodes

Over 1,720 TV titles and 1,470 movie titles

15,000 hours of content, which includes 2,180 TV titles and 1,450 movie titles

Over 9,000 movies and TV show episodes; will have about 8,000 episodes with CBS; will have about 1,000 more movie titles from Universal Pictures. (Doesn’t break it out by titles.)

Over 100,000 movies and TV shows (Doesn’t break it out by titles.)

Source: Based on company information, additional reporting.
Produced by: Amanda Natividad
Edited by: Staci D. Kramer
Published: July 22, 2011 // Updated: August 18, 2011

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