Sling TV and Hulu are both great video streaming services, but they both offer different types of content due to licensing, interest conflicts, contract duration, etc. As an example, due to Netflix’s contract with Disney, you’ll find all of the latest Marvel titles on Netflix. However, you won’t find them on Hulu since Hulu doesn’t have that license. However, Hulu might have some shows that Netflix doesn’t have, such as Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word.
With that, we can know that different streaming services are valuable, depending on the content you’re interest in. Follow along below, and we’ll show you the pros and cons to Hulu and Sling TV, as well as give you a bit of an overview as to what content they have available.
Hulu has an array of content that subscribers will love. The service’s strength is primarily around TV shows. For example, Hulu has an arsenal of TV content that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else, such as The F Word, The Mindy Project, This Is Us, Rescue Me, and many more. You can find a ton of old TV shows available on Hulu as well, including cartoons — including She-Ra, South Park, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfield and Full House.
Hulu does have movies available on the service as well, but not too many that are notable when you compare it to what Netflix has. Hulu’s movies are also cheap to watch, since it’s included in your subscription cost (around $6 a month) — with Sling TV, the movies you watch depends on the package you sign up for.
Just recently, Hulu has started offering Live TV. They currently have around 50 channels available, including On Demand access to stations like ESPN to get your football fix. With this package, you’ll be able to stay current on your favorite TV seasons, as you’ll be able to watch, say, Game of Thrones, as episodes are being released. This package is considerably more expensive at $40 per month.
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Sling TV operates very differently from Hulu in that it tries to be more of a cord-cutting TV service than a on-demand video streaming service. Basically, Sling TV is all about allowing you to watch live TV without the cable subscription. There’s no long-term contracts, no hidden fees and no cancellation fees. You can start using Sling TV for $20 per month, and then depending on the type of content you like, you can add “extras” to your subscription package, whether that be the comedy channel or HBO, etc.
Sling TV has some other packages. One is called Sling Blue, which adds some additional channels you can watch if you aren’t up to picking and choosing your channel lineup. In addition, there’s a Sling Orange + Blue package that gives you all of the channels in the base package as well as in Sling Blue. This runs you $40 a month.
As far as movies go, Sling TV offers some free to its subscribers, but for the most part, you have to rent them at an additional cost. The price can differ from movie to movie, but the lowest rental fee is $0.99, but can go as high as $4.99 to rent a new release.
One of the neat things about Sling TV is that, depending on your subscription, you can get yourself a free Fire TV Stick, a free Roku Express or a Roku Ultra at a steeply discounted price.
Sling TV is available on Amazon Fire devices (including the Stick and Fire TV), Android devices (including Android TV), Chrome, iOS, Roku devices and on Windows 10. Get started with Sling TV below.
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So, which video streaming service should you go for? Really, it ultimately depends on the type of content that you’re seeking out. If you’re looking for something to mimic what a cable provider would offer you, Sling TV is probably the way to go for now, as you’ll have direct channels to popular options like HBO, HGTV, History and so much more. Hulu has recently started offering live TV, but doesn’t have nearly as much to offer as Sling TV does yet.
But, if you’re not really looking for a live TV experience and would rather catch up on on-demand TV shows (and some decent movies), Hulu is a great choice. Both services have their strengths and weaknesses — Sling TV is great at live TV, but not necessarily on demand content. On the other hand, Hulu is great at on-demand content, but not necessarily live TV.