Netflix Instant? For a dollar less than Plus, Netflix offers full access to their steaming catalog in addition to a one-at-a-time DVD rental. That seems like a good deal. But let’s see how their content compares with the Hulu.com/Plus sample data.
|Network/Series||Hulu.com||Hulu Plus||Netflix Instant|
|8 Simple Rules||0||52||0|
|The Wanda Sykes Show||11||21||0|
|Friday Night Lights||5||13||50|
|Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||11||187||0|
|Law and Order: Special Victims Unit**||0||191||224|
|My Name Is Earl||0||74||96|
|Parks and Recreation||6||33||0|
*Netflix lists Family Guy according to its DVD Volumes, which differ from Family Guy seasons. So while you'll find Volume 8 listed in Netflix Instant, the season 8 episodes are not currently offered. Netflix also counts the Family Guy "100th Episode Special" as an episode, while other lists do not.
**While the One Touch Intelligence chart lists this as "Law and Order" and not "Special Victims Unit," SVU is the show Hulu Plus promotes as a feature, so that's assumed to be the series being referenced.
Overall, Netflix stacks up well against the other options, although there seem to be some clear divisions along network lines.
contract between the two companies, it’s possible we’ll see a broader scope of Fox content on Instant in the future. NBC actually offers more episodes on Netflix for several shows, and only lacks where their newest episodes/series are concerned. Since Netflix Instant Stream content comes from movies and television shows already released DVDs, Jimmy Fallon’s show is absent because his show hasn’t been released on disc.
So now that you’ve got a good view of your streaming options, which column are you in?