Here Is a Video Streaming Service – the Best Bargain for Your Money in 2018
It looks like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime want you not to understand how many titles they are offering at any given time. The Reelgood Video Streaming Aggregator (the search engine and launcher for all of your video streaming accounts) has been tracking its libraries for years, noticing things like the shrinking and growing Netflix catalog. They’ve now published an analysis of which streaming service gives you the most “bang for your buck “ – the most profitable shows and movies for a dollar of subscription.
This differs from which service has the most titles. Amazon Prime Video has over 10,000 movies, but many of them are obscure titles that you might never want to watch. Reelgood only searched 20,000 of the most watched TV series and movies among its users, minus those that were rated very poorly on IMDb. From this jumbled sample, Reelgood analyzed which services perform best.
Between the top five streaming services – Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime – Reelgood found that Prime Video and Netflix are roughly equal in movie quality – 1,000 movies each, with Hulu in third place with a rating below 500. But for quality. On TV shows, Hulu won with 749 points, followed by Netflix with 495 points.
Reelgood then applied the cost of each service to find out which services offered the best “quality names for the dollar.” Considering the price, Prime Video wins on movies and Hulu wins on TV shows:
So if you can only afford one streaming service and you only care about how many decent movies or shows you get, choose Prime Video or Hulu, respectively.
Of course, if you’re a big fan of Game of Thrones and Veep , or Stranger Things and Bojack Horseman , then it’s not that simple. But overall, it’s better to pay for Hulu and borrow the HBO password from a neighbor or buy a couple of à la carte shows than the other way around.
At least for now. HBO’s new owner wants the network to do more original shows and become more popular. In light of such a diagram, it makes sense.
Reelgood, an independent venture-backed service, tells Lifehacker that they have no financial ties to any streaming service.