A Brief Introduction to Fan Friday
Ladies and gentlemen. Today is yet another historic day for PAUSED! as we are introducing our next recurring blog post, "Fan Friday". Yes, it's exactly what you think it is. Lately we have been lucky (and grateful) to receive several fan requests for posts. So we are going to dedicate Friday's to you, our loyal and much loved fans!
Send us your requests for topics you want us to discuss, opinions you want us to give, movies/shows/games you want us to review, or information/rumors you want us to research. We will dive head first into your requests and bring you our thoughts, opinions and answers each and every Friday.
You can submit these desires to us through our Contact page, Facebook or Twitter. So with that said, let's jump right in to our very first Fan Friday Request!
Carlos O. Wrote to us on Facebook Asking...
I downloaded CRACKLE to my Ipad. Discovered DAMAGES. Two questions; What do you think about CRACKLE compared to HULU and other softwares like that. Second; What do you think about DAMAGES?"
First Carlos, we'd like to thank you for submitting your query to us. As you asked two questions we will focus this week on Question 1, and save Question 2 for another Friday after we've watched Damages.
Now, when I was thinking at how best to answer this question, I couldn't help but start comparing not only Hulu Plus and Crackle, but also all the other heavyweights in the instant video ring. So, I thought I would give you my opinion on how they each stack up next to one another. So here they are ranked for you from best to worst...
Now, before you all start freaking out, allow me to explain why Crackle is #1. It's quite simple really...IT'S FREE!!!
The fact that there is an app out there that brings you a decent selection of movies and TV shows, at a reasonable quality, which can be conveniently streamed over various devices at absolutely zero cost to you...please. This alone puts Crackle in a league all it's own.
Sony really knocked it out of the park with this one. Sure the selection of movies isn't extensive, and the TV shows are even fewer, and sure you have to sit through ads, but once more...IT'S FREE! What's really great about Crackle is that there is always something on there you won't mind watching, they change their line up every month, and they have tons of anime so it's great for you anime fans.
It truly is an incredible app, far better than others like it such as Popcornflix. I think it's worth every second it will cost you to download it, and you'll get the maximum bang for your buck...because IT WAS FREE!
Ok, hear me out. I know that Amazon doesn't have nearly the offering of movies and TV shows that the expected #2 has (Netflix). However, when looking at total value for your money, Amazon Prime is the clear, undisputed champion.
As I mentioned, I will give you the fact that Amazon only boasts a mere 500 shows (approx. 4,000 episodes) and 1,700 film titles. However, what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality. First, this library is always growing, and you'll be hard pressed to find major titles that are offered on Netflix that you can't find in Amazon.
You'll also save money with a Prime subscription seeing as how it will only cost you $79.00/yr (roughly $6.50/mo). This is nearly a $20.00/yr savings over Netflix and Hulu Plus, but wait...there's more. Monthly rate is not the only way you save with Amazon Prime, check out what is included with your subscription:
• Free Two-Day shipping on all qualifying orders (don't let "qualifying" scare you, it's rare to
not get the free two-day shipping)
• Prime Instant Video
• Free access to the Kindle Lending Library
Honestly, if you buy anything online, the free shipping alone will pay for your membership with the money you'll save, let alone the free books! Unlike other streaming competitors, Amazon stands alone as the only one that can basically pay for itself, if you use it right. It's also the only one that offers more than just TV and movies, and for less per month.
Convinced that Amazon deserves the #1 spot against other paid-subscription streamers? If not, there is simply no hope for you.
Now, some may be surprised to see Netflix coming in behind Amazon Prime Instant Video, but look at what Prime gives you above and beyond streaming titles. Sure, Netflix would top the charts of our paid-subscription streamers if it came down to shear volume alone, but we have to look at total overall value.
Netflix offers somewhere in the neighborhood of 750 different TV Shows (roughly 23,000 episodes), and over 8,000 film titles for your viewing pleasure. This blows all other competitors clear out of the water, in terms of offerings. However, with a price tag of $7.99/mo (approx $96.00/yr) its nearly $20.00/yr more than Amazon Prime and this is all you get for your money. If you want to take advantage of it's only redeeming feature, the ability to rent discs of thousands of classic titles, you'll have to shell out even more cash.
Some may also argue that Netflix is entering the Original Programming Ring with juggernaut champions HBO and Showtime, however I'd strongly disagree (with the exception of House of Cards), but this will actually be a Fan Friday post for another day so we'll wait to dive into this.
Don't get me wrong, I am a Netflix subscriber and always will be, but if we are looking at what each of these streamers have to offer, and for how much, Netflix simply can't compete in my eyes.
Folks, there simply isn't enough space on the internet for me to go into how terrible I think Hulu Plus is. It's genuinely the devil. A greater rip-off, waste of money has never been, or ever will be invented for the rest of human history. Let me tell you why.
1. It costs exactly the same as Netflix, yet offers fewer titles for both TV and film than Amazon.
2. The film titles suck donkey balls
3. You have to watch ads! It costs money and YOU HAVE TO WATCH ADS? Explain this to me please!
4. Sure you get TV shows that are on now, but they only keep the most recent 3-5 episodes posted, and only for a short amount of time...what?! Considering HBO Go houses every episode of every show forever, this is unacceptable!
5. Hulu Plus does nothing your DVR can't do...and a DVR is cheaper...seriously, a 1 room DVR will cost you $5.00/mo, Hulu Plus costs $8.00/mo.
I can't even bring myself to waste another breath on Hulu. Never, ever, ever subscribe to Hulu! Just get a DVR and Amazon and live like a king (or queen).
Well Carlos, I know this was way more than you asked for, but I hope you enjoyed it and that it answers your question. To sum up, just in case, Crackle destroys Hulu, and Hulu is the devil.
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