Netflix: the superior streaming service

Lillia Koepke, Staff Writer

With so many streaming platforms to choose from, consumers are left to wonder which is worth their resources. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max all command their own groups of subscribers, and they all include different benefits. However, after considering all relevant factors, Netflix is the best choice.

Even though Netflix is on the more expensive side of the spectrum, the service includes innumerable benefits as well. The most popular Netflix plan, which comes with HD video quality, costs $12.99 per month, compared to $8.99 for Prime Video and $11.99 for advertisement-free Hulu. However, the prices of these latter two subscriptions are misleading. 

On Hulu, an inordinate number of movies and TV series require an add-on in order to view. All of these add-ons, which include Cinemax, HBO Max and Showtime, increase the price of subscription. Similarly, on Prime Video, countless titles include additional charges in order to rent and watch. HBO Max is even more expensive than Netflix at $14.99 per month.

With a Netflix subscription, all content is available for no additional charge. Unlike other streaming platforms, like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, there are no per-title charges or extra expenses in order to enjoy the vast array of content. American Netflix members have access to over 5,000 titles. In contrast, HBO Max only offers approximately 2,000 titles. 

Netflix includes a wide variety of content, from classics like Sleepless in Seattle and Silence of the Lambs to popular TV shows like Breaking Bad and Gossip Girl. Additionally, subscribers can enjoy a vast selection of Netflix originals, including Stranger Things, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Academy Award winning Marriage Story

Moreover, Netflix provides the type and quality of entertainment that people desire at any given moment. For fans of comedy, The Office provides the perfect opportunity for a laugh. For viewers who prefer an emotional experience, All the Bright Places offers that release. In yet another situation, Athlete A presents the ability to learn about events and individuals outside of oneself.

For many, indulging in every single streaming service can be unaffordable. Fortunately, Netflix fulfills the highest capabilities of any sole platform. In a situation of limiting to one subscription, Netflix is the clear choice, especially considering the price paid.