YouTube vs. HuluPosted: November 20, 2011
YouTube and Hulu are both extremely popular websites for viewing clips of television shows, music, movies, and much more. I personally always use YouTube specifically just for watching music videos. Since I only watch TV shows on ch131 and realistically would never watch a show on YouTube, I decided to look up the same music video on both YouTube and Hulu for this assignment. The music video I chose to watch was Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi. This song immediately showed up as a primary result on YouTube with several different videos listed, all of really good quality. YouTube tells you how many views the video has, when it was uploaded, who uploaded it, and lastly shows several comments posted by others about the video.
Although these two sites serve a similar purpose, the types of content available have some differences. When I typed in this same song into Hulu, several other results came up involving Kanye West, but not the video that I was looking for. Instead all of the results were more TV show based and included clips from television programs and events starring Kanye West. I started to look around Hulu some more and I have discovered that Hulu is excellent for watching popular television shows and movies, while YouTube is definitely better for shorter clips and music videos. Since I was already on Hulu I decided to watch a random video just to see the quality differences, and I have to say that Hulu has less annoying advertisements and has an overall better quality than YouTube does. Hulu also has a place for comments, and overall I would have to say that both of these websites are fantastic for their own unique purposes. Now that I have discovered Hulu maybe I will start using it to catch up on missed shows instead of ch131!