Redbox. That’s the service where you can rent DVDs for one day from a vending machine in your local grocery store.
While Netflix has finally gotten its Android app compatible with all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices (and by default, it seems, all the Honeycomb tablets out there – or at least the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1), it has also done a pretty good job of annoying its customers with a recent rate hike for its streaming video service.
But Android users who aren’t so thrilled with Netflix, despite the fact that the updated Android streaming app does work extremely well, have some alternatives. Hulu Plus now works on nine new devices: “Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Droid X2, LG Revolution, LG G2x, HTC Incredible 2, HTC Evo 3D and HTC Sensation, as well as the HTC Flyer tablet,” according to the Hulu blog.
That’s still not quite as many devices as Netflix can be used with, but it’s certainly better than the nine fewer Hulu Plus supported two days ago. Hulu is also a fairly viable alternative to Netflix when it comes to streaming TV shows. At $7.99 a month for a subscription, Hulu brings access to a number of shows that are currently running seasons on TV after the episode has aired. Netflix beats it on movie streaming, however.
There are a few other alternatives to Netflix service as well. The Android Market offers movie rentals through streaming for most Android devices, although the functionality is lacking on some tablets. Still, the streaming rentals are pretty cheap, so if they work with your device, it might be a good way to shore up movie content not offered by Hulu.
Unfortunately, alternatives to Netflix for users who really want to ditch the service seem to be incomplete, at least for now. Blame Android’s fragmentation. But if Netflix can get around the trouble with devices (for the most part), it’s likely that Hulu Plus will be able to do so as well before long.