Which Streaming Service Gives You the Most for Your Money? Spoiler: It's Not Netflix

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If you’re only going to subscribe to one streaming service, which one should it be? The answer isn't Netflix, Lifehacker reports. Per an analysis by Reelgood, a streaming service aggregator, the answer is either Hulu Plus or Prime Video, depending on whether you care more about movies or television.

Reelgood compared price and selection across the five major streaming services to figure out where you can get the most for your money. Between Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO, and Showtime, Prime Video has the biggest movie library, with 10,731 movies available to stream, and is also one of the least expensive. It’s currently $8.99 if you exclusively subscribe to Prime Video rather than the full suite of Prime benefits (though Reelgood used the old annual Prime price of $99, Amazon upped the price to $119 in 2018, making it about $9.92 a month for annual subscribers). So if you’re a monthly video subscriber, that’s essentially 1200 movies available for every $1 you spend a month. Netflix, by contrast, only has 3857 films in its catalog right now.

What about television? Hulu Plus costs $7.99 a month (the same as Netflix’s most basic plan) and offers 1784 streaming television shows. Meanwhile, Prime offers 1515 shows, and Netflix offers 1301. HBO only offers 62 shows for its $14.99 a month—though you’re not going to get your Game of Thrones fix anywhere else, sorry—and Showtime only offers 62.

But quantity isn’t everything. To take into account whether all those movies and shows are actually things you might want to watch, Reelgood also crunched some data using IMDb scores and its own list of the most popular titles on the Reelgood site, finding that Prime Video has the most “quality” movies—meaning it had at least a 6.0 score on IMDb and was in the top 20,000 most-popular titles on Reelgood—and Hulu has the most quality shows. So you’re getting both quantity and quality for your money.

When the criteria were narrowed even further to titles with an IMDb score of 7.5 or higher, however, Netflix ended up doing a bit better. It tied with Prime Video for the most high-quality movies, 105 each. Hulu had 167 “high-quality” shows, while Netflix had 158, and Prime had 96.

With all this in mind, it might be time to rethink your streaming subscriptions.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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America's Top 25 Colleges and Universities for 2021

Harvard University's Memorial Hall.
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Deciding what makes a certain college more desirable than another is highly subjective. Some prospective students might think a championship-winning football team and a massive student body are major selling points, while others prize a small, tightly knit community above all else.

To try to come as close as possible to identifying objectively great colleges and universities around the country, WalletHub analyzed a whopping 30 factors in seven categories, from student selectivity and cost to campus experience and career outcomes. These encompass basic metrics—admissions rate and average class size, for example—as well as more specific considerations, like study abroad programs, on-campus employment opportunities, and the median salaries of recent graduates.

Of all 1008 schools included in the study, the Ivy League ones continue to reign supreme. Harvard University ranked first, with a score of 78.6 across all 30 metrics, edging out Yale by just .03 points. Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown also made the top 25. With low acceptance rates and high graduation rates—not to mention huge endowments—these stately old institutions are rather difficult to compete with, but they’re definitely not the only esteemed places to get a four-year education.

As a testament to the continuing success of the tech industry, three technology institutes made WalletHub’s list: Massachusetts in third place, California in fifth, and Georgia in 11th. Those three schools ranked in the top five for return on educational investment, meaning that graduates make high starting salaries compared to how much their education actually cost.

Geographically, New England (and the East coast in general) is home to a majority of the top schools, though five from California alone did chart, too: Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; Pomona College; and Claremont McKenna College, in addition to the aforementioned California Institute of Technology.

Check out the top 25 below, and see where your alma mater ranks on WalletHub’s full list here.

  1. Harvard University // 78.6
  1. Yale University // 78.57
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology // 78.44
  1. Princeton University // 78.41
  1. California Institute of Technology // 77.65
  1. Stanford University // 77.12
  1. Rice University // 76.96
  1. Northwestern University // 75.4
  1. Duke University // 75.18
  1. University of Pennsylvania // 74.95
  1. Georgia Institute of Technology // 74.92
  1. Vanderbilt University // 74.66
  1. University of California, Berkeley // 74.54
  1. Columbia University // 74.51
  1. Johns Hopkins University // 74.37
  1. University of Chicago // 73.59
  1. Dartmouth College // 73.43
  1. Williams College // 73.19
  1. Brown University // 73.17
  1. Carnegie Mellon University // 73.11
  1. Washington and Lee University // 73.08
  1. Swarthmore College // 73.08
  1. Pomona College // 72.92
  1. Claremont McKenna College // 72.84
  1. Amherst College // 72.83