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Netflix bests Hulu in battle of apps

A research firm crunches data to illustrate how HBO Go and Hulu Plus red against Netflix in an App Store cage match.

In a battle of apps, HBO Go and Hulu Plus cant keep pace with reining champion Netflix. (The numbers on the left reflect the number of the rankings Netflix bests Hulu in battle of apps,for each period.)

Strategy Analytics recently gathered some information about how the apps Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and Netflix are ring in Apples App store.

The research firms report collects the rankings for each of the companies apps once a week. Strategy Analytics data from May 2 to June 20 showed Hulu Plus to be well behind Netflix and HBO Go in popularity.

Some observers suspect that Hulu Plus has iled to catch on with consumers. One of the top complaints about the service is that Hulu Plus charges a monthly subscription in addition to requiring users to watch ads. Netflix offers unlimited viewing for a similar price, but it is ad-free. Hulus struggles may may be among the reasons owners Disney, News Corp., and NBC Universal are trying to sell the service.

HBO Go, the Web-streaming service from the premium cable channel, saw a big spike in popularity with the launch of the companys Android, iPad, and iPhone apps, which continue to be applauded by users and critics. The company has said more than 1 million HBO subscribers downloaded the app in its first week.

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HBO Go provides access to every episode of every show, a reservoir of some of the past decades best-loved TV, including The Sopranos, Sex in the City, and The Wire. The app has also won applause for the way it organizes the material.

Here again, Hulu loses in a ce-to-ce comparison. The library of past episodes for some hit shows is more restricted. The number of downloads for HBO Go, however, seems to have dipped since the initial spike and has llen below that of Netflix. That isnt surprising, as everything seems to be going Netflixs way. The Webs top video rental service saw its stock price skyrocket after announcing that it is planning to expand into 43 Latin American countries sometime this year.

Greg SandovalGreg Sandoval covers media and digital entertainment for CNET News. Based in New York, Sandoval is a former reporter for The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

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