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Do Hulu Plus subscribers actually have less commercials?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by nrnoble, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. nrnoble

    nrnoble New Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    The claim is that Hulu Plus subscribers watch less commercials, but it that really true. And if there are less commercials, how much less?

    I'm a bit skeptical when Hulu marketing info states that paying subscribers help keep costs down. The reality for all advertising business models is to maximize profits through advertising. If Hulu has companies buying ad time for for TV series XXX, I can't see them turning down money because they have a policy of only couple minutes (or whatever) of ads for paying subscribers. I would suspect that if they could match the networks with 18-19 minutes of of ads per hour, Hulu would do it. :)
  2. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al

    you have the added pleasure of paying extra for commercials when you subscribe to hulu+!

    before my comments generate angst, let me add that my opinion is not based on scientific or measurable data, only my horrid two failed attempts to subscribe and enjoy programming using hulu+.

    there were frequent unpleasant glitches, like never ending commercial loops halfway through episodes that prevent finishing the show, repeat airings of the same commercial over, and over, and over again, ad nauseum, and little effort on the part of hulu+ to support the product.

    my opinion is completely biased.
  3. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

    Feb 4, 2008
    While there may be less adds, they are more annoying as you cannot fast forward through them. In addition, if you drop out of a show and then resume, it will force an initial add on you all over again.

    No Hulu+ for me. Much prefer the netflix model, and there is plenty of content to skip the annoyances of Hulu.
  4. allan

    allan Can't think of one

    Oct 13, 2002
    Never tried Hulu+, but I found free Hulu to be not worth the price! Even with fewer commercials, they seem very annoying, and I don't trust them not to increase the number of ads. If I'm going to pay, I don't want ads, especially unskippable ones.
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    I have used both (Hulu & Hulu+), for shows that are on both I don't think there are any less adds on Hulu+ versus Hulu. However there are some shows/movies on Hulu+ only and the movies do seem to have less commercials (have seen a few without commercials). I also have not found much use for Hulu+ but do use Hulu (via a HTPC attached to my home theater setup) and do find it useful at times.
  6. Scyber

    Scyber Former ReplayTV User

    Apr 25, 2002
    I've figured out a way to skip commercials in hulu plus. It has worked 100% of the times I've tried, but it is a bit of an annoying process (button combination to stop the stream and then restart) that I'd rather just watch the short Hulu+ commercials and not have to touch the remote. But I was so spoiled by Commercial Advance that any time I have to touch a remote to skip commercials I get annoyed. :(
  7. rayik

    rayik New Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    We have Hulu+ because of: HD and larger back catalogue of shows we watch. To me, HD is necessary on a large screen. (We also watch it using a Roku rather than Tivo due to the bad Hulu Tivo app)
  8. pdhenry

    pdhenry Actual TiVo Owner

    Feb 27, 2005
    Ad breaks on Hulu are shorter than the corresponding ad break on TV. Where TV breaks may have four or more ads (2 minutes or longer in duration) ad breaks on Hulu are usually one or two ads (30-60 seconds).

    It's not as nice as being able to skip the ad on a DVR but if I had recorded the show I would not be watching on Hulu+.

    My TiVo tends to skip over Hulu+ ads on its own. I watch The Daily Show on Hulu+ because I only have limited basic cable. 80% of the time the show goes to an ad break and then the show resumes after 4 or 5 seconds without showing an ad. Neither my Blu-Ray player nor my Roku exhibit this behavior.
  9. jhilla

    jhilla Guest

    May 13, 2011
    I would prefer HULUPLUS ads over normal TV ads any day. Depending on the show you pick that max ad you might see if 2 or 3. Normally we see about 2. If you load a movie then none. The ads are remarkably small and short in comparison to TV ads that seems to be forever! If broadcast and cable want to survive they need to take a close look at how Hulu does business and mirror that design. This way a subscriber is not so quick to hit FF. Hulu is even making a change that many of the kids programing ads have been eliminated. Also if you have not taken advantage of this offer, just fill in the form to take Hulu for a 6month trial. We finished our trial last Christmas and have been more than happy to pay the $7.99 a month. It's worth it, but don't take my word for it see for yourself and then you be the judge. That is unless you prefer the standard 2 week trial.

  10. rfryar

    rfryar My Media, My Way

    Feb 15, 2008
    Cottage Grove, MN
    I used PlayOn through PyTivo to prefetch my shows from Hulu, Hulu+ as well as Redbox instant. That allows me to skip past the commercials.

    I think the commercial loop is a Hulu problem. I see it on my Roku, Tivo, Android native app as well. However I do not encounter it with my PC streaming the show to PlayOn.

    Sorry do not mean to be a "fanboy" of that solution but it has worked very well for my uses.

  11. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Less (actually, it's fewer) than what?
  12. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    less commercials than Hulu.

    Amazing as this might sound some of us actually try to help the person posting a question by trying to answer it.
  13. SeaFractor

    SeaFractor New Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    I got sick and tired, yes truely tired, of seeing "Web Only" for many of the new shows and other content I was interested in.

    If I watch exclusively on my PC, I get the exact number of adds and I stopped paying for Hulu+.

    So "Free" Hulu and "pay" Hulu+ deffinetely have the same number of commercials. You are simply paying for the benefit of using a non-PC appliance for access. That benefit also only extends to content Hulu had received streaming rights to other than just PC. The number of "Web Only" notices are due to content that had not been renegotiated or was too expense for the full meal-deal versus "Web ONly".
  14. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    But if they are only on Hulu+ as you stated, you can't compare the commercial time to Hulu.
  15. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    and content that isn't available via free Hulu
  16. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Active Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    To some extent that is true as Hulu does appear to very the number and duration of commercials depending on the show. But in general I thought the Hulu+ only shows tended to have less minutes of commercials than the Hulu only shows or shows that were available on both. Of course I do not use Hulu that much and only turn on Hulu+ now and then so my observation is based on a very limited number of shows.
  17. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am


    I'm sorry that you are so offended over my using the correct word.
    It was a simple correction meant to help you and the others that were misusing the word less. Some people can graciously accept help.
  18. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    No, it's 100% true. When the question is about the number of commercials on plus vs free Hulu, you can not say something that is only on plus has fewer commercials because there is nothing to compare it to.
  19. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    While there are less commercials during a Hulu program. Something like 3 minutes to 7 minutes of commercials for an hour long show. It is much less than the 22 minutes of commercials per hour for a broadcast show.

    I actually watch more commercials with Hulu+ than I do from a broadcast recording since I skip over them with my TiVo. WIth Hulu+, many of the commercials are 15 seconds to 30 seconds so I don't mind watching them. But when they are 1 minute long, that is too long. But even still I am more likely to watch those minute long commercials than commercials from a recording made with my TiVo.
  20. SeaFractor

    SeaFractor New Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    It's possible that I didn't use Hulu+ to it's fullest extent then. All the shows that I like to watch, including the latest episodes from the primary carriers, are available on Hulu.

    I don't dispute that there could be some content no longer available to me, but I suspect that's the Hulu generated content and some of the movies recently added.

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