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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. swinca

    swinca Menace to society

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    The commercials on Hulu plus really annoy me. I complain about them but I don't cancel. Now that All My Children is about to debut I will probably keep it.
     
  2. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Sure there is, it becomes a relative/overall comparison instead of one about a certain show (and by the way I believe Hulu changes the number/amount of commercials over time even for the same show). Just like I certainly can say the amount of commercials played during an show on Hulu+ is less than the amount of commercials played during the same length show on any of the OTA commercial networks.

    Of course if someone wants to know if for the same show at the same moment in time if the number and length of commercials is the same while playing the show through a Hulu+ account as it is while playing it through a Hulu account, well then I can not answer that as I have never tested it out and I am guessing very few people have.
     
  3. marrone

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    How much more content is available on Hulu+ vs free Hulu? Is it merely longer archive of old episodes, or is there much more?

    I am currently using Hulu on a Media PC that I bought connected via HDMI to my 55" TV. Someone mentioned HD isn't on the free Hulu, but I was able to watch Celebrity Apprentice last week in HD.

    What does it offer? I haven't been able to figure that out yet with all the marketing hype.

    Thanks
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  4. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    As long as Hulu has it so you get the same 90 second block of commercials when you do a jump back I'll avoid as much as possible. I can't imagine a better form of customer prevention.
     
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    When you access Hulu on a PC via a web browser you can see all the content. If the content is Hulu+ only it simple will not play and you will see a notice that a Hulu+ account is required to view it. I do not believe anything streamed through Hulu is actually in HD - the best I can select is High quality which is not HD. When/If you are a Hulu+ member you can specifically select HD for shows that have an HD stream available.
     
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    This thread echoes one of the many reasons why I don't use streaming services. If services like Hulu+ didn't charge me for their service and then force me to watch commercials I might consider using them. The fact that I can't skip past the commercials takes them out of consideration for any type of service I'd be willing to pay for.

    I can get any show I want without being subjected to commercials. If I don't have a channel as part of my FIOS Xtreme HD package (or whatever they're calling it these days) I can find programs elsewhere in HD with AC-3 soundtracks and no commercials. In fact, I can usually get a new show downloaded to my PC in less than 15 minutes.
     
  7. mattack

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    So you're arguing for breaking the law.. great
     
  8. pdhenry

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    Can't say that i've noticed that on Hulu+. IME you can skip forward over the previously-viewed ad blocks. No?
     
  9. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    No. I'm not recommending that anyone break the law to obtain TV programming. I'm just stating the obvious that it's out there with no commercials and no fees. I have no problem with Hulu+ or any other internet service charging for TV programming. I do have a problem with them forcing me to watch commercials on top of it.

    If they provided the shows commercial-free then it would be a worthwhile service. If they want to keep the commercials intact then we should be able to view the programs for free. Otherwise, they're double-dipping and collecting fees from both the subscribers and the advertisors. It's corporate greed at it's highest. What really ticks me off is that the programming is mostly available for free via OTA and is easily recorded with the ability to skip past commercials. I refuse to pay for any service that holds me hostage during a commercial break.
     
  10. pdhenry

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    I remember in the 80s having the same thoughts about USA Network - how can it be a cable network and have ads? Aren't I already paying a fee to the cable company to watch it?

    Then I realized that their profit model included subscription revenue plus advertising revenue. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
     
  11. MikeAndrews

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    When I watched on a computer, when I backed up I got the SAME 90 second worthless commercial block - every time.
     
  12. SWFan

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    My experience using Hulu and Hulu+ for about three months.

    With Hulu you can only watch the shows on a computer, it includes ads, and you have full access to all the content Hulu has to offer.

    With Hulu+ you pay a monthly fee so you can watch Hulu on mobile devices including devices hooked up to your TV. It includes the same amount of ads, but the kicker is you DON'T have access to Hulu's full library, there are many web-only shows.

    So, for paying customers you get less content, but more places to play what content you want. For free you get more content, but limited to playing on a computer.

    I guess it's up to you whether you're paying for Hulu to watch select shows on mobile devices or to watch any show you want, limited to a computer.

    I chose to drop paying the fee. Honestly in 4 months about 60% of what I wanted to watch I could watch, the other 40% would not play through my Tivo due to content restrictions on "mobile" devices.
     
  13. atmuscarella

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    This is not true there is a significant amount of content on Hulu.com that can only be viewed in you have a Hulu+ account.

    When someone pays for a Hulu+ account they get the follow:
    1. Access to content that is only available with a Hulu+ account
    2. Access to HD content
    3. The ability to stream/view some content on devices other than a computer, such as a smart phone, tablet, or a TV.

    Again not true, if you access content on a computer with a Hulu+ account you have access to more content than a person without a Hulu+ account. The same is true for other devices with a Hulu+ account you have access to some content (not as much as if you accessed it through a computer) where a person without a Hulu+ plus account has access to nothing.
     
  14. Bob_Newhart

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    I read that Hulu Plus was looking at eliminating commercials. Do they still have them at this point?

    I signed up for a free month of Netflix to see how it compares to Amazon Prime and it seems like they have many of the same shows available so I'm not sure I'll stick with it after the trial ends.

    I can't check Hulu Plus at work but do they have a free month trial available? I figure this month will be a good one to check out the different services.
     
  15. pdhenry

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    yes.
    Not a month AFAIK, but here's a deal from August that may or may not still work.

    I can refer you for the regular 2-week trial and then I'd also get 2 weeks and that adds up to a month if that works for you :)
     
  16. Bob_Newhart

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  17. MikeAndrews

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    Until they kill the commercials - and more, playing the SAME commercials every time you jump back - there is no advantage to Hulu Plus over regular Hulu with Chromecast.

    F them.
     
  18. Bob_Newhart

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    I'm mainly interested in a free trial of Hulu+ during December to catch some Christmas episodes of Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, and WKRP. That's assuming these are all available through my Roku and not via computer only.
     
  19. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    How can there be no advantage to having access to more content???
     
  20. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Of the shows you listed, 0 of them have any content available via Hulu+ that Isn't also available on free Hulu.
     

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