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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. late for dinner

    late for dinner Past Expiration Date

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    I have no problem with commercials in Hulu +, the're short and on older shows they have only a few at worst.

    In conjunction with Play-on, a sweet service.
     
  2. jgametest

    jgametest New Member

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    To watch entire series on Hulu you must be plus, if you want to watch on your Tivo, or Mobile Devices you need Plus. Recently the old HuluDesktop application went dead and times out with an error indicating it's not longer supported. This leaves users with understanding to use newer versions or www.hulu.com for access. Even Plex pulled their app as Roku released an official HuluPlus application.

    www.hulu.com/kids
    Hulu Kids is commercial free.

    We have been a HuluPlus subscriber since Last Christmas when our 6month trial ended which came with our Premiere XL during a promo with purchase.

    http://www3.tivo.com/promo/huluplusoffer/code/index.html (CLOSED) :(

    More importantly if there is a series or movie that is missing we have support to send information for a license attempt to add to network. And lately those channels have been very quick. A group of us send multiple request for BBC programing such as Doctor Who, TorchWood, Sherlock, Red Dwarf and more and our request was granted in a huge way.

    http://www.hulu.com/companies/bbc-worldwide

    To add your request simply hit
    www.hulu.com/discussions/6
    There is some free content but it's very limited.
     
  3. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    What do you mean by "as Roku released an official application"?
    There is no official hulu app for Roku, there's only hulu+
     
  4. Bob_Newhart

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    Okay, I got the free one month Hulu Plus trial last night and watched a few old TV shows with Christmas themes. I watched a Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, ALF, and something else. I was disappointed that more seasons of each show weren't available. I checked several other shows and many times they'd only have one season available. Was really disappointed they only had the last few episodes of The Simpsons available.

    For each show I watched they had 3 separate 1 minute commercial breaks (2 ads each break). Several were repeated (Academy Sports and some car ad or something with elves came up a few times).

    Overall, I doubt that I'll continue with Hulu+ after my free trial. There just isn't enough available that Amazon Prime & Netflix doesn't already have. And Netflix doesn't offer enough extra stuff that Amazon doesn't already have. I really wish that at some point these companies would all merge into one huge streaming service with every episode of every show and every movie available for streaming.
     
  5. jgametest

    jgametest New Member

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    The entire series of ALF is there, Rhoda is only showing (1) season they are missing the remaining 4 seasons. If a show has the entire list you hit seasons and then look for the one you wish to play. With X-files it goes from 1-9. It basically depends on the need of viewers and then licensing to acquire it. Same thing with the Star Trek franchise you can start from the beginning to Enterprise in it's entirety. Even Lost Season 1-6

    Now besides browsing by name or show you could just hit the networks individually. Time consuming but an option:

    http://www.hulu.com/tv/networks..

    Then again scanning choices by way of genres might be easier.
     
  6. Bob_Newhart

    Bob_Newhart My Custom User Title

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    Yeah, ST:TNG all seasons are available on Amazon and I've started watching those the last couple of months. Same with X-FIles. It'd be nice if every episode of every show that was on a DVD was available to stream.
     
  7. late for dinner

    late for dinner Past Expiration Date

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    I finished 2.5 men (the Charlie EP) and moved on to ST:TNG a few weeks back. I started on Hulu+ but decided to watch them on Netflix with no commercials ;)
     
  8. pdhenry

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    I have Hulu+ mostly for Comedy Central shows like TDS and Tosh.0.
     
  9. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    Really? Cool. I added ST:TNG on BBC America HD to my DVR and have been running out of space. I have 21 hours saved of eps saved.

    It's amazing how many episodes I either don't remember or never saw.
     
  10. Bob_Newhart

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    Yeah, until I got Amazon Prime a couple months ago and started watching TNG, I was never really into it. I didn't even know it was shown on BBC and then I starting recording from there since it looked more like HD. It is filling up my Directivo too much, though.
     
  11. PalmTrees

    PalmTrees New Member

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    I just tried out Hulu Plus and found that, on TV shows, it gives you two ads of about 30 seconds each. Sometimes on regular Hulu I would get ad blocks of 3 ads, AFAICR.

    Also, I started watching a film (selection is mostly older, offbeat) and the time bar did not indicate ad breaks.

     
  12. PalmTrees

    PalmTrees New Member

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    I agree. There's a significant amount of films (mostly offbeat stuff) that are only available on Hulu Plus. Example - I helped someone find a foreign film they'd been looking for a long time on Hulu Plus (it was not available on regular Hulu). (Incidentally, that same film was also not available for streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime.)

     
  13. PalmTrees

    PalmTrees New Member

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    Amazon has quietly 'stolen' a lot of content away from Netflix and placed it on Prime over the past year... A lot of discovery channel, science channel, history channel, BBC America, etc., is no longer on Netflix.

    Just do a Google search on (Netflix licensing cable network) to see a raft of stories on it.

     
  14. mattack

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    Aren't all of these free on Comedy Central's own sites? (Does Hulu Plus have FEWER commercials?)

    I have watched the cut off *end* of a few Colbert Report episodes on Amazon Prime (no commercials) since I had too many shows recording at midnight. (I really really should try turning off clipping at some point, maybe after I actually get a 6 tuner Tivo.)
     
  15. pdhenry

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    Maybe, but its a PITA to watch website videos on my TV.
     
  16. Bob_Newhart

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    I've been sick in bed with the flu since Thursday and have been watching a lot of TV. Turns out that it was a good move to sign up for the free month trials of Netflix & Hulu Plus. I definitely decided to cancel the Hulu after the trial because most of the shows I found myself watching were available on Netflix and Amazon Prime and without commercials. The ad that kept repeating for me was one with a guy inside of a store telling people to switch to Cricket.

    Maybe Hulu is best for watching more recent TV shows but since if there is a recent show I want to watch I would have tivoed it, then it's not worth it to me. If they ever do eliminate ads then I might consider it but then only for older TV shows (Mary Tyler Moore, etc)
     
  17. poppameth

    poppameth New Member

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    I just got Hulu Plus setup on my PS3. Video quality on most of the shows I've watched has been pretty bad, and I'm on a good fast cable connection. I've consistently gotten two ads every 10 minutes so far. If I wasn't getting it free I don't think I'd be willing to pay for it.

    For anyone that doesn't know, you can get free Hulu Plus through Bing Rewards.

    It takes me about 5 minutes a day of random searching to rack up enough points for free Hulu Plus every month. I also signed up with the Paypal link to get the first month free.
     
  18. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Hmmm... that's around 2.5 hrs/month to save $7.99/mo. I guess it depends on how much you enjoy random searching with Bing and what else you have to do with your time. I'm retired but I still think I'd rather just pay the $$.
     
  19. poppameth

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    5 minutes is probably an over estimate. I haven't really timed it. I just search for something and then click on the related search links in the right column until I hit my quota of 30 searches a day. Doing it that way probably takes about 2 minutes. I wouldn't recommend actually using Bing as a search engine by any means. Just milk the system for rewards. If nothing else, do the searches during Hulu commercials. You'll have more than enough time!

    Last night I was getting three ads every ten minutes. The ad breaks seem to always be 1 minute whether that is two or three ads. What I find the most annoying is that they put them in exactly every ten minutes regardless of what is actually happening in the show. You can be right in the middle of a fast action scene and get cut off for ads. These shows were designed to have commercial breaks at certain points. Why not use those natural breaks?
     
  20. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Your just starting to figure out what the rest of us already have...

    Which is not to even bother with Hulu Plus. :D
     

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