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Old 12-31-2013, 04:05 PM   #61
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How is Hulu? I was debating on cutting down my cable bill and using Hulu but i doubt that is the way to go
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:11 AM   #62
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Hulu is an excellent way to catch up on commercials you can't FF through.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:05 PM   #63
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How is Hulu? I was debating on cutting down my cable bill and using Hulu but i doubt that is the way to go
If you can receive ABC, CW, NBC, & Fox from an OTA antenna, Hulu+ is a pretty bad deal, if not then it would make some sense. I can get all those networks plus CBS, PBS & Ion in HD via OTA so for me Netflix and/or Amazon Prime are a better deal for the same or less money.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:10 AM   #64
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Hulu + and Tivo are largely incompatible, since most people use Tivo to skip commercials, but Hulu + forces you to watch commercials.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:56 PM   #65
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Hulu is an excellent way to catch up on commercials you can't FF through.
Tonight's episode of the Simpsons even poked fun at this. Homer said: "If I wanted to pay to see commercials I couldn't skip I'd get Hulu Plus!"
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:11 PM   #66
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No matter what service you have you pay for commercials you can't skip. Don't kid yourself.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:18 PM   #67
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Some nights when I'm watching stuff on Hulu Plus on my Apple TV I get no commercials in a hour longer program, or just one commercial break with two 20 second adds. I have seen a lot less commercials over the last month or so which has surprised me.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:01 AM   #68
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I record the free Hulu using PlayLater and by using playback through Plex on any HDTV in house Plex provides 30 second skip forward and 15 second skip back, skipping commercials works great. I don't know how powerful a PC is required, I am using an old Alienware 15x with Intel i7-740QM, something much less powerful probably wouldn't cut it but of course that is a 3 year old chip and not much by today's standards. I did try running it with an older Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz and it didn't work well enough to use. The 15x is dedicated to PlayOn/PlayLater/Plex and TiVo Desktop, although at some point I will find an inexpensive adequate desktop to replace it when it breaks. Hopefully not for a few years.

We are watching season 8 of Bones recorded from Hulu now, the first Hulu commercial shows the total commercial break time upper left, the right combination of 30 second skip forward and 15 second skip back and within a few seconds, the commercials are gone.

I did use Hulu+ for a free trial, primarily for the Criterion Collection a couple of years ago. I recall most, maybe all of those movies were promoted as having limited commercial interruption and the ads were very few and not annoying at all to me. I also feel certain that there were fewer ads overall with Hulu+ than the free Hulu. Today, I would likely just skip commercials with either service, with the rare exception when the first ad catches my attention and is something I want to see.

I use Google TV as the Plex playback client although I think Roku should work, I just don't like the Roku Plex channel nearly as well as the Google TV 99 cent Plex app.

Overall, I think Hulu and Hulu+ are both good for cord cutters.
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Their are 2 "features" of Hulu+ that I find useful:

1) Not having to commit to a new show till after its been renewed. I can wait till a show has been renewed and start watching the first season then. Nothing annoys me more then getting into a show only to find out its been cancelled halfway through its first season. I don't waste DVR space stockpiling episodes that I won't watch.

2) Conflict resolution: If I have a tuner conflict that can't be resolved, any show that is available on Hulu+ will typically fall off my DVR record list. Obviously not a major issue for most of the people on this forum (who probably have multiple DVRs and many tuners), but its a nice feature if you have limited tuners.

I typically put my Hulu+ subscription on hold during the summer and sometimes over the holidays (when there aren't many new shows). So I typically only pay for 9 or so months a year.

Not being able to FF through ads is annoying, but there aren't nearly as many as broadcast (it has increased a bit recently). And as I have said before, not having my DVR automatically skip ads is even more annoying.
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I record the free Hulu using PlayLater and by using playback through Plex on any HDTV in house Plex provides 30 second skip forward and 15 second skip back, skipping commercials works great.

I use Google TV as the Plex playback client although I think Roku should work, I just don't like the Roku Plex channel nearly as well as the Google TV 99 cent Plex app.
Wouldn't the built in logitech media player work just as well?
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:43 PM   #71
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I use Google TV as the Plex playback client although I think Roku should work, I just don't like the Roku Plex channel nearly as well as the Google TV 99 cent Plex app.
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Chris, do you know if that Google TV Plex app works on the Logitech Revue?
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I canceled my Hulu Plus and today they sent me confirmation of this and told me I can still watch my favorite shows on the free ad-supported hulu.com site. I thought that was kind of funny.
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Chris, do you know if that Google TV Plex app works on the Logitech Revue?
I have the Plex app installed on a logitech review and it works.
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