Hulu + Show Time

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by atmuscarella, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

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    For anyone who's interested, if you own a Roku (and have a credit card on file with Roku and an email address that's never subscribed to Hulu before), you can sign up for a Hulu subscription before midnight tomorrow (Sunday) and get your first two months free. You can then sign in with the same account on the Hulu app on TiVo and use your free trial there. Cancel before the two months are up and avoid a charge. Or use Bing as your search engine and score points that can be used for additional free months of Hulu.
     
  2. JBDragon

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    PlayOn and Play Later like I said costs a little money. But you get a 2 week free trial to give it a try!!! I also have a Desktop PC, so using it as a server costs me nothing. PlayOn and Playlater pay for themselves is a very short period of time. They both also play on a number of differnt Devices. I generally use my ROKU devices because I have them all over and they're the Best streaming device out there. I have 1 Harmony Remote that works for everything!!! You make it sound like things are such a huge deal for you.

    Clearly you shouldn't be a cord cutter. You just want to sign up to everything. HULU+ for the year alone is $96!!!

    Again I use harmony Remotes. A 6 year old could control my complex system which is far more complex then most. Hell my Dad moved into my house and he's 68 and he figured it out. Most HDTV's have like 3 HDMI inputs. My Surround sound reciver has 5 HDMI Inputs. Wasn't enough when I added a new Roamio OTA so I had to add a 3 port HDMI switch into the mix. Guess what, you wouldn't even know it was there using my Remote!!! my Harmony 900 Remote. Watch whatever I like with a single press on the screen. You're houseguest are just going to come in and start using your setup and figure out HULU+? Ya right. As for your Family, they should be able to figure it out pretty quick.

    Really, I don't care what you do. You're clearly not a very good cord cutter. You're full of lame excuses. Go back and sign up for cable TV and use their DVR and now you have a all in one place for all your content. All easy to find in one spot for friends and family.

    See with Cable TV service, You can DRV the programs and skip to another channel when you want. Yo know Channel Surf. Commercial Skipping, which is why someone would have a Tivo. HULU+ allows none of that. It's sit there and take it. It would be quite as bad if at least the commercials were all different. Hulu is owned by Cable company's!!! Why go that route and go right back and get TV directly from the cable company's!!!

    You clearly have zero Idea how things can be really EASY!!! You're suck in the past way of doing things. Most people in their 40+ can't get used to these new ways. I kind of forced it on my Dad when he moved in. He said he'd give it a try before signing back up to Satellite service. That was 3 years ago.

    The last time I used HULU was quite some time ago. I have ZERO need for it. I let my DVR record most of my programs. Netflix for a lot of content and a few season passes for shows I really miss. Some content I use Playon and stream directly from the source.

    I hear there's ways to get PlayOn and Playlater working on TIVO. I don't think it's simple, but doable. But as a Cable Cutter a ROKU is almost a must have because it can stream from so many different Sources. Not only doe sit may play later and PlayOn simple to use, but now you have access to Crackle which is free Movies from Sony with Commercial's, key word being FREE along with a number of other free streaming sources. It's also faster with netflix, hulu+, Amazon Prime, etc. TIVO does a OK job, but not great. PLEX is also better on ROKU then Tivo, especially with that 720P limitation Tivo has.

    You sound like you really need to patch up that cord and get back onto CableTV service!!!
     
  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Here's the thing... I *have* all the technology you mention. But it doesn't change what I said earlier, what apparently sent you down the rabbit hole.

    I'm *good* w/ the solution we have. I just wish you were more confident in your own solution that you didn't feel the need to so aggressively force it into situations where it doesn't fit.
     
  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    You're like the ISIS of cord-cutting*, dude.

    This all reminds me of the 'Go, God, Go" 2-part episode from South Park, where even in a post-organized religion future, we evolve new fundamentalist factions that seek to enforce their respective worldviews on everyone else.

    Ironically, I just pulled-up the 'Go, God, Go' episode on my TiVo, via my 'South Park' OnePass listing -- providing a shortcut to the Hulu+ subscription-only episode. Those enjoying the freedom of the non-subscription content on Hulu can enjoy 30 out of 254 full South Park episodes, including a couple clips from the 'Go, God, Go' episodes, here and here. Enjoy.

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    * Hint: Please identify anywhere that I referred to myself as a "cord-cutter," let alone expressing any affiliation w/ a particular cord-cutter sect.
     
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  5. CharlesH

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    Maybe I am over-sensitive about the point, but being 68-year-old does not necessarily make one a technology lightweight. I am 65, and have been in computer research and software development since the mid 1970's, and have no problem setting up a home network and configuring and using the latest techno-toys, including Harmony Ultimate and Hub.
     
  6. murrykane

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    I have found a way to watch a showtime show on Tivo Roamio with Hulu subscription to showtime.

    On a computer on HULU app, select a showtime show and start watching it. Click 'pause' and then go to your TV and TIVO location. Make sure it does not have HULU app running and start the HULU app ( I have found that is it never running if the TIVO is woken up from sleep mode) and on launch of the HULU app it will ask 'do you want to resume' what you where watching. IF you select 'yes' it will show you the showtime show on TIVO.
     
  7. Philmatic

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    :up: Nice
     
  8. NashGuy

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    Have you tried adding a Showtime series to your queue or watch list (or whatever Hulu calls it) while on another device? Then fire up Hulu on TiVo and check your queue to see if the Showtime series is there? I've heard this works.
     
  9. larry5601

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    I tried adding Ray Donovan to my HuluPlus queue and my wish list but it never showed up on tivo. For the $15 dollars a month I am paying you would think they could keep the software up to date.
     
  10. NashGuy

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    That stinks. Well, I've heard a rumor that Hulu is now working on an updated app for TiVo. If so, surely it will support the Showtime add-on.
     
  11. atmuscarella

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    Yes the current TiVo Hulu app is Flash based, my guess is TiVo will continue to phase out Flash over time (maybe even completely remove it in the next gen hardware) and needs to get an HTML5 Hulu app built.

    I am a little pi**ed at Hulu as they decided to not allow me to use the free month of Showtime or even to pay for it because if I do they will cancel any service I have paid for Via Bing rewards.
     
  12. tasha99

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    Wow--so this is why I can't access my Showtime shows on Hulu Plus with my Tivo. I have a firestick, so I'll use that. It seems my tivo is getting more and more obsolete. :( Not getting another one since I've cut the cable cord anyway.

    For the person above who hates hulu because of commercials--it costs $4 per month to cut the commercials out.
     
  13. NashGuy

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    Just hang on a bit, a modernized version of the Hulu app for TiVo is currently in development and as soon as it's finished, TiVo says it'll roll out to the Bolt and Roamio. (Seems like it would roll out to Premieres too but he didn't mention them.)

    I think TiVo was thinking the new app would be ready in time for the Bolt launch but that didn't happen, so the Bolt is launching without a Hulu app at all. I expect we'll see our new Hulu app before year's end and that, like modern Hulu apps on virtually every other platform, it will support the new Showtime add-on service.
     
  14. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    ... as well as the commercial-free Hulu service, yeah?
     
  15. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    My 78-year-old mom is loving her basic Roamio and Mini, paired w/ a simple in-room antenna to pull-in all her locals, including a couple PBS subchannels she wouldn't be able to receive via Comcast, let alone record.

    With integrated Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant and Hulu Plus, she's loaded with content, and covered when the grandkids come to visit. And she loves being able to keep content "bookmarked" via the OnePass listings, rather than having to remember into which streaming app she needs to dive to find a particular season of a particular show.

    To be fair, though, she'd be even happier if she could get Acorn.TV via her TiVo setup, as well. But still, the TiVo setup gives her nearly all her content on multiple screens, and she uses a Roku at the main TV to fill the streaming app gap.
     
  16. NashGuy

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    Absolutely. If Hulu is going to the trouble to develop an updated app for TiVo, you know they don't want to leave any potential money on the table, so it will allow their customers to spend those extra few bucks a month for their commercial-free and Showtime tiers. (Actually, I didn't even realize that our current Hulu app doesn't support the ad-free tier. Does it not?)

    Also, side note, I watched a movie on Hulu last night for the first time, on my Roamio (Anchorman 2). I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had exactly ZERO commercial breaks -- I guess even on the standard ad-supported Hulu plan like I have, they don't put ads in movies? Now that Hulu has a deal to get films from Epix (Paramount, Lionsgate & MGM films), they have a much better film library.

    Second side note: I tried a couple different films and they would not play with the app's video quality set to HD 3.2 Mbps (where I always keep it for watching TV shows). So to watch Anchorman 2, I had to lower the quality setting to HD 2 Mbps. It still looked great, probably slightly better than any HD cable channel looked on DirecTV.
     
  17. Eddie501

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    I have the ad free version of Hulu & have not seen a single commercial via the Tivo app.
     
  18. NashGuy

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    While we're all still waiting for a new Hulu app and/or a Showtime app to come to TiVo, I thought I'd post this. I added the free trial of the Showtime add-on to my Hulu subscription. I knew I wouldn't be able to browse for Showtime content in the TiVo Hulu app but I had hoped that if I added their shows and movies to my queue or favorites/subscriptions in another Hulu app, that it would also show up in those menus in the TiVo Hulu app. Unfortunately, it does not. However, if you watch the first bit of a Showtime program in another Hulu app (or via their website), that show will appear under the History menu in the TiVo Hulu app. From there, you can select it and watch it. Oddly though, the only playback controls that work for such Showtime programs are play and pause. Hulu's playback progress bar does not contain any info for these shows -- it doesn't reflect the length of the show or the elapsed playback time -- and so none of the forward or reverse controls work. If anything, they'll simply return you to the start of the show. So if the TiVo Hulu app is the ONLY way you have of streaming Showtime programming on your TV, well, it can be done, but it's not ideal. If you have another option via a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc., you'll probably prefer to stick with that.
     
  19. Treflip823

    Treflip823 New Member

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    too bad I cant stream hulu in the first place without it stopping every 10 seconds...
     

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