The Orville is moving to Hulu

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  1. Jul 23, 2019 #81 of 159
    Steveknj

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    This is my assumption too. That will keep you connected to a service for more than month if you are the type that needs to see it right away. If you're willing to wait for the season to be over, then sign up, binge and leave, then you can do that. But imagine you have 2-3 shows on Hulu you want to watch, are you going to wait for that serendipitous time when all three are bingable? It's complicated (or lets say not so easy) to keep track of everything.
     
  2. Jul 23, 2019 #82 of 159
    Steveknj

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    We forget what the "olden days" were like. You have 3-4 major networks, maybe a 4 or 5 cable channels you watched stuff on, and pre DVR, you knew what day every show you watched was on. So it was pretty easy to keep track of things. Now? you might have a dozen or more streaming services to watch stuff on, with maybe 30 of 40 shows you might watch regularly (my SP list is 80 shows right now). Now add in that streamers like Netflix and AP add dozens of shows a week, a lot of junk but there's always 1-2 shows I'd be interested in watching....if I had the time to watch them!! This is much more complicated than TV Guide. It's not even close to being equivalent.
     
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    Sparky1234

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    Tony_T

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    Pre-VCR (remember the programable vcr's that had the ability to change the channel on the cable box?)
     
  5. Jul 23, 2019 #85 of 159
    Steveknj

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    Yeah, I used mine that way, but I suspect most people used them to watch pre-recorded rentals :) Even with the DVR, if you watched a bunch of shows and recorded a bunch on a tape, you had to watch them in the order recorded, so you were somewhat stuck in watching things in order. The DVR changed that.
     
  6. Jul 23, 2019 #86 of 159
    wmcbrine

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    We're not talking about the "Live TV" portion of Hulu here, but the "on demand" portion, which is higher quality. I haven't actually checked the resolution, but everything looks better than broadcast, I can tell you.

    Hulu says:
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    realityboy

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    In my pre-DVR days, I had dozens of channels, and I had to know what time, day, & channel each show came on. Now, there’s less than a dozen streaming services, and I only need to know the date of the season premiere/finale of the streaming shows as well as what service it’s on. TiVo keeps track of the cable shows. Yes, there’s a lot more content, but over half is tracked by TiVo. I still watch roughly the same amount, but of course, your mileage may vary.
     
  8. Jul 23, 2019 #88 of 159
    aaronwt

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    That's what multiple VCRs were for. I remember in the early 90's using six VCRs for my recordings. And I had VCRs dedicated to certain Broadcast networks and cable. And then sometimes I would start watching a show in the middle of the broadcast. I would remove the tape and put another one in to continue recording. And start watching the show from another VCR. I always did this with Babylon 5.

    But I did all this to avoid commercials. Whether it was 1990 or whether it's 2020, I want to do everything possible to avoid seeing commercials. I didn't start using VCRs until 1984. And I thought it was the best thing ever. To be able to quickly scan past the commercials. And to also binge watch shows. Although it wasn't called binge watching back then.
     
  9. Jul 23, 2019 #89 of 159
    aaronwt

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    BAck in the 80's and 90's, when I used VCRs, I always created a speadsheet on my PC each TV season. To keep track of all the shows I watched. So I would know what time they were on, and what channel/network had them. And which VCR was used to record them from. I certainly don't miss those days with stacks of video tapes around.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    More likely how to encourage people to become pirates.

    I did the same thing with my VCRs, DirecTivos and DVRs (both Tivo and ReplayTV). It was the only way that I could keep things straight. I decided to tinker with a Win XP HTPC using BeyondTV as my recording engine and I was hooked. I could add as many tuners as I wanted and never worry about conflicts or spreadsheets. When Ceton introduced the InfiniTV 4 cablecard tuner I was first in line to buy one. It meant that I had to give up my XP HTPC and switch to Windows 7, but it was well worth it. I went through a lot of growing pains for the first year or so and then it just plain worked. Now I have multiple Win 7 HTPCs plus a Win 10 PC for 4k playback and audio using JRiver Media Center. All of my streaming content is viewed using a Nvidia Shield.
     
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  11. Jul 23, 2019 #91 of 159
    JYoung

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    Most people didn't know how to set the clock in their VCR.
    (Hence the later addition of the clock sync feature.)

    I was probably the only person I knew who routinely recorded stuff for later playback and more than one show a week.
    And I must have gone through six VCRs in ten years.
    I even had a VCR Plus+.

    This is why the introduction of TiVo (and Replay) fascinated me.
     
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    Tony_T

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    That was an old joke.
    Now it's how old folks don't know how to use smartphones
     
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    realityboy

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    My mom tells a story about me at 4 years old getting up and putting a tape in the vcr and hitting record on Saturday morning cartoons so I could go back to sleep for a few more hours.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    Were you quoting me or yourself there? Why would this encourage more people to pirate TV shows? Because they would become fed up with the way they're being distributed and rather than pay ridiculous subscription fees to watch a couple of shows they'll just download them for free. How would they do it? If you don't know then I can't explain it here as it isn't an allowable topic for discussion. Let's just say that there are at least a few methods for getting TV shows from streaming services without paying for them.
     
  16. Jul 24, 2019 #96 of 159
    allan

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    In the mid 90s, I had shows I liked almost every evening. That's also when I went out with my GF 4-7 nights a week. I used the heck out of my VCR, but there were plenty of problems (I'd forget to set the VCR, forget to put in a tape, put in the wrong tape, etc). I would have sold my soul for a Tivo then.
     
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    aaronwt

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    An old joke but true. I couldn't even count the number of VCRs I saw that was flashing 12:00. All because the people had no clue how to set it.
     
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    Mikeguy

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    I've never understood the issue--it typically is fairly easy to set (one just needs to take the minute to do so). o_O
     
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    Tony_T

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    Old Folks just can't understand new technology ;)

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    Easy for you and me and 99% of TCF posters, yes. There are plenty of regular people for which it is not easy, and too much trouble to figure out again every time the power goes out.
     
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