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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by MediaLivingRoom, Feb 23, 2011.
Just checked mine.. no Hulu+ yet
but at least I know it's actually coming...
I just tried and did get the 6 months free trial, my TiVo was activated last week May 19th.
I activated in April and it says I get it too.
Not much different than cable/satellite "introductory offers", with free HBO and low price for new customers. Unless I'm wrong, an existing cable/sat customer isn't eligible for those offers either.
Honestly that doesnt bother me, what bothers me is it took them 8 months to implement a system the exact same system that had been running on the PS3 before they even announced the TiVo support. And it bothers me that the universal search is missing, individual UIs is fine with me. I hope they at least add an easy way to jump into hulu plus from the iPad app, otherwise it's as big of a hurdle to jump into hulu plus on the TiVo as it is on my xbox, and that's just means I won't use it, and probably won't keep my hulu subscription.
And it REALLY irritates me that they waited for most of the regular season shows to finish before releasing this, hulu is only aventageous over Netflix because it gets new releases, but now it's essentially unnessisary until september when the fall season starts.
I wondered what would be next.
And do you know if there is an API that Hulu has that will support that? I would think that Tivo would have added search (like Netflix and Amazon) if Hulu had the capability for a 3rd party to do that.
$8 per month to stream content that I could have recorded on the Tivo at no extra charge. No thanks.
And you get commercials with Hulu+
I subscribe for the mobile access. It comes in handy at the gym, and surprisingly streams more reliably than Netflix when my bandwidth has been limited. TV-based access is a bonus when I hear about something on SNL and I'm thinking about watching Firefly.They also recently added select titles from the Criterion Collection - I assume there will be some we'll enjoy. But yet another subscription fee along with commercial interruption is off-putting for many, I agree.
You will not be disappointed. You need to commit to watching for at least 4 eps, some take a few shows to really appreciate it. And no commercials if you watch via NetFlix.
From that Engadget article:
Just shy of 8 months.
...to come out with something half-baked.
How is Hulu+ half baked? It's just like Hulu+ on some other devices. It's works fine on the premiere.
Although I still don't understand why it wasn't out several months ago.
Its half baked because the point of the premiere is supposed to be the unified search, the idea that you want to watch a show, you search for it, and TiVo will show you all the places that you can get it from. Now TiVo says they are working on bringing unified search to Hulu eventually, but like the engadget article states I'm sure it's coming, just after the HD ui and 2nd core. seriously I would have been cool if TiVo hadn't included the search if Hulu had come out within a few months of them announcing it, but the only reasonable explanation for the 8 month wait seemed to be that they had to be designing the infrastructure that allows for universal search. Now that it seems they weren't I'm starting to think that they somehow made a licensing agreement with hulu to release it much later (after microsoft for the 360) so that it would cost them less. I mean seriously it was announced at the beginning of the fall season, and was released on one of the last weeks of the season. Hulu is really pointless for a lot of people over the summer because many use it to catch the shows they missed, not catch up on shows they haven't seen (heck hulu plus only has one season of a lot of currently airing shows) Netflix is a better option for catching up on shows they haven't seen because it has much more extensive back catalogues.
I meant in the way that they control the app. Netflix controls all it's apps. AFAIK, all devices now use a modified browser and HTML5 UI, that's why all the latest apps all look the same. Netflix on the PS3, Wii, Boxee, & Roku are all the same. The exceptions are Microsoft (XBOX), Apple, and Tivo.
I just browsed through the offerings on the web site. Am I missing something?
If not, it gets a big <YAWN> from me for $8/mo. If I already have Netflix (most of those older shows are there as well, plus more movies) and can record current shows on my Tivo, why do I need Hulu Plus?
Again, am I missing something?
If so, then I'm missing it, too. Paying for content with unskippable commercials seems ridiculous to me. Of course with the content not showing up in TiVo search I'll never know what I'm missing.
That is generally what you paid for with cable until DVRs came along. I know there were VCRs, but people didn't use them like that so much.