Originally Posted by mboojigga
Complete opposite opinion for me. I can live with spending $8 for Hulu Plus with those 30 second commercials along with Netflix at $10 for streaming and renting BR movies while having the option to get TV & movies on Zune Marketplace and PSN vs spending the $120 with HD Directv DVR with COMMERCIALS and channels we don't even watch.
No reason I need to keep Directv or have cable with commercials I can't avoid either way. Save myself money.
You are right, it's still cheaper than $120 a month for cable/dish but it's also not HD and you aren't getting as much content.
I've worked in the TV biz since 1985 and I know from first hand experience
that they don't *need* to show you those commercials. The make you pay and show you the commercials because they are greedy and they don't care about the viewer experience.
It's that kind of attitude on the part of the networks is killing the broadcast TV business and IMHO also encourages piracy of content.
Ever since the :30sec skip button was introduced by TiVo viewers don't have to watch commercials anymore and the research shows they don't want to.
The fact is that most people skip commercials.
The whole point of streaming content was to make it easier for people to watch what they want, when they want it, and without as many commercials as normal broadcast tv.
The original Hulu took off because it had great content and one commercial per program. Now they've inserted commercials into programs just like regular a regular broadcast and their numbers have stagnated.
Worse is that Hulu Plus has had trouble gaining and retaining viewers since it's launch.
What's the biggest complaint people have?
Too many commercials.
I will never pay anyone to show me commercials. They should be paying me to watch them.