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post #181 of 212 Old 11-14-2014, 04:13 PM
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Hulu Plus didn't reduce the ads. I gave up watching Shield every break had those long freaking worse annoying prescription drug ads which are long. I am going to watch the Dish recording.

I have Hulu Plus free until August 2015 then I will cancel a week before if I do it now I lose out on all those crappy free months. Now I am going to use my bing points towards discounts on Amazon it is more worth it.

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... According to the research that was done over the NFL kerfuffle it doesn't take many ads to pay for the show. Everything else is gravy. ...
I missed this, could you provide a reference? Searching for NFL kerfuffle took me down a whole bunch of different roads, but I did not find anything about the number of ads needed to fund a show.

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There is matrixed information encoded in the stereo sound for most shows and movies which have surround soundtracks for ProLogic, giving front left, front center, front right and a single rear channel, though the ProLogic mechanism can synthesize surround when that information is absent. My Onkyo AVRs can detect that information and enable ProLogic automatically. The matrixed encoded ProLogic can sound pretty damn good , though not as crisp as discrete digital surround.
My Yamaha does that but you have to learn it on automatically. Actually the BD Player is supposed to do that too but apparently not for streaming.
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I missed this, could you provide a reference? Searching for NFL kerfuffle took me down a whole bunch of different roads, but I did not find anything about the number of ads needed to fund a show.

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Sorry but it was on the radio in an interview so there are no links. I'm also not a sports fan so it might been about another sports group starting streaming.
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I checked new movies from this past week and they all show ad breaks in them. I did watch a new movie a week ago on my TV and indeed it had ads. Do they realize that will be a "deal breaker" for most folks? I can understand ads on the TV shows or maybe movies on the free version but not the subscription.
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I think that I've only ever watch TV shows on Hulu. Did movies previously not have ad breaks?

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The handful of movies I watched during a trial period, did not contain any ad breaks. That was earlier this year.

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Up until now I hadn't seen any ad breaks in movies on Hulu+ via TV. I think with just Hulu you would get ad breaks. Maybe they got lazy and decided they didn't want to do two setups anymore. I watched "Maniac Cop" last night and it had ads but except for the first two breaks they were mainly 15 second Hulu promos.
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Just checked some of the new movies and two that had ad breaks in them no longer have them. So complaints from the members won out or someone (a new hire or intern maybe) at Hulu didn't know there weren't supposed to be ads on the movies for Hulu+.
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Hmm, I see Hulu+ is now asking "which ad do you prefer" on the TV. When are they going to learn they walk a fine line if they want to keep subscribers?

Did anyone watch season one of "THE WRONG MANs" last year and recall it being in "scope" (2:35:1) . I don't but season two is and checking season one now it is too.
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I have seen the "Which Ad" off and on for quite some time through the Roku, although it is usually three ads from the same company. Could be a year or more, since I thought it was during last fall's Grimm when the girlfriend remarked about one of the commercials...

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Those ads sit there for several seconds unless you click on one of them. Click on the one less "relevant" to screw up their profiling.
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Did anyone watch season one of "THE WRONG MANs" last year and recall it being in "scope" (2:35:1) . I don't but season two is and checking season one now it is too.
Did you check any season one episodes beyond the beginning few minutes? All of the season one episodes, while framed at 1280x720, have 2:35:1 aspect (with black bars) for the first 2-5 minutes (depending on the episode) and then transition to 1:78:1.

I downloaded the season one episodes from hulu when they were first made available - and I just checked one now, and it is still the same way. Episode one of season one, for example, transitions at 5 min 18sec.

Season two episodes are 2:35:1 the whole way through, with black bars in 1280x720 frame (assuming you're watching the HD version).
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No, I only watched the opening and didn't bother going further in. I don't remember the opening from a year ago.

Another annoyance is I've heard and read good things about "Jane the Virgin" so went to watch it. Hulu+ has episode 3 then skips to 6. I liked the episode and was surprised to see who directed it, Brad Silberling who is an old friend of my sister's family. I see he also directed the pilot.
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Was surprised to see Watership Down in their Criterion Collection a few days ago. (No ads either.) And the Blu-Ray issue doesn't ship until February.
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Has anyone compared video quality of Hulu Plus using a device supporting the older UI versus the new one? For instance, I have a 2013 Panasonic BD player and a 2013 Panasonic TV. Both have the same, older, version of the Hulu Plus app. The PS3 has a newer UI and different version. I'm not sure what the version numbers are, as I am not in front of the TV right now.

Recently I compared the video quality of a show via all three devices. I noticed that the PS3 with the newer version has lower quality. Meaning, I saw way more pixelation and heavy banding that was a lot less visible, if not entirely indiscernible, on the Panasonic devices running the older UI. I typically use my TV's app since it loads quickly and generally performs great, but sometimes I'll have the PS3 on and just use it instead. The PS3 has historically had fewer issues with buffering, although that has not been a problem on the TV or BD player lately. All devices are wired.

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The latest news is that Hulu is kicking it up a notch...

http://www.adweek.com/news/televisio...-amazon-164303

I am especially looking forward to J.J. Abrams and Stephen King's 11/22/63.

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Once again an NBC show bumped up it's spots in the ad breaks. This time it was "American Odyssey" which had two out of six breaks of 5 spots that had about 2 minutes 20 seconds each. Same thing happened last week with "Blacklist" and it had even more long breaks. Comparatively ABC's "Secrets and Lies" only had about 2 minutes and 30 seconds total worth of spots spread out over 6 breaks.
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I have Hulu Plus free until next year and I have not used it in 3 months. It is a waste even for free. I can't stand low quality ads I can't skip so I only use it a last resort for example if my DVR timer screws up or the local network shows a sports game instead. Otherwise I rather use my DVR because I can skip the ads.

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"Deadbeat", season 2, has really good PQ for 720p. Episode 6 has Fred Armisen guest starring as a janitor ghost.
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I was shocked at how funny I found the first episode (of season 2) of Deadbeat. I liked episode 2 almost as much.

From episode 3 on, they have been kinda bad. I especially didn't care for the The Fred Armisen and Danny DeVito episodes. I'm up to episode 7, maybe I'll like some of the last ones better.

But you're right, the 3200k 720p quality of Deadbeat on hulu is a well done encoding.
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I have Hulu Plus free until next year and I have not used it in 3 months. It is a waste even for free. I can't stand low quality ads I can't skip so I only use it a last resort for example if my DVR timer screws up or the local network shows a sports game instead. Otherwise I rather use my DVR because I can skip the ads.
I'm beginning to think that you don't like Hulu Plus. Too much good stuff on there for me to pass on.
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Not if I can't even skip the ads. At least I can do that on my DVR.

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Not if I can't even skip the ads. At least I can do that on my DVR.
Hit the mute button. Complain if the ads get longer than 1 minute.
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Hulu won't get rid of ads as long as the networks can sell show ad free on places like Amazon, VUDU, iTunes, etc. Some of these writers need a little Business 101 course. I think the main thing is to keep the break length at about 1 minute which is far better than on TV. But if the pay places were to make a second tier of "rent" rather than "own" a series for ad free versions then that might be a hit since the "rent" could come at a much lower price than the "own." AVS has a lot of TV junkies though who seem to like the idea of "owning" a series even if they don't ever watch a repeat episode. Recently Netflix added AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" which I "own" on Amazon but I chose to show guests who had worked in the tech industry way back to the 1980s the show on Netflix for better PQ.
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If Hulu wants to air ads for next day airing then I understand. What I don't get is why they have ads on TV shows that are no longer in production?

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If Hulu wants to air ads for next day airing then I understand. What I don't get is why they have ads on TV shows that are no longer in production?
The same reason basic cable channels have ads during their programming. Hulu is, at best, an extension basic cable service package that you add to augment whatever video outlets you already have.
Consumers tolerate advertising everywhere else, there really shouldn't be that big of a deal continuing to do so on Hulu, Crackle, or any other service that chooses to be ad supported, over premium, ad free pay services like Netflix, HBO, Showtime, etc.

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Yep, they get $7.99 from us and they get $7.00 per sub in ad revenue per month, that is why they have ads.
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