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post #211 of 231 Old 05-03-2015, 02:15 PM
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You also need to remember that the frat boys wearing grey suits don't have any idea of what it's like to be a TV viewer. Their TV viewing is probably limited to sports. So they continue to make some dumb decisions when they run companies like Hulu.
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Their job is to make money and they're doing quite well.
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It's a tightrope act. If subscribers don't like too many ads they'll go back to torrents. Hulu probably tells execs this that there is a threshold where too many ads will make people drop the service.

And for those not paying attention (they have a banner on the Hulu site about it) we get Showtime next month. If you're a subscriber you get a month of it free. It's $8.99 a month after that.
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A little surprised that Hulu has lost so many subscribers but it may be partially due to the summer hiatus for many network shows.

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In our household the main draw for using Hulu+ were the Comedy Central shows featuring Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Now with their departure and our purchase of the Tivo Roamio OTA there is less reason to subscribe. I'll have to think on this a bit...

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Think the explanation for the VUDU exodus is a lot simpler.... Two new OTT providers- SlingTV and HBO Now.

I have to rethink keeping Hulu as well.
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I've intended to dump Hulu for years but I keep forgetting to do it and then I find a use for it. Lately I got into Arrow and The Flash, bingeing the first two seasons of the former on Netflix and now watching one episode of the past season of each weekly as they unspool on Hulu. In the meantime I binged the first season of The Strain.

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Heh, I actually have been watching very little Hulu itself but Showtime on it. Binge watched the 2nd season of Ray Donovan having watched the 1st before I cut the cable. Now watching the 3rd season of Homeland. Problem with Hulu is that some of the networks have decided to "sell" episodes over providing them on Hulu. Or they provide the first half of the season and want you to "buy" the rest. This was true with "Mr. Robot" and Huluians are enraged. Not good to piss off millinneals when you want them to subscribe.
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I can't deal with ads you can't skip. Even muting the TV they are annoying. At least on my DVR I can skip them. My free trial of Hulu ends in April 2016 and I won't be keeping it.

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Yup, ads are insipid. The agencies just book them and never look at what they are wedged between. In many cases it makes people NOT want to buy the product. You can always OWN series ad free by buying them from the usual suspects.
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Yup, ads are insipid. The agencies just book them and never look at what they are wedged between. In many cases it makes people NOT want to buy the product. You can always OWN series ad free by buying them from the usual suspects.
I agree. I don't think I bought anything even impulse buying because of a annoying ad. If anything the annoying ads turned me off the product.

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Well, I was thinking of trying Hulu Plus again for a month to see what they have available for streaming now on Roku (a few years ago when I tried it, there wasn't much content available for streaming on these kinds of devices), but since they have ads, I think I'll pass. You would think, paying for a subscription service, they wouldn't have ads. Amazon Plus doesn't have ads, neither does Netflix. It's annoying. I understand why the regular Hulu would have them, but not Plus. Oh well.

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Hulu just screwed me. I was using it to watch season 3 of Arrow, for which they offer a rolling 5 episodes, dropping the oldest and adding a newer episode each week. Well two weeks ago they failed to add a new episode and this week they skipped forward 5 episodes from episode 10 to 15. I complained and they gave me some unhelpful BS:

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That tears it--I'll be cancelling my subscription.

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Hulu hasn't been worth much in August but then I'm tied to it with Showtime where I've been binging catching up on series.
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Hulu just screwed me. I was using it to watch season 3 of Arrow, for which they offer a rolling 5 episodes, dropping the oldest and adding a newer episode each week. Well two weeks ago they failed to add a new episode and this week they skipped forward 5 episodes from episode 10 to 15.

That tears it--I'll be cancelling my subscription.
I know it doesn't help you, but it really is "not their fault", aka, it's how it works. The contract with The CW allows (forces) them to publish the last 5 episodes to air of each show. It's not a problem between Sep/Oct and Apr/May when the episodes are airing in order (although it is annoying that I can't 'collect' more than 5 episodes to watch at a time), but during the Summer this sort of things will happen because the channel either does not air repeats, or starts airing them and then decides to stop, flips the episodes order, etc...

I've been catching up on iZombie and have been lucky so far, but indeed Arrow (and Hart of Dixie, just checked) have missing episodes during re-runs.
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Additional ''how it works'' facts to keep in mind...

The network contracts for only 2 runs of each episode-the first showing + 1 repeat. Since the CW doesn't air much in the way of specials, they may obtain a second rerun option for a handful of early season episodes to pad out the 52 week calendar year, but not the entire season. Since the first half of the season will get repeated during Christmas and spring breaks, those can't be shown again (unless the network pays for them). Leaving the second half rerunning over the summer to bounce around with a batch of mid season eps.

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Oh, that I wasn't aware of...It can be a pain sometimes. Those shows where they have the rights to publish all episodes from the current season are certainly easier to follow.

I'm behind on plenty of network shows, but at least I know that if I don't finish them in a few weeks before the Fall Season starts, they'll either be on Netflix already or probably won't take long to show up.
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I realize that it's not their fault; they're just making the episode that's reran on the broadcast channel available to stream the day after (I streamed yesterday's episode of The Flash on Hulu after midnight). I could be recording the reruns of the series and have the same problem. But if they aren't any better than recording the reruns for the things that I'm watching, why am I paying them $8/month (and watching non-skippable ads to boot)? I was following the season of Arrow and paid $12 to buy the 4 episodes they skipped in HD on Amazon 'cause I wanted to see them before watching the next episode they offered.

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I realize that it's not their fault; they're just making the episode that's reran on the broadcast channel available to stream the day after (I streamed yesterday's episode of The Flash on Hulu after midnight). I could be recording the reruns of the series and have the same problem. But if they aren't any better than recording the reruns for the things that I'm watching, why am I paying them $8/month (and watching non-skippable ads to boot)? I was following the season of Arrow and paid $12 to buy the 4 episodes they skipped in HD on Amazon 'cause I wanted to see them before watching the next episode they offered.
Well, in a sense, I'd say it was their fault if you consider that they are forced to accept those terms since they're owned by the same companies that they're contracting with to carry that content. That's always been a kludge with Hulu, they're simply not independent like a Netflix or Amazon and it's reflected in the content and the access to that content that they have. It's a sort of a "it is what it is" thing, if you go with Hulu you have to accept that things will be a bit wonky.

I've never bothered with Hulu except for the rare foreign TV series that couldn't be found elsewhere(legally anyway) and I'd only subscribe for the month, other than that, I never use the service.
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Gotta admit though that the Hulu Showtime addon gives access to a lot of their shows including all seasons and episodes. Something I hear HBO ain't doing almost twice the price. Plus you don't need to wait until the next day as episodes debut the same time as as they do cable on the East Coast. CW also does this with episodes but they wait an hour after the show has played in your time zone.
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I suspect that PQ of Hulu from my Roku 3 is superior to that of my local CW affiliate, who may be broadcasting bit-starved MPEG-2. I watched my TiVo recording of The Flash after having watched the episode on Hulu the previous night and that's the impression I was left with. I'll have to take a closer look.

(I use the Roku instead of TiVo for streaming Hulu because TiVo still has the clunkier old UI).

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I suspect that PQ of Hulu from my Roku 3 is superior to that of my local CW affiliate, who may be broadcasting bit-starved MPEG-2. I watched my TiVo recording of The Flash after having watched the episode on Hulu the previous night and that's the impression I was left with. I'll have to take a closer look.

(I use the Roku instead of TiVo for streaming Hulu because TiVo still has the clunkier old UI).
Yup, about everything I watch on Hulu even if it is 720p looks better than if the show is broadcast at 1080i. That includes the PQ on Showtime compared to when I had it on Comcast and it was 1080i.
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