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11.22.63 on Hulu

"11.22.63" is this year's Stephen King fix for TV viewers on Hulu. It's an 8 episode mini-series releasing an episode each Monday night. West coast folks like me got a jump on things after 9 PM because it was Monday on the east coast, so like Netflix does it was available.

I really enjoyed the first episode and they went all out to re-create the 1960s. The picture quality was excellent and on my system 1080p so I hope others here can pick a good time and have 1080p support on their device that supports Hulu.
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Despite the mostly poor reviews, I watched the first episode.

It was good. Will watch the second ep.

Maybe the reviewers saw more eps, and it gets worse. Maybe some reviewers aren't very good. We will see.
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Saw the first episode and I liked it a lot more than I thought it would. Despite Franco being a douche in real life, he is actually a pretty good actor. Few things bug me, the portal just opening up in a busy public dirt lot and no one noticing. The fact he didn't make a couple of copies of those books the diner owner gave him and put them in various bank safety deposit boxes. Also, looks like the janitor's bad day is going to be caused by Franco's visit and "time" pushing back. Just hope it does not turn into the cliche time travel trope where Franco has to kill Kennedy because he killed Kennedy in the first place.

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I'm a huge fan of King's writing; not so much of most of the the screen adaptations. 11.22.63 was one of his best books of the last couple of decades, possibly his best since the accident that almost took him out. So I was disappointed to learn this series would be on a subscription channel I don't get and really don't need. And I think I used up my free trial a few years back.

So I'll keep an eye on you guys' reviews, and those elsewhere, to see if we should use up my wife's trial to watch it once the show is complete. The source material is worthy; it would rock if the show lived up to it.
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We currently don't have Hulu. A question. Is it like Netflix that when they release a "series" they make the entire season available at one time so you can binge watch it or do they release them once a week? Trying to decide if I sign up, watch em all, then cancel my Hulu account.

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I started a new subscription to Hulu just to watch this series. There will be a new episode every Monday, so No, it is not like Netflix in that regard. I figure if this series is good, then it will be worth the $24 I will pay for this for two months. First episode was intriguing and I will be tuning in each Monday for the next
8 weeks to see each new episode. FYI, I watched at 9AM Eastern time yesterday, so you do not need to wait until Monday night for the new episodes to be available, they appear to be available all day on Mondays.
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Are previous episodes available after they're shown the first time?

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Hmmm, I might save a few bucks and buy the DVD for $19, nothing else on Hulu strikes my interest, plus if you want no commercials, you have to pay even more.

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Hmmm, I might save a few bucks and buy the DVD for $19, nothing else on Hulu strikes my interest, plus if you want no commercials, you have to pay even more.
That's when and if it comes out on DVD/BD....

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Are previous episodes available after they're shown the first time?
One would think so. Consider if someone subscribes to Hulu late in the series - they need access to all previous episodes. Plus this is a Hulu exclusive that they will hold onto for quite a while.

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Maybe I'll just read the book again, this time trying to imagine Franco as the lead character. Driving a Scion.

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Hmmm, I might save a few bucks and buy the DVD for $19, nothing else on Hulu strikes my interest, plus if you want no commercials, you have to pay even more.
The $24 I quoted earlier included the no commercial plan for 2 months($11.99 per month, $7.99 per month with commercials). Nothing else on Hulu interests me either, except older shows that you have to pay for on-demand on Comcast or other outlets. In my opinion, $24 isn't too far of a stretch especially if the show is good. It's just a little more than I would pay of I purchased a movie on Comcast, so I get 9 hours to try a show for $24 over 2 months. Again, if the show is good, it's worth the money.
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All, you would probably do best to compare Netflix and Hulu to premiums like Showtime or Starz.

Both Netflix and Hulu are definitely more useful than Encore or The Movie Channel. IMHO, Netflix is neck and neck with Showtime in terms of content quality but behind HBO. Hulu is slightly ahead of Starz (but behind Showtime and Cinemax).

Hulu also has "Casual" (Golden Globe nominated) and "Difficult People." It has more original series than Epix.

IMHO, for original content the premium networks should be ranked HBO>Netflix>Showtime>Amazon>Cinemax>Hulu>Starz>Yahoo Screen>Crackle.
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Signed up for Hulu a couple months ago, not regretting it as 11.22.63 alone has been worth it so far as well as Fox & NBC programs we've forgot to dvr...
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This is my new favorite show. It has excellent dialogue and action, unlike BCS. The acting, set design, period atmosphere and production values are all top notch. The story of the Bronze Star and the drowning of the Nazi kid was epic. The butcher was a creepily menacing villain. The one thing I don't like is the "time pushing back" thing. They made it to powerful with the magic ability to get you sick or give you cancer. All time has to do, is give you a heart attack as soon as you try to kill Oswald. They should of definitely used the Final Destination model. Where time has to use the physical world around you to interfere, so there is always the slight chance you can succeed.

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Hulu also has quite a few movies from the Criterion Collection if you care about that.

It doesn't have 5.1 sound, though. A bummer for the newer shows and movies. And PQ is not as good as Netflix or Amazon, in my experience.
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But I wonder how long surround will be missing? It just might pop up some night without fanfare probably because device support will need to be rolled in over time like we see with the current PQ improvement.
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Shocked that Hulu doesn't do did 5.1. Emailed support and this was response:


Thanks for writing in! At this time the audio for Hulu Plus videos is encoded in stereo. We are however, looking into multi-channel surround sound formats. At this time, there are both technical and contractual issues to consider before we can provide it.
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They're contractually obligated to suck?

Actually, that could be true.
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Shocked that Hulu doesn't do did 5.1. Emailed support and this was response:

Thanks for writing in! At this time the audio for Hulu Plus videos is encoded in stereo. We are however, looking into multi-channel surround sound formats. At this time, there are both technical and contractual issues to consider before we can provide it.
Hulu's lack of 5.1 audio has been an issue since it first started. Their response is the one they've always given. However this may change with time, just like their current format change from 720p to 1080p.

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Their bitrate is only 3.4mbps or something, though. Maybe their engineers are just way better than everybody else's (Google, Netflix, amazon) and they are getting the same PQ as others get at 5, 10mbps, but to my eyes they're a notch below.
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Maybe there is a licensing issue with Dolby Labs. They might be waiting for a royalty free solution to release.
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Their bitrate is only 3.4mbps or something, though. Maybe their engineers are just way better than everybody else's (Google, Netflix, amazon) and they are getting the same PQ as others get at 5, 10mbps, but to my eyes they're a notch below.
Actually it depends on the streaming device you are using. From tests I performed the Apple TV 3 streams Hulu consistently at 6.3 Mbps which is clearly 1080p. Three other devices I tested, the Roku 3, WDTV Live and Tivo Roamio, streamed at much lower rates closer to 720p. Screenshots of those tests are in the 'Who has Hulu Plus?' thread - posts 251 and 295. According to another poster in the thread the Nvidia Shield also streams Hulu at the higher bitrates. There are probably some Smart TV apps that also stream Hulu at 1080p.

Of course the official word from Hulu is that they stream at 720p...and for most devices this is still true. This is similar to what happened when Amazon Prime was beta streaming at 1080p and their standard response was that they streamed at 720p.

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Ah, I stand corrected.

We now return you to regularly scheduled programming
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Hulu's guru was recruited from FFMpeg and in a very technical interview said the rollouts for their new technology is Chromecast and Sony devices first. Most likely due to API flexibility and HTML5 support. The latter also might limit at the moment what approach they can use for surround but that's a moving target too.
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Anybody still watching? I'm enjoying the show and Sarah Gadon is very good on the eyes.
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Absolutely. A little change from the book but nothing earth shattering. Seems true to the ends....

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We watched the first one, saving the rest to binge on ...
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Yup, still watching. One of the better Stephen King adaptations to mini-series. Much of the episodes contrast the difference between society norms in the 1960s versus now.
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I thought this was a technical thread!!!
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