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post #31 of 144
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

I've subscribed to Hulu+ for about a half year now and find it very convenient. If I had a DVR and wanted to bother with recording shows I guess I wouldn't need it.
I find if you are watching on a large projection screen 100" and larger you need the HD version of TV shows which only Hulu+ provides. Regular Hulu resolution may work for computer screens and smaller TV sets but the bigger the screen the more you need HD resolution.
Yes, Hulu+ has commercials but they are of much shorter duration than anything you will find on cable. Some shows have no commercials. I am catching up on past seasons of The Family Guy and there no commercials between segments.
There are probably only about 5 TV shows that I watch on a regular basis on Hulu+ but I find the service handy enough to continue. Some people complain about wanting cable companies to change their structure to a menu system where you can pick and choose what you want to watch and pay for, well in a way Hulu+ already supplies this menu and for only $8 a month. I have thought about cutting the cable cord and if I ever do I would definitely use Hulu+ as my one of substitutes.

I agree. I was thinking about canceling but its pretty convenient. I like to watch shows like Family Guy, Arrow, 666 Park Ave and Chicago fire.
post #32 of 144
Not to revive a dying thread, but I have used both streaming services for the better half of the past year (even tried Amazon prime, actually), so I wanted to throw in my bit of experience with the streaming giants. I may not have a reputation on this forum, but I hope I can be somewhat helpful.

When it comes to the question of which service you might prefer, it really needs to be considered what content you value. Do you value a wider selection of movies and films? Do you prefer a much better selection, with much more recent updates, of full-length series and shows? If you prefer the former - Netflix it is, but I will warn that the selection of films is generally outdated, and as of late - I am very disappointed with the lack of any good updates to the selection. However, if you prefer the later - Hulu+ is a really good service for long-running series, and even the newest selection of tv shows.


In short, Netflix wins for the selection of movies, but all of those movies are generally outdated. Hulu+ wins by no competition for TV shows and more recent content.



If you want to get a bit more in depth, however, then let us discuss the user experience.

I have a Ruku HD. I play both services through this device. Hulu+ has recieved a bad reputation for their generally glitchy interface, and Netflix has recieved poor reviews on the UI overall. I want to reassure though: Hulu+ really seems to have improved! When I first began using the service, I found a displeasure in the amount of freeze-ups, lag, and crashes of the UI on the Roku. I imagine the situation was similar across devices. As of late (past 4 or 5 months), the problems have mostly disappeared. *Meaning, I have as much problems and glitches with Hulu+ as I do with Netflix - and that's usually due to a Roku mishap and not the actual services.*

For UI and user experience, despite past mishaps: Hulu+ just looks more modern, more polished, and much easier to use. (This is preference, but I find what I want to watch much more quickly on Hulu+ than I do on Netflix.)


Honestly, despite complaints of ADs on a paid service, I have no problem with this issue. Perhaps it was different in the past, but really? You have a 30 second advertisement at the beginning of an episode, and SOMETIMES (rarely) a 15-30 second advertisement in the middle of an episode. Really, given the short nature of these interruptions, there's hardly a noticed span of time. At the very least, for $8.00 a month, a couple of short, sweet advertisements thrown in the beginning and middle of an episode aren't bad at all.

For the record: I prefer Hulu+. Netflix has a terrible schedule of updates. I haven't seen a good addition to their selection for quite a while, and the content I want just isn't there. For the occassional indie film or foreign wonder, Netflix is great. Otherwise, it doesn't capture my attention. Apparently, I'm not the only one with such complaints. More and more people are becoming disatisfied with the content and selection of Netflix.

(Hope I helped someone a bit.)

** As for Amazon Prime: Generally, if you don't buy a lot of items from Amazon, the subscription isn't worth it. Free two-day shipping is a wonder... but I don't buy enough from amazon to justify it.**
post #33 of 144
Side note: Hulu's CEO and CTU have quit.
http://blog.hulu.com/2013/01/04/some-news-to-share/
post #34 of 144
Hulu+ is nonstarter for me until they get surround sound support.
post #35 of 144
Use Dolby Pro Logic II on your A/V receiver , the same as you would with any of the stereo only streaming on every other streaming site. If their is any surround info present in the audio tracks it will be decoded just like it was with Vhs hi-fi and laserdiscs.
post #36 of 144
I've been a subscriber for some time and I'm getting increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of the HD. It's 2013, 1080p should be supported. 720p on my 51 inch plasma looks lame.
post #37 of 144
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Originally Posted by jozeppy26 View Post

I've been a subscriber for some time and I'm getting increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of the HD. It's 2013, 1080p should be supported. 720p on my 51 inch plasma looks lame.
I agree. The audio and video quality, not to mention the endless commercials, on Hulu Plus have been terrible for years and remain so. I find no good reason to pay for such an inferior service, so I get most of that content by other means, which is usually much higher quality.
post #38 of 144
I dropped it because my kids or my wife wouldn't watch it. I will say its decent but it should be $5 a month instead of 8
post #39 of 144
Have they increase the ads since I dumped them two years ago because of the annoying ads. I was a subscriber for a week.
post #40 of 144

The ads are still there, but I can't say whether they've increased or not. I've been a subscriber for about a year now, and the amount of time consumed by ads is approximately half of what you see on basic cable channels. Sometimes less (even considerably less), rarely more.

 

My main reason for subscribing is that I wanted to be able to view some favorite shows when away from home; while we have a TiVo there, during the summer we pretty much live full time in our place on the coast. We don't subscribe to cable TV there, but we do have broadband internet and I really don't want to be bothered with the "other means" necessary to watch a lot of the content easily available through Hulu, Amazon and Netflix.

post #41 of 144
I dumped Hulu+ about a year ago. Yes, I don't like the commercials but still would have kept it if it wasn't for the lousy UI, at least on the Roku. It just seemed laid out really bad compared to Netflix and Amazon, clicking from page to page to page and never did find a way to have television series put into a queue or watchlist? If they ever make it work more like netflix and the others I will gladly sign back up.
post #42 of 144
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Originally Posted by huskerbear View Post

I dumped Hulu+ about a year ago. Yes, I don't like the commercials but still would have kept it if it wasn't for the lousy UI, at least on the Roku. It just seemed laid out really bad compared to Netflix and Amazon, clicking from page to page to page and never did find a way to have television series put into a queue or watchlist? If they ever make it work more like netflix and the others I will gladly sign back up.

The UI for Hulu+ was updated recently at least on the Roku 3. Everyone has different needs and requirements, for me Hulu+ is an asset.
post #43 of 144
Thanks, maybe I'll give it a try again, hopefully its radically different.
post #44 of 144
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Originally Posted by huskerbear View Post

.....Yes, I don't like the commercials but still would have kept it if it wasn't for the lousy UI, at least on the Roku. It just seemed laid out really bad compared to Netflix and Amazon, clicking from page to page to page and never did find a way to have television series put into a queue or watchlist? If they ever make it work more like netflix and the others I will gladly sign back up.

I don't have any problem with the Ads cuz i only watch the movies which of course don't have Ads. cool.gifsmile.gif

My problem is with the new UI...it SUCKS big time.I've never seen such a user UNfriendly UI anywhere from any other service.It's buggy.Super slooow to respond to commands from my remote control,often not responding for anywhere from 4-9 seconds after i give the command.The "Search" function often times doesn't work or works very poorly,and the whole "layout" of the UI makes it harder for me to find the kinds of movies i'm looking for,it's confusing to me.Have also noticed that when i watch a movie that i have taken the time to search out and place in my queue,the movie is then removed from the queue after i watch it,That shouldn't happen.mad.gifmad.gif The old UI wasn't that great but it was waaay better than this new.....'Thing'.eek.gif I'd go back to the old UI if i could.
I'm seriously thinking about canceling Hulu+ before the next billing cycle. I'm using a Roku 2XS.
Edited by greaser - 6/8/13 at 11:42am
post #45 of 144
Is there a guide somewhere that explains how to use Hulu+ on the PS3? Every time I load it up I have to hunt down the series I was previously watching, find the episode and then start it. Unless I'm missing something the controls are extremely limited on the PS3, for example, how do you stop playback of the next up episode? How do you back up to the main content listing?

Thanks
post #46 of 144
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Is there a guide somewhere that explains how to use Hulu+ on the PS3? Every time I load it up I have to hunt down the series I was previously watching, find the episode and then start it. Unless I'm missing something the controls are extremely limited on the PS3, for example, how do you stop playback of the next up episode? How do you back up to the main content listing?

Thanks

I have an older Roku HD and also an Amazon Fire HD 8.9 tablet and I can't find any way to resume where I left off easily, I'm currently watching a series, Faith, and every time I exit and come back I have to scramble around to find where I left off, I basically have to remember. Sometimes(very rarely) it will resume an episode where I left off, but I don't know it's going to start where I left off until I start, every now and then when I enter Hulu, it will inform me that I was watching a specific show and would I like to resume, that is great, but it is inconsistent and more often than not lately it doesn't seem to remember that I was watching something. That is very frustrating. For the most part I have to actually figure out where I was at and try to position the player for that spot. It's very frustrating.
post #47 of 144
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Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

I have an older Roku HD and also an Amazon Fire HD 8.9 tablet and I can't find any way to resume where I left off easily, I'm currently watching a series, Faith, and every time I exit and come back I have to scramble around to find where I left off, I basically have to remember. Sometimes(very rarely) it will resume an episode where I left off, but I don't know it's going to start where I left off until I start, every now and then when I enter Hulu, it will inform me that I was watching a specific show and would I like to resume, that is great, but it is inconsistent and more often than not lately it doesn't seem to remember that I was watching something. That is very frustrating. For the most part I have to actually figure out where I was at and try to position the player for that spot. It's very frustrating.
Yeah, it's a terrible UI, I guess that's what happens when the owners of a site don't really care if it succeeds or not.

BTW, the show I've been watching is something you might be interested in, especially if you watch Showtime's "Homeland", it's the original Israeli show it's based on, "Prisoners of War(Hatufim)" and in my opinion it's much better than the American remake.

http://www.hulu.com/search?q=prisoners+of+war
post #48 of 144
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Yeah, it's a terrible UI, I guess that's what happens when the owners of a site don't really care if it succeeds or not.

BTW, the show I've been watching is something you might be interested in, especially if you watch Showtime's "Homeland", it's the original Israeli show it's based on, "Prisoners of War(Hatufim)" and in my opinion it's much better than the American remake.

http://www.hulu.com/search?q=prisoners+of+war
It may not totally be Hulu's fault, Apple TV has a redesigned Hulu Plus UI that works very well and consistent with the way the other apps work. It wouldn't hurt if you write the manufacturer of your Roku or PS3 and ask when you getting a redesigned UI also. The new X-box may put a liitle pressure on them also.
Also write Hulu telling them what you need, it can't hurt.
post #49 of 144
I've got a Roku 3 and believe it or not Hulu+ has the best UI of the bunch, I can pick up where I left off, I even can be watching on the Roku 3 and pick up where I left off on my Amazon Fire tablet. Personally I think the worst one on the Roku is amazon, I've yet to be able to pick up where I left off on any video, not to mention I have to find the episode and figure out which one I was watching to boot. At least Netflix will resume where it left off. It doesn't alway know what episode is next, this seems to be a Roku 3 problem though.
post #50 of 144
I may see if they'll give me a free trial for a week again. I've been considering "cutting the cable" this week but I'm beginning to chicken out and just get U-Verse TV which would be half the price of my current Comcast TV bill for a year. IOW, put it off for another year and the their U200 tier has everything Comcast wanted to charge me extra for. In the meantime I'll get a new TV where I can play with a variety of streaming options.
post #51 of 144
If you have Paypal, they have a 1-month Hulu free trial deal at the moment. Don't forget to cancel at the end, or you will be billed.
post #52 of 144
Thanks, I did that. Great to watch a movie without it rebuffering or dropping down to a lower resolution than listed. There are some titles there that NF won't get for awhile.
post #53 of 144
I got a free year of H+ with my new Sony Bravia LCD purchase. Honestly I don't see what all the fuss is about. It seems like it's mostly clips, trailers, and TV shows. What content is there that Netflix doesn't have? And the ads...I thought that was the purpose of upgrading to Hulu+ is so your show isn't interrupted with ads. I'll stick with Netflix and its ad-free SuperHD content.
post #54 of 144
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Originally Posted by Cla55clown View Post

I got a free year of H+ with my new Sony Bravia LCD purchase. Honestly I don't see what all the fuss is about. It seems like it's mostly clips, trailers, and TV shows. What content is there that Netflix doesn't have? And the ads...I thought that was the purpose of upgrading to Hulu+ is so your show isn't interrupted with ads. I'll stick with Netflix and its ad-free SuperHD content.

I don't really see that much fuss about Hulu+, but personally I consider it worth $8 a month just for the various things, and in my opinion it is a good companion to have with Netflix, it does have a lot of things that Netflix doesn't have, recent major network broadcast shows. Yes, it does have commercials, but I think the video quality is actually more consistent than Netflix. I will keep them both, I mentioned elsewhere that I've gotten into some of the South Korean shows and to be able to watch entire series with minor commercial breaks is worth the $8 a month, but if you have no need or desire then it probably isn't worth it to you.
post #55 of 144
I did find some movies that Netflix doesn't have that you pay for on VUDU and Amazon. I watched episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" last night and though it had commercials never more than a minutes worth per break (compared to 3-4 minutes broadcast). Also NO BANNERS. The encoding isn't that great, kinda like the 720p encodings I done using a fast encode preset on FFmpeg but tolerable. Netflix tends to have better encodings but it does no good if you can't get a decent stream from them.
post #56 of 144
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

I did find some movies that Netflix doesn't have that you pay for on VUDU and Amazon. I watched episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" last night and though it had commercials never more than a minutes worth per break (compared to 3-4 minutes broadcast).


That's why I record those shows. wink.gif



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post #57 of 144
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

That's why I record those shows. wink.gif



Ian biggrin.gif

So do I, but sometimes it's nice to check out new shows and not fill up the DVR with all that stuff, I have things I like to keep on the DVR and even though they hold a lot, it's convenient to check out some shows that I really don't feel like setting up and keeping up with them. Like I said above, it's not for everyone, but I consider $8 a month cheap enough for the convenience of it. Hulu has a few shows of their own, I really haven't checked them out, but like I mentioned I have recently gotten into some of the South Korean shows and I remember a while back that they were the only ones that had season #1 of Starhunter, everybody had season #2, but they were the sole service that had season #1.

Like I said it's a personal decision, and if it's not worth it to you, then it's not. I think the quality is good enough, I watch the shows for the enjoyment, I'm not gonna get all bent out of shape because the PQ isn't 1080p, that's one reason I really like the Roku 3, it adjusts the bitrate on the fly on Netflix and I'd rather have a reduction in PQ and keep watching the show as opposed to stopping and rebuffering to a lower speed, etc... I enjoy the shows and Hulu has some content that isn't available elsewhere. and it's been pretty solid for me as far as playback is concerned.
post #58 of 144
Hulu+ is adding a lot of UK shows - from their blog

' Now, Hulu Plus will stream one of the largest collections of British imports in the U.S., including internationally beloved series like Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock, and Luther, as well as comedies such as Fawlty Towers, Twenty Twelve, and Blackadder; sci-fi favorites Bedlam, Red Dwarf, and Primeval; and natural history shows, including selections from David Attenborough’s Life in the…series, Life of Mammals, and The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth. In addition, other titles like Upstairs, Downstairs, Wallander, and Bleak House will be available.'

Our favorite is Morse - really enjoying watching this again. If you have watched the recent 'Endeavour' on PBS Masterpiece - then 'Endeavour' is the prequel to Morse.
post #59 of 144
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

That's why I record those shows. wink.gif

Ian biggrin.gif
Good luck on trying to record them here. There is no OTA reception because I'm in a valley. The SF Bay Area is a gold mine for the cable and satellite companies because of the number of area like mine. Now if I wanted to take my laptop up the hill a block away it's a different story because I can get all the Sacramento stations there.

Far cheaper to put up with a few very short commercial breaks than pay a lot of money for cable TV. And then the movies on Hulu+ don't have adds and the movie I watched last night "No Tell Motel" had an excellent encode (probably one that Phase 4 prepared for all the streaming distributors).

Also just picked up a Chromecast which has a lot of possibilities.
post #60 of 144
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

I did find some movies that Netflix doesn't have that you pay for on VUDU and Amazon. I watched episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" last night and though it had commercials never more than a minutes worth per break (compared to 3-4 minutes broadcast). Also NO BANNERS. The encoding isn't that great, kinda like the 720p encodings I done using a fast encode preset on FFmpeg but tolerable. Netflix tends to have better encodings but it does no good if you can't get a decent stream from them.
Quality varies according to show, a lot of the stuff from ABC tends to be a little soft looking, but OTA on the shows is also that way. While you're in HULU Plus check out the show Endgame, a pretty decent one from Canada.
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