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Hulu Plus launches with new price  (Source: Hulu)
Price is $3 more monthly than rumors expected

Hulu has become one of the most poplar places online to stream video since it debut a few years ago. The cool part about Hulu is that not only can users get current programs that they may have missed on TV, but the site has lots of cool old shows from decades past to entertain viewers. When Hulu announced Hulu Plus, there were many fans of the service that were excited.

Originally, the price for Hulu Plus was pegged at $9.99 monthly. As competition for streaming content grew, the price for Hulu Plus was more and more out of line with other streaming offerings like Netflix. This lead Hulu to consider a price cut for the service. Rumors circulated that Hulu Plus service could get a price cut to $4.99 monthly

The new price of Hulu Plus has now been confirmed with a discount of $2 per month bringing the cost of the service to $7.99 monthly, $3 more monthly than we expected from the rumors. Hulu will refund the early adopters of the service that have been paying $9.99 monthly the difference between the price they agreed to and the new price. The refund will be applied to their bill in the next cycle

Hulu Plus is also offering all new subscribers a free week worth of access to get them hooked.

The full supported device list has also been offered. Devices that will support Hulu Plus include Roku boxes, multiple Blu-ray players from Samsung and Sony with support from LG, Panasonic, and Vizio gear coming soon. Multiple set top boxes from Western Digital, TiVo and others support the service. IPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users can access the service as well as Sony Dash users and PS3 fans. Xbox 360 support will be coming soon. All of the HD programming offered will be 720p resolution.

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Hulu (now) sucks.
By astralsolace on 11/17/2010 10:38:42 AM , Rating: 5
Hulu was great when it had an occasional 15-second ad. That was pretty smart--15 seconds is too little time to run to the bathroom or do anything else. You basically had to watch the ad.

Now there are multiple ads, with breaks of 60 seconds or more. Even semi-popular shows only have the last five episodes posted. Hulu sucks these days.

Netflix > Hulu, any day.

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By AmbroseAthan on 11/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2010 1:07:08 PM , Rating: 1
Either way both together are still cheaper than cable or satellite.

Christ I wish people would stop b*tching about commercials. It supports the content people. Without them there are no shows.

Unless you want the shows themselves to turn into giant commercials.

"Whats that you're eating there Bob?"

"Why its the brand new McDonalds Ultra Double Triple Quarter Pounder. Fries and a drink for just $5.99. You should run out and get one today. Oh and get me those memos printed before the end of the day."

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By bodar on 11/17/2010 1:45:43 PM , Rating: 2
Oh they do that anyway. The writers throw in these 30-60 sec bits in the show where the only point is to highlight some product.

Hawaii 50 did it recently with Windows Phone 7. Chuck did them for both Windows Phone 7 AND Subway in the same episode, including a song about "Black Forest Ham on Honey Oat".

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By BailoutBenny on 11/17/2010 1:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
The ads do not necessarily have to support the content. All premium channels are supported by subscriptions on cable. They run ad free, and don't really cost too much. If people want a la carte programming, then they need to get used to the premium cable channel subscription model.

Comcast is acquiring Hulu as part of the NBC merger, so get used to more and more ads creeping in anyway, even if you pay for the subscription, just like cable now and increasingly like satellite radio.

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By FITCamaro on 11/18/2010 7:43:10 AM , Rating: 3
I agree. However the vast majority of people don't want to pay for regular channels. Personally I'd be fine with paying a dollar or two per channel per month for the channels I actually want(with limited ads) rather than a flat fee and tons of bundled channels I don't want.

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By monkeyman1140 on 11/19/2010 4:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
I actually like the targeted commercials. I see local ads from my area on Hulu. Sometimes I'm even interested in the products and services offered, and isn't that what good advertising is all about?

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By d3872 on 11/17/2010 1:17:59 PM , Rating: 4
Agreed about the longer ads. I used to watch shows on Hulu on a fairly regular basis, but with the longer ads I just never seem to visit the site.

What's odd is that I didn't make some kind of conscious decision not to use Hulu. It's not like I got mad about the longer ads. The longer ads just raised the irritation level to the point that I (subconsciously) stopped bothering to use Hulu.

RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By cruisin3style on 11/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Hulu (now) sucks.
By bludragon on 11/17/2010 8:31:16 PM , Rating: 2
Agree about the adverts. They should have an ad-free subscription option.

I'm not sure what I get with Hulu+ that I don't get just by going to e.g. where I get HD streaming with ads for free?

Just Broadcast?
By Suntan on 11/17/2010 10:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
Does hulu plus have much content from stations other than the national broadcast stations?

Old content is fine, but you can most likely get those in disc form from Netflix. Broadcast content already gets streamed to your house for free every day. Hulu’s only appeal to me was the notion of getting current content from stations like syfy etc. But if hulu+ doesn’t offer that, it seems rather pointless for my money.


RE: Just Broadcast?
By smackababy on 11/17/2010 11:06:32 AM , Rating: 2
If Hulu+ did give current content, it would be an acceptable replacement for paid TV programming. And we all know the cable companies won't allow that to happen...

RE: Just Broadcast?
By Denigrate on 11/17/2010 11:25:40 AM , Rating: 2
As technology improves, the need for Cable companies is waning except as broadband providers. If Hulu could set themselves up as a single day delay provider of SyFy and other "basic" channel providers, I'd sign up. I get the SyFy shows I watch from Netflix now, just a season delayed.

RE: Just Broadcast?
By FITCamaro on 11/17/2010 1:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's what I'm looking for. A way to get shows from Sci-fi, TBS, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, and the local stations. As well as sports.

Really sucks that the ESPN integration in the 360 is tied to internet providers. Essentially its useless for me. Of course I do have the option for Comcast where I live, I'd just hate to drop my current service as while Comcast is competitive in the download speeds, they can't touch the upload speeds I have.

RE: Just Broadcast?
By johnsonx on 11/17/2010 12:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
I watch several cable shows on Hulu. Caprica from SyFy, Burn Notice from USA. The episodes are delayed, but less than a week.

RE: Just Broadcast?
By monkeyman1140 on 11/19/2010 4:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad Caprica got cancelled. Syfy seems bent on wiping out its fanbase.

By KoolAidMan1 on 11/18/2010 12:51:58 AM , Rating: 2
$7 a month for most shows is insanely cheap compared to a cable or satellite subscription. This combined with buying specific shows (ie - I bought The Walking Dead and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia via iTunes) is a relatively low price. I recently cancelled DirectTV and I am saving a ton of cash. My annual TV bill has been cut by about 1/10th via subscriptions and buying shows a la carte. About the only reason I can justify having DTV is for all the sports channels, and that's it.

But its the internet, so people will cry...

By KoolAidMan1 on 11/18/2010 12:52:35 AM , Rating: 2
Whoops, $8 a month

By KoolAidMan1 on 11/18/2010 12:54:10 AM , Rating: 2
And BTW, Hulu Plus looks great on my PS3 on my 60" plasma. Better than the compressed mess I was getting over satellite.

$7.99 + ads
By Spivonious on 11/17/2010 10:29:12 AM , Rating: 2
Is it true that Hulu Plus still has ads? If so, that's ridiculous. What is the money for? Plenty of TV shows are available with ads direct from the network's website, and I can stream lots of shows with no ads from Netflix.

RE: $7.99 + ads
By dreddly on 11/17/2010 3:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
If you want to access hulu from IOS devices you have to use hulu+

does Hulu+ have everything Hulu has?
By johnsonx on 11/17/2010 12:59:15 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone know this?

If I get a TV or streaming box that has official Hulu+ support, and I sign up for Hulu+, do I get everything I get now on regular Hulu?

By Capt Caveman on 11/17/2010 11:06:49 PM , Rating: 2

Will it?
By Souka on 11/17/2010 11:48:45 AM , Rating: 2
Will Hulu Plus run on a Google TV?

$4.99 was perfect
By dreddly on 11/17/2010 3:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
This price point is too high. Between netflix and internet connection fees, this just sits too high to make it worthwhile when it is free online.

I was looking forward to using it on the iphone and ipad but they just priced themselves out of my business.

At what quality level?
By Sivar on 11/18/2010 11:01:37 AM , Rating: 2
All of the HD programming offered will be 720p resolution.

That may be the case, but the resolution is not a good identifier of video quality. You can stream 720p video over an analog modem if compressed enough, but the result will not be pretty.
I figure it's safe to assume they will be using h.264 encoding.
Is there any information on the data rate?

It's all good
By monkeyman1140 on 11/19/2010 4:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
Because nothing sucks more than paying $99.99 a month for Satellite TV, only to find out its a bunch of infomercial channels, religious, special interest, hunting, and blank channels with nothing on them. Then you have to pay for HD, pay for DVR, pay for equipment, and then you get hit with "fees" of unknown origin.

On-Demand digital TV is better and at $7.99 a month its quite attractive in comparison.

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