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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?

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