Hulu Plus is a paid online service that gives users access to unlimited instant streaming of TV shows, movies, trailers and exclusive content. It complements the website Hulu by enabling paid users to watch episodes past the five latest ones available for free.
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It has a robust TV show and movie collection, including video clips and snippets, film trailers and even exclusive Hulu series shows. Some TV shows even include archived episodes which were then never available online.
Hulu Plus runs on a pretty minimal user interface, which makes viewing easier on the eyes. Similar to the free access site Hulu, Hulu Plus does not display ads anywhere in the interface. But just like your regular TV, it runs commercials in gaps throughout a show episode or a movie.
With a wide range of devices on which the service runs, Hulu Plus takes TV viewing to a more convenient, on-demand setting, something that the free web-browser-only website is not able to provide. However, even for paid Hulu Plus users, some shows are accessible only via web browser just like in Hulu.
Hulu Plus is currently available in the US and in Japan, although the company intends to widen their reach. Hulu is a joint venture with NBC Universal Television Group, Disney-ABC Television Group, Fox Broadcasting Company, and other providence equity partners.
Hulu Plus Features
- Viewing History. Check out the past shows you’ve already watched so you can keep track of the episodes you need to catch up on.
- Queue. Line up the episodes and shows you want to watch for a more convenient user experience.
- HD. Watch high definition videos on your device at up to 720p HD quality video.
- Migrate. You can start watching a video on your iPad and continue watching it on your TV. The video will automatically start at the point where you stopped watching in on your previous device.
- Easy browsing. Hulu Plus displays a complete searchable list of the shows you can watch, including title, logo, the number of seasons available and the number of episodes you can watch.
- Compatible with various devices. Watch on your web browser, on your mobile phone, on your tablet, on your TV, on your Blu-ray player, on your set-top box or even your gaming console. The website shows a complete list of compatible devices, including popular ones such as Wii U, Wii, Apple TV, Microsoft Xbox 360, Roku Streaming Player, Sony Playstation 3, and Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).
Hulu Plus Pricing
Hulu Plus gives users a week of free trial, after which they are billed a fixed monthly price of $7.99. Subscription can be canceled anytime.
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Great Concept Pathetic Execution
Received 3 months as a gift. Many crashes a reloads. Set the connections to what HULU customer service recommended. Helped some now only crashes maybe once a show but still reloads 3 or 4 time. Commercials are short but redundant. I have come to despise Ford. Affordable Health Care, and The Little Mosque PLUS others. Same commercial sometimes 4 or 5 times in one show. I WILL NOT BE EXTENDING MY GIFT.
I recently decided to get rid of cable because of the high price and lack of anything actually worth the cost to watch. However there are a couple of shows I do like to watch and I wouldn't want to wait until the whole season comes out on netflix. Hence my reasoning behind paying for the hulu plus. I am finding though that its just even more of a waste of my time and money. The more and more infrequency of new episodes, not to mention the mismatch of episodes that they provide for a particular show is a disappointment. Also, the many many repetitive commercials that can turn a 22 minute episode into 45 minutes is just annoying while making me wonder why I am wasting my money.
Don't waste your money on hulu plus
I'm glad I stopped hulu plus. I heard that hulu plus will take more money out your account then taking the $ 7.99 cents. Too many ads. Hulu is not worth the money. I won't have to worry about hulu plus stealing money from my account.
Commercials a stupid but then gain everything with exception of a few things have some sort of ads with it.
I can handle the ads shorter than tv. I can't stand select shows only partial seasons and not labeling of the anime if sub or dub.
The layout is atrocious but at least shows all of their titles and multiple genres and sub genres.
Netflix in comparison no commercials, lack of new episodes, some movies... All in all its a crap service that has shows I like to watch that will take Netflix 900 years to get the first season of. Face it people Nerflix is dying for streaming.
I won't recommend this service if your a hater of commercials.
Hulu Plus Purchasing Experience
This is a very sad product. I tried entering my credit card information in several ways and it will refuse to accept it. Extremely annoying especially if you're hosting an event with friends.
Complete waste of money. Crap TV and very few good movies. Not at all worth $8.00 a month. I would not recommend to anyone.
Why would anyone willing use this ?
I signed up for the free -- one week -- trial, watched the one show I couldn't find elsewhere, and have no desire to continue struggling with the user-hostile interface, the ads and inabilility to rewind or fast-forward.
Who is Hulu trying to kid? Live on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.!
Hulu Plus's biggest problems
Hulu Plus does not have crap TV shows and practically has every TV show ever made. The problem is that it does not shows the full season for some of the best TV shows like the blacklist, glee, the following, etc. It only shows like 5 episodes and is not even in order, sometimes it starts from like season 3 or something. The Commercials and organization are annoying. Last of all, the episodes of shows are being cut and switched.
If you have had cable for a while you won't like hulu + it's full of crap tv shows. Maybe a few that you like, but in the end nothing. If you''be never had cable it probably would be the greatest thing since beer.
I´ve been trying to subscribe and be happy with hulu plus, but lately It´s been impossible. I just watch Revenge, Scandal, Once upon a time and Beauty and the Beast. Revenge stopped on 13th episode, the same as Once upon a time and Scandal 3 weeks ago. Beauty and the beast skips from episode 1 to 7 (they don´t have 2 ,3, 4, 5, 6 available) I feel bored about the excessive ads (shows stops every 3 or 4 minutes) and I can tell that the Money I paid was a total waste! #feelingunsatisfied
Wow. Just wow. In a BAD way.
I had been begging my wife to get Hulu Plus for what seems like forever. She finally got tired of the constant freezing and crashing on Netflix and she recently let me get the Hulu Plus trial version. First of all, the crashing is even worse on Hulu service. Ridiculous. If it happens at the beginning, the only irritation is that you had to watch the ads, but if it happens in the middle of a show guess what? You have to sit through all the ads all over again. What is up with that? And what is with the ADs? There is even an ad before the credits, so if you don't know the episode is over, you have to watch an Ad just to come back & see the credits. Bad enough there are even ADs in the first place, for a service you have to PAY for. I have emailed them twice already to express my displeasure with their service, but have not received any reply. I doubt I will even last through the free trial, One thing I know for sure is I won't be forking over the cash for this ridiculous joke of a streaming service.
NOT worth a penny, let alone $8
Signed up for the free trial after having Netflix for a year now, because Netflix has very limited seasons of episodes. I believed at the time that Hulu Plus did NOT have ads whereas regular Hulu did. This is SO NOT the case!
Hulu Plus states they have "approximately 2 ads per 1/2 hour" but there are WAY more than that!
Hulu Plus will force you to watch the ad, then claim a "streaming problem" and not let you watch the show! It will do this over and over, so that you watch ads and never get rewarded with a show.
When it does play, it cuts out, the streaming is not stable. Its not my connection, because I never lose WiFi signal on any other devices, including PS3 online, which is the same device playing the Hulu.
They don't even have full seasons of shows! We tried to watch a series yesterday (Agents of Shield), only to realize they only had episodes 3, 7, 8,9, and 11.Not even the pilot so you could get a decent grasp of the show! Another show (Once Upon a Time) only had season 3, not seasons 1 or 2, which ARE available on Netflix!
We will definitely NOT be renewing when the free trial is up, this service isn't worth a single penny. If you like ads, just watch regular TV! Personally, I don't, so the ads just make me want to go out of my way NOT to patronize the featured brands. I would be much more likely to give them my business with a simple "this show brought to you by..." before each episode.
Good for Criterion, otherwise bad
We subscribed to hulu plus because they offer the Criterion Collection of classic foreign and American films, and to watch past episodes of "The Good Wife". If not for the Criterion collection, we'd drop it. TV shows are pretty much unwatchable because of the frequent and repetitive commercials, which for some reason freeze and buffer much more than the shows do. The hulu plus interface is truly awful and frustrating, much harder to read and use than netflix's or amazon prime. But having access to so many great films via Criterion will keep me a subscriber, at least for the time being. I would recommend this to a friend who loves great older movies, but otherwise not.
The service is ok... has lots of shows, I can watch on multiple devices... BUT way too many commercials (Feel like I am watching Oprah with 8 commercial breaks in an hour!) No way to fast forward out of the commercials.
I paid for two months and never used this service, however
they sent me a notice saying we will charge you until the
end of the month so you can continue to use our service
until the month is up. But when I tried my service was dead,
thanks for cheating me out of my money !
Freezes More Than Lake Michigan
Disappointed in the number of times movies and regular
television shows freeze. Would be nice if Hulu Plus
would do necessary upgrades for those of us that remain
loyal customers. Netflix will soon have a new customer.
I see most of the negative reviews are about streaming problems. We have broadband internet and HuluPlus is perfect 99% of the time. We love watching the shows when we want, with short commercial breaks. When I think of the cable tv bill I used to pay I can't stop smiling.
If I could give a negative rating I would
Titles are hard to find Adding to your queue is difficult Adding a season to your queue is impossible They delete programs that you have added to your queue without notice.
Discovering if an episode is recent or ancient is impossible.
I think the entire functionality of the site depends upon the device you use and is not consistent between devices. They are no competition for Netflix or Amazon Prime and while they are cheap, they simply are not worth it. The entire site and viewing experience should be rethought.
Just got Hulu Plus, and am disappointed. It constantly freezes. Sometimes the sound continues, sometimes the video continues but the sound stops. Can put up with the horrible ads over and over, but I expected a good technical product. I use a roku box, and have had no problems with netflix, pandora, amazon etc. Forget it!
really bad service dont waste your money
I subscribed to Hulu thinking it would be just as good as Netflix but I was wrong! I cannot use the service on my samsung galaxy tablet and have so many emails from Hulu support all with the same response unistall/install. The commercials show fine but the movies and shows dont only audio. Do not waste your money on this use Netflix or Crackle which is free and dont have issues