About Hulu Plus

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.

104 Customer Reviews for Hulu Plus

Average Customer Rating: 2.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 6 4 stars: 4 3 stars: 8 2 stars: 23 1 stars: 63
Bottom Line: 7% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Hulu - paying for ads & missing episodes

    • by Sweet Grass,
    • Florida,
    • Feb 22, 2015

    I was disappointed with Hulu. So many ads! Also many of the shows I wanted to see had missing episodes. Who wants to begin watching a show in the middle of a season? There are much better options than Hulu with no ads and full seasons.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Why do people give it bad ratings?

    • by Cara Elena,
    • Poplar Bluff,
    • Feb 19, 2015

    I have "cut the cable" and use only Hulu Plus for my main TV. As long as you stop looking at the TV guide for cable, you will find all kinds of shows. And you can watch every episode, and every season. I love it. My cable bill was $90 a month. I pay $8 for Hulu. I think Hulu is better than cable. I'll never go back to cable.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Why are there more ads than the free version?!

    • by Anonymous,
    • Feb 15, 2015

    Okay. Hulu has some superb shows on it, and for about three months I was subscribed -- it has certain series that I adore, and a bunch of new anime series that I was unaware were available on Crunchyroll.

    That said, around $10 a month for the ability to watch on my netbox, with MORE ADS THAN THE FREE VERSION, is simply not worth my time to even consider. Sorry. Your service has some great shows on it, but until you offer an ad-free subscription, or one where I have to watch a single ad at the start, you'll not see any of my cash again.

    Overall, it isn't a terrible service--its relatively functional, but I'm not paying to watch more ads than the free version. That's the main reason I canceled my cable years ago; I'm not looking for a substitute, thanks. Fix it or go under. I don't care. I'm going to go watch anime on a service that doesn't suck.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Hulu Plus is a RIP OFF

    • by Joe P,
    • New Mexico,
    • Feb 10, 2015

    Do not pay for Hulu Plus. There are more advertisements than TV and they are long and frequent. Even with a PAID subscription they charge for the majority of recent episodes. Hulu Plus also requires that you have a paid TV subscription for ANY recent episodes. TOTAL RIP OFF! Do not purchase. I will be canceling asap.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    It's a scam

    • by Panak134,
    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Feb 5, 2015

    I just signed up today. Too many commercials and ads. Hulu plus buffers every five minutes.

    I absolutely 110% do not recommend Hulu plus

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    It's buggy, has a lot of commercials, and contains fewer new shows than I thought

    • by Lucas,
    • Chico, OH,
    • Feb 3, 2015

    Here's a scenario: you start a show, the commercial starts. So you take those minutes to text your buddy. The show starts, you finish your text, and you missed the first 15 seconds. You try to rewind: Haha! You FOOL! Now you must watch the commercials again!

    Also, it froze my Roku a dozen times. None of my other Roku channels did that.

    Basically, what you pay for is the ability to watch it an an xBox, PS3, or Roku. The content you get is about what they should be serving for the FREE accounts. Instead they limit the free accounts by SEVERELY limiting the number of episodes available. So with a paid account you feel like you're paying for ALL the episodes. Why should you need to? And how come some shows are missing seasons?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    pissed off customer

    • by Krystal,
    • Holland, Texas,
    • Feb 2, 2015

    We are so sick of Hulu Plus! We pay every month just to deal with buffering every five seconds. We have high speed internet there for streaming so this should not be happening. We originally got Hulu Plus because Dish network doesn't have some of our favorite channels. We like being able to watch our shows but this buffering needs to stop otherwise they will lose another customer. We are tired of feeling like we are wasting our money. They need to get their stuff together!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • by Steven Gibbons,
    • Richmond Hill, GA,
    • Feb 2, 2015

    Hulu is just awful. Most of the time they are missing seasons. So you can't really immerse yourself into a show completely and you still get stuck watching ads. Netflix is by far the better buy because at least you get what you pay for.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Awesome Sauce!

    • by Igor,
    • Folsom, CA,
    • Jan 20, 2015

    I love Hulu Plus! It has all the hit new shows on stream and does not have too many ads in between. I like it much better than Netflix as far as convenience and access to new or popular shows all in one app. I would definitely recommend you check it out!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Awful, garbage and waste of money

    • by Peter,
    • Philadelphia, Pa,
    • Jan 18, 2015

    Only had it a week and sick of it. Video cuts out a lot. Pixels a lot. If I watch the same series for more than 5 episodes I can't watch the rest for at least 24 hrs. The commercials work and load perfectly unlike the shows I want to watch. Takes a long time to load even though I have 115 whatever you call it. Constantly tells me I have a network problem. If you use a smartphone or computer using your WiFi while watching Hulu will freeze.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Bad program performance!

    • by Unhappy Customer,
    • Alabama,
    • Jan 16, 2015

    This programs needs a lot of work. It locks up and can't remember where you left off in a show. When you change devices, it has no clue where to start. So you have to go pick the show and episode again.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Stop the ads

    • by Trent,
    • Oak Ridge, TN,
    • Dec 31, 2014

    I am paying for my account to watch the TV shows, why am I still having to watch ads? I don't understand that. Make a free account system that has ads and then the plus customers who pay, and DON'T make them watch ads. Don't waste your money, you can find your shows elsewhere.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 19, 2015

      CaraElena

      The commercial breaks are usually 60 seconds or less on the TV shows. Almost all of the movies have no commercials. I'm sure cable will have at least 3 minutes commercials, and will probably be 10 times what Hulu costs.

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Not what I thought it would be

    • by Casey,
    • Alaska,
    • Dec 25, 2014

    I was all excited about Hulu thinking that it would be similar to Netflix, but with the latest episodes. Well, you are paying a monthly fee, but you end up with commericials. Then there is the fact that you do not get all the shows that you see on the website which seemed a little misleading to me. I would not mind paying a little extra to be able to watch without the commercials, but at least do not show these shows on your website that you do not even have.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 19, 2015

      CaraElena

      The commercial breaks are usually 60 seconds or less. There are no commercials on almost all of the movies. You forgot to say that in your review.

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Bad, HULU PLUS, BAD!

    • by Alex,
    • Dec 6, 2014

    I signed up to text HULU PLUS and cancelled my account less than 24 hours later? Why?

    Because I am not about to pay for commercials. That's the reason I left cable in the first place.

    Because even if I didn't mind commercials, I DO mind having them occur off-break. In TV shows the slots for commercials are programmed and there is nothing worse that having an ad miss the window then interrupt dialog in the middle of a word to try to sell you things then come back to the show. It ruins the watching experience.

    Because there are so many ads streamed at me during a program that the show becomes incidental to the advertising rather than the other way around.

    Because all these ads are burning bandwidth and eating into my ISP's data cap which means I am paying for them twice. Once for the cost of an internet connection with its finite amount od data allowed without additional charges and then again to HULU.

    HULU, if we are going to pay you, ditch the damned adverts. The reason Netflix has such a huge market share and customer base is that customers hate ads more then they hate outdated or slow to update content. Are you blind? WAKE UP!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 12, 2014

      Alberto

      So grateful for people that want to express their experiences, helping others to make better decisions and put on the table what the companies know and hid. Thanks

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Horrible interruptions

    • by Lisa crabtree,
    • Nov 16, 2014

    You can only get a few minutes into a show before it interrupts and freezes. Additionally, they do not play any premium shows. All episodes can be found on OnDemand.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Double Billing through Roku for service

    • by Mike Johnson,
    • Chicago,
    • Oct 29, 2014

    I did the free trial and figured that Hulu Plus could be useful when I watch CBS live (since Hulu doesn't have CBS shows) and there's a program on another channel (that Hulu supports).

    The first month billing went off without a hitch. Now I've been billed twice today for 2 months of Hulu Plus. At least it looks like I have service through December 28th. However, since it isn't refundable, I'm canceling before they decide to bill a year or a decade in advance.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    AWFUL. "free trial" is a trap

    • by Nikita Katz,
    • Salt Lake City, UT,
    • Oct 13, 2014

    Charged my card even AFTER I cancelled the "plus" account. This "plus" actually means a "minus" – that is, you will regret falling for their "free trial".

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Hulu is pathetic

    • by Joey,
    • NC,
    • Oct 8, 2014

    Selection and General Experience:

    *Movie choices are abysmal. Their movies are either really old or low budget things you’ve never heard of. There are some decent documentaries, but no better than what you could get from Netflix.

    *Though Hulu Plus requires a monthly fee, you still have to sit through commercials. Frequently, especially if you’re watching multiple episodes of the same show, you’ll have to watch the same commercial repeatedly. It’s maddening.

    *They list some shows as if they have them to draw people in, but then it turns out they really don't. Sometimes you go to the page for the show and it states straight out they don't actually have it, though I guess they leave it there so it will show up in search results as if they do. Other times, they're just carrying a link to the network site. *Then there's all of the stuff that they can only provide if you have a TV provider to connect. So, you have to be paying a TV provider, paying for Hulu Plus, and still watch the repetitive commercials. If I had a TV provider, wouldn't I just be watching it on TV that way?

    Hulu TV app:

    *There’s regular stuttering. I’m afraid to pause, rewind, or fast-forward because, if it’s not already doing it, this seems to trigger it. Sometimes it's so bad that, not only is it unwatchable, but I have to turn the TV off to get it to stop because it won't respond to normal attempts to stop the video. It can't be blamed on issues with the internet connection since 1 episode can play perfectly smooth and the very next one is stuttering to the point of being virtually unwatchable right from the beginning, not to mention that the Netflix app isn’t having this problem.

    *Sometimes it freezes in the middle of the episode altogether. When I restart it, it reverts back either to the beginning of the last chapter or even loses the place completely and starts again from the beginning. If usually forces me to sit through the previous commercials all over again.

    *There’s often an excessive loading time before resuming the episode after commercials but, funnily enough, commercials never seem to have a problem.

    Queue:

    *Online and TV app queues are not fully synced. Shows in my queue online often don’t show up in my queue on the app even for shows that are available there if I search for them. *Often, new episodes of shows that I have a subscription for aren’t showing up in my queue and I have to find them and put them there manually. At other times, it puts episodes I’ve already watched and removed from my queue back in again, sometimes days later.

    *The order of the queue and subscriptions in the TV app makes no sense. It's not alphabetical, it's not the order they were originally put on, it's not the order I have them in my queue online; it's just a mess.

    Customer support:

    *Hulu’s system couldn't validate my credit card during the sign up for the 2-week trial. Hulu’s website will only provide a phone number to their Hulu Plus subscribers which, obviously, you can’t become if you can’t sign up. So, I had no other alternative than to send a message to support.

    *Long response times: Days passed with no response. I sent a second message and it still took days to get a response.

    *Canned responses: Eventually, both messages were responded to with the exact same canned response, saying that my card must have restrictions placed on it that prevented online recurring payments.

    *Either don’t fully read messages or ignore information contained in them: They continued to insist the problem was due to card restrictions even after I told them the card had no problems being used with anything else, including online recurring payments for Netflix.

    *No resolution: Ultimately, there was no resolution from Hulu support and I had to find my own workaround (used PayPal with the same card). I enjoyed responding to their survey about how my customer service experience had been.

    All and all, while Netflix & Hulu Plus don’t offer quite the same thing, it’s sad that Hulu Plus charges roughly the same as Netflix while providing a far more shoddy and inferior service.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • by Richard,
    • Evans, GA,
    • Oct 7, 2014

    If you are thinking about Hulu plus, don't waste your money. I purchased Hulu plus through Apple tv about 6 months ago, and have been disappointed since the beginning. I find myself wondering why anyone would purchase a month subscription with limited shows and COMMERCIALS. Seriously no one should have to pay to watch a show that has as many COMMERCIALS as regular tv. Another thing that is annoying is that you do not have the option of watching all episodes. Hulu plus offers most shows five at a time, and not in order. So most of the time you are out of luck if you want to watch episode 1 and the only episode available is 8-12. The movie section is the worst and a waste of time. I could go on and on about Hulu plus and the huge disappointment I have experienced, but I am sure I will run out of space. Bottom line Hulu plus is a joke and a waste of money!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Geoblock Access

    • by Scarlett,
    • Oct 7, 2014

    Thanks for sharing! I love Hulu plus especially because I can watch the latest Family Guy episodes 1 day after they air. If you live outside USA like me, you can use UnoTelly or other similar tools to access Hulu Plus overseas.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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