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.
I gave it 2 stars because I am able to watch some shows like Master Chef and Bachelor. But lots of the shows have like 5 episodes and that's it. So don't think you are going to go back and watch everything. Im not going to cancel only because I don't have TV and lot's of time. It takes a while to load or there is a bar that won't go away on the screen. But you can always try and cancel for yourself to make sure. No harm in that.
There are many commercials and the occasional streaming interruption. It is difficult to resume play if there is an interruption in streaming.
Hula should lose commercials
Frequent interruptions by repetitive commercials on top of a monthly charge? Lose the commercials. That's double billing as well as hugely annoying!
It's awesome that I can finish Once Upon a Time, but the commercials are ENTIRELY TOO FREQUENT. I'm sure Hulu Plus can tone it down. It's quite annoying seeing the same set of commercials over and over and over again. While people make fun of Netflix, at least I can watch a wide variety of shows without the damn commercials.
It was really quite awesome that I watched both Season One and Two of Once right through, with no interruptions. It can't be that hard to tone down the commercials. Doing so would make a lot of people happy. The frequency of ads on the internet is ok, but I thought they would be gone once I upgraded.
I signed up for Hulu on my phone. However it had problems. So when I contacted them, they did answer every question and then said that they were sorry but my mega galaxy wouldn't work for it. It froze constantly. Well they returned the money. They were helpful at least.
Sorry Hulu Plus doesn't work for me!
It's so frustrating when every 10 minutes it freezes up. WHY? When will I finish watching 1 episode?
Why would you pay for this service?
I have had Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and crackle on my TV for about a year. YouTube and crackle are free. the others I paid for. After realizing I never watch Hulu because of its annoying ads I canceled it. Why would I pay for ads. Crackle has ads that cost me nothing. Netflix and amazon I pay but have no ads. hulu is useless and annoying.
Not what I was hoping for...
I signed up for Hulu Plus under the impression that access to full episodes of my favorite TV Shows would be viewed. So far, I can just see full episodes of clips. Not really what I had in mind. This service is inadequate for my viewing pleasure. Will be canceling.
I signed up for the 1 month trial and after 24 hours I am canceling the trial. I have a 25mgb connection speed and the service buffers and crashes so often you would think I was using dial-up. It almost seems like a ploy to frustrate you into going back to cable. Unfortunately I can't give a 0 star rating.
The only reason I'm giving two stars is because of all the different TV shows it has. That's the only good thing it has going for it. It CONSTANTLY skips and goes to the next episode half way through the current one. It freezes, it's really annoying to be paying 8 dollars a month for crap service.
Not even worth 8 bucks a month
Constantly skips, has way too many ads. I get why you need ads, but netflix doesn't have ads and runs so much better. Also, my least favorite, if it just so happens to start your episode over, you don't have the option to forward it to where it left off when messing up. It's very frustrating. Fix it or I'm deleting my account and will pocket my 8 bucks for myself.