What is Hulu Plus? It’s one of the many monthly subscription services out there offering streaming movies and TV. Its popularity is off the charts with over 143 million of February of this year. Let’s get to the meat of it. You didn’t come to read this Hulu Plus review to read statistics. You want to know if it’s worth paying for when you get Hulu for free. So let’s get to it then, here’s my Hulu Plus review.
Hulu is a streaming video service that offers many network TV shows and movies totally free. Hulu has a paid account option called Hulu Plus that offers an expanded content selection and also allows for access through many Internet connected devices. Hulu instantly stream video from the Internet to your computer or Internet connected device. Because Hulu streams the media, there is no waiting for your favorite content to download. All you have to do is select what you want to watch, and watch it, instantly.
Hulu also provides convenient pause and rewind features that make the experience similar to watching a DVD or a program recorded on a DVR. Hulu offers TV shows from Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and more. Most popular TV shows are available on Hulu a day or so after their original television air date. Hulu also offers many movies. However, the movie selection is somewhat limited. Don’t expect to see the latest blockbuster new releases on Hulu. You can expect to see a good selection of older classics and obscure but quality movies.
There are many devices that allow Hulu Plus to be streamed directly to your TV with no computer required. These devices are often called digital video players or streaming video players. One of the most popular brands of these devices is Roku. A Roku connected to your TV, along with a Hulu Plus subscription, allows to you stream all of the content Hulu has to offer directly to your TV. Of course a high-speed Internet connection is require, and a Hulu Plus subscription costs about $8 a month. The Roku device itself is very small and starts at less than $60 for the entry-level model.
So, for less than $60 initially and $8 a month you can have an amazing amount of viewing options available instantly on your television. Hulu Plus and Roku make a great pair.
What Are The Advantages of Using Hulu Plus
Hulu Plus on TV
If you have a new HDTV, Blu-Ray player, or Roku box you can watch Hulu Plus right on your TV in your living room. Just pick the app on the screen and let it go. If you already paid a lot of money for that nice HDTV you definitely want to get the most out of it. This is possible with Hulu Plus since it shows in Hi Def. This is s not an option with Just Hulu.
Hulu Plus on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and your Smartphone
If you don’t have a HDTV, Blu-Ray player or Roku box with Hulu Plus you can always still use Hulu Plus on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Both systems have had recent updates to make this possible. Give you the same quality as the HDTV and Blu-Ray player.
Lots of TV Shows on Hulu
There are over 200 hundred different TV Networks on Hulu. I counted so trust me on this. I’ll let you do the math on the amount of different shows.
What Are The Disadvantages
There are a lot of commercials while you watch even though they promise less commercials with Hulu Plus. Personally I didn’t notice a difference at all with the TV shows. I saw no less than 4 commercials with each episode. There where commercials with the movies too and why are there commercials with movies?
The navigation compared to other subscriptions of streaming TV like Netflix it can be hard to find what you want at times. You’ll search for your favorite show or movie. Hulu Plus will find it, but it’s not the whole movie. It’s only a clip or trailer.
With the negatives being what they are they don’t outweigh the biggest positive. It’s only 7.99 a month which is cheaper than Cable any day of the week. Hulu Plus is definitely an enjoyable experience and worth your time and money.