Decided to give huluplus a spin. Two episodes into “Bob’s Burgers” and I’m already disappointed with the service. While I like the fact that they have newer episodes of shows (compared to Netflix) and have an autoplay function (something missing from Netflix on consoles), the fact that they have ads? Major turn off. For $7.99, I shouldn’t have to watch 9 commercials within a 30 minute span. Hell, I shouldn’t have to watch ANY commercials. First world problem, I know. Still, this is all I’ve been able to think of anytime an ad starts playing…
Bad show Hulu, bad show.
It’s $8/month, not $50. Making TV shows isn’t cheap. The breaks are way shorter than regular TV too. This is about as first world as it gets.
It is $8/month. You know what else is $8/month and has a bigger selection? Netflix. You know what’s less than $8/month and comes with free 2-day shipping on items sold by Amazon? Amazon Prime Instant. You know what doesn’t have commercials? Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant.
First world gripe? Very much so, that I signed off on. But if you’re going to offer a service that provides less value than other similar services, yet charge the same amount or more than those same services, then you’re opening yourself up to some grief.
Sorry that I didn’t see this sooner. You know what’s $8/month and has more first run shows than its competitors only a day after those shows air on television? Hulu Plus. Every one of these services has a slightly different value proposition. Less value to you is not the same value proposition for me either. I have all three of them because they each provide me something I want that the others can’t provide. I think people unfairly crap on these service for not being everything they dreamed of. Hulu Plus is a happy medium between catching your favorite network and cable shows and paying a ridiculously high cable bill. You want the best of all of these things + live sports? Congratulations, you’re a cable subscriber again.
The real issue with most of these providers is that they’re still at the mercy of the networks and the studios. They’re the ones that negotiate these completely onerous deals with the streaming services.
$8/month would barely cover the cost of your favorite channels in an a la carte system (and that’s before your provider marked up that price to cover their overhead and make some profit). And then you still have to watch commercials.