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Old 05-16-19, 06:34 AM
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They also said Disney will probably be bundling Disney +, Hulu, and ESPN + into a single package. $15 a month maybe? That would get me. Anything more and I'd pay separately for just Hulu and Disney +.
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Old 05-18-19, 01:33 PM
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For anyone (like me) who's been pissed that Hulu has been available only in 2.0 stereo, they seem to have quietly rolled out 5.1 on very few devices. Three of which I happen to own, so I can confirm this is DD+ 5.1. Shows from Fox still seem to be in 2.0 though for some reason.

Supported devices are:
  1. Chromecast*
  2. Fire TV (3rd generation and Cube) and Fire TV Stick 4K Fire TV (3rd generation and Cube) and Fire TV Stick 4K
  3. LG TV (WebOS 3.0 and above)
  4. Nintendo Switch
  5. PlayStation 3 (all models)
  6. PlayStation 4 (all models)
  7. Samsung TV (select models)
  8. VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  9. Xbox One (all models)

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Old 05-18-19, 05:45 PM
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Hopefully Roku is soon
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Old 05-18-19, 06:51 PM
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For anyone (like me) who's been pissed that Hulu has been available only in 2.0 stereo, they seem to have quietly rolled out 5.1 on very few devices. Three of which I happen to own, so I can confirm this is DD+ 5.1. Shows from Fox still seem to be in 2.0 though for some reason.

Supported devices are:
  1. Chromecast*
  2. Fire TV (3rd generation and Cube) and Fire TV Stick 4K
  3. LG TV (WebOS 3.0 and above)
  4. Nintendo Switch
  5. PlayStation 3 (all models)
  6. PlayStation 4 (all models)
  7. Samsung TV (select models)
  8. VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  9. Xbox One (all models)

I'll double check this. I watch HULU via my PS4 and it's up to date.
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Old 05-22-19, 12:28 AM
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i hope they add Nvidia Shield TV to the list as well.
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Old 05-29-19, 03:23 PM
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Hulu sells an ad-free version of its streaming service, just like Netflix. But the majority of Hulu subscribers are on the $5.99-per-month ad-supported plan, which is half the price of the $11.99 no-commercials version.

Hulu has previously disclosed subscriber numbers — announcing 28 million customer accounts earlier this month — but hasn’t broken those out by plan type.

Now Hulu, which in the past month became fully ensconced under Disney’s wing, has provided some context around the size of its audience base. Overall, it has 82 million viewers (meaning there’s an average of 2.9 viewers per Hulu account). And of those, about 70%, or 58 million, are on the ad-supported plan, according to Peter Naylor, senior VP, head of advertising sales, citing comScore estimates.

Hulu’s ad business is a significant source of revenue, generating almost $1.5 billion in ad revenue in 2018. To that end, Hulu strives to make the way it presents advertising is viewer-friendly — otherwise it risks pushing those subscribers to the zero-advertising tier or losing them altogether, said Naylor, speaking Wednesday at VideoNuze’s Video Advertising Summit in New York.

“We have to restrain ourselves. You can’t just jam ads because you need to make a number,” Naylor said. “We want to have an experience for viewers that is consistent.”

There will always be “ad-avoiders,” but the majority of consumers have some level of ad acceptance, according to Naylor.

As part of the goal of not irritating viewers, Hulu now caps the length of all ad breaks at 90 seconds (and in some cases less). It has long shown how much time is left in an ad pod with a countdown clock in the corner. “We want to be viewer-first,” Naylor said. “You don’t put ads where people don’t expect them.”

Even so, a 90-second ad break is “still an intrusive model,” Naylor said, and Hulu has been experimenting with less intrusive models. After research showed Hulu users pause content 1 billion times per month, it began running “pause ads” on screens with select advertisers.

Now Hulu is planning to introduce an ad product tailored to binge-watchers with contextually relevant messages; per Naylor, 50% of Hulu users engage in bingeing, defined at watching three or more episodes in one session. For example, that might be a spot from delivery service DoorDash saying “We know you’re bingeing – how about you get some food?”

Another idea Hulu is pitching: Sponsors could tell viewers who have watched two consecutive episodes of a show that it will be brought to them without additional ads if they a 90-second commercial. Hulu’s thesis is that these formats are “pretty much welcome in light of the fact that most experiences are truly interruptive,” said Naylor.

Asked whether Netflix or Amazon Prime Video might move to introduce ad-supported tiers like Hulu, Naylor allowed that it’s a possibility. If ad-free subscription VOD platforms decide to jump into the ad business, they would likely have lighter ad loads than TV and “informed targeting,” ultimately accelerating the long, slow decline of traditional television advertising, he said.

“Conventional TV has hit its ceiling, and that ceiling is coming down,” Naylor said. Video services that are growing are “the ones that look like TV but are better.”

On the subject of Disney’s recent deal with Comcast giving the Mouse House full control — and eventually full ownership — of Hulu, Naylor said being under one owner “will help us move faster.” Disney CEO Bob Iger has said the media conglomerate intends to invest more in Hulu’s content and expand into international markets.

Down the road, Hulu may be available in new bundle options, similar to Hulu’s deal with Spotify. Disney has said it’s likely that it will eventually bundle Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus together in some fashion.

Currently, Hulu offers an on-demand lineup with some 85,000 TV episodes and movies. In addition to licensed content, Naylor called out Hulu original series, including season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (which premieres June 5), Aidy Bryant’s “Shrill,” and George Clooney’s “Catch-22.” Upcoming projects include “Little Fires Everywhere,” starring and co-executive producers by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” a fictionalized history of the rise of the hip-hop group from Brian Grazer and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA.
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I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't pay the extra $6 to not have ads. If they tripled that charge I would pay it. Unless their is no other way I'm not watching another ad in my life by choice.
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Old 05-30-19, 04:09 AM
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A lot of those mentioned above have no idea what's it's like too watch TV w/o commercials. Many of them probably have never subscribed to a pay movie service.

If people love commercials then they should watch Pluto TV. Some of their commercials are occasionally interrupted by movies or tv shows(shame on them).
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Old 05-30-19, 05:35 AM
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I pay the $5.99 and don't mind the ads. I don't use Hulu THAT much so I'm fine with it.
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I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't pay the extra $6 to not have ads. If they tripled that charge I would pay it. Unless their is no other way I'm not watching another ad in my life by choice.
Mentioned this before, but the ads on Hulu generally run about 30 seconds to 60 seconds per interruption. I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't pay less for that small distraction. I feel the same about CBS Access. Showing the ads is what keeps their monthly rates down.
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Old 05-30-19, 09:10 AM
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Yeah, the ads on Hulu are fine. Sometimes the ads are upwards of 90 seconds, but it's no big deal.
I'd consider the ad-free upgrade, but since I'm getting Hulu for free already (via Spotify add-on), it would actually be $12 more for me. I'll pass and just grab a snack when the ads come up.
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Old 05-30-19, 09:16 AM
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I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't pay the extra $6 to not have ads. If they tripled that charge I would pay it. Unless their is no other way I'm not watching another ad in my life by choice.
I'm on the one dollar promotion, and for the life of me I can't imagine paying 6 bucks a month and still having ads. So I kind of agree with you that when my trial is up, it'll probably be the non ad version or nothing. I would trend towards nothing if Disney wasn't taking this over, but we'll see when my year is up.
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I’d pay zero dollars a month extra for no ads. They’re not at all intrusive, and since TV is popcorn brain-dead fare, I like the frequent interruptions.
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Mentioned this before, but the ads on Hulu generally run about 30 seconds to 60 seconds per interruption. I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't pay less for that small distraction. I feel the same about CBS Access. Showing the ads is what keeps their monthly rates down.
I know how long the ads run. I had hulu since almost it's inception but once they introduced the no-ad tier I would never go back.
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I’d pay zero dollars a month extra for no ads. They’re not at all intrusive, and since TV is popcorn brain-dead fare, I like the frequent interruptions.
Stop watching shitty television. Problem solved.
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I have the $1 a month thing and get ads. Only complaint is the repetitive nature of them.

same 3 or 4 ads over and over.
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I have the $1 a month thing and get ads. Only complaint is the repetitive nature of them.

same 3 or 4 ads over and over.
$1/mo... I'd pay that to remove ads. I'm not willing however to pay $6/mo to remove them especially when my service already costs $6/mo.
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Can someone tell me why Hulu is suddenly expiring from all my devices. I used to love that Optimum had a dedicated channel in cable guide for Hulu. Then, it said it was going bye bye and then it did. Now, just looked at Sony Blu-ray player and says it’s app expiring in August. That was really my go to bc it always looked the best. So now it would be through Bravia tv and I guess Xbox, which I haven’t done. But maybe they will expire. So what gives? Why leave these devices?
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Can someone tell me why Hulu is suddenly expiring from all my devices. I used to love that Optimum had a dedicated channel in cable guide for Hulu. Then, it said it was going bye bye and then it did. Now, just looked at Sony Blu-ray player and says it’s app expiring in August. That was really my go to bc it always looked the best. So now it would be through Bravia tv and I guess Xbox, which I haven’t done. But maybe they will expire. So what gives? Why leave these devices?
They don't really explain why but this is the email I got although I don't even use the blu-ray player anymore.

Hulu Will No Longer Be Streaming on Samsung Orsay Blu-ray

While we aren’t able to support the Hulu app on Samsung Orsay Blu-ray starting on June 26, 2019, the good news is there are other ways to have the full Hulu Experience.

Continue to stream your favorite shows and movies by upgrading to any of our supported devices or operating systems

If you would like help setting up a new device, or you have any additional questions, check out our Help Center.

We are sure you’ll love our updated look.

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They probably just don't want to pay to support/update the apps for security updates and the like.

I think stuff like HBO Go and WWE online, for instance, aren't supported on the PS3/Xbox 360 anymore, which would seem to be a large audience.
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Stop watching shitty television. Problem solved.


Anyone else watching Handmaid's Tale? With work, the kid, and the hubs, I only get 20 mins a day or so to watch movies/TV, so it'll take a while. Any "free" time I get I'm snoozing
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Is Hulu the best, or at least an adequately good way, of getting HBO and Showtime? We just cancelled satellite but want to sub to HBO and Showtime. Through Hulu would be best because (I assume?) we won't need another password. Does subbing through them offer what we want, which is primarily access to the streaming of current programming? I think it's free to try for a week so we'll do that, but if there's a better interface than Hulu, ideally without requiring a new logon, I'm open to suggestions.
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Is Hulu the best, or at least an adequately good way, of getting HBO and Showtime? We just cancelled satellite but want to sub to HBO and Showtime. Through Hulu would be best because (I assume?) we won't need another password. Does subbing through them offer what we want, which is primarily access to the streaming of current programming? I think it's free to try for a week so we'll do that, but if there's a better interface than Hulu, ideally without requiring a new logon, I'm open to suggestions.
I had HBO on Hulu and it worked fine. You should use the free week to play around with it and make sure you like. If you have Amazon Prime, you can add it and Showtime on there as another option, but I prefer Hulu's interface to Amazon's.
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Hulu has the closet cable-like look to it. We’ve been using Hulu/Hulu Live with the HBO/Cinemark add-ons and they work great with the layout and how they function with the rest of the channels.
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