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Old 09-02-15, 12:07 PM
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Hulu announces ad-free $11.99 tier

50% bump for no ads, except on 7 "exception" shows: New Girl, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, Agents of Shield and Grimm. Only minor ads on those shows though, 15 seconds before the show and 30 seconds after, none during.
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Old 09-02-15, 12:10 PM
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It's a "Reduced Ads" tier for that reason. I'm indifferent to it, the commercial breaks on Hulu are generally short.
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Should this be in Streaming Talk?
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Should this be in Streaming Talk?
This news was already posted in the Hulu news thread in streaming talk.
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There's a "streaming talk?"

About time for Hulu but I won't subscribe to them for TV programs until they start carrying all seasons and complete seasons. Shit disappears completely, past seasons are hardly ever there and sometimes current episodes are hit and miss even just a few weeks later. That drove me nuts and convinced me to stick with my DVR (DirectTV) and Netflix.
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This would ALMOST get me to subscribe, but on Facebook they said they STILL don't have 5.1 sound which is a dealbreaker. Does the paying extra also get rid of the network logos on the screen during shows? (I can watch Hulu Desktop for free without them- first there was a trick to make them go away, then they stopped coming on completely.)
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I'm on a yearly gift card, wonder if you can upgrade for $4 a month...
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I'm on a yearly gift card, wonder if you can upgrade for $4 a month...
Yes, but it will cut the expiration date by roughly 3 months. I just did it and my expiration date moved up from May 2016 to February.
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Hmmm decisions decisions...... I only use it to watch Grey's Anatomy and The Biggest Loser but they're finally getting some good content, there's something coming up about someone who directs acrobats. And there's a really cool series that I'll try for sure called Quantico coming up.
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Why do a small number of TV shows still have ads?
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Why do a small number of TV shows still have ads?
Contract dispute of some kind.
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Old 09-04-15, 08:51 PM
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Damn 12 bucks...If it was 10, might be willing, but 12 bucks a month is kind of pushing it just to skip about 3-4 mins a show.
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I don't mind the commercials. I do wish there was a little more variety than the two or three I see played over and over again.
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Damn 12 bucks...If it was 10, might be willing, but 12 bucks a month is kind of pushing it just to skip about 3-4 mins a show.
The shows don't pay for themselves. They're expensive and the money to cover it needs to either come from the ads or subscribers covering the lost ad revenue. The extra $4 to cover that isn't unreasonable IMO.

I know most people complain, bitch and moan about commercials, but without them most shows wouldn't exist.
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I'm loving ad-free Hulu. I would've paid $15-$16 to get rid of commercials, so $11.99 is a bargain.
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The shows don't pay for themselves. They're expensive and the money to cover it needs to either come from the ads or subscribers covering the lost ad revenue. The extra $4 to cover that isn't unreasonable IMO.

I know most people complain, bitch and moan about commercials, but without them most shows wouldn't exist.
I can see the new episodes (even On Demand usually has commercials) but like Netflix, the season before or older shows doesn't need it. Netflix has been doing it for years, before they REALLY took off. Hulu is adding some good stuff, but $4 is a huge rip for this. For that price, might as well buy a DVR and record stuff just to fast forward the commercials.
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I can see the new episodes (even On Demand usually has commercials) but like Netflix, the season before or older shows doesn't need it. Netflix has been doing it for years, before they REALLY took off. Hulu is adding some good stuff, but $4 is a huge rip for this. For that price, might as well buy a DVR and record stuff just to fast forward the commercials.
Big difference though, this is currently airing season content on Hulu. That's why the rights are more costly.

By the time Netflix gets it, usually on a season delay and on home video already, the rights are much cheaper.
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I can see the new episodes (even On Demand usually has commercials) but like Netflix, the season before or older shows doesn't need it. Netflix has been doing it for years, before they REALLY took off. Hulu is adding some good stuff, but $4 is a huge rip for this. For that price, might as well buy a DVR and record stuff just to fast forward the commercials.
DVR is certainly not cheaper considering you would need a cable subscription to go along with it. Yes, I know you can use DVR with over-the-air TV, but Hulu does have a few cable shows too, so you have to include cable if you're going to do a fair comparison. Even at $12 for Hulu and $8 for Netflix, that's only $20 a month, which is far far far far cheaper than a cable subscription.
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Old 09-05-15, 07:00 PM
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That's why I say ads should play for the new episodes as it makes sense. But stuff that's on Netflix or years ago should not have ads.

And I have cable anyways. I'm a sports guy and need to watch sports. You need cable for that. So cable isn't the deal breaker. It's watching shows that I can't watch when it is on. So to pay $12 for Hulu when that can get a DVR box, makes no sense. And chances are, the majority (more than 50%) have Hulu and cable.
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Looks like I'll be subscribing to Hulu just for the Criterion stuff.
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Looks like I'll be subscribing to Hulu just for the Criterion stuff.
In case you didn't know, the Criterion movies are commercial free.
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In case you didn't know, the Criterion movies are commercial free.
I did not. Shit, I'm saving money left and right!
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I'm pretty sure all movies on Hulu are commercial free. I could be wrong, but I don't remember ever seeing an ad break during a movie.
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Started watching an episode of The Bridge and 5 minutes in I get 2 commercials. Fuck that shit. That's a major buzz kill when I'm all into a show. Looks like I'll be going the 11.99 route now.
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I'm pretty sure all movies on Hulu are commercial free. I could be wrong, but I don't remember ever seeing an ad break during a movie.
Movies are commercial free on Hulu Plus anyways, you are right.
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