Dish Makes Hulu An Offer That It Probably Won't Refuse

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Zecharoo

The commercial breaks are almost without exception 30 seconds which imo isn't a big deal. Every once in awhile you'll get 45 seconds because of a "brought to you by" ad, but most of the shows have 30 second breaks. There's also the two minute "get it over with" commercial on some. Most of the shows I watch only have 30 second ads, so big whup. 

Yes you can watch many of the shows on the channel's website, but it's not as convenient, and doesn't have the advantages that I mentioned Hulu having. Until a competitor can do what Hulu is doing, I'll keep paying the eight a month, and watching the ads. You can keep watching your out of date shows if you really want to, but it's your loss. 

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bling581

My favorite is the option to play trivia and have no commercials. I just blast through the questions without reading them which takes maybe 10 seconds.

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bling581

I'd rather not have Dish Network get their hands on Hulu. Streaming in general is doing well and gaining popularity. They don't need to be tainted by their competition, the cable and dish companies.

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DustDiesel

 I thought I would get Hulu Plus as an alternative to grab other content I can't with netflix. What a mistake. The commercials are a joke and it doesn't have much for content. I haven't been able to catch anything that I wanted to.

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Holly Golightly

I am sorry, but Hulu is for old people. I never watch Hulu. What for? Sit back and watch commercial after commercial? How about, hell no!!!!!!!! They can go all-paid and go all-bankrupt. I do not really care for Hulu. What Dish Network is doing is wasting their time on this one. I would buy Hulu off for as high as $1.90 just to shut them down. They aren't worth a penny higher. The future is in YouTube and first party channel websites. That is all.

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bling581

Except that the commercial revenue enables them to offer a lot of shows free of charge. Most shows I watch have maybe 2 commercials? This is hardly comparable to watching regular TV. It would be nice to have none at all, but I don't understand how people rage over such a small detail.

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Holly Golightly

But paid Hulu customers still have to watch commercials. So what makes the paid version of hulu any better? To me, Hulu seems kind of outdated in comparison to other ad-free paid alternatives. No thanks, but they can keep their commercials.

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tomrippity

That is silly Holly.  Hulu is a pretty good service... I don't know what "old" means to you, but I am 28 and I have found a lot of great content on Hulu plus, that you probably won't find anywhere else.  Some of the most valuable content are the shows that are now off the air or I never heard of until Hulu recommended them to me based on previous history.  Misfits, Sanctuary, John Doe, Re-Genesis... 

And I have to agree with the previous poster, Youtube does have commercials, and quite frankly, I don't mind sitting through 2 minutes of commercials for 30 minutes of entertainment.  I pay a lot more to my cable supplier and suffer a lot more commercials.

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Holly Golightly

Hulu plus has a bunch of live action shows that are, like you said... Off the air. Usually gen-x peeps think Hulu is cool, but the future is in more ad-free alternatives like NetFlix, or a premiere subscription to first party content. Or watching it for free in your favorite social network/search engine. The fact that people pay to watch commercials, reminds me of a time when people paid for cable. Unfortunately some people still pay hundreds of dollars for cable each month. To me, that is plain foolishness. I am not double paying for one service. Either accept my money, or accept the money of advertisers. Not both. Hulu does both which makes them greedy. Yet they can fool older people into double paying. Most people my age, atleast the ones I know do not pay for this service, but pay for NetFlix no problem. It just seems smarter to pay the $11 ad-free NetFlix plan than to pay the $7 multi ad-supported network Hulu seems to be offering.

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someone87

 

Just FYI,

There are commercials on YouTube and the channels own network as well.

My wife and I like Hulu because you can subscribe to a show, and it lets you know when there is a new episode, all your shows are in one place, etc. It has a nice format, good player, never have streaming problems, good service over all.

In a 45 min show, there are like what, 4-6 commercials? Compared to cable TV, (or similar) that's really good for a free (and legal) service.

You do know this place (called America) is the home of competition, and if you don't like something, you have the option to simply ignore it? Maybe you want to think about stop spilling so much hate around and simply choose to ignore what it is you don't like?

Just a thought,

-Someone

 

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Holly Golightly

Yeah, and America is also known for having naive idiots sometimes. Don't forget that there is free speech in America, and I am free to speak my mind... Or did you forget that?

Anyhow, if I am going to pay for a service, I am going ad-free all the way. This is why NetFlix is the future. YouTube is a great free alternative. No double commercials playing back to back. Just one commercial every once in a while. They are not as frequent say, Hulu. I do not pay for cable tv either. What should I pay $100 for even more commercials? That is just greedy to make paid customers sit there and watch commercials while the corporation counts the cash. Greed is wrong, no matter how you put it.

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someone87

 

 

#1. I am well aware you can say anything you want in America, that's why I suggested nicely you may want to stop spilling so much hate everywhere you go.

#2. One pays for Hulu to gain access to more content, not to be commercial free. That was never part of the deal, so complaining about something, that was never offered/included is kind of pointless. It is what it is, if you like it, great. If you don't, feel free to go elsewhere.

#2. Call it what you want, corporate greed, or just doing business. That's what's great about the free (sort of) market, if you don't like it, go somewhere else, Hulu fails and dies as consumers jump ship to another service.

On another note, I personally I embrace the concept of "what the market will bear". There are some customers I will charge twice as much for the exact same service I charge other customers half for. Why? Because I am greedy? Because I know customer A has more money? Because I don't like dealing with customer A and don't care if I lose their business? Because I like dealing with Customer B and money doesn't matter to me that much?

There are lots of reasons, but the main point is, if customer A is happy, and the original deal was for X amount, and that's what it's always been, they are free to continue using my services, or go elsewhere. Nobody is stopping them.

 

 

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gruvsf

while you may be free to voice your own opion, Holly, so are others (unless that right is only reserved for you?). I personally use Hulu Plus and I am in mid-30s, and I really like the service as I can catch my current run shows (Netflix doesn't do this), and while there are commercials, they are generally much shorter than people who pay $100+ a month for cable subscriptions. You get commercial pop ups in Youtube all the time, and honestly, the content on Youtube are generally amateur at best. I know a lot of people who still pay for cable TV and most of them do not seem to mind the commercials. For $8 a month to be able to catch up on my current run shows that I can watch on my living room TV, I think it's hard to beat it, especially as they continue to bring more and more movie content (high-quality older movies in my opinion) as time passes, I have not looked back at Netflix as it seems they constantly change their offerings and pricing nor cable TV. I personally hate the commercial overlays in Youtube as it blocks part of the actual video you are trying to watch. You forget that most of the Youbube content is user generated yet Google overlays the commericals over it, yet you seem to find the cable companies greedy. Seems a bit two-faced.

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Holly Golightly

...And yet look, you are STILL forced to watch commercials on your paid subscription. They even add commercials onto to movies, what the hell? But what I am arguing for? Gen-X love Hulu! I come from a generation that likes everything instant. I do not have time to wait for 2 minute-long commercials. So of course you are going to like Hulu and every commercial they force you to play. Anyhow, enjoy the ads... It is what you paid for.

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Zecharoo

fyi the commercials are usually only 30 seconds or two minutes. You have the option of choosing a two minute commercial at the beginning, and have no commercials after that, or have a few thirty second commercials sprinkled through out the show. And just what are the alternatives you speak about? Netflix? Netflix doesn't have as many current shows as Hulu unless Netflix has changed since the last time I used it. Imho, Netflix is better for watching older content and movies, while Hulu is better for watching newer content.

I like a lot of the shows on Cable, but don't want to pay for the other crap; that's why I don't use it. I don't like illegally downloading shows, so that's another point in Hulu's favor. Add in facebook integration to see what my friends are watching(u decide by the way), a good category system, and show recommendations and I am one happy camper. 

That said would I switch to a commercial free competitior if it offered the same offerings? Of course.

I don't mind reading your arguments Holly, but the insults are a real turn-off.

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Holly Golightly

The order of watching the show. The show was brought to you in part by... And then comes the first commercial just before the show but after the sponsor. Then the show starts, and then 2 commercials pop up during the break... Then back to show. Another 2 more after that. Show. 2 more commercials. Credits. And final ad. This is not business in my opinion. They just sucker you into their greed. Plus, you can always visit the channel's website to watch the latest shows. There is nothing 3rd party Hulu can offer that would replace 1st party TV channels when it comes to new episodes. So why bother spending more money. Fact is, you watch more than 2 commercials per episode. This is total highway rip-off'sVille. Gotta tell these guys you do not like watching commercials either. This way of watching TV is just too old school.

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