Product: Hulu Plus
Rating: Weak Recommend
Hulu Plus is one of the many promises of a cable or satellite free life. Once we used it, we decided that we were hopeful for the future, but disappointed at Hulu's half baked attempt to free us from cable. Check below for our review.
Hulu plus is a strange beast. When we downloaded (yes you have to downloaded it) it to our Roku, it took nearly 40 minutes. That time made us assume it would be some awesome and well written software since it took so long to pull down over our 20 mbit. connection.
Another criticism is that there are a set of two commercials every 5 minutes. This would not be so bad except we are paying a fee and are being forced to watch more commercials than by those using the browser based Hulu. The fact that more shows are available through Hulu Plus did help to quell some of our frustration with the commercials. Further, when Hulu Plus worked the video quality was excellent and vastly superior to what is delivered via browser based Hulu.
But, we digress because when the Hulu Plus service does work it begins to show the promise of what TV should be in the future. Hulu Plus is content delivered at any time over the internet. Its not stranded on cable boxes and TiVo's because of recording time. Hulu Plus makes us anxious for the future in a bad way, even with its flaws we will continue to pay for it. Why you might ask... because in a house without cable, it is still the best option. We just hope that the Hulu Plus service can blossom into a robust alternative to cable and our TiVo addiction. Give it a try if you are willing.
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.