We finally did it. After months of talking about it, Jo and I decided to cancel our cable and depend solely on the internet for our entertainment needs.
Jo and I decided to cancel our TV cable and depend solely on the internet – coupled with Netflix & Hulu Plus – for our entertainment needs. Truth be told we don’t have the time to watch TV as much as we used to. We also tend to channel surf a lot with cable, but when we decide to watch either Netflix or Hulu Plus, we know exactly what we want to watch and how long it’ll take us.
The one thing I’m probably going to miss the most though is HBO. We’re definitely loosing some shows and networks, but what we’re loosing looks so small in sight of what we’re gaining. I’m sure we’ll be back to cable one day, but for now we’re going to enjoy more time together, read more books, enjoy the extra $130 out pocket, but most importantly we’ll be spending more time with our son.
I recently got my Hulu Plus invite and have had some time to play around with it. My initial reaction was, “Sweet, now i can watch tons of hulu videos on my mobile devices!” — and yes, that’s exactly how I said it. I log in and sign up for the service. Then it hits me, I have to pay for the service. I figured, sure why not? I will be getting tons of new content that I can watch anywhere. So many episodes of shows from past seasons. So decided to pony up. I became an official Hulu Plus member.
I start by looking for one of my all time favorite shows, Arrested Development. When I find it I’m stoked to see that all the seasons are there. I click on an episode to start watching and there it is, a commercial. Why the hell did I just pay 10 bucks for a service that is still going to bug me with ads? Disappointed to say the least.
Something else that really irritates me is the fact that I don’t have access to watch all the free content on Hulu that’s available to everyone on their main site. So I’m paying for a service that doesn’t give me what’s already available.
However, I did find complete seasons of some of my favorite shows. The convenience of being able to watch some TV shows or movies from pretty much anywhere is pretty sweet. If I’m bored somewhere I can pop out my phone and watch some family guy. I can pick up from where I left off if I’m interrupted too.
Another thing to note is that the user interface is pretty sweet. On both the iPhone and the iPad I have had no bad experience, like getting lost in the menus or videos taking to long to load . I wish my Netflix app had such a nice experience. I think once they get more selections of movies and TV shows, the app will (and service for that matter) will be much, much better.
Overall I think Hulu Plus is a good thing to have around. It’s only 10 bucks per month, and the convenience of being able to watch from anywhere is pretty sweet. Using the apps is a breeze too, getting to the provided shows is easy. Sure there are some commercials, but I guess the reasoning behind is that you’re paying for your TV service too, commercials and all.
Try it out if you get an invite. Worst comes to worst, you loose 10 bucks. You can always cancel at any time.