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Hulu Plus is a premium video streaming service available on a monthly subscription basis.

Introduction

Video streaming has become a huge percentage of the total media usage the average person consumes on a regular basis. There are many free options out there that give you limited choices of content you are able to access. Due to this many different services are coming out of the woodwork to cater to those consumers who are willing to pay monthly for a premium selection of content. Hulu Plus has been one of the services that has been around the longest and has a large amount of licensing deals with popular networks such as NBC, CBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, ABC, and Fox.

What I Like About Hulu Plus

There are many aspects about Hulu Plus that I really liked. First of all, I was really surprised at how massive their library of content really is. In terms of TV shows, this service is the clear winner having practically every show I could think of and multiple seasons of most shows. I'm an avid TV show watcher so this appealed to me much more than the movie selection (which I will get into later on). The ability to stream most shows in high definition is another plus, but something you'd typically expect from a premium service.

A huge advantage of Hulu Plus is the ability to stream on a variety of supported devices. These devices include the Wii U, Apple TV, Xbox 360, PS3, Roku, Wii, any iOS device, any Android device, PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, Nook, or Nintendo 3DS. The price is affordable and on par with competing services such as Netflix. A great benefit is that they offer a free 1-week trial period for new customers to try out the service and decide whether or not it is right for them.

What I Don't Like About Hulu Plus

The Hulu Plus service is pretty awesome, but unfortunately there are a few downfalls. The TV show variety is phenomenal, but the movie selection is seriously slacking. Most of the popular titles are indie films or documentaries with no “new” titles from what I could see. The only real blockbuster type movies are extremely limited and include titles like Reservoir Dogs, Scary Movie 2, Scream, Clerks, Weird Science, Donnie Darko, Hostage, and Chicago. To be frank those are the only titles that I could pick out that people might recognize and that are actually well-known.  So to sum it up if you are getting this service to mainly watch movies your likely going to want to look elsewhere like Netflix. Also differing from Netflix there is advertising that will interrupt your streaming periodically throughout content. For example, in a 30 minute family guy episode I watched 2 minutes and 30 seconds worth of advertising that cannot be skipped. This is annoying to deal with since you are paying a decent monthly subscription price therefore I expected limited to no advertising.

Like I stated earlier, the TV selection is where this service shines. Unfortunately, there are still a few issues with the selection which mainly has to do with a random selection of episodes for some TV show's seasons. For example, I wanted to start from the beginning and watch the original episode of the TV show “Arrow” and was happy to see Hulu Plus had included it. Unfortunately, it came to my attention that they only have episode 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 from the first season. This really does me no good as I would be missing out on a great deal of the storyline and it would likely ruin the series for me. Most of the major shows like Family Guy or SNL seem to have every episode so it is notable this is not the case for all TV shows, but still significant enough to mention.

Lastly, I'm disappointed in the length of the trial. I feel as though 1 week or 7 days is just too short of a time period to fully test and decide whether the service is worth subscribing to. Since competitor Netflix offers a free month it is difficult to get sufficient enough use out of Hulu Plus to really make a solid comparison and Netflix's 1 month trial is much more appealing to me personally.

Conclusion

Hulu Plus is a pretty useful service and comes at a reasonable monthly price. If you are looking for access to TV shows then you'll likely be content with the service, but if you're looking for a wide movie selection then you probably want to go to Netflix route instead. Worst case, you can sign up for the free trial and decide for yourself.