I’m late on the Hulu Plus bandwagon, I know.
Back when it was Hulu only, I tried out the site and found it very, very lacking. Shows would be listed, but they would turn out to just be short clips of episodes. Or there were episodes, but many of them were just links directing you to the network’s page. .
So when Hulu Plus came out, I just wasn’t interested.
I read a piece by Travis at Enemy of Debt. He thinks that his cable is worth it A reader got snarky and said people need to stop rationalizing. And that you can get most of the content between Hulu and Netflix.
I don’t necessarily agree with that.
Hulu and Netflix offer a lot. But there are some glaring absences. A decent chunk of reality shows aren’t available. I know those are big with everyone but me and Tim, apparently. There’s also sports programs and just a lot of random shows not available. SyFy (I still hate that spelling) shows for example. But those come out on Netflix.
So I don’t think it’s fair to say that the two subscriptions cover everything. But they do hit most of it. Certainly enough to make the savings pretty compelling.
We currently spend $99 a month for cable. Of that, $21 is for the in-laws’ receivers, and another $10-15 could be saved if we could decrease our programming. When we tried, the in-laws were a little upset. So even in the best of circumstances, we’d be spending $60. Plus the $20 for Netflix.
Hulu Plus is $7.99. Hard to argue, isn’t it?
The in-laws will need to get Roku players, so that they can watch on the two sets. Even so, the most expensive model they’d need is a one-time fee of $79.99. Plus 5% back through Extrabux.
We have the Playstation 3 in the living room, but we should eventually get a player for the bedroom, I suppose. Eventually.
Even better, Roku actually offers some channels that Hulu doesn’t. Like the SyFy channel. (I love me my Lost Girl and Being Human.) Tim will get access to Crunchyroll, which is all anime all the time. Hooray!
I called DISH and found that we can break our contract for $105. In other words, we’ll be saving money by the end of the second month.
The one thing I will miss is being able to skip the commercials. Or at least have some variety of ads. There are really only 10 or so ads available, so you see them a lot. A lot.
But, to be fair, skipping through ads on a DVR takes about the same amount of time as just suffering through Hulu’s. And you can always mute the ads — or just take a bathroom break.
All in all, I think we’re pretty happy with our decision.
Have you made the switch? Are you considering it?